TREADING ON (SNAKE) EGG SHELLS
What do the box jellyfish, funnel web spider, paralysis tick and the death adder have in common besides equal ability to euthanase? The answer is Queensland, Australia. A lot of the planet's most infamously toxic creatures call this place home. If you look at anything here long enough it will probably start to move. That could be because it's alive or because of the hallucinogenic chemicals in the leaf you just touched. Yep, from the reef to the sugar cane plantations and the deep jungle in between, there's a lot for a foreigner to stress about in these parts. Now we can add one more thing what's scary to the mix- the 2014 DH World Cup track. We're talking burly rockery, super slick mud and monster step-downs, all capped off with a seriously vicious pedal to the line. Damn Australia, you scary.
|So we're here in Cairns for the first downhill since they had the Worlds back in '96. The course is looking pretty wild, it's got a bit of everything up there... tight corners, fast sections, roots and some real big jumps. There'll probably be a few snakes on course as well...watch out for them. Trouser snakes too, pretty dangerous. But yeah the tropical weather can throw anything at ya and if it rains it's gonna get really slippery. Should be good!- Wyn Masters - Bulls Bikes |
|Apart from the locals, no one has really ridden the track here so it's anyone's guess on the right wheel size to have here. It's a bit tighter up top so hopefully it will balance out a bit as we are running 26's here- Cam Cole - Commencal Riding Addiction |
|It looks very cool; we have the massive rock garden which will be hard, when you look at it you really don't know which way will be best to take, but we will see! There's such big jumps too, it will be a tricky if it rains but good fun I guess! Emmeline Ragot - Lapierre Gravity Republic |
|It's incredibly slippery in here, there's ginger plants on the side which always grow in damp dirt. So when you're out riding and see the gingers you're going to hit the ground Mick Hannah - Hutchinson UR |
|From a first look this could be the best track I've seen since I came to DH... It has everything here- so many tight switchbacks at the start, like ten in a row, some really technical rocks and for sure some lines only for those with seriously big balls. Certain places look like really high speed fun as well- Johannes Fischbach - RRP Ghost |