Sections of the new Smithfield Trails are now open for riding. We ask that you follow any signs and bunting, and please stay away from the hard workers who are building the Downhill bridg. Please also stay off the event site, which is the graded area to your right as you ride past the downhill bridge. That said feel free to ride the new XC trails they need to be bedded in. You won’t be disappointed
The attached map shows the areas which are currently open and closed at Smithfield. Most are now open, however, blue and black Marlin XC trails will remain closed due to them exiting on the Downhill access road, which also remains closed (http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/12313.html).
Sunday Update – The main trail has been rediverted after the downhill bridge and now runs along the top grassy ledge into the new ‘vemass‘ section. Riders can continue on through the new trails, or make a left turn before or after the ‘vemass’ section and return back to morana’s and into wobbegong (ie first finger). More signage will be installed over the next week or two, to help you navigate your way around the new trails.
Additional warning signage has been installed on the cross country on sections that are for experienced riders. Please think twice before committing to some sections and check before you attempt to ride anything new.
The downhill road is still closed as is the downhill track. When we can open it we will advise. The club is keen to run open days on the DH track as soon as we can get access.
For the open gate days you will need to be a member of a MTBA club and either hold an MTBA race license or purchase a day permit to ride it. So if you have not updated your membership or race license for next year get in and get it done as riding the DH will require both for insurance purposes.
This has been a direction from National Parks as this is a UCI level DH course. If you are pushing up and riding the course you have been warned the club will not be held liable for your injuries.
MTBA has very good rider insurance, it’s well worth the money and will cover you in the event you have an unfortunate moment.
It feels like it has been forever but finally we can ride Smithfield. Over the next twelve months we will turn it into a fully functioning MTB park. It will draw many a MTB adventurer to the North so they can experience Smithfield, Mt Baldy and Davies Creek and everywhere in between. It is a good time to be a Mountain Biker in FNQ.
Thanks to Glen and the World Trail Crew for their masterful work on the trails, TTNQ, Cycling Australia, Events Qld, National Parks and the Qld Govt (yes they actually gave us something cool), The Cairns Regional Council who have been the back bone of the bid and the event build and all the club members for their support and patience.
Now go ride!!.
The Committee, Cairns Mtb Club
2013 is done and dusted, and so is the ol faithful ’04 nationals course!
The final round for the series was run and won on Sunday, with some super tight competition in all categories.
This season we saw a change to the DH format the club has run since the 90′s. Gone was the morning practice and designated 2 race runs.
We started from scratch and created a brand new format, which was welcomed with wide arms and had the thumbs up from all racers.
Rock up, grab your number plate, take advantage of the designated 2hr practice time-slot then it was up to you. For 4-5 hours the hill was ‘open’. Any rider, at any time could go up and log a time, or take another practice. No start lists, no waiting, no pressure. This proved to be both a more comfortable and relaxed approach to racing, taking out the stress and nerves that comes with patiently waiting in line at the top for your one of only 2 race runs. Instead, you could take your time. Choose a quiet patch to zip up and get a timed run. Not knowing who has gone down before you and what time you posted; you could also find the increased levels of competition and racers anxiety as riders came down 1 by 1, and found themselves getting pipped out for that fastest run of the day.
We created an atmosphere where more people were around all day, and more riders were coming down the hill for spectators. We gave the riders more time on the hill, and the best opportunity for them to take advantage of that to better themselves, learning how to take new lines, to find that extra second.
The buzz from seeing a rider come down the hill after 5 attempts and finally logging his fastest time and jumping back up to the top of the rank; and their utter excitement relief… That was what we were after, and it was a blast all year seeing the smiles of the riders enjoying racing in an entirely new style.
Of course the series would not have kicked off without the fantastic support from so many tireless helpers. I will do my best to point them all out, so forgive me if i forget anyone!
Normy, who spent hours late into the night only days before the first round re-designing the timing interface used for this new format. Purely trial and error, he came up with such an easy, foolproof, stress free and ultimately very accurate way to record masses of times, all at random starts.
The timing girls; Stacey, Lucy, Jade, Amanda. Keeping the day running smoothly, and the times popping up on the results screen quickly and without hassle all day!
Wayne and Dave Hannah who would donate the use of their beast of a truck to ferry the hoards of loud, dusty, sweaty riders up and down the hill all day.
All the shuttle bunnys; Graham, Tyson, Bill, Amanda (again!), Stuart, Ben, Chris and anyone else who has jumped in a 4wd this year!!
The food girls (and guys!); Wendy, Lara, Ian, Janette, barb, Fiona. We all loved the burgers this year!
Adam, because once again you cannot escape the enthusiasm, commitment and generosity this man puts into the club on so many levels and getting **** done!
St Johns; I know a few of you racing this year got some patch ups (Zane, Ken, Yanni, Paul, Jackson..) making sure you all can ride down that hill full pelt and go home at the end of the day safe n sound!
The race starters; Craig, Amanda, Alan… Not the most enjoyable job by any means, but we promise we kept the time fudging to an extreme minimum!
The commentator; Larry. Keeping the crowd up to date, and in the loop with the day. Giving those riders that last little push to the finish line, or the much deserved torment and cruelty to the riders who deserve it!
The spectators/family/friends/parents… The race would be damn dull without the cheering, clapping, banter, whistling, hooting, horns, bells and all the ruckus and enthusiasm you put into the atmosphere, and behind the riders!
The marshals; Again not a fun job at all, but they sit patiently all day sometimes just to ensure you are not left on the track cut in half. Always an area we struggle with help, and with a bigger and longer course ready for 2014, we need more of them!
Lastly but not least; the sponsors for 2013 who without them, well nothing would have happened at all. Larry and the crew at Discovery Cycles spent a lot of time and money into getting everything ready for the year. The podium, the banners, the seating, the medals; They helped create a far more professional atmosphere and venue for you to participate in, and we hope this continues further!
Results; published and updated! Head to the results page on cairnsmtb.com and see where you went! All end-of-year prizes and overall category winners will be presented this Sunday (the 17th) ad the AGM.
Thanks again, it has been a blast!
Reilly hurst & Craig Nissen.
Sink your peepers into this!!
Huge thanks to all the sponsors for this year; Edge Cycleworks, Pump’n'Pedals, Discovery Cycles, Bicycle Centre Cairns, Lusty Industries, McDonalds and of course our official naming partners, THULE Australia!
Looking forward to 2014… It’s going to be a HUGE year!!
Another spectacular start to the 2013 Crocodile Trophy, with 80 riders hitting the always popular Smithfield Trails for a 5 lap cross country dash in Stage 1 of the 9 day race. Australia’s Mark Frendo claimed line honours for the day with an impressive 1h 30 minute to complete his 34km, just over a minute ahead of his nearest rival, Jan Fotik. 3rd place was won by Wolfgang Krenn, with less than half a wheel length back to Cairns own Dominic Hoyal. Jeff Rubach from Townsville showed some strong form here as the next local rider to cross, in 6th place overall.
Stage 2 saw riders take a 92km trek over the ranges behind Cairns and into Tinaroo Dam. Mark Frendo put some authority on this years event taking an amazing 3h 29 minute to complete the course. Jeff Rubach was the best of the local riders with an impressive 3h 46 minutes, which would have placed him 7th Overall, just behind the UK’s Matt Page.
Results are below in a few formats here including Stage 1, Stage 2 and a Combined Result for Stages 1 and 2 for all local riders. For official Crocodile Trophy results, check out http://www.crocodile-trophy.com/ or head over to Cycling News for regular updates http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/crocodile-trophy-2013/