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  • Crispin Till

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    Ride On

    There are few better places than TNQ to get on your bike. Whether you are chasing the thrills, spills and adrenalin rush of mountain biking, the speed and endurance of a road event or just simply out to explore the idyllic surrounds, then our region offers something for everyone.

    And with more than 20,000 people set to ride into Cairns for the 2017 UCI World Mountain Bike Championships from September 5-10, there is no better time to discover the places in TNQ to get your heart and legs pumping.

    Tourism Tropical North Queensland has relaunched the Ride Cairns website to help the spectators and competitors who will attend the event to prepare for their trip to our city.

    TTNQ Director of Business and Tourism Events Rosie Douglas said the competitors and spectators will want to know where to go mountain biking and cycling, as well as other attractions in the region, to make the most of their time in our tropical paradise.



    “Great new images and updated information on trails, destinations, events and riding in our region can be found at the Ride Cairns website giving a comprehensive guide to riding in the Cairns and Great Barrier Reef destination,” she said.

    “The destination of choice for those who love to ride for sport or for fun, Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef has more than 700km of trails where you can explore ancient tropical rainforest, ride along the end of the waters of the Great Barrier Reef or cycle through the outback.”

    Further enhancing TNQ’s reputation as the destination of choice for mountain biking enthusiasts is Glen Jacobs’ dreams of building a 76km world class bike trail from Palm Cove to Port Douglas.

    The Wangetti Trail is now closer to reality than ever before with the establishment of a feasibility study and working group in May 2017 and Cairns Regional Council giving $50,000 for the next phase of the ambitious project.

    The concept includes a shared use trail for both mountain bike riders and walkers and potential accommodation options. Building the 76km route is expected to cost about $21.25 million.