So far so good, three days down, five to go at the Crocodile Trophy! A team of four Central Coast racers is competing in the 25th Anniversary Edition for the Il Pastaio/Rocky Trail Racing Team! This is the 10th time in a row for Rocky Trail’s co-founder Martin Wisata, which is the current record world-wide. Jason Smith and Andrew Radcliffe have both also competed multiple times and Denis Crowdy is the Croc rookie in the team.
Link: Team presentation
The racers started on Saturday 12 October in Cairns and climbed up to the Atherton Tablelands and for the first time the event stopped there at Ringer’s Rest Function Venue for stages 1 and 2 and right now at Wondecla for two nights. The race then moves to the Mareeba region mid this week with two nights at Skybury Tropical Plantation and for the very first time Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures will host a stage finish on Friday! The ultimate experience for the racers from all over the World before finishing on the magnificent Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas on Saturday, 19th October!
With two podium positions on the second stage, day three at the Crocodile Trophy brought Silver and Bronze for the Il Pastaio/Rocky Trail Racing Team! Some misfortunes of the leaders in Amateur 3 with Markus Beck missing a turn and Daniel Beresford having a major mechanical has Martin Wisata jump up the overall rankings after day three. Andrew Radcliffe is in third overall, Jason Smith and Denis Crowdy pushing hard.
Martin says the atmosphere at the race is incredibly enjoyable with such a fun mix of nationalities and he has had lots of media interest also in his home country of Austria – with Angelika Tazreiter and Lukas Kaufmann two of the strongest Austrian marathon elite racers are competing and the local newspapers have been reporting about them.
They all agreed that the fourth stage, this year’s Queen Stage with a massive 3,200vm was going to hurt. Martin estimates a 7 hour plus race time for the three of them.
Meanwhile, Rocky Trail’s Juliane Wisata is managing the Communications Services for the Crocodile Trophy, supported by the little rascal that is the Rocky Trail junior.