The 25th Crocodile Trophy starts this Saturday in Cairns and over 100 race participants have started to arrive in Tropical North Queensland for the Anniversary Edition of this iconic event. Four racers from the NSW Central Coast will represent the Il Pastaio/Rocky Trail Racing Team.
The racers start today, 12 October, in Cairns and will climb up to the Atherton Tablelands and for the first time the event will stop there at Ringer’s Rest Function Venue and Wondecla for two nights each. The race then moves to the Mareeba region mid next 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!
Martin Wisata (Mardi) – Croc #10
The 42-year old will be at the start for the 10th time in a row, which is the current record world-wide. The Austrian has been living in Australia for 15 years and said today that the Crocodile Trophy had become his major motivation to ride and race throughout the year and it had been a life-changing experience since his first race in 2010. Living on the NSW Central Coast, Martin is one of the co-founders of Rocky Trail Entertainment and the team manager.
“What I love most about this race is the cameraderie among the riders and staff and that I get to ride my bike for eight days straight. During the year I’m making sure that my racers are safe and happy and this is my race that even after all this time remains a huge challenge, which is why I keep coming back. I’ve come from crawling across the finish line very day to racing for category positions and that’s a lot of fun. I am very proud to the be Rider Representative and an ambassador for the event in Australia – I’m happy about the strong field this year with a lot of familiar faces and new riding mates to get to know over the next few days.”
Jason Smith (Umina Beach) – Croc #4
At 49 years of age, Jason Smith is an experienced Croc Trophy racer.
Denis Crowdy (Umina Beach) – Croc #1
At 52 years this is Denis’ first Croc Trophy event, his training included regular races in the Shimano MTB GP Series this year.
Andrew Radcliffe (Macmasters Beach) – Croc #6
Andrew started mountain biking 10 years ago and is a regular at the Rocky Trail Shimano MTB Grand Prix 7 hour events. At sixty years old, this is his sixth Crocodile Trophy event and he says,
“Just getting back to the Croc again this year is a great achievement for me personally. I really look forward to my wife and daughter welcoming me at the finish line at Hartley’s Creek and Port Douglas to see me for the first time compete at the Croc.”