• The rainforest vegetation at Smithfield Mountain Bike Park provides a unique riding experience (RideCairns)Source: RideCairns
Riders heading to Cairns for the Australian Enduro National Mountain Bike Championships next weekend will not only experience world class trails, but industry-leading use of new technology for course maps, profiles and information.
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Cycling Central

9 Oct 2015 - 11:35 AM  UPDATED 9 Oct 2015 - 5:50 PM

This includes helmet cam footage of each race stage, interactive maps, and an ability to see where other riders are practising the trails via the RideCairns Live mobile app.

The inaugural enduro championships, presented by Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA), will see riders take on five race stages over two days of racing on 17 to 18 October. Starting at Palm Cove, the event takes in a mix of trails at Smithfield Mountain Bike Park, home of world cup mountain bike rounds in 2014 and 2016, and the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike and Trails World Championships.

Five timed race stages at the enduro championships will take in challenging, playful sections of trail made famous by the world’s elite cross-country and downhill riders. Competitors will also need to ride to the beginning of each race stage via five equally challenging transit stages. This will see these gravity-oriented riders take on over 1100 metres of climbing.

Due to the distance and elevation between each stage, a lot of competitors at enduro events typically only see each trail once or twice before racing the steep and demanding terrain as fast as they can.

For the first time, riders will be able to watch clear helmet camera footage of each race stage to build their memory skills and help them to hone their race strategies without wearing out their bodies. Detailed, interactive maps allow riders to study course profiles and information with far more detail than has been available at any enduro race in the past.

The unknown technical challenge of the trails makes some riders hesitant to make the journey to an event of this calibre. In response, this initiative should see a boost in entries in comparison to events where the difficulty of the trails remains unknown until cyclists arrive at the venue.

Each video shows that while each stage has some steep sections, drops and jumps, they have also been carefully groomed so that they are fun for riders who want to keep both wheels on the ground.

While the maps and helmet cam footage have been developed with next weekend’s race in mind, the recently launched RideCairns mobile app allows riders to experience trails in the region using their mobile device all year round.

Developed in conjunction with Tourism Tropical North Queensland, the free app helps visitors to navigate their way between trails, integrates with social media and features an ability to see and connect with other cyclists riding nearby trails. It will play a central role in encouraging spectators at the upcoming world cup and world championships to explore over 700km of mountain bike trails in the region. 

The RideCairns Live mobile app is available for IOS and android devices via iTunes and Google Play.