• Elite Women Downhill World Number 3 Tracey Hannah is excited about competing in her home town (Rob Jones)Source: Rob Jones
In 100 days, the world’s best Cross Country and Downhill riders will storm Cairns for the second round of the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.
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Cycling Central

14 Jan 2016 - 9:56 AM 

Nearly 300 riders from 35 countries will compete in the Cross Country (XCO) and Downhill (DHI) disciplines held at Smithfield Regional Park and James Cook University on the 23-24 of April.

As a Cairns local, elite women's downhill world number three Tracey Hannah says she can't wait to experience the buzz around the event.

“Words can’t describe how exciting it is to compete in a World Cup in your home town. I am away from home eight months of the year so to be back in the most beautiful part of the world and compete against the world’s best is unbelievable,” Hannah said

Cycling Australia CEO Nick Green said the event also marks the countdown to the 2017 UCI MTB World Championships for Cairns.

“As mountain biking continues to grow in popularity across Australia, it’s great to have world-class events and facilities like James Cook University and Smithfield Regional Park so accessible for competitors and fans,” Green said.

Local QLD Parliament MP Craig Crawford said the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and the 2017 UCI World Mountain Bike and Trials Championships strengthens Tropical North Queensland’s status as a world class sporting destination.

“We expect the 2016 World Cup to be as successful and a premier international sporting event ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. It is also important to our local tourism industry, which contributes $2.4 billion to the Tropical North Queensland economy and supports 14,600 local jobs,” he said.

Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) aims to leverage the UCI events through the Ride Cairns brand, positioning Tropical North Queensland as the premier destination for tropical mountain bike riding globally.

The event is expected to attract a significant global TV and digital viewing presence including a expected cumulative audience in excess of 6.13 million across 18 different nations.