• The Crocodile Trophy race leaders portage across a Outback creek (Regina Stanger) (Crocodile Trophy)Source: Crocodile Trophy
Yes, you read that right. For the first time, the public will join the Crocodile Trophy peloton and get a "Taste of the Croc." One of the racers the public will join is none other than Orica-AIS road cyclist, Annemiek van Vleuten.
Cycling Central

24 Aug 2016 - 1:46 PM  UPDATED 24 Aug 2016 - 1:47 PM

In partnership with the Cairns Mountain Bike Club, the Crocodile Trophy will open up stages 1, 2, 7 and 8 to the public for racing as part of the Gravitate MTB Festival.   

This means anyone has the chance to take part in the legendary eight stage race that is one of the oldest and toughest of its kind. It attracts amateur competitors from all over the world keen to pit themselves against the jungle in Cairns, bush singletracks in the Atherton Tablelands, the Outback and Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas.

"We are launching this supporting event especially for Australian and local riders, so that they can be a part of the legendary Crocodile Trophy", Cairns MTB Club president, Frank Falappi said. 

"If you've always wanted to 'do the Croc', this would be the ideal event to get into it."

"We're hoping that this new supporting event will suit especially the Australian riders - if you're a local racer, you really only have to take one day off- day the Friday for stage seven", race organiser Gerhard Schoenbacher said.

And in other big news: Orica-AIS rider Annemiek van Vleuten confirmed to race

Organisers have confirmed former Dutch national road champion Annemiek van Vleuten will race this year's Croc Trophy after recovering from infamous Olympic road race crash. 

Annemiek Van Vleuten's condition after Olympics crash not critical
Annemiek van Vleuten was in the lead of the womens Olympic road race before crashing in sickening fashion on the descent from the final climb. Lying immobile in the gutter, everyone feared the worst but updates on her condition have been relatively positive given the potential severity of the fall.

"Last year I rode the Brasilride and I liked it so much that I want to race another mountainbike stage race.

"I am a professional cyclist for Orica GreenEdge (roadcycling women) and that's why the crocodile trophy would be even more nice to race because it is in the home country of my team.

"The Crocodile Trophy is just after I have finished my road season at the Qatar World Championships and I would like to ride my mountain bike.

"I am better in road racing because I lack a bit of the mountain bike specific skills, but I like it a lot!"

The Crocodile Trophy runs from 22 - 29 October 2016 with the two sets of public stages running over two weekends. 

For more details visit the Crocodile Trophy website or the Gravitate MTB Festival online portal. Online registration will open soon and announced via the online and social media websites of the Crocodile Trophy and the Cairns MTB Club.