The Atherton Tablelands is gearing up for a number of high profile sporting events set to take place over the coming months, attracting visitors from far and wide and boosting the local economy in what is typically the quieter shoulder season.
Michael chair of Tropical Tablelands Tourism (TTT), welcomed the news the International Crocodile Trophy, which will run from October 17 to 25, was returning to the region for its 15th year. Eight out of the nine stages of the elite long distance mountain bike race are held on the Atherton Tablelands. The event is now in its 21st year.
“The Croc Trophy is a gruelling nine-day event challenging mountain bike riders with a cross country course and is a renowned UCI level sporting event to held in the region.
“The race not only offers immediate economic benefits to local businesses, the international publicity generated from this event is worth millions of dollars to this region.
“It is such a positive way to
showcase the stunning natural beauty and the diversity of the Atherton Tablelands to the rest of the world and in particular those European countries that see visiting Australia as a must do on their bucket list,” he added.
More than 100 professional and amateur cyclists are expected at the start line, with the first stage commencing in Cairns before heading to the Atherton Tablelands with stops at Lake Tinaroo, Atherton, Irvinebank, Skybury Coffee Plantation and Wetherby Station. The race will finish in Port Douglas.
Also taking place in October is the Atherton Bike Fest on October 17 and 18 at the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park Trailhead Railway Lane.
Showcasing the world class mountain bike trails accessible on the Atherton Tablelands, Best Fest will offer fun and light entertainment for all the family including guided bike rides, prizes for the best bike bling, moonlight bike cinema and more.
Mr Trout said the event also encouraged participants to stay for the weekend with Ride & Stay packages available.
“Events like this encourage spectators and participants to come along and stay for the weekend and attend other events held in the region including Tastes of the Tablelands, which will be held on October 18,” he added.
The Yungaburra Triathlon Festival will kick off on the weekend of November 14 to 15.
Supporting the Soldier On Organisation, the Festival incorporates five different triathlons, Kids Aquathon, Enticer Distance, Corporate Event, Olympic Distance and Sprint Distance. The event also includes a Paratriathlon Wave and a division for athletes with a disability.
“Even if you not taking part there is good reason to come along with a number of organised activities including the local market, concerts and family entertainment,” he said.