New Trails | Cuss Cuss Long

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Cuss Cuss Long

Rider – Evan Winton | photos – Reilly Hurst

Sometimes it’s nice to take the long way ’round… Riders until now have had to descend the rough, aged, precarious ‘Stingers’ (Nationals) portion of trail to link Cuss Cuss to the old club-site and on towards Black Snake when turning off the access road. Cuss Cuss Long avoids this section of Black Trail, by taking you on a relaxed, Blue rated fun descent around and down old quarry steps, running parallel to Black Snake creek before joining back on right before the crossing.

Built to continue the expansion of the Smithfield Mountain Bike Park, Cuss Cuss Long is just another step in a series of upgrades to provide a full, ‘feature’ length network of trail not just as an additional option for every day riders – but as part of a unique, competition ready course option around the park. You will see this in action this August when the brand new Reef to Reef Stage Race kicks off for the very first time taking riders around 30km of our famous Rainforest Trails, without riding the same section twice!

It wouldn’t be a new trail update without plugging our Trail Fund! All proceeds go directly back into the trail network either as contribution to the new trails, or for ongoing maintenance and support to keep them in tip-top shape for you!

As with any new trail, caution should be taken to minimise the impact on the freshly shaped soil. While it is open, please use common sense and refrain from any undue or unnecessary sliding / skidding / braking / ‘roosting’ before the trail fully beds in – however #rad it looks on instagram!

These are your trails, don’t ruin them for you & for everyone else!!

Women’s Enduro Round 2 Results

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Another great women’s gravity enduro was raced yesterday afternoon. We had 24 racers taking on the 3 stages at Smithfield Mountain Bike Park and only 1 second separated the top two. Check out the detailed results below. Melissa Popov was on track covering the event, photos are on their way and will be up tomorrow.

Women’s Enduro Round 2 Results

We are glad to hear that Lisa Holman is ok after coming off on Centipede. Thanks to all that were there to help.

Another huge thanks to all that make these events happen – Discovery Cycles, volunteers (even those that didn’t realise that they were volunteering when they turned up) and to all the spectators that lined the track to cheer the ladies through the stages.

Smithfield MTB Park New Works Update

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Trail Update | May 2018

Works continue in the Smithfield Mountain Bike Park, with Evan Winton and the WintonScapes crew having recently finished work of an all new link, Cuss Cuss Long trail joining Cuss Cuss to the bottom of Stingers (Nationals) right before the Black Snake creek crossing.

An easy decent following old quarry ledges, this trail is a nice Blue Grade alternative to the aged, Black Grade portion of Stingers you otherwise take to reach the Nationals site. Taking a hard turn midway, the trail turns back and follows the Black Snake creek before levelling out and joining back onto the existing link trail to the Black Snake creek crossing.

It goes without saying, these trails are still closed while we wait for some rain to bed in the trail, and berms. It’s sad to see the traffic that has already passed through, and we extend a plea to everyone to do the right thing and stay off until we give the go ahead. These new trails are partly funded by you, through the new Trail Fund, and it’s a waste to have to spend more time and money fixing damage done before new trails are opened!

We are excited to see the trail network expand, and hope this is still just scratching the surface to what is possible in the Smithfield Mountain Bike Park!

FNQ Prime Constructions XC Series Race 4 Results

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What a fantastic weekend of Mountainbiking for Round 4 of the Prime Constructions FNQXC races series. Our first visit to this little hamlet, that comes alive every year for the RRR and will see the last two stages of the all-new Reef to Reef MTB Race, saw a big group of riders with several staying on to camp overnight and join the social ride in the morning. Sitting around a campfire and telling tales of chances and near misses and the brutality of the course climbs on the last lap. The consensus, IT WILL RETURN NEXT YEAR, with the good news being that we have spoken to John at Wetherby Station and he is interested in some single track being blazed through to make next years race even better.  Below are the Race 4 results and points tally after 4 rounds of racing. Find out your points before the next race.

2018 Prime Constructions FNQXC Series Race 4 results and points tally

Downhill Round 1 Results and Photos

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Great start to the 2018 Cairns MTB club downhill race season, with 52 rides getting the race face on and battling it out in the Smithfield dust.

With plenty of practice to be had on Saturday and Sunday, we knew racing would be tight, with riders getting one race run to pull it all together.

The track was fast and flowy with the rain on Saturday night meaning early morning practice with dream dirt but as the riders got out on course it got real loose and dusty, and the varied conditions caught a couple of riders out,

Shout out to Les Lanza with a slightly off line jump saw a bad landing a broken arm! Heal up Buddy!!

All in all great day out on the hill. Photos and results below.

Cheers to the race sponsors:
Tropic Rides MTB shuttles and Tours
Discovery Cycles

See you at round 2

Downhill Round 1 Results

New Trails | Centipede

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Centipede | A Rainforest classic

Rider – Patrick Sheehan | photos – Reilly Hurst
We love new trails! Who doesn’t!? As park of the ongoing expansion of the Smithfield MTB Park, the club is working alongside NPSR to earmark and open a select network of brand new trails.

The first of which; ‘Centipede‘, is complete and open for business – and its brilliant! The trail features approximately 1.9kms of completely fresh, untouched rainforest singletrack. The first half steadily climbing up parallel to Caterpillars, before dissecting into either a top / bottom access to Jacobs ladder, or taking a set of tight switchbacks to lead you into the descent.

For a relatively short descent, it packs a stack of features and lines to keep you on your toes, and hollering out loud. Berms, banked rollers and reverse grades guide you through, around and down some beautiful rainforest – and If you keep an eye out, you’ll find some sneaky gaps between rollers!

Before you know it, you’re cruising down the lower flats of the trail where you meet the Moranas link trail towards Wobbegong.

Another exciting prospect for the trail, is welcoming a totally new event, and new riders to the region with the ReeftoReef MTB Stage Race taking part in the park, and sampling this very trail as part of Day 1. For more info on the ReeftoReef, head over to their website, and get yourself registered!

It’s been a while since we’ve had the pleasure of riding a completely new trail start to end in the park – and with your help we can continue this trend! The Trail Fund has surpassed $6000 and all proceeds go directly into the park, and to building more brand new trails!

Enduro Round 1 Results and Photos

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Smithfield Mountain Bike Park had over 50 riders on the trails racing in round 1 of the Open Enduro on Sunday. A record turnout pushed racers harder and gave spectators an exciting race to watch. Check out the times below to see just how close our racers were.

Enduro Round 1 Results

Huge thanks to Reilly Hurst for his amazing coverage of the race and thank you to the racers, volunteers, spectators and Discovery Cycles for making this race weekend such a success.