Reef to Reef isn't just a 4-day mountain bike event - it's the foundation of a tropical MTB holiday!
Reef to Reef was a popular new event when it landed in Tropical North Queensland in 2018. It built on the history of the iconic one-day RRR mountain bike event (Rural, Rainforest, Reef) but turned that race experience into a 4-day mountain bike event, matching Port to Port and Cape to Cape - sister events of the new event in Queensland.
Based in Tropical North Queensland, Reef to Reef sits in an area steeped in mountain bike history. Cairns has hosted several mountain bike World Cups, and two editions of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships. And in 2022, it will also be the first tropical location in the Crankworx World Tour. While a lot of that action is all based around Smithfield MTB Park, the mountain biking in the greater area extends far beyond this popular location. And as such, so do the stages of Reef to Reef.
Reef to Reef visits Smithfield for the prologue on stage 1, before heading up the range to Davies Creek for Stage 2, and then onto Mount Molloy for Stage 3. Both these stages are stop the range. Davies Creek is dry and flowy, while Mt Molloy is a real mix of cattle country, old forestry roads in the rainforest, and old school singletrack. Stage 4 is pretty special, as after a loop up near Mt Molloy, you hit the iconic Bump Track, dropping down to the coast on a descent not unlike a mine shaft! A final blast up the beach takes you to the surf club at Port Douglas - the perfect race finish.
It may all seem a bit daunting with travel and four different locations, but here are our tips to make sure Reef to Reef is an awesome mountain bike holiday.