BikeRadar recently travelled to Cairns, Australia, for the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and while there, we took the chance to see why a place best known for its coral reefs, rainforests and crocodiles is now gaining a reputation as a world-class riding destination.
In the midst of the world cup racing action, we met with a local Smithfield family to see more of the comprehensive trail network that plays host to the mountain bike world cup. The Smithfield trails offer 60km of purpose built singletrack with varying trails for all abilities, ages and riding styles.
Video: BikeRadar visits the trails of Smithfield, Cairns
Famous trail builder Glen Jacobs truly believes these trails and the surrounding area are some of the most special places he’s ever ridden – no wonder he chooses to call it home!
While the trails were originally built more than 20 years ago to host the mountain bike world cup and world championships, there is now a range of surrounding options that cater to children and newer riders if the world cup course seems too extreme.
And with the network situated right on the edge of Cairns, there is no shortage of accommodation, restaurants and other activities nearby.
For more information on Smithfield, and many other Far North Tropical Queensland rides, visit RideCairns.com.