2019 Course Overview

Each day’s stage has its own unique terrain and character to keep things interesting with a mix of fast flowing single trail, farm track, groomed downhill trails and fire trails – many through private land that can only be ridden while racing the Reef to Reef. Below is the 2019 course.

R2R 2019 Overview Map

Reef to Reef courses can only be ridden in their full format at event time. Locals hero’s open up their gates and allow access to their private land for the R2R riders as the event benefits the community in so many ways. Please respect private property and make sure we are able to continue accessing these tracks by not pre-riding the course.

2019 Terrain Overview

Cycle Trail/Single Track

Terrain Singletrack2

Cycle Trails are purpose built and are a smaller version of a gravel road, with smooth hard packed riding surface. Single Track are purpose built trails to allow the rider to enjoy berms, with fast and flowy corners. Generally a hard packed dirt surface.

4WD/Farm Track

Terrain Firetrail

Typically formed for 4WD vehicles on farm properties, these tracks are largely comfortable surface track with some grass, rocks and ruts.

Sealed Road

Terrain Road

A standard road with bitumen seal which creates a smooth and fast low friction surface.

Gravel Road

Terrain Gravel

This is a standard gravel road, generally smooth with small aggregate used on the surface.

Stage 1

START & FINISH:  Smithfield MTB Park
DISTANCE:           17km
ELEVATION GAIN: 600m

A world cup mountain bike track seems like as good a place to start as any…

Located just 20 minutes drive north of Cairns Airport, Stage 1 returns to the iconic Smithfield Mountain Bike Park where you'lll tackle 17km of world class single track, steep climbs and fast, flowing descents. A slightly shorter course with a little less climbing compared to last year, this stage will give riders a chance to blow out the cobwebs while also being a nice little intro into what’s to come over the following 3 days.

Single Track Farm Track Gravel Road Sealed Road
75% 11% 11% 3%

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R2R 19 Stage5


Stage 2

Start & Finish:  Davies Creek MTB Park
Distance:           51km
Elevation Gain: 600m

All the single trailers, all the single trailers…
Stage 2 will return to the dry bush of Davies Creek Mountain Bike Park. Davies Creek is just 45min to the west of Cairns up on the Tableland. You’ll be treated to hard-packed single trail sections that wind through scrubby bushland and granite-lined gullies. We’ll throw in a couple of short, punchy climbs but your reward after 51km will be free entry into one of the best natural plunge pools around.

Single Track Farm Track Gravel Road Sealed Road
41% 36% 24% 0%

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R2R 19 Stage2


Stage 3

Start & Finish:   Mount Molloy
Distance:            66km
Elevation Gain:  1200m

Every bike race has its Queen stage, and  for Reef to Reef it's Stage 3. A tropical trek through some of the most incredible rainforest trails. With a new start line  in Mt Molloy, you’ll roll down the main street of town before heading out on to Wetherby Road towards some of the most incredible rainforests on the planet. Creek crossings, stunning views and a lung busting 70kms will have you looking for the finish line back in Mt Molloy. Yes there's a few more k's on the stage but we have an EPIC new trail to show off that's going to blow your mind so it'll be worth the grind.

Single Track Farm Track Gravel Road Sealed Road
29% 33% 36% 3%

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R2R 19 Stage3


Stage 4

Start:                 Mount Molloy
Finish:                Port Douglas 
Distance:           51km
Elevation Gain: 730m

Bumpety bump...

It's all about that finish line feeling but getting to the beach at Port Douglas takes you across and down some of the coolest trails you’ll ever ride. Cattle and cane country give way to a final blast through the rainforest. Then it’s down, down, down the famous Bump Track. The last hard packed sandy stretch up Four Mile Beach will live long in your memory (and legs)… and the finish line in front of the Port Douglas Surf Club will cap off an epic four days of riding. Now it’s time to sit back, relax, grab a burger and a beer and celebrate!

Single Track Farm Track Gravel Road Sealed Road
23% 31% 27% 10%

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All courses are subject to change up until race morning briefing.

R2R 19 Stage4

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