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. 

Course Overview

R2R Overview 2018

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.

Terrain Overview

Cycle Trail/Single Track

Single track 51

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

Firetrail 42

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

Sealed Road

Road 11

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

Gravel Road

Gravel 2

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

Stage 1

START & FINISH: Smithfield MTB Park
DISTANCE:          20km

Seems like as good a place to start as any…

A rainforest ride in the tracks of champions at the iconic Smithfield MTB park - host of the 2017 MTB Worlds. If variety is the spice of life then think of this as the Sichuan pepper of Aussie MTB trails. Our special selection of well-groomed and much-loved trails will give 4-day riders a nice little intro into what’s to come over the following 3 days.

Smithfield MTB Park is located just 20 minutes’ drive north of Cairns Airport.

Single Track Farm Track Gravel Road Sealed Road
90% 5% 5% 0%

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R2R stage 1 tropical berms

R2R S1 elevation only

Stage 2

Start & Finish:  Davies Creek MTB Park
Distance:           50km
Elevation Gain: 600m

All the single trailers, all the single trailers…

Davies Creek is just 45 minutes out of Cairns, and if you like it fast and flowy, then start frothing. Hard-packed single trail sections wind through scrubby bushland and granite-lined gullies. We’ll throw in a couple of short, punchy climbs – but your reward will be free entry into one of the best natural plunge pools around.

Davies Creek is located just 45 minutes out of Cairns. 

Single Track Farm Track Gravel Road Sealed Road
40% 50% 10% 0%

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Reef to Reef Stage 2 Fun Trails Jump

R2R S2 elevation only

Stage 3

Start & Finish:  Mount Molloy
Distance:           63km
Elevation Gain: 450m

One will be mostly amused…

Every bike race has its Queen stage, and stage 3’s tropical trek through not one, but two national parks was the obvious choice. A good mix of trails, and just enough of a challenge to let you know you’re not on your normal Saturday social spin. Trust us when we tell you that any breath you do have left during this stage will be taken away by epic views and stunning scenery.

Located a 1 hour drive from Cairns or 45 minutes from Port Douglas.

Single Track Farm Track Gravel Road Sealed Road
40% 50% 9% 1%

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Reef to Reef Stage 3 rainforest

R2R S3 elevation only

Stage 4

Start:                 Wetherby Station (Mount Molloy)
Finish:                Port Douglas 
Distance:           55km
Elevation Gain: 320m

One bump or two?

Day four is 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 country gives way to a final blast through the rainforest.

Then it’s down, down, down the famous bump track. The last hard packed sandy stretch will live long in your memory… if your mind hasn’t already wandered to the frothy ale awaiting you at the finish line.  

Single Track Farm Track Gravel Road Sealed Road
25% 60% 12% 3%

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

Reef to Reef Stage 4 beach port douglas

R2R S4 map elevation only