The Event

How do I get there?

The Cairns International Airport is the main airport to-and-from Cairns with direct flights to 20 international and 44 domestic destinations, handling more than three million passengers each year. Located just 10minutes/7km’s from the CBD, with regular shuttle services, both Domestic and International terminals offer comfort and ease of travel when passing through. The direct international destinations include Japan, New Zealand, China, Singapore, Guam, Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong. With all this on offer, Cairns is accessible from any corner of the globe.

What was the approximate temperature we will be riding in?

The festival is during the ‘winter’ of Tropical North Queensland, but don’t let that fool you! The weather offers welcoming temperatures 26 °C (79 °F) for an average high and 18 °C (64 °F) for an average low with low rainfall and humidity.

Is accommodation included in the any of the packages?

No, you must book your accommodation separately!

How can I volunteer and help out with the event?

Email with your details and availability and we will get back to you!

I am interested in sponsoring the event. How do I go about doing this?

A number of sponsorship opportunities exist for organisations keen to become involved with the Reef to Reef. Please contact us with your sponsorship enquiries by phoning 07 3139 0398 or emailing us at

What road closures will be in place?

The Road Closure Schedule is yet to be finalised and will be published on completion


I don't have a support crew.... Can I still race?

We’d love you to bring a crew so we can all hang out, however if you can't the Reef to Reef family can look after you. We can arrange a bag drop for you at the Start Line for each day and there will be shuttles to take you back to your car on day 4 (Day 1, 2 and 3 Start and Finish at the same place)

There will be water stations at the half way point but do not rely on them!

Which bike do I bring?

It would have to be one of the most commonly asked questions we receive in the lead up to the event, what bike should I bring? For some people they only have one bike to choose from but for others they have the luxury of choosing between multiple different machines. The simplest question to ask when contemplating what bike to bring is how well you want to go in the race.

Q. Do you want to excel in your category?
A. Bring the lightest bike that you have. A hardtail is perfectly fine and so is a lightweight XC Dually.

Q. Do you want to have a bit of fun but also be fast?
A. Bring a bike that has 110 or 120mm of travel up front and 100 or 110mm of travel in the rear. A lot of our single trails suit this style of bike.

Q. Just in it for fun?
A. Bring whatever bike you would like!

How many litres of water would you recommend we carry?

There will be a water station on course at around the half way point but do not rely on them. Riders will need a 2 or 3L hydration pack, like a Camelbak, for water. We also suggest riders carry a bottle of electrolytes.


Can I start the race with my friends? Even we are in different categories?

Yes! You can definitely start with your friends. Reef to Reef is fun for all!  If you want to hang back with your mates - go for it!


Eligible for Elite grading?

Simply email your MTB credentials to and be added to the list.

Are there age restrictions on the event?

Riders must be 16 years or older on the day of the event for Triple-R and 18 or older for R2R. Riders under the age of 18 must submit a minor registration waiver form with their application and must be accompanied on the ride by a nominated adult.


I registered and now cannot race, what are my options?

For information on the Reef to Reef withdrawal and refund policy, please read the Cancellation and Refund policy.

The Race

What services are at the Start/Finish Line?

Each Start and Finish line will have Registration, Information, First Aid, and Bike Mechanics, Food and Drink for purchase and a finish line festival on day 4.

Can riders of all levels participate?

Reef to Reef welcomes riders of all abilities. Our motto is ‘it’s a ride, not a race’. While there are elite riders participating each year, inexperienced entrants who are new to the sport of mountain biking also enter.

Is the ride timed?

Yes, the ride is timed. Rider times will be made available upon completion of each stage and will be uploaded to the Multisport Australia website shortly thereafter. Please be patient with our timers and do not approach them at the finish line until everyone has completed the day’s stage.