Australian Mountain Bike - - Fast Track -

When you float over a gap, rail through a berm or clean a tech­ni­cal climb or rocky chute – who do you want to share that ex­cite­ment with? Prob­a­bly one of your rid­ing bud­dies. Rid­ing with friends is part of what fu­els the stoke for moun­tain bik­ing, and that dy­namic is just a small part of what makes paired events a whole dif­fer­ent beast to a nor­mal moun­tain bike event.

The same peo­ple who have built Cape to Cape and spawned Port to Port are run­ning their third 4-day moun­tain bike event, Reef to Reef, in the sunny and steamy climes of Trop­i­cal North Queens­land. Given the pop­u­lar­ity of paired races like the Cape Epic, The Pioneer and Swiss Epic, the north­ern cousin here in Aus­tralia has a paired cat­e­gory.

The idea is you need to stay within two min­utes of your team mate, but in re­al­ity you want to be closer than that as you chase each other, fol­low lines, talk tac­tics and ba­si­cally get each other through to the fin­ish as fast as pos­si­ble. And it means you have some­one right on the fin­ish line to share that pos­trace ela­tion with, the highs, the lows, the near misses - ev­ery­thing!

Reef to Reef is also open to solo rid­ers but we hear pairs is where the ac­tion is, and we’re con­vinced. From the open­ing paired time trial at Smith­field, to fast and drifty trails at Davies Creek, out­back and rain­for­est trails at Mt Mol­loy and the iconic Bump Track down to Port Dou­glas, we can’t wait. Bring on 9-12 Au­gust.

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