2021 Tour of FNQ
- Cairns to Cooktown (Gravel/MTB)
TOUR 1: April 30 – May 6 2021
TOUR 2: May 10 – May 16 2021
TOUR 3: July 2 – July 8 2021
TOUR 4: Sept 4 – Sept 10 2021
The Topbike 2021 Cairns to Cooktown Tour will be 7 days (6 nights) fully supported, off the tourist route where possible, riding up to 105k a day (one day only), starting and finishing in Cairns.
With a Cairns start and finish, we’ll be kicking off with two days in Atherton. Moving north from Atherton, we’ll transport into Daintree, before riding through to Cape Tribulation, for two nights. Here we will experience the beauty of Cape Tribulation, along with a visit to Wujal Wujal for a ‘Welcome to Country’ and guided rainforest walk, accompanied by Tea & Damper. Leaving Cape Trib we will ride into Cooktown, via the infamous Lion’s Den Hotel, for the final two nights.
Group size will be limited to 13, with 3 staff. There are plenty of opportunities for extra riding, if the planned day’s ride may not be enough for you.
2021 Tour Dates
CAIRNS to COOKTOWN (Gravel/MTB)
TOUR I: April 30 – May 6 2021
TOUR II: May 10 – May 16 2021
TOUR III: July 2 – July 8 2021
TOUR IV: Sept 4 – Sept 10 2021
Image Credt: Tourism & Events Queesland
Your tour guide/host for this tour, David Olle, spent most of the 1980’s working out of Cairns in the Northern Prawn Fishery, covering the east coast, Torres Straits and Gulf of Carpentaria. In the early 2000’s he twice raced the Crocodile Trophy, traversing many of the roads we use in this tour. David & Emma, through Topbike, have developed a strong bond with Atherton, as many of the locals have come along on tour to Europe over the past 15 years. They’ve visited FNQ most every year since their first euro foray. Topbike has also sponsored a junior development program in the local cycling club.
We recommend a gravel style bike to be the most suitable for this ride, or a mountainbike or an Ebike version of either of the aforementioned. Hire bikes/Ebikes can be organized at an additional cost.
2021 Tour Price: $4,170.00 (AUD) (Per person)
Topbike Hire Bikes & Electric Bikes
Topbike Hire bikes can be organized at an additional cost. We have ten 2017 full carbon handmade Italian Casati bikes, all with di2, disc brakes and compact gearing. There’s also new Wiliers from 2018 and 2019.
Topbike Electric Bikes are also available: E-Bikes are a great option for those occasional riders or partners of riders who want to come on tour. All of Topbikes’ Cycling Tours are achievable by anyone on one of our E-Bikes.
We have ten Garmin 800s (with euro maps) available to use while on tour.
Tour Start / FinishCairns, QLD
Pick UpCairns Hotel / other location, TBA
Drop OffCairns Hotel / other location, TBA
Cycling Fitness/ExperienceAny + E-Bikes Available
2021: Day 1 | Atherton – familiarisation ride
April 30 | May 10 | July 2 | Sept 4 |After pick up, in Cairns, and transport up to Atherton, we’ll set up our bikes and get out for a ride in our environs. There’s a lovely mix of gravel and bitumen close by, that leads through the centre of the mountainbike park, which will be ideal for our afternoon orientation ride.
2021: Day 2 | Atherton (<90k)
May 1 | May 11 | July 3 | Sept 5 |
2021: Day 3 | Transport to Daintree, ride into Cape Tribulation (53k)
May 2 | May 12 | July 4 | Sept 6 |
2021: Day 4 | Ride up to China Camp for ‘Welcome to Country’ (42k)
May 3 | May 13 | July 5 | Sept 7 |
2021: Day 5 | Ride Cape Trib to Cooktown via Lion’s Den Hotel (104k)
May 4 | May 14 | July 6 | Sept 8 |
2021: Day 6 | Ride around Cooktown, up Grassy Hill
May 5 | May 15| July 7 | Sept 9 |
Endeavour River from Grassy Hill, Cooktown. Image Credit: Tourism & events Queensland.