Greg Saw wins Crocodile Trophy title

Imogen Smith secures women's title

Imogen Smith and Greg Saw are the Elite Champions of the 2014 Crocodile Trophy. The 20th edition of the hardest mountain bike stage race in the world finished today at the breathtakingly beautiful Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas. The final stage 9 was a time trial race from Weatherby Station via the infamous Bump Track to Port Douglas.

"I raced the Crocodile Trophy to reconnect with my home country and to cure my homesickness for Australia," said Greg Saw, the 2014 Elite Men's Champion of the 20th Crocodile Trophy.

The Australian-born racer now lives in Norway as a pro-cyclist and surprised many of the UCI Elite mountain bikers at the start of the nine-day mountain bike stage race in Tropical North Queensland, which is generally considered to be the hardest one of it's kind in the world and certainly the biggest and most prestigious one for individual participants. Endorsed by the International Cycling Federation (UCI) as an S1 event, the highest possible status for stage races, the Elite riders were able to collect valuable UCI points, which will contribute to the global ranking of cyclists.

Saw completed the race from Cairns via the Atherton Tablelands, Irvinebank, Skybury Coffee Plantation and the historic Wetherby Cattle Station to Port Douglas in 26h53:47 and said that it was one of the most important victories in his cycling careers as he was joined by almost 100 Crocodile Trophy finishers on Four Mile Beach, which was the destination of the event for the first time in its history.

Saw's female counterpart, Imogen Smith completed the gruelling event across rough Outback roads, tight singletracks, rainforest trails and a 4km finish on Four Mile Beach in 36h12:26. She said today that it was the physical endurance skills that will have riders succeed in this event but that one's mental strength played a big role in finishing nine days of racing with a smile on your face.

"I would love to see more women compete in the Crocodile Trophy. This was the hardest stage race I have ever done and I really enjoyed the racing experience and the diversity of trails and the parts of Australia that you won't get to visit otherwise," Imogen Smith said today at the finish, adding and agreeing with Saw that they might just come back next year to defend their titles.

Ramses Bekkenk wins today's time trial

The fastest rider to complete today's 30km time trial from Wetherby Catte Station via the infamous Bump Track was Ramses Bekkenk (NED), who was the fastest one of five competitors to clock in a race time of under one hour. In today's general classification, Bekkenk finished in 58:13 ahead of Milton Ramos from Spain (+10.69), Greg Saw (+47.99), the Italian former pro-cyclist Max Lelli (+1:15.65) and Australia's Ondrej Slezak (+1:19.94).

Overall after nine stages and a gap of 7:53 minutes, Cory Wallace (CAN) came in second behind Saw. Third was Milton Ramos (ESP) ahead of Ramses Bekkenk (NED) and the Hungarian Márton Blazsó.

Andrew Hall from Canberra in Australia was awarded with the fastest Amateur and fastest Australian title of the 2014 event and Guido Thaler was the fastest Austrian across all nine stages of the event.

The race organiser, Gerhard Schönbacher, himself an ex-pro cyclist from Austria, was pleased with this year's event and today confirmed that arrangements for 2015 were already under way. He added that the race route was so popular with riders this year that it would be kept very similar for the 21st edition of the Crocodile Trophy.
 

Brief Results

Elite men stage 9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ramses Bekkenk (Ned) Koga KMC0:58:13 
2Milton Ramos (Esp) Intense-TowCar0:00:11 
3Greg Saw (Nor) iHus-Spiuk Norge0:00:48 
4Ondrej Slezak (Aus) Way2Live Quantum Racing0:01:20 
5Cory Wallace (Can) Kona0:03:24 
Elite women stage 9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Imogen Smith (Aus) Subaru-MarathonMTB.com1:15:24 
Amateur men 1 stage 9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jindra Knot (Cze)1:01:06 
2Andrew Lloyd (Aus)0:02:39 
3Benoit Smeuninx (Bel)0:08:52 
4Marek Tichy (Cze)0:27:09 
Amateur men 2 stage 9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrew Hall (Aus) Vie 13 Kustum Apparel1:02:42 
2Michal Kafka (Cze) Way2Live QuantumRacing0:00:16 
3Tiago Silva (Por)0:00:50 
4Marthijs (Ned) Scholten Cycling0:02:14 
5Lader Fabbri (Ita) Italian Cistyc Fibrosis Founda0:02:35 
Amateur men 3 stage 9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Max Lelli (Ita) Italian Cistyc Fibrosis Founda0:59:29 
2Jason Chalker (Aus) Vie 13 Kustom Apparel0:04:04 
3Ronny Raeymakers (Bel) Desert Duvel0:04:48 
4Jaysen Searle (Aus) Team Redarc0:06:25 
5Timothy Goulding (Aus)0:08:04 
Amateur men 4 stage 9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Davide Cassani (Ita)1:09:05 
2Garry James (Garry James)0:03:30 
3Jim Knudsen (JJ Peleton)0:03:54 
4Georg Vinczencz (Aut) Radsport Waldherr0:04:39 
5John Cosgriff (Aus) Team Redarc0:05:42 
Amateur women stage 9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sandra Starkey (Aus)1:20:43 
2Rita Esteves (Por)0:03:35 
3Sharman Parr (Aus)0:22:09 
Elite men final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Greg Saw (Nor) iHus-Spiuk Norge26:53:47 
2Cory Wallace (Can) KONA Factory Team0:07:53 
3Milton Ramos (Spa) Intense-TowCar0:23:09 
4Ramses Bekkenk (Ned) Koga KMC0:33:20 
5Marton Blazo (Hun) Kross Hungary0:52:50 
Elite women final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Imogen Smith (Aus) Subaru-MarathonMTB.com36:12:26 
Amateur men 1 final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jindra Knot (Cze)30:40:11 
2Andrew Lloyd (Aus)0:34:11 
3Benoit Smeuninx (Bel)5:13:05 
4Marek Tichy (Cze)11:24:54 
Amateur men 2 final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrew Hall (Vie 13 kustom apparel)28:55:54 
2Silva Tiago0:11:24 
3Lander Vanhee (desperate husbands)1:39:09 
4Dan McNarmara (Aus)2:29:10 
5Jürgen Hofer (Jürgen Hofer)2:40:11 
Amateur men 3 final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Max Lelli (Italian Cistyc Fibrosis Founda)30:13:44 
2Jason Chalker (Vie 13 kustom apparel)0:28:30 
3Timothy Goulding1:50:02 
4Jaysen Searle (Aus) Team Redarc1:55:31 
5Lieven Machtelinckx2:15:24 
Amateur men 4 final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Garry James (Garry James)32:10:24 
2John Cosgriff (Team Redarc)2:11:36 
3Davide Cassani (Italian Cistyc Fibrosis Founda)2:38:09 
4Jim Knudsen (JJ Peleton)3:35:14 
5Georg Vinczencz4:55:41 
Amateur women final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rita Esteves (Por)41:03:07 
2Sandra Starkey0:37:14 
3Sharman Parr (Aus)9:02:13 

 

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