Push to position Far North as Australia's mountain biking capital continues
A STRATEGY to make the Far North the mountain biking capital of Australia will be revealed early next year.
Tourism Tropical North Queensland is working with the State Government on the plan.
Business Events Cairns and Great Barrier Reef director Rosie Douglas said mountain biking and cycling were two key areas of sports tourism that were being developed.
She told a Cairns Chamber of Commerce lunch of more than 200 people that events such as the Crocodile Trophy and the Cardiac Challenge were attracting mountain bikers.
Ms Douglas said Events Queensland ranked the Far North highly for cycling and mountain biking.
She said more mountain bikers used the trails in places such as Canada in the summer than snow skiers visited during winter.
"We can provide a point of difference, a tropical mountain biking mecca," Ms Douglas said.
Ms Douglas said there were plenty of trails at Mission Beach, on the Tableland, the Kuranda Range and in other areas.
She said in addition the region was fast becoming recognised for its heat training.
Ms Douglas said football was already using the Far North for heat training camps.
She said the next aim was the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
"We could target a country or entire sports (to do their pre-Games heat training in the Far North). We have the tropical climate, we are a Western country with good aviation access. We are in a prime position."
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