The 2018 Eight Tableland Towns Audax ride will start at Coffee Works in Mareeba (Mason Street). Below are your instructions for these three great new courses.
If you have never ridden an Audax ride before, please check out Audax in FNQ – A Rough Guide to Everything.
Parking – Coffee Works gates will open at 5.30am for parking. Please park towards the back of the car park. Gates will close at 4pm (or soon afterwards). 200km riders should park on the road outside, but please don’t park immediately in front of Coffee Works.
Check-in is from 5.45am to 6.15am where you will receive your Brevet card and be allocated to a wave start. A ride briefing is at 6.15am, and the ride starts at 6.30am sharp
Map and Cue Sheets – Links to your map and cue sheets are provided below. Please print these out to refer to during your ride. Or download the map onto your bike computer from the RideWithGPS file.
After the ride – Until 4pm, enter Coffee Works from the footpath directly onto the lawn (through a brown wooden gate). Bikes can be laid on the lawn, and you can hand in your Brevet card and enjoy a coffee and a snack. After 4pm, Coffee Works will be closed, and volunteers will be outside on the footpath to meet incoming riders.
100km Road – If you are looking for a flat and scenic road ride, look no further (unless you plan to move away from FNQ !!) The 100km heads through Paddy’s Green, Springmount and past the Mt Emerald Wind Farm, before stopping for a break in Walkamin. Then it’s downhill (mostly) all the way home.
200km Road – Another flatty and a goody. Take a small trip out to Biboohra, then return towards Mareeba before heading through Paddy’s Green, Mutchilba and Dimbulah. Take the back roads home through Oaky Creek and Mt Emerald, before heading back through Chewko to Mareeba. There is a little heart-breaker just before the end, with a side trip to the airport to make up the complete 200km.
Lighting and reflective vest rules apply to the 200km ride only, as your time allowance of 13.5 hours goes into the night (ie: until 6.30pm). A lighting inspection will be conducted for all 200km riders.
75km Dirt – By special request, this one is for the lovers of dirt. Head up the rail reserve from Mareeba to Walkamin, and follow the Rail Trail to Rocky Creek. Test your navigational skills and find the secret stamp at Barney Springs. Return via the Rail Trail towards Walkamin and take a dirt detour along Morganbury Road. Enjoy a Control stop at Walkamin, before tackling Henry Hannam Drive and the Tinaroo Creek Road on the return journey to Mareeba.
There is one control at Walkamin, with access to water, snacks and a shop in each direction. This ride will not pass any other shops or water stops along the way.