Troy Brosnan | Escape to Paradise Part 2

Last week we brought you Part One of Troy Brosnan's time in Cairns, Australia and now you can feast your eyes on the follow-up video. Scroll down to see images from his trip spent checking out the 2016 Cairns UCI World-Cup and 2017 UCI World Championships course, and finding time to get out and about and sample the tropical delights and meet some scary-looking local wildlife.

After Troy Brosnan was invited to Cairns, the task was set to ensure he got to experience everything Cairns could throw at him within a week. 

Troy went scuba diving for the first time on the Great Barrier Reef, fed giant saltwater crocodiles, took on bungy jumping, glided over rainforest mountain ranges and got sent sky high hot-air ballooning. 

In between experiencing all this for the first time, the Cairns UCI World-Cup DH course was going to be the most important part to Troy's stay. In 2014, Troy had a less than ideal race in far less than ideal conditions. Cairns saw a cyclone skirt past the region days before the event, leading to the post-cyclone rain to fall down as racers began to hit the course. Conditions were bleak, and the track fell apart in front of our eyes. 

While the event ran smoothly and the region hailed for its efforts ensuring so, all riders left with unfinished business as no visiting rider got to experience the course to its full potential.

Troy had multiple sessions on the course during his visit, each time finding new and daring gaps and lines not even fathomable during racing in 2014.

His time on course in the dry left Troy eager for his return in April, with a head start in what to expect in any condition of racing. 

Whether a returning athlete, visiting spectator, local or far away tuning in online - we know this race is going to be a step further in the right direction as Cairns perfects itself in preparation for the 2017 UCI Mountain-Bike World Championships.