Register for this great adventure as a road rider dirt rider support crew volunteer
Don’t let the name ‘Dirty Boys’ fool you – this awesome ride is open to both experienced male and female riders.
The dirt option is for experienced mountain bike riders with high quality, well serviced bikes, and will challenge the most hardy of skilled riders with long, corrugated and sometimes sandy and dusty terrain. It is impossible to ride dirt the entire way, and we do our best to maximise dirt time.
The premise upheld by the dirt riders is enjoyment, and the shared passion of seeing remote, untouched places. On any day, our permits run from 7am to 5pm, and we are not allowed to ride outside these hours.
Some of the dirt sections are upwards of 140km, which is a massive distance to cover cross-country. On occasions the ride must traverse bitumen sections between dirt roads. We often have to transport between the overnight camp and the start of the day’s ride, and similarly, at times during the day.
The Dirt Riders will present as a united voice, and at any stage during the day, if the consensus amongst the group isto opt to transport, then this is what will happen. We do not ride in packs, however, will all stop together at designated places en-route ( usually every 30-40 minutes or as required).
Our support vehicles carry the navigation gear, spares, food and drink, and ultimately make the final decisions on the group’s movements.
Dirty Boys Expression of Interest to ride
This popular ride fills up quickly each year. To ensure that all riders have the experience and equipment necessary to complete this ride, all persons interested in being a part of the Dirt Ride must complete an Expression of Interest Form.
Once you have completed your expression of interest please email it to Ride Director Helena McInnes at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Dirty Boys Committee will review all Expressions of Interest and allocate ride positions accordingly. Positions will be allocated on a first in, first served basis…our tip –get in early to avoid disappointment! Once you have the ‘thumbs ups’ you are free to enter online. (NB: online entries open on 1st February 2018).
A recently serviced, maintained mountain bike – minimum Deore/Sachs X-7 components
Front suspension fork, such as Rock Shox Alpha 2/Fox 100mm with lockout preferable
Relatively new tyres, such as Specialised Ground Control or Maxxis Larsen 26 x 2.00 max size One bidon, preferably two
Spare parts network, including spokes, chain, tubes, tyres, and service kit for each night, including TF2 lube, Rag, track pump and basic tools like allen keys, tyre levers etc.
|Friday June 29 2018 – Briefing at Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina Cairns
Arrange own accommodation
Collect ride jerseys 4.30 – 6.30pm
Briefing for all riders, support crew 7 – 8pm
|Day 1 – Saturday June 30 2018, Cairns to Atherton
Meet at Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina Cairns Car Park Carpark. 5km ride before boarding the bus.
Cairns to Kuranda, via the Kuranda Range Road
Kuranda to Koah Service Station – Palm Valley Road
Palm Valley Road to Barron River – QR Access Road – Bibhoora
Bibhoora to Mareeba for Lunch with all riders and support crews
Mareeba to Atherton
| Day 2 – Sunday July 1 2018, Atherton to Mt Garnet
Transport to historic Lappa Junction Railway Siding – 40km
|Day 3 – Monday July 2 2018, Mt Garnet to Mt Surprise
Transport 16km Mt Garnet to Savannah Way dirt section
Ride Savannah Way dirt route 112km through Station properties – avoiding the mine transport trucks
Savannah Route dirt to Mt Surprise 16km
|Day 4 – Tuesday July 3 2018, Mt Surprise to Georgetown
Transport to Mt Surprise Station turnoff
Dirt through Junction Creek to the Einasleigh River 40km
Transport to lunch at the Newcastle Range lookout, ride bitumen to town.
|Day 5 – Wednesday July 4 2018, Georgetown to Croydon
Transport to Mt Turner turnoff
Dirt to Mt Turner Station 38km loop / Tonks Camp to Forest Home Homestead
Lunch at Gilbert River
Ride 13km to Inorunie St turnoff then 20km to homestead and loop back to highway
Transport to Croydon
|Day 6 – Thursday July 5 2018 Croydon to Normanton
Ride across Dam Wall onto road to Tabletop Station to check out old cemetery and other historical relics from Gold mine era.Loop back to highway. 50kmTransport to Shady Lagoons turnoff 70kmDirt through Shady Lagoons station and loop back to Normanton. 34km
| Day 7 – Friday July 6 2018, Normanton to Karumba
Dirt ride from Normanton before stepping onto the barge for the final leg into Karumba!