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    The 2012 Crocodile Trophy will start in Far North Queensland on October 20 with a bang: for the first time, the World Cup tracks at Smithfield in Cairns will be included for stage 1.  The 30km race course on the technically challenging terrain will also allow local Australian and New Zealand riders to race with the international Crocodile Trophy crowd, and there are plans to open up stage 2 from Cairns to Lake Tinaroo to the public as well.From Cairns,   the following eight days will challenge the technical skills of participants more than ever previously. ""The stages will be shorter, however,  they will include considerably more mountain bike tracks,"" said event organizer Gerhard Schönbacher. The race is famous for including large sections of gravel roads, many of which are extremely rough. Furthermore, a time trial in the historic mining town of Irvinebank will add some variety.Overall, the participants will ride 866km, with the longest stage covering 136km.The Outback will continue to be centre-stage with the cattle station at Mt. Mulligan,  Mitchell River and the Bicentennial National Trail all being included in the stage plan of the race through the Australian bush. In addition, the legendary stage through the ""Quinken Aboriginal Reserver"" from Maytown to Laura will be revived and included after a 10-year hiatus."
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