Bicycle Queensland’s Andrew Demack takes us through a special sneak preview of the 2018 Cycle Queensland ride.

I rode most of the Cycle Queensland 2018 route in early April, soon after the end of cyclone season.

Far North Queensland is always lush and green, but this time it was as if the plants were almost visibly growing as I rode past. We ride through rainforest, and cross a croc-infested river over the first couple of days along the tropical coastline.

The climb from Mossman up to the Atherton Tablelands was challenging but rewarded with an astonishing view back across to the Great Barrier Reef.

By day four we get to the fertile and scenic Atherton Tableland, simply one of the best places in Queensland to ride a bike, beautiful roads, glorious views, and wonderful weather. The day we ride from Atherton to Millaa Millaa via Herberton and Ravenshoe will live long in every rider’s memory.

Along the way there are historic villages and amazing waterfalls, grazing cows and towering trees.

And finally, as we leave the Tablelands, we are rewarded with the best half hour of the whole week, as we descend back to the Coast on the road of a thousand corners, the Gillies Highway. Lean right, swoop, straighten up, brake, lean left, swoop. I couldn’t stop smiling as I rode into Gordonvale.

I’m looking forward to doing it all over again this September.

Yours in cycling,

Andrew Demack