Glen Jacobs Reveals ‘Hero Project’ For Far North Queensland
CAIRNS man Glen Jacobs has sculpted more than 300 mountain bike trails in 20 countries, but is hoping his next project along the Far North Queensland coast will be the best yet.
The trail designer has been eyeing off the 40-odd kilometres between Palm Cove and Port Douglas for nearly 20 years and says now is the time to move on what he has labelled his “hero project”.
The man responsible for establishing the mountain bike scene in the Far North 25 years ago and subsequently bringing the 1996 World Championships and 2015 World Cup to Cairns says that a ride or walk above the Captain Cook Highway would be “unique to Australia and the world”.
Mr Jacobs was the president of Cairns Mountain Bike Club in 1990, before capitalising on his abilities as a trail designer to become the first Australian professional in the field.
Now his company World Trail designs mountain bike networks around the globe and is regularly consulted by the world cycling body Union Cycliste Internationale.
He has been mapping the land between Palm Cove and Port Douglas with his aerial drone and believes a trail, with multiple stop-off points and alternate routes into the mountains and beach, needs to happen.
“It would be truly spectacular and unique to Australia and the world,” Mr Jacobs said.
“I’ve been sitting on it for 20 years, have already scoped it out and have the vision clearly in mind.
“You see the imagery during the bike leg of Ironman Cairns and this would only be better, it’s really a hero project for the region that would bring people here from all over the world.”
The concept has the backing of tourism identities, who say the trail would give new life to tourist hot spots that are already along the picturesque coastline.
Destination Cairns Marketing director Denis Donaghy said it had great appeal given its low cost to stakeholders.
“It’s not a big-ticket item but it could be immense to our tourism landscape; you’d struggle to get a bed at any of the caravan parks or hotels along the way,” he said.
“If anyone can get it going though – get all the parties singing from the same hymn sheet – it’ll be Glen and I’ll certainly be there to help him do that,” Mr Donaghy said.