The 48km Medio Fondo departs from Williams Esplanade in Palm Cove in front of the Surf Club. This palm tree lined; beachside paradise will be a magical destination to begin our Medio Fondo (medium ride). This distance will open up the opportunity to ride on Great Barrier Reef Drive with no traffic to a much broader group of people. There are a few hills along the way, so we would encourage you to train for the ride, but it is well within reach of many who might be looking for a challenge.

There are plenty of Aid Stations along the course to keep you fuelled and hydrated and you will have the opportunity to experience riding your bike along one of the most spectacular roads in the world; Great Barrier Reef Drive, which will be fully closed to traffic in both directions.

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  1. Start
  2. Aid Station – Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures – 18.7km
  3. KOM/QOM Start – 19.6km
  4. KOM/QOM Finish – Rex Lookout – 20.6km
  5. Aid Station – Thala Beach Nature Reserve – 29.5km
  6. Finish
  7. Recovery Area

NOTE: We STRONGLY recommend that you DO NOT ride Great Barrier Reef Drive outside of the Port Douglas Gran Fondo as it is a very busy highway that is used by sugar cane trucks, tourist buses, cars towing caravans and tourists driving up and back from Cairns. There are tight winding corners and no shoulder so stay safe and enjoy riding around other parts of the region instead.

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  • Ride Date: Sunday, 11 September 2022
  • Ride Start Time: 7:15am
  • Start Line: Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove (in front of the Surf Club Palm Cove)
  • Distance: 48km
  • Elevation: 377m
  • Minimum average speed: 14kmph (this allows for 2 x 10min comfort breaks/bidon refill stops)
  • Start divided into estimated speed groups: 14-17kmph / 18-20kmph / 21-25kmph / 26-30kmph / Over 30kmph
  • Finish Line / Festival Expo Location: Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina
  • Minimum Age: 12 years (Age at 11 September 2022). Riders aged 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Bag drop service to transport your official Port Douglas Gran Fondo Festival day bag only to Port Douglas (must be dropped off in Palm Cove Saturday, 10 September 2022 before 5:00pm at the secure bag drop area at the Registration desk in front of the Surf Club Palm Cove, 135 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove).
  • Entries Close: Midnight Wednesday, 7 September 2022
  • E-Bikes, recumbents and tandems are permitted in the 48km Medio Fondo. No time-trial bikes permitted (para cyclists are permitted to ride modified bikes to suit their needs).
  • Insurance: Rider insurance is compulsory for this event. If you do not have a current AusCycling membership, an $8 fee will apply. Please note that your entry does not include any insurance for bikes and accessories. It is recommended that individuals consider their own insurance.
  • Great Barrier Reef Drive will be open to traffic in both directions at 1.30pm
  • Return transfers from Port Douglas to Palm Cove for you and your bike can be purchased when entering or added closer to the ride date.
  • Staying in Port Douglas Saturday, 10 September 2022? – Transfers from Port Douglas to the start in Palm Cove for you and your bike can be purchased when entering or added closer to the ride date.
  • Great Barrier Reef Drive fully closed to traffic
  • One of the most spectacular courses in the world!
  • Numbered timing and helmet stickers
  • Rider Guide
  • Aid Stations with SIS electrolyte hydration, water, food and Premax sunscreen
  • Bike and helmet check prior to registration
  • Mechanical support at start line and out on course
  • Medical support
  • Polices support
  • Toilets on course
  • Moto Scout support
  • SAG Wagon support
  • Post ride recovery area
  • Online safety briefing
  • Secure bike parking at finish area
  • Sponsor discounts
  • Destination experience discounts
Early Bird 19 January 2022 – 10 June 2022


Standard 11 June 2022 – 10 August 2022 $100
Late 11 August 2022 – 7 September 2022 $110


AusCycling $20 Discount

We are now offering all AusCycling members a $20 discount off our regular prices for the 136km and 100km Gran Fondo and 48km Medio Fondo rides. Enter your AusCycling membership number during registration and then use Promotion Code AUSCYCLING22