He won five of the ten stages, he worked were needed and made himself popular with riders and race staff alike. There’s no doubt that 33-year-old rider, Jeroen Boelen, deserves to be the overall winner of the 17th Crocodile Trophy.
After 1200 kilometers across the rainforests and outback of North Queensland he finished with almost an hour’s lead of Austrians Wofgang Krenn and Josef Benedseder.
The result could have been different, if main challenger Urs Huber from Switzerland hadn’t dropped out on the eve of the 9th stage.
Jeroen Boelen (Milka-Trek) is a successful former road rider and his mountain bike career has now just begun. Earlier this year he finished, with Bart Brentjens, 7th in the Cape Epic.