Rain, dirt and a lot of ac­tion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

SEVENTY-FIVE keen moun­tain bik­ers from across the Far North braved the Julatten rain on Sun­day to take on the Twin Bridges Tus­sle, now in its second year.

The race, or­gan­ised by vol­un­teers from DIRT (Dou­glas Integrated Rid­ers and Trail­builders) Club took rid­ers through the mud and for­est at Black Moun­tain above Port Dou­glas.

One of the or­gan­is­ers and vol­un­teer trail builder Paul Hoye said the race was a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to show­case the beauty of the area.

“It’s great to bring them up here and in­tro­duce them to these trails,” he said.

“On the 50km ride they’re go­ing to ride through jun­gle, eu­ca­lypt and pine for­est.”

Months of work and plenty of hard yakka went into pre­par­ing the trail for the race.

Mr Hoye and a small crew of DIRT vol­un­teers helped pre­pare the trails with the as­sis­tance of work­ers of Queens­land Parks and Wildlife, who helped clear fallen trees.

The 75 rid­ers were split be­tween 32 and 50km races which took them down roads, sin­gle tracks and old horse trails that in many places, the for­est had been work­ing to re­claim.

Dou­glas Shire deputy mayor Abi­gail Noli was one of the rid­ers this year – she signed up after a good ex­pe­ri­ence at the in­au­gu­ral race, and says she would do it again.

“I prob­a­bly will for­get about the pain I felt yes­ter­day after­noon by next year,” she said.

“By the end of it I was more than done.

“It’s quite an in­ter­est­ing trail, with light rain­for­est, scrubby bush­land and heavy rain­for­est – you get to see the three dis­tinct veg­e­ta­tion types.

“A lot of the other com­peti­tors were com­ment­ing on what a pretty track it was.”

Paul Brown was the fastest male in the 32km race and first across the line at 1 hour and 35 min­utes. Jodie Keirle was the fastest fe­male clock­ing in at 1 hour and 42 min­utes.

In the 50km race, Oliver Phillips was the fastest male, com­ing home after 2 hours and 26 min­utes. Anita Narula was the fastest fe­male at 2 hours and 57 min­utes.

Abi­gail Noli: 32km race, time: 2.26.29

Lach­lan Wors­ley: 32km race, time: 2.17.54

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