Rain, dirt and a lot of action
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