WILLETT WHEELIE READY FOR PUSH
FORMER Paluma Push winner Jodie Willett has a different focus in mind as she returns to give North Queensland’s premier mountain bike race another crack.
Willett will resume her friendly rivalry with Townsville’s defending National Road Series champion Ruth Corset when they tackle the 70km course through the Paluma National Park.
The pair used to ride together for the Pensar Hawk Racing team on the NRS and they finished first and second respectively when riding against each other in the Push in 2012.
The Brisbane- based rider is now a Mountain Bike Australia junior development coach and spent yesterday working with a class of kids from Ignatius Park College and training coaches.
It’s meant she’s taken a step back from her racing but she was looking forward to the chance to ride with Corset again even if her training has been down.
“I’m learning now to enjoy my riding and it’s less about the competing,” she said.
Townsville twins Jeff and Dan Rubach should be hard to beat in their quest to make it back- to- back top- two finishes in the overall race.
Just six weeks after taking the RRR title in Cairns, the brothers are hoping to repeat their efforts from the 2014 Paluma race when they finished first and second.
Organisers expanded the Push to 750 riders this year.
A 53km intermediate course has been added to this year’s competition along with the 70km main race and 42km recreation course.
PEDAL POWER: Jodie Willett is one of the favourites in this year's Paluma Push.