Paluma Push mighty misty mission
MORE than 450 riders took part in the annual Paluma Push mountain biking event in misty conditions yesterday.
Riders of all ages and skill limits came from right around the country to challenge themselves on the 42km, 53km and 70km courses.
The always popular and challenging event drew 455 riders in total and Dan Rubach and Joanne Koy finished on top in the male and female divisions of the elite 70km course.
Rubach continued his winning ways at the event in a quality time of 2: 53: 03, defending his title after a breakthrough win in the 70km course in 2016.
Fellow Townsville cyclist local Joanne Koy took out the women’s event in 3: 46.12 after an accomplished display.
In the 53km course Alex Diorietes claimed the honours for the men in 2: 19.38 while Fiona McCloskey was the fastest female in 3: 03: 01.
The 42km course also saw some competitive biking as Nathan Granata ( 1: 31.25) and Imogen Blacklock ( 1: 57.20) finished on top of their respective divisions.
Paluma Push organiser Tony Paroz said the race was of a high standard in some ideal race conditions.
“Paluma really lived up to its name of the ‘ village in the clouds’ as the start was shrouded in mist, and very cool,” he said. “The track was dry and fast and almost all of our competitors finished and while our first aid staff treated several riders there was nothing too serious.”
Full results will be published on the Townsville Rockwheelers web site rockwheelers. com. au
The DURT Race Results will also be available for riders to check out on results. durt. com. au