Paluma Push mighty misty mis­sion

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

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

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