Paluma Push Courses

The courses consist of dirt roads, old 4WD tracks, single technical track through the rainforest, sections of cow pad single track with climbs and lots of fun downhills.

***Course routes and/or distance have changed for Competition, Intermediate & e-Bike Class***

Recreational Class Course

-42KM-

Course Overview:

  • Paluma Village to Paluma Dam
  • From dam to Hidden Valley (4WD fire road and some single track)

This course will see you ride from Paluma Village to the Dam wall out to Hidden Valley Station via the State Forest Fire Road and then single track through the spectacular Hidden Valley complete with river crossing arriving at Hidden Valley Village.

You will require a level of experience and confidence in mountain biking and a good level of fitness and endurance. Just because it the recreational class does not mean it will be easy. There are multiple long climbs and long descents heading to the dam. Out the back of the dam, there is a long steep descent where the track is loose and can be sketchy, speed control and balance is essential. So in your preparations, you must include uphill climbs and descents.

If this is your first endurance mountain bike race the 42km Recreational Course will be the most ideal and suitable course.

This course is recommended for the novice (6 months or more of regular riding) to intermediate mountain bike riders with a good level of fitness and reasonable skill level.

e-Bike Recreational Class Course

-53KM-

Course Overview:

  • Paluma Village to Paluma Dam
  • Paluma Dam Loop (10km)
  • Loop 2 (4km) – only once, clockwise
  • Loop 4 (Graves Loop)

This e-bike course will see you ride from Paluma Village to the Dam wall out to Hidden Valley Station via the Dam Loop, the State Forest Fire Road, then onto Loop 4 (Graves Loop) to truly challenge your technical skills and then single track through to Hidden Valley Village.

This course is recommended for experienced riders with a good level of fitness and a competent skill level for single track sections even if you are on an e-bike.

Note: Cut off time applies at Check Point 4. Any riders not passed Check Point 4 in 2hrs and 45 minutes will be required to move onto the 42km course and listed as DNF.

Intermediate Class Course

-53KM-

Course Overview:

  • Paluma Village to Paluma Dam
  • Paluma Dam Loop (10km)
  • Loop 2 (4km) – only once, clockwise
  • Loop 4 (Graves Loop)

The Intermediate Course is a pumped-up recreational course incorporating the Paluma Dam loop and an awesome forest single track loop (Loop 2) about 5km after the dam to test your technical skill level.

If you've done the 42km Recreational Course before and are looking to further challenge your mountain bike skills, then the Intermediate Course is for you. It’s hard work but will be rewarding.

This course is recommended for experienced riders with a good level of fitness and a competent skill level for single track sections.

Note: Cut off time applies at Check Point 4. Any riders not passed Check Point 4 in 2hrs and 45 minutes will be required to move onto the 42km course and listed as DNF.

Competition Class Course

-70KM-

MTBA National Cup - Tier 1 Event

Course Overview:

  • Paluma Village to Paluma Dam
  • Paluma Dam Loop (10km)
  • Loop 2 (4km) – only once, clockwise
  • Loop 3 (18km)
  • Loop 4 (Graves Loop)

This course is the ultimate mountain bike challenge. It has long solid climbs and descents, technical sections along each loop. Loop 3 will make you work cry and smile all at the same time.  It’s hard course but it is a fantastic ride.

This course is recommended for very experienced and very fit riders who are trained for endurance marathon races only.

Note: Cut off time applies at Check Point 4. Any riders not passed Check Point 4 in 2hrs and 45 minutes will be required to move onto the 42km course and listed as DNF.

General Course Info

This is an endurance mountain bike race and with that mountain biking has its inherent risks.

The conditions along the course are variable but being in July it’s traditionally a glorious North Queensland winter, cool and sometimes misty at the start in Paluma and dry and warmer conditions as riders approach Hidden Valley. Ultimately, conditions can depend on the amount of rain the area gets in the Summer/Wet Season and any rain in the lead up to race day. A good wet season makes for a couple of interesting creek crossings.

The first 5km of the race is along the bitumen road. Riders are required to be mindful of others around and behind them as everyone slowly spaces out. Please do not stop suddenly without checking behind you first.

There are 6 Check Points along the route all with radio contact to each other and Paluma and Hidden Valley.

At each Check Point, Recreational, Intermediate and Competitive classes take different routes and these turns are clearly marked.

Sections of the course between Check Point 3 to the end run through private property. Access before and after the race is prohibited. Townsville Rockwheelers has special permission for property owners granting the event access to use these tracks on race day and for volunteers leading up to the race. Any unauthorized access prior to the event can jeopardize the Club’s overall to these tracks.

There will be sweep riders to offer mechanical assistance, first aid and make sure no one is left behind.

Riders are required to take note of all safety signage and warnings on the course. Examples of signage will be available in the Rider Handbook (still to be finalised)

DISCLAIMER: Townsville Rockwheelers reserves the right to alter the courses in any way to ensure the safety of riders, volunteers and workers should a significant weather event cause damage to any part of the course in the lead to or during the event.

Paluma Push 2019 OCM Final