Courses

Paluma Push Courses

The courses are a combination of dirt roads, old 4WD tracks, technical single track through the rainforest, sections of cow pad single track with climbs and lots of fun downhills. Parts of the course are on PRIVATE PROPERTY and we ask you to not ride in Hidden Valley unless authorised by the property owner Brian Furber. If you wish to ride these parts of the course prior to the race, please join us for the free social rides we host in the lead up to the event. Please do your part and help us maintain a good relationship with the property owners and refrain from riding these sections without permission. 

See overview map for which sections can be ridden outside of the event and which are on private property.

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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 basic level of experience and confidence in mountain biking and a good level of fitness and endurance. Just because it is 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 tricky, 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.

Download the course GPX file here

 

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.

Download the GPX file here

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.

Download the course GPX file here

100km Crazy Class Course

-100KM-

Course Overview:

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

This Adventure course takes in all the best features of the 70km course and adds in a bit more fun along the way. After completing the Graves Loop, you will turn left and head up along Benham's Track until another left hand turn. This will bring you back around past the Graves. The last Loop of the course takes you up Mount Fox Road, be prepared for a bit of climbing. The course then takes you left for some more climbing until you hit a set of cattle yards. A bit of undulating hills followed by a long and fast down hill section to the finish line.

This course is recommended for experienced riders only with a high level of fitness and a very competent skill level for single track riding.

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. Another cut of point will be placed towards the end of the 70km section (TBC).

Download the GPX file here.

Competition Class Course

-70KM-

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, sweat, cry and smile all at the same time.  It’s a tough 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.

Download the course GPX file here

 


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 and slippery root sections.

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. This section of the road will be closed to all traffic from 8am to 10am. Any other sections of the course, ie. dirt road sections in Hidden Valley are NOT closed to traffic and riders must adhere to general Queensland traffic regulations.

There are 6 Check Points along the course, 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. Outer Limits has special permission from property owners granting the event access to use these tracks on race day and for volunteers leading up to the race. Any unauthorised access prior or post to the event can jeopardise the event’s access 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 Athlete Guide.

DISCLAIMER: Outer Limits 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 up to or during the event.

Overview Course Map

The orange highlights the parts of the course that run on private property, please do not ride here unless you have asked for permission from the station owner Brian Furber. If you do ride along Benham's Track, please be mindful of the cattle. If there is cattle on the road, slow down and try prevent them from running. Please do not chase the cattle, stop until they have settled down and then continue on.

Overview Map