Paluma Push Overview
The Mike Carney Toyota Paluma Push is turning 20 years and we have a whole weekend to celebrate together.
Starting on Friday afternoon, we will camp out at the Hidden Valley Cricket Oval and then meet at the Start line in Paluma on Saturday morning, 17th July. To celebrate one of North Queensland's longest running MTB event, we are adding a 100km course to the 2021 event. The Event HQ and finish line have moved to the Hidden Valley Cricket Oval, where we will hold the After Party. Once you have done the hard yards on the course, join us for live music, food truck fiesta, bon fire and beers.
If you still got some energy left the next day, join us for the Rockwheelers Recovery Race on Sunday morning, approximately 20km, along parts of the Push course.
There will be a few epic additions to celebrate all things Paluma Push, so keep an eye out on our website and social media.
Make sure to get your race registrations in before the event sells out and don't forget to book your camping and bus transfers.
If you would like to camp at Hidden Valley on Friday night, please make sure you book your camping together with your registration. You can add the camping option to your registration after you have registered by logging in to your Active account and adding camping as an additional purchase.
When you arrive in Hidden Valley, please check in with our Camp Coordinator who will direct you to your camp spot. We will have a lot of people camping at the Cricket Oval, so please be mindful of others and don't bring the Taj Mahal. An Event HQ & Camp map will be available closer to the event. There will be toilet and shower facilities available for campers and riders.
Please do not establish new fire pits! There will be one big bon fire and if you would like to have your own camp fire, please provide your own fire bucket as well as fire wood.
Smokin' & Grillin' Townsville will be at the camp grounds for Friday night. Please bring cash if you would like to purchase meals. This is the only food option available for Friday night.
Saturday- Race Day
For a detailed Event Schedule, please click here. Ensure to read the Athlete Guide for detailed information.
Everyone who is camping at Hidden Valley needs to make their way to the start line in Paluma Village on time to sign in and get ready for race start. The Transfer bus pick up location will be next to the Hall at the cricket oval. Please be punctual for the bus pick up as it must leave Hidden Valley no later than the scheduled time.
The Feel Good Foodie will be set up at the start line in Paluma, this is a good option to purchase breakfast and hot drinks. EFTPOS payment will be available in Paluma.
If you have not picked up your race pack on Thursday or Friday evening, you can do so on Saturday morning in the Paluma Community Hall. If you already have your race pack, please sign in under the rotunda next to the community hall.
Keep in mind that the road between the Dam Rd turn off and Paluma Village will be closed to all traffic from 8am until 10am.
Once you have finished the race, kick back and relax at Event HQ at the Ted Furber Memorial Park (Hidden Valley Cricket Oval). There are shower and toilet facilities available for riders who are booked in for the camping on Friday/Saturday night. There will be a bike wash station available, please try to give your bike a rinse to help us stop the potential spread of weeds and of course to keep your car clean.
We will have Woodfired Delights, Smokin' & Grillin' Townsville as well as the SES BBQ Truck on site. The After Party celebrations include a live band- Shots Fired will start playing from 5pm onwards and the Paluma District Community Association is opening the bar from 4pm onwards. Please bring cash for any food or drink purchases as there is no reception in Hidden Valley.
The Presentation and Special Award Ceremony will be held at Hidden Valley Event HQ. The approximate time is TBC.
Every rider who finishes the race will receive a Paluma Push Finisher Medal. The Top 3 riders, male and female, in all distances will be awarded with a trophy as well as cash prizes. Thanks to Markwell Group, every 20th rider in each distance will receive $200 cash as part of the 20th Anniversary celebration.
Ever wondered what the Paluma Push race course looks like from above? Townsville Helicopters are offering Scenic Flights on Saturday afternoon. Visit their website for more info and bookings. Bookings need to be made before 10th July.
The SES is putting on a BBQ breakfast at Hidden Valley. Please bring cash for any food and drink purchases.
If you can't get enough of riding your bike, join us for the Rockwheelers Recovery Race on Sunday morning. Please book your tickets online. If you have already registered for the Push and would like to add the Recovery Race to your registration, log in to our Active account and add it as additional purchase.