SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Townsville Rockwheelers Mountain Bike Club would like to thank you for supporting this year’s event, our 15th Mike Carney Toyota Paluma Push.

Some important final details are below to help things run smoothly and to ensure you have a great day.

Saturday 23rd July - Day Before

Rider Pack Pick Up: 9.00am to 12.30pm

All of you who live in Townsville or are in town on Saturday
YOU CAN HELP IN A BIG WAY BY
Picking up your rider pack (goodies bag), race plate and your Tee Shirt at:

Top Brand Cycles
200 Charters Towers Road
Hermit Park QLD 4812
Ph (07) 4725 5083

This will greatly reduce the volunteers work load on Sunday morning and will avoid a last minute rush at Paluma.

Sunday 24th July - Race Day

Paluma Car Parking: Race Day Sunday

Parking will commence at the Hidden Valley side of Paluma. Drive through past the Paluma Community Hall and you will be directed by the Parking Marshals.

Please DO NOT park in driveways.

We have a lot of cars to fit in to Paluma so please following the directions of the marshalls.

Hidden Valley Parking: Race Day Sunday

Parking Marshals will be at Hidden Valley Cabins for those doing the early car shuffle, bus transfer of supporters travelling to Hidden Valley after the start at Paluma.

Car Shuffle: Race Day Sunday

Check the website for Car Shuffle Details

THE ROAD IN TO PALUMA WILL BE CLOSED BY THE POLICE AT THE DAM TURNOFF
AT 8.30am UNTIL 10.00am (which is after the last rider leaves Paluma)
IF YOU DO NOT GET BACK TO PALUMA FROM HIDDEN VALLEY BEFORE THE CLOSURE YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO START THE RACE.

There will be a lot of traffic on the road between Paluma and Hidden Valley so make sure you allow plenty of time to get back to the start. Times given on the web site are realistic.

Rider Pack Pickup: Race Day Sunday

Best option is to do this on Saturday morning at Top Brand Cycles.

For those unable to pick up rider packs from Topbrand Cycles on the Saturday, your goodie bag, race plate, tee shirt etc. can be picked up at the Paluma Community Centre between 7.00am and 8.15am.

If you leave this to the last minute and cause the volunteer timers stress and worry you will be guaranteed a stick in the spokes and 3 flat tyres!!!

Water bottle drop off: Race Day Sunday

For those riders wanting to have extra water bottles at Checkpoint 4 , you will need to have your water bottles to the Paluma Community Hall prior to 7.50am.

Place your water bottle in one of the plastic tubs provided.
You can collect your water bottle from the same location (Paluma ) after 4.00pm.
Water bottles not collected will be taken to Top Brand Cycles for collection later in the week.

Competition Riders - Checkpoint 4 is approx. 45 km along the course.
Intermediate Riders - Checkpoint 4 is approx. 41km along the course.
Recreation Riders - Checkpoint 4 is approx. 30km along the course.

Rider Briefing 8:30am at Paluma Community Centre

All riders must attend and listen.

THE MAJOR RANDOM PRIZE DRAW OF A SPECIALISED BIKE, WILL BE DRAWN AT THE RIDER BRIEFING.

YOU MUST BE AT THE BRIEFING TO BE ABLE TO CLAIM THE PRIZE

Start - In Village Green Park behind the Paluma Community Centre. Signs in the park will clearly identify the start where bikes can be placed in readiness. Competition starts first so recreation course bikes should be kept clear until after all comp riders have left the start area.

Competition Riders (70km) START : 9.00am
Intermediate Riders (50km) START: 9.15am
Recreation Riders (42km) START : 9:30am

Official Photographer - Make sure you have your “I’m not really in any pain" face on when you ride past the official photographers from Reflex Photography.

Finish Time - Up to you. Riders may be directed by Checkpoint Marshals towards Hidden Valley if they look like taking all night. The aim will be to have all riders finish by back 2.00pm in time for presentations and to enjoy a relaxing time on the lawns at the Hidden Valley Cabins, a BBQ lunch (complimentary of Rockwheelers), a drink, and cheer on the others as they come in.

Presentations: 2:00pm
You don’t need to be there to claim the random prizes. Winners will be notified by mail.

For the Rider Support Crews
Short Walks in Paluma and Hidden Valley Paluma Activities

McClelland's Lookout (100m) is a National Park picnic area adjacent to Paluma. Turn right into the carpark as you reach the top of the range. Wheelchair access to McClelland's Lookout is available from the passenger set-down area above the carpark.

McClelland's Lookout has ample car parking, bus parking, wheelchair accessible toilets, a shelter shed, free gas barbecues, picnic tables and potable water. You will need to take your rubbish away with you, as no bins are provided. The Lookout itself provides a panoramic view of Halifax Bay and the Palm Island group and was the site of the US Army's radar station during the Second World War.

Paluma Rainforest Walk (580m) is a circuit walk through rainforest south of the village. Limited parking is available at either end of the track. At the eastern end of the track is Paluma's 'Village Green', an excellent venue for a family picnic (shelters, tables, toilets, playground).

This walk takes less than half an hour but unfortunately has no interpretive information provided. Features to look for (from east to west) are - buttress roots, the layers of the rainforest (forest floor, understorey, canopy), strangler fig, king fern and a 'tin race' (beneath the western boardwalk).

A tin race is a stone-pitched channel constructed by tin-miners to move permanent water through the forest, either to deposits of soil for washing, or to reduce the flow where the creek bed itself was being mined for alluvial tin. There are possibly hundreds of kilometres of tin race along Paluma's rainforest creeks. Some of these artefacts are now more than a hundred years old. The creek and the steps above the boardwalk are a good spot to view glowing fungus at night. You may even spot a glow worm! Remember, nothing can be taken from the rainforest - only memories and photographs.

Paluma Historical Walk (2km)
For an introduction to Paluma's history, there are 10 interpretive storyboards throughout the village, each with a photograph taken during the 1930s or 1940s from the location and direction of the sign. Eight of the storyboards are along Mt Spec Road, the main road through Paluma. Of the other two storyboards, one sign is in Lennox Crescent along from the Paluma Pottery, and the other is in the National Parks carpark. Park your car near one of the signs and complete the round trip walk of the village at a leisurely pace.

Hidden Valley: Head out on one of the 2 walks around Hidden Valley Cabins.

1. Follow the ridge to the top of the hill and look out over the valley. Why not take a bottle of wine and watch the sunset (or the riders coming in), its breathtaking!!!

2. Walk along Pine Creek and discover the many birds and animals Hidden Valley has to offer, (or watch the riders coming across the last creek crossing).