Race Report: Paluma Push 2014

10501590_849761755052314_2332591608297598540_nWMTBC riders headed North on Saturday afternoon to compete at the Townsville Rockwheelers’ Paluma Push.
WMTBC members are encouraged to ride-share and stay together as a club to enhance the club/community atmosphere and share the driving especially when driving home directly after events.
For the second year in a row we stayed at the Rollingstone Beach Cabins for both Saturday & Sunday night & braved the local pub at Rollingstone for dinner. Many opted for the pasta believing it to be beneficial to ‘carb-load’ but in hindsight this recommendation may  have been a defensive manoeuvre by those in the ‘know’. We don’t recommend dining here even under duress.
That evening was a quiet one; the pasta did little to ease the pre-race butterflies but watching Le Tour de France certainly helped get us in the mood for racing!
Sunday morning we awoke to the horrifying shrieks of Peter Claxton who had left his riding shorts back in Airlie… the thought of riding 63km without padded shorts is enough to make any grown man cry! After a quick search it was time to beg, borrow or steal… we finally sourced a sexy pair of women’s lycra bib-knicks thanks to Chris.
Kitted up, we piled into the cars and headed up the range to Paluma Village (30 minute drive) where the temperature had warmed from -3 (as reported by those who camped) to a chilly 10 degrees.
The call went out; that race was about to start – time to strip off jackets and push our way to the front of the start line.
10402602_849761781718978_8278770281207628072_nClub president Michael Sorley rode strong form the start claiming the fastest of the WMTBC riders in the 63km distance with a time of 3h 18m while Ivan Patterson finished 12th place in the 42km distance with the time of 1h 45m.
Nick Wynne-Jones & Bryan Harries battled it out between themselves for honour rights in the Masters category but it was Bryan who rode to victory pipping Nick by 2 minutes in the last few kilometers.
The Super Masters category was dominated by Peter Claxton in a time of 3h 49m with Ray Johannesen & Darren Simmonds finishing strong within 3 minutes of each other.
But again it was our ladies who featured on the podiums; Leigh Smith took third place in the Super Masters and Chris Labes 2nd for the Open category.
Sunday evening saw us down at the Inlet Beach Fish ‘n’Chip shop where we had a fabulous dinner whilst watching the sun set whist swapping war-stories before retiring to watch le Tour back at the cabins.
Riders were fortunate to have no punctures and only one small crash – all in all an absolutely fantastic weekend of riding with good friends – if you’re interested in joining the club please check out the website,we are gearing up for a huge month of riding in August in Mackay with the Mountain Marathon on the 2nd and the Mad Rush on the 23rd and always welcome new riders!


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