The Mike Carney Toyota Paluma Push is one of North Queensland’s most iconic XC Mountain Bike races. It started in 2002 and is held on the third weekend of July each year. The event is an individual challenge as well as a great social ride.
Book your camping spot at the Cricket Oval and join us for live music, food truck fiesta, bon fire and beers to celebrate all things Paluma Push and mountain biking in North Queensland.
We acknowledge the Nywaigi people and Gugu Badhun People as the Traditional Owners of this land. We pay our respects to their cultures, their ancestors and their Elders, past and present – and all future generations.
When: 13th July 2024
Riders start in the dreamy Paluma Village, following a course that winds its way through lush World Heritage Rainforest, around the Paluma Dam, down into shady big timber and open cattle country and finishes at the historic tin mining settlement of Hidden Valley.
Take the challenge and do the Push. Be it your first time or your 10th, you are in it to win it or just riding with mates.
The Push offers 3 distances to suit all levels of skill and experience. This year we are adding a 100km course option for the seasoned riders, let’s see who is up for the challenge.
If it 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.
The 53km course is a step up, if you’ve done the 42km Recreational Course before and/or 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.
The 70km course is the ultimate mountain bike challenge. It has long solid climbs and descents as well as technical sections along the way. This course is recommended for very experienced and very fit riders. The 100km will be one hell of a ride, in a good way of course. It is a challenge even for the fittest and experienced riders.
Paluma Push Social Rides
Hidden Valley Social Ride
Where: meeting point is the Ted Furber Memorial Park aka the Cricket Grounds in Hidden Valley. This is the new finish line for the Paluma Push as well as the After Party and camping location for the event. Please note, this is private property and the trails are not accessible outside of the social rides and the Paluma Push race day. Please respect these restrictions in order for the event to have a long-lasting and positive relationship with the property owners.
- Saturday: We are leaving the Cricket Grounds at 3pm on Saturday afternoon and we will ride out to the Grave Yards Loop. Approx. 20km return
- Sunday: The group will leave the Cricket grounds at 9am in the morning and we are heading out to ride the Loop 3 section of the 70km and 100km course. Approx. 30km
If you would like to camp at the Hidden Valley Cricket Grounds on Saturday night, a $10 donation will be collected that night. This goes to the local Rural Fire Brigade.
Paluma Social Ride
Where: Meeting point is at the Paluma Community Hall (start line of the Paluma Push), 65 Mt Spec Road, Paluma.
Ride description: The group is leaving Paluma at 9am, heading to the Lake via Paluma Dam Road (17km one way). When we get to the Dam, there is an option to continue along the Paluma Dam Loop (12km). You can then either head back towards the Paluma Dam campgrounds or continue on another section, to ride Loop 2 (13km return).
Registrations for Paluma Push are now open!
For more info and registration please visit the Paluma Push website