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Athletes head to Town Common and Cape Pallarenda this Sunday

28 August 2015

The rugged hills of Cape Pallarenda and the plains of Townsville Town Common will host around 300 mountain bikers and triathletes on Sunday morning 30 August, as two events are run on the trail network.

Rockwheelers Mountain Bike Club and Free Radicals Triathlon Club will hold events simultaneously on the trail network of Cape Pallarenda and Townsville Town Common regional parks.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Principal Ranger Anthony Contarino said this was the first time two outdoor recreation events had been run at the same time since the 40km trail network was completed in late 2014.

"It’s great to see the trails being used and enjoyed, and gives us a lift knowing they’re appreciated," Mr Contarino said.

"We’re so lucky to have these parks for nature and recreation right on our doorstep, adding to Townsville’s healthy outdoor lifestyle.

"QPWS built the trail network through capital investment on outdoor recreation infrastructure.

"The trails offer competitors and spectators wonderful coastal and island views, along with views of Townsville.

"Rockwheelers’ Targa Townsville event will use most of Cape Pallarenda’s purpose-built trail network which the club helped build.

"The Free Radicals X-Tream Tri event is a cross triathlon using park trails along the lagoon trails of the Town Common.

"It will be a busy morning for both clubs, and a great opportunity for people to experience what the parks have to offer.

"Parks staff will be cheering on their colleague Senior Ranger Jason Vaughan in the mountain-bike event. Jason was a key person in building the tracks, which probably gives him a bit of an edge on the competition!" Mr Contarino said.

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28 August 2015