Michael joined 420 cyclists in July
for North Queensland's biggest mountain biking event, the Paluma
Canberra-based Michael has always loved cycling and, after retiring from
skiing in 2006, competed for Australia at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games
as a cyclist, finishing with two top ten placings.
The 2010 Mike Carney Toyota Paluma Push is a point to point adventure
mountain bike ride offering two options - a shorter 45km course designed
for beginners and a more challenging 70km long option for experienced
riders. Michael, who is also sponsored by Toyota, chose the longer option.
"I do a lot of mountain biking and I'm always looking for a new challenge.
Racing for 70 kilometres through spectacular North Queensland scenery was a
real buzz," said Michael.
The ride started in Paluma Village, winding its way through World Heritage
rainforest to Paluma Dam, then down into big timber and through open cattle
country before finishing at the historic tin mining settlement of Hidden
Valley. The course consists of dirt roads, old 4WD tracks and sections of
cow pad single track with some climbs and lots of fun down hills.
"I love a good climb but a fast descent is even better," said Milton.
"We were so excited to have an athlete of Michael's calibre participating
in this year's race," said Haydn Tilley from Rockwheelers Mountain Bike
Club, organisers of the race. "It shows that this event has a rapidly
growing national reputation as one of the best mountain biking adventures
in the country.
"Michael's participation really added profile to the event and his
performance inspired all who rode with him. For everyone involved it is a
great individual challenge but also a wonderful social event."
Michael also attended a civic reception in Townsville in his honour on
More information about the Mike Carney Toyota Paluma Push is available at
For a map of the route and to read Michael's own report of the ride, go to
Photo: Michael crosses the finish line.