Sport

Cairns Ironman preview

Riders will enjoy a breathtaking view during the Cairns Ironman.
Riders will enjoy a breathtaking view during the Cairns Ironman.

Settling into the saddle will provide a breathtaking view for Cairns Airport Cairns Ironman competitors.

Both the half and full distance competitors will have the Captain Cook Highway to themselves from Cairns to Port Douglas on June 9, 2013.

Undulating and winding, riders will find it a brilliant course with only a few hills that never exceed eight or nine per cent.

Last year the event enjoyed outstanding weather with light breezes, but it's traditionally a south-easterly and if the wind picks up it will make the journey back from Port Douglas a difficult one.

Thor Stovell of PDBikeWorks in Port Douglas said it's a perfect time trail course.

 "You can see over all the guard rails and see the water…if you have time to look at it. You can't help but take it all in," he said.

"It's so beautiful. I have raced Mooloolaba and places like that, but maybe because of home town bias, it is a really beautiful road to ride.

"It doesn't have really big hills. You can really knuckle down to a good cadence and if you have trained for that type of course you will do really well."

While last year featured light winds, if Mother Nature fires up this year it could play a major role in deciding the victor.

Thor said wheel selection could come into play, with anyone riding with a full aero wheel likely to pay the penalty into head and cross winds.

This year's swim has been moved from Yorkes Knob to the Cairns marina precinct. Swimmers in the ironman will undertake two laps (one for half ironman) in front of Sailfish Quay before heading for T1 in the Lagoon car park.

The ironman cycle course

Leaving Cairns, it is just over 70km to Port Douglas.

Things are pancake flat start to the journey toward Palm Cove as you cruise past Yorkeys Knob and Smithfield (where riders will return for T2).

With towering heavily vegetated ranges on your left it remains flat as you pass through Ellis Beach, then Red Cliff Point where there are a range of sweeping bends before reaching the hamlet of Tin Creek.

Then from Wangetti it's a signal that things are starting to get serious as the first climb begins up Rex Lookout. From this side it's a relatively easy climb and most riders will stay in the big chain-ring to get over the top, stand on their toes to stretch before enjoying a steady descent.

The road continues to undulate with ample shade from the roadside trees and swaying palms, and then there are more tight bends as you reach Yule Point.

From there things flatten out again with Port Douglas in sight. Riders take a right hand turn down Old Port Road and into the township's heartbeat, Maccrossan Street.

With restaurants and cafes filled, along with a range of parties planned for the day, riders will be cheered as they head back toward Cairns and into the breeze.

The climb back up Rex Lookout is more challenging this time around, and once south of the hill cyclists will return again to Port Douglas for a second loop.

After heading through Maccrossan Street for the second time riders can head back toward Cairns, pulling into Smithfield for transition two at Marlin Coast Recreational Centre and the run back into town.

Competitors will be able to return during the evening to pick up their bikes and associated equipment, or on Monday morning.

From Smithfield competitors will run via Yorkeys Knob before getting back onto the Captain Cook Highway and then undertaking two 8km laps of the esplanade and marina boardwalk area.

For entry information, visit the USM Events website.

See the Tourism Queensland video.

Topics:  queensland triathlon



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Warwick business owners are taking the challenge

No Caption

A couple of Warwick businesses are already right behind the plan.

Wagners challenge $235m rail transfer hub InterlinkSQ

The prize is the lucrative inland rail freight business

Break-ins keep Warwick police busy

WARWICK police are seeking offenders over a number of break-ins.

Local Partners

Businesses challenged to find 100 youth jobs by Christmas

IN THIS, the season of giving, a businessman is challenging business leaders to deliver 100 jobs to unemployed young people for Christmas.


Don't miss the free Bunnings Christmas party

Free Bunnings Christmas Family Night

WARWICK'S Bunnings Warehouse will come alive tonight for Xmas

Rose City unites in festive event

Erin and Keely Hilton.

Local performers entertain at Carols in the Park

Safe fun in the water at WIRAC

SWIM STAR: Zac Sorenson having a ball at the GH Foundation Warwick Aquatic Participation Day for adults with a disability.

WIRAC is holding a GH Foundation Aquatic Participation Day today

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing for destroyed sex life

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing her former manager

Azealia Banks' battery case against Russell Crowe dropped

Russell Crowe will not be charged with battery

Mel Gibson named Best Director at AACTA Awards

Mel Gibson poses in the media room after winning the AACTA Award for Best Direction for Hacksaw Ridge.

HIS wartime drama Hacksaw Ridge sweeps 6th annual awards in Sydney.

Mark Hamill unaware his co-stars were romantically involved

Hamill too "self-involved" at the time to notice, he said

ABC's Fresh Blood graduates are a Skit Box full of laughs

Sarah Bishop, Greta Lee Jackson and Adele Vuko in a scene from the TV series Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am.

ALL-female comedy trio hitting the mark with new sketch show.

Kim Kardashian West said to be looking for a divorce

Kim Kardashian West is looking to file for divorce from her husband

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

All I want for Xmas is a property bargain

$259,000, 13 Guy Street, Warwick. A block from Warwick's CBD, this graceful character home has three bedrooms and a study.

Ring in Christmas with one of these property bargains under $300,000

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!