Gold Coast receives $410,000 for safer cycling infrastructure

Gold Coast receives $410,000 for safer cycling infrastructure

Cyclists on the Gold Coast will enjoy safer cycling infrastructure following a $410,000 funding boost to the Queensland cycle network.

Local governments across Queensland with an endorsed Principal Cycle Network Plan were invited to apply for grants from the state-wide Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program.

Acting Main Roads Minister Steven Miles announced as part of Governing from the Gold Coast that Gold Coast City Council had been awarded funding for two cycling infrastructure projects through the 2017-18 grants program.

Projects awarded funding include:

  • $210,000 – Gold Coast Highway Shared Path (Chelsea Ave to Convention Centre) Construction
  • $200,000 – Tugun to Bilinga Oceanway Design

“The Tugun to Bilinga Oceanway will run along the ocean foreshore between Toolona Street and Matters Street, connecting to existing oceanway at either end,” Mr Miles said.

“The detailed design of the 1.7km, 3.5m wide link in Tugun will include mid and end of trip facilities.

“We’re also committing $210,000 towards the construction of the Gold Coast Highway Shared Path which will be 380 metres of off road shared path along the western side of the Gold Coast Highway between Chelsea Avenue and the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.”

Mr Miles said the Palaszczuk Government has awarded $17 million to 30 local governments across Queensland for the delivery of an additional 35 kilometres of cycle network.

“The program has jointly funded more than 480 cycling infrastructure projects since 2006, including the latest round of grants,” he said.

The projects are part of a $182.5 million investment into cycling infrastructure across the state over the next four years including an injection of an extra $4.7 million per year for the grants program, to deliver on the Queensland Government’s vision of ‘more cycling more often’.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to making cycling safer and more accessible for communities across Queensland,” Mr Miles said.

“Investment in safer cycling infrastructure helps people to enjoy active and healthy travel around their community.

“Projects delivered through this program will deliver better facilities for cyclists, improve the safety and convenience of local cycle networks and encourage more people to cycle, more often.

“We know that, on average, every dollar we invest in cycling infrastructure will return nearly five dollars in economic benefit to Queensland with improved health outcomes, reduced traffic congestion, and lower transport costs.

“Working with local governments to deliver these projects also contributes to our commitment of creating more local jobs.”

Works on these projects are expected to start progressively throughout this year and next, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Councils are awarded funding for cycling infrastructure on a 50/ 50 basis.

For more information on Cycle Network Local Government Grants, visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au.

The most remote music festival in the world announces 2018 dates

The most remote music festival in the world announces 2018 dates

Following the hugely successful fifth annual Birdsville Big Red Bash, three-day outback music festival with headline acts Missy Higgins, James Reyne, Mark Seymour and Lee Kernaghan, organisers today announce the 2018 dates to fall in July school holidays – July 10th to 12th, 2018 at the iconic Simpson Desert Big Red sand dune.

The 2018 dates fall in the mid-year school holidays aligning with all school holiday terms across the country, allowing families to take their children on an outback adventure to the heart of Australia. Over 6,500 festivalgoers attended the 2017 bash including dogs that enjoyed the popular pet camping area.

The 2018 headliners and full artist line up will be announced ahead of tickets going on sale in November.

Event organiser Greg Donovan expects 2018 to be even bigger stating, “The atmosphere at the past festivals is always electric with people of all ages getting involved. It really is a once in a life time experience so make sure to save the dates 10th – 12th July 2018 to your diaries and be sure to spread the word.”

For more information visit the event website: www.bigredbash.com.au

ALL ROADS TO THE BIRDSVILLE RACES

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As Queensland continues its push as tourism powerhouse, one of the state’s most unique travel destinations – Birdsville – is gearing up for a historic year.

DIVE EXPO JOINS BOAT SHOW 2017

For the very first time this year, the Australia International Dive Expo (AIDE) will take place at the International Convention Centre Sydney as part of the Sydney International Boat Show, the largest recreational boating event in the Southern Hemisphere.

HOW TO: Train For Any Hike

In a world that increasingly consists of flat expanses of pavement, hiking can seem like an intimidating pursuit. How can you get in shape for hiking if you live in a city or don’t have time during the week to get out on trails?

Alex Staniforth completes record-breaking 100-peak challenge

Alex Staniforth has become the youngest person to climb all 100 UK county tops after completing a non-stop 5,000-mile journey on Flintshire’s Moel Famau on the weekend.   

Supercars help drive Tropical North Queensland tourism toward $5B and 50,000 jobs

Supercars help drive Tropical North Queensland tourism toward $5B and 50,000 jobs

The Watpac Townsville 400 is helping to drive Tropical North Queensland tourism toward a $5 billion industry and a supporter of 50,000 jobs, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

Palaszczuk Government funds innovative ‘smart-aid’ kit which could save lives

An ultra-compact first-aid kit that will help thousands of people make the right decisions in emergency situations is being backed by the Palaszczuk Government’s Advance Queensland fund.

Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch said the Original Rescue Swag is one of 119 innovative businesses across Queensland sharing in $16.5 million from the first two rounds of Ignite Ideas funding.

“Many Queensland businesses have developed world-class products and services, but lack the financial capacity to successfully commercialise them,” Ms Enoch said.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s Ignite Ideas fund – another Advance Queensland innovation and jobs initiative – is about helping businesses get products to market faster, which boosts business growth and creates jobs for Queenslanders.”

Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas funding targets startups and small-to-medium-sized enterprises to help them with rapid commercialisation of their market ready innovations.

The Rescue Swag was founded in 2013 by Tracey Beikoff, who said it is the world’s first ‘smart-aid kit’ that connects to an app and shows people how to use their first aid gear. The swag also has extra functionality, including a sling, splint, immobilisation unit and even a birthing mat to assist women during labour.

Mrs Beikoff said the product has the potential to save lives. “It allows people to apply first-aid correctly anywhere, anytime,” she said.

The Mareeba-based startup has recently received $100,000 in Advance Queensland funding to progress the commercialisation of the product, including field testing and market research, to better understand markets in Australia and the United States.

Having come up with the idea after a minor horse riding incident, Tracey recognised a need for a more mobile first-aid kit and launched the Original Rescue Swag as a way to raise funds for her local RSPCA.

“I soon realised there was a broader demand for rescue swags and a much bigger market out there,” Mrs Beikoff said.

“This is a significant breakthrough in the first-aid market, introducing functionality and engagement in a way that has not previously been possible before.

“We provide our customers with an engaging way to connect with rescue swags, which in turn increases first-aid response skills and preparedness to guide people during emergencies.

“With support from the Queensland Government, our product will better prepare many thousands of new first-aid responders with the equipment, knowledge and confidence to take the right action in emergency situations regardless of whether they have mobile phone coverage – which is an important feature when you’re in the outback.”

In 2015, the Original Rescue Swag landed a $220,000 deal with prominent Australian investor and Shark Tank celebrity Steve Baxter to grow its manufacturing base and ramp up marketing activities.

“I saw huge potential in The Original Rescue Swag. It really caught my eye and had international appeal – which was a sound bet for me,” Mr Baxter said.

“Tracey has an Aussie product that is great for any sort of outdoors adventure like horse-riding, motor biking, kayaking – and it has potential to make a real difference.”

NSW POPULAR FOR WALKING HOLIDAYS

NSW POPULAR FOR WALKING HOLIDAYS

More than 4.3 million domestic and international overnight visitors last year choose to hike in NSW as part of a holiday experience, up 5.2 per cent on the previous year*.
Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said, “NSW is the perfect place for a hiking holiday. The state is home to some of Australia’s most popular walking trails, as well as many hidden gems including superb multi-day hikes and fantastic short and long day hikes along stunning coastal and inland trails.”
Here are some of NSW’s great walks, as well as some hidden gems just waiting to be explored:
New tours
· The Seven Peaks Walk is one of the newest walks to join the list of Great Walks of Australia. This challenging hike on Lord Howe Island is for experienced hikers, with a few sections of the walk off-track and requiring a steady head for heights.
· For a coastal trek, try the three-day Light to Light walk which hugs the coastline between Boyds Tower and Green Cape Lightstation in Ben Boyd National Park on the Sapphire Coast. If hiking in luxury is more your style, Light to Light Camps can carry your gear, set up camp each night and cook your dinner, all while you enjoy the walk at your leisure.
Secluded and unspoilt
· Explore the secluded beaches and spectacular cliffs while hiking the rugged coastline of the Kangarutha Walking Track in Bournda National Park near Tathra on the South Coast. Suitable for most ages, this moderately challenging hike is 9km each way.
· The Murray Valley Regional and National Parks, near Mathoura on the Murray River, are home to part of the world’s largest stand of River Red Gums. The short walks in and around this park take you through stunning red gums and to an impressive Ramsar-listed wetlands, Reed Beds Wetland.
· Part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, Washpool National Park, between Grafton and Glen Innes, offers wonderful undisturbed wilderness including the world’s largest stand of coachwood trees. With walks ranging from just a few hours to multiple days, the 45km Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage walk is the most challenging. This four-day walk takes you through eucalypt forests, rainforests, wetlands and granite tors in the rugged Northern Tablelands.
· Ngaran Ngaran Cultural Awareness runs a two-day tour that includes climbing Mount Gulaga, an extinct volcano rising 797 metres above sea level near Narooma on the South Coast. Mount Gulaga is culturally significant to the local Yuin people, particularly women.
· Tri State Safaris offers guided tours of Mutawintji National Park and through the Mutawintji Historic Site. Boasting one of the best collections of Aboriginal art in NSW, a challenging two to four hour guided walk through rocky terrain visits Aboriginal rock engravings and ochre stencils, as well as the remains of fireplaces, stone flakes and grinding stones.
Close to Sydney, but feels like a million miles away
· Pack your bags for a challenging two-day hike in the Hawkesbury, along the Colo River. The Mountain Lagoon Loop via Colo Meroo and Tootie Creek is a challenging river walk along the lower reaches of the Colo River. The Hawkesbury hiking guide has details of 12 bushwalks in the area.
· Explore the trails of the World Heritage-listed rainforests of the Barrington Tops National Park. With more than 18 walking trails, from two hour hikes through sub-alpine forests and wetlands, to the challenging 38km Gloucester Tops to Careys Peak trail that offers scenic views from the tops.

· Stretching 426kms, The Hume and Hovell Track is an epic trail in the south east of NSW that traverses rugged and beautiful countryside following a mix of public roads, fire trails, purpose built single tracks and over 100 footbridges. For trip planning, check out the interactive map and photos showing 360 degree views of the campsites along the way on the Hume and Hovell Track website.
· Snow shoe Australia’s highest peak with K7 Adventures on the Mount Kosciuszko Majestic Tour. Kosciuszko National Park is as compelling in the winter months as it is during the summer wildflower season and although the weather can be challenging, the experience is truly remarkable.
Share your favourite walk in NSW with us on social media by using the hashtag #NewSouthWales and #ILoveNSW. For more information visit www.visitnsw.com

CYCLING IS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT FOR APRIL

CYCLING IS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT FOR APRIL

Brisbane cyclist April Lea, the youngest competitor in Velothon Sunshine Coast (13-16 July) at age 23, is living proof that anything is possible and there are a million and one ways to get involved in cycling.

Cairns on course to lure more ships and industry to FNQ

Cairns on course to lure more ships and industry to FNQ

Cairns is on course for two major Queensland Government projects to boost tourism and turn the city into an economic growth hotspot while protecting the Great Barrier Reef.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said developing the Port of Cairns and a potential Cairns South State Development Area (SDA) would create jobs, strengthen the far north Queensland economy and boost the region’s shipping and industrial credentials.

“Ports North’s $120 million Cairns Shipping Development Project could create up to 800 new and indirect construction jobs over the five year period and 2,700 jobs after the construction phase,” the Premier said.

“This will make Cairns more attractive for new and existing businesses and industries looking to expand and invest and open opportunities to diversify economy-boosting industrial development.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the project would bring around $112 million a year into the economy by positioning Cairns to take advantage of the growing cruise ship industry and enhancing defence capabilities.”

“This is why the Queensland Government announced in the recent budget that Ports North would receive a $30 million a year contribution to the project over the next two financial years,” he said.

Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham said the expansion would be done with the absolute minimum disruption to the Great Barrier Reef as Ports North has reduced the volume of dredging needed from more than four million to just one million cubic metres, or less than a quarter.

“The proponent will also ensure that all dredged material is disposed on land to comply with the Sustainable Ports Development Act 2015 and the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan,” he said.

“Ports North last year revised the project to cap proposed expanded capacity at ships up to 300 metres in length that now anchor offshore as they cannot berth in the port.

“Ports North has investigated land-based dredge material placement sites, channel design and other environmental assessments prior to submitting the revised draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the State’s independent Coordinator-General.

“The revised draft EIS for the proposed Cairns Shipping Development Project is open for public comment on the Department of State Development’s website until 25 August 2017.”

Dr Lynham said public consultation on a potential Cairns South SDA on an approximately 840ha site east of the Bruce Highway and north of Gordonvale was open until 11 August 2017.

“The potential SDA would support the regions growing tourism sector by providing land for supporting enterprises like catering companies, consumable suppliers and leisure enterprises to locate and expand their businesses,” he said.

“We want to attract regionally significant industrial development to the area and ensure that we have the right land available and streamlined approvals processes

“Of the many priority sectors in the Queensland Government’s 10-year Road Maps and Action Plans, advanced manufacturing, biofutures, biomedical and life sciences, and defence related industries are also likely to be attracted to establish in the potential Cairns South SDA.

“Within a SDA, the state’s independent Coordinator-General can provide business and industry with a one-stop shop to speed up government approvals and really drive industrial development in the area.

Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke said the Palaszczuk Government had committed $100 million over five years in extra funding for Reef water quality projects to improve the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef.

“The project will create business opportunities in channel maintenance and monitoring and freight logistics as it will widen and deepen the existing Trinity Inlet shipping channel, upgrade wharf facilities, enhance naval capabilities and improve port efficiencies,” she said.  

“Should a decision eventually be made to declare the Cairns South SDA, there would be no impact on existing uses of the land.”

For more information on the revised draft EIS for the proposed Cairns Shipping Development Project and the potential Cairns South SDA visit:

http://statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/cairns-south-sda

http://statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/resources/project/cairns-south-sda/potential-cairns-south-sda-overview.pdf

Why You Should Curse and Scream

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Dirty Girls Adventure Film Tour Hits The Road

Film festival director Jemima Robinson describes it as “adventure therapy” and is encouraging women of all ages to get along to be inspired. Ms Robinson is taking the Dirty Girls Adventure Film Tour around Australia for the first time and will tour for screening around the country from 17-27th July. .

She said viewers can expect 90 minutes of the best female outdoor and adventure sports films in the world.

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On Your Bike, Watch Out for the Air

On weekdays, Darby Jack bicycles the 15 miles from his home in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, to his office at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in Washington Heights. Unlike most people who bike to work, the 42-year-old assistant professor of environmental health wears sensors that monitor how much air he breathes in during the trip along with air pollution levels along his route.

This Is Your Brain on Exercise


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The rule is to not run away from a bear. This professional runner did just that.

Moninda Marube knows what to do when you encounter a black bear. Stand your ground. But that’s not what he did.

Eliud Kipchoge Will Attempt The Marathon World Record In Berlin

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Red Bull X-Alps Update – Mediterranean Sea Beckons for #Maurer

MEDITERRANEAN SEA BECKONS FOR MAURER

Maurer enters home straight south over the Maritime Alps to Monaco as rest of the fleet battles on foot at the Red Bull X-Alps 2017.

This has been one of the most challenging races in recent years of the Red Bull X-Alps – the longest in distance with a route that zig-zags over the main chain of the Alps several times. And the weather has not been too generous this year, forcing athletes to hike unimaginable miles on foot.

But for one man at least, the finish line is now getting tantalisingly close. Christian Maurer (SUI1) was by mid afternoon 164 km from goal and on the home front.
In contrast to previous years, he’s following a different line south, staying on the Italian side to avoid the higher mountains in France which are more difficult to fly in difficult conditions. After hiking 1,000m to the take-off at Cima Cavallari he was in the air by 11am. It could still be a long couple of days ahead.

Behind and in hot pursuit is Benoit Outters (FRA4). He pulled a Ledlenser Night Pass the previous night – the first of two he possesses after winning the Leatherman Prologue – and it looked as if the French ultrarunner was preparing for a single push to Monaco on foot. But such is the difficult terrain around Turnpoint 6, the Matterhorn, that even he was making slow progress on the ground and was still 60km behind Maurer.
The chaser pack meanwhile was stretched around the northern shores of Lake Como with very little between them. All are starting to suffer – some more than most. After hiking all day yesterday in temperatures in the high 20s, Manuel Nübel (GER2) required medical treatment.

“We had a little problem with the heat,” his supporter Christian Schineis, a surgeon, said. “Manu suffered heat exhaustion and some dehydration so we went to a hotel and gave him some infusions. He’s doing a lot better.”
There was no hotel for Pascal Purin (AUT3). He did one better. After taking a wrong line in the mountains, he ended up taking shelter with a family in a primitive hut with just a single lightbulb for electricity. “It’s amazing to think there are still people who live like that today,” he said.

The battle for third place could yet prove a gripping finale to the race – particularly if and when it becomes possible to take to the sky.
Meanwhile at the back, the other Swiss athlete in the race, Krischa Berlinger (SUI2) was being stoical about his slow progress. He spent the night up on the Timmelsjoch on the Italian / Austrian border with Gavin McClurg (USA1) in the hope of a good flight to Lake Garda, but woke up to find the cloudbase 300m below them. “Then we’ll fly down, hike back up again, fly down – the story of my life,” he said.

Jose Arevalo Guede (ESP) and Simon Oberrauner (AUT4) have pulled a Ledlenser Night Pass today. Guede, who is 60km behind Tom de Dorlodot (BEL), will be hoping to fly today and then hike through the night to catch de Dorlodot and avoid elimination. But after a 48-hour enforced rest, de Dorlodot is feeling strong and unlikely to be overtaken easily.
Oberrauner, currently in fourth place, is clearly stating his ambitions for a third place and will push hard to overtake Paul Guschlbauer (AUT1).
As the race reaches its final stages, positions are bedding in – but anything can still happen on the long road to Monaco.
Follow all the action on Live Tracking on redbullxalps.com.

Red Bull X-Alps Athletes Battle Onwards But Bad Weather Slows Progress

Maurer passes the Matterhorn but bad weather slows down the rest of the pack at
Red Bull X-Alps 2017.

Christian Maurer (SUI1) now has Monaco in his sights and a clear run to get there after Gaspard Petiot (FRA2), his nearest rival, dramatically pulled out of the Red Bull X-Alps yesterday after suffering a hand and knee injury while landing near Lake Como. “When I was about to touch down, a thermal bubble smashed me on that wall and that was it. The dream is over.”, Petiot said.
All eyes are now on Maurer. In good conditions he could be Monaco in a couple of days. But both he and the chasing athletes behind him are facing a weather front that is making flying all but impossible. By mid afternoon thunder clouds were rolling in over the northern shores of Lake Como while sporadic storms were breaking out.

Maurer says that four to five days is probably the best estimate for making goal. “The weather is not really flyable for the next day or so,” he said.
If it does take longer than 11 days, it could be the slowest time he’s ever made the finish since starting the race in 2009. That year it took him just under 12 days. His record is 6d 23h in 2013 – but both were on shorter courses.
Although the outlook is not good, he said he’s still feeling strong, and the team’s Swiss efficiency, for which they’re noted, is still running like clockwork.

“I’m within my comfort zone and flying as before but I also have better planning, better logistics, I can push more on the ground,” he said.
For the chasers now lying 100km back, Sunday was a day that offered a difficult choice between hiking up for a short flight on glide only, or just plugging away on the road.
Paul Guschlbauer (AUT1) had made two flights by lunchtime. Neither involved much, if any, thermal activity, but he has covered a lot of ground and cleared Lake Como. Stanislav Mayer (CZE) also made a flight but the gains were small.

Most midfield athletes opted to hike along the main road. “It’s so hard,” says Simon Oberrauner (AUT4), of the decision whether to fly or hike. “It looks flyable but I’d need to hike up 1,600m which would take three hours and I know the front is coming. I need to conserve energy.”
At the back Duncan Kotze (RSA) has been eliminated. The 41-year-old rookie was in last place 47km behind the nearest competitor when the axe fell. “Bizarrely, I feel ready for more,” he said.

Benoit Outters (FRA4) will use a Ledlenser Night Pass this evening. The rookie, who is currently in 2nd place and 97km behind Christian Maurer (SUI1), has two night passes, after earning an additional one during the Leatherman Prologue.
He will likely push hard, to gain as much ground on Chrigel as possible. Benoit is a talented ultrarunner and could significantly narrow the gap. He will also want to extend his 38km lead over 3rd place Paul Guschlbauer and the pack behind him. As the Frenchman moves towards home soil, the final race for Monaco is on!

Follow all the action on Live Tracking on redbullxalps.com

Red Bull X-Alps Athletes Pass Lake Garda

The Red Bull X-Alps 2017 ‘peloton’ swings by the Italian lakes before heading north back into the mountains.

The fight for 3rd place heated up today as athletes tagged Turnpoint 5, Monte Baldo, before swinging north into the high mountains again. While Maurer (SUI1) and Petiot (FRA2) are still battling it out at the front.

Outters, a top ultrarunner and paraglider pilot, looks to be in strong contention now after clearing Turnpoint 5, Monte Baldo early this morning in 3rd place. Pal Takats (HUN), who had a great run yesterday from the mountains north of Merano to the shores of Lake Garda would also have been in the running, but he now has to serve a 48 hour time penalty for violating an airspace infringement. During this time he is not allowed to move more than 250m from his location. (Evgenii Griaznov (RUS) must also serve his 48 hour penalty from tomorrow.)

But after that, it’s wide open with Stanislav Mayer (CZE) and Manuel Nübel (GER2) in hot pursuit. The pair reached Turnpoint 5 shortly before 10am this morning. They were followed about an hour later by Sebastian Huber (GER1) who is now back in the game after a few difficult days. “To the Matterhorn,” he shouted, as he ran from the signboard to the take off. Paul Guschlbauer (AUT1) who yesterday fell from 3rd to 7th place was next to arrive. “I’m really pleased to finally reach this turnpoint,” he said.
Close behind was Simon Oberrauner (AUT4), Ferdinand van Schelven (NLD), and Pascal Purin (AUT3). The group had a spectacular start to the day with a dawn raid on the Brenta. Purin, Huber, van Schelven, and Oberrauner all launched from a spectacular location at 2,500m next to the Rifugio Pedrotti, in the Brenta Massif.
Another athlete enjoying an unstoppable run is Gavin McClurg (USA1). Although he is not where he’d like to be, he’s been slowly clawing his way back, making some good distances in the air and is now in 16th place behind Toma Coconea (ROU) and heading towards Italy.

None of the athletes have pulled their Ledlenser Night Passes tonight. That means all the athletes still in the race will rest for the mandatory period between 10.30pm and 5am.
Looking ahead, one athlete will be eliminated at 6am on Sunday. The last athlete is currently Duncan Kotze. He faces the axe unless he manages to pass Jose Arevalo Guede (ESP), who is currently 50km ahead, before 6am tomorrow. Follow all the action on Live Tracking on redbullxalps.com.

Red Bull X-Alps Race Wide Open As Heroic Frenchman Catches The Eagle

Gaspard Petiot does what no one has done in eight years of Red Bull X-Alps – take the fight back to Maurer.

A new chapter in Red Bull X-Alps history was written last night as Gaspard Petiot (FRA2) achieved what no one else has in the eight years that Chrigel Maurer (SUI1) has dominated the race. He caught up with him.

This year Maurer made his break on Day 2 after taking a different line over the Hohe Tauern and yesterday morning it looked like his position was secure, having opened up a 100km lead.
But he hadn’t reckoned on Gaspard Petiot, the mechanical engineer and alpine guide from France, who had caught up with him by lunchtime. The pair were last night taking the fight back into the heart of the mountains which offer better flying conditions than the more direct line over flatlands to Turnpoint 6, the Matterhorn.

Behind them in hot pursuit lie Benoït Outters (FRA4) who overtook Paul Guschlbauer (AUT1) to move into third place and two chaser groups working together to fly faster.
In other developments three athletes, Tom de Dorlodot (BEL), Pal Takats (HUN) and Evgenii Griaznov (RUS) have each been handed down 48 hour time penalties for infringing airspace violations. De Dorlodot must sit out the race for 48 hours from 5am tomorrow.

“It’s very disappointing, but we’re going to keep trying, despite the penalty,” said de Dorlodot. Takats said he was angry with himself because it occurred on his home turf around Innsbruck. But he’s determined to carry on: “Not making Monaco is unthinkable. I was doing so well, but I was just tired and concentrating on other stuff. Anyway these things happen and now I have a new challenge to make Monaco.”

Athletes also face a new challenge – the weather according to Morecast. Today was clearly not as good a flying day as yesterday. The weather across the Alps is split. In the northern Alps, where the chasing pack is, there are good flying conditions. On the southside, where Chrigel Maurer (SUI1) and Gaspard Petiot (FRA2) are battling it out head-to-head, the flying conditions are less good. Will the peloton catch up to the leaders?

Follow all the action on Live Tracking on redbullxalps.com

 

New helmet gives cyclists electronic rear mirror

A world-first innovation, Cyclevision has secured a $100,000 Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas grant to take its product to market – after devising the ‘smart helmet’’ featuring video streaming technology to give riders advance warning of impending collisions.

Master plan to guide WA mountain biking

The push to transform Western Australia into an international mountain biking destination has received a boost with the release of a master plan to guide the development of trails in Perth and Peel.

XALPS: WOLF PACK COMES TOGETHER TO HUNT MAURER

Chaser group joins forces to cross treacherous Northern Alps at Red Bull X-Alps 2017.

RED BULL XALPS: RACE LEADERS BREAK THE 400KM MARK IN

Athletes make it to Turnpoint 3 and 4, Aschau am Chiemsee and Lermoos.

TRIGLAV EARLY BIRDS TAKE FLIGHT ON HEELS OF MAURER

Athletes enjoy favourable flying conditions at Red Bull X-Alps 2017 – but only after brutal climb to 2,000m.

DAY TWO: IT IS A LONG TREK TO TURNPOINT 2 AT TRIGLAV

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ELITE RIDERS TAKE UP VELOTHON CHALLENGE

Don’t let the accent fool you, former Scottish Commonwealth Games cyclist Lucy Coldwell is very much a Sunny Coast girl and she is hoping her local knowledge of the spectacular hinterland and seductive coastal roads will hold her in good stead when she tackles the three day (361km) Velothon Sunshine Coast.

Looking for winter holiday excitement?

Over the next two weeks, visitors to Mt Baw Baw will have the opportunity to experience a white Christmas with the mountain transforming into a Christmas wonderland, with decorated Christmas tree, carols and round-the-clock activities.

New festival of sailing a shore thing for Whitsundays

The Whitsundays’ reputation as a world-class sailing destination is riding high with Airlie Beach to be a host port for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 2018. Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones has said the carnival was expected to attract more than 4000 visitors to the Whitsundays and generate more than $3 million for the local economy.

World’s longest electric vehicle super highway revs up

The future of motoring in Queensland has been officially launched in Cairns. Energy Minister Mark Bailey unveiled the first of many fast-charging electric vehicle stations which will be rolled out at various locations right up the Queensland coast from the Gold Coast to the Far North to form the State’s Electric Super Highway.

Road surface improvements in Burleigh after years of inaction

Resurfacing works are underway on Bermuda Street to improve travel for Gold Coast motorists. Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said a two kilometre southern section of Bermuda Street was originally designed and constructed with expansion joints installed between the concrete slabs on the road, which is not an unusual practice.

Woorabinda Retraces Trek

The Woorabinda Aboriginal community is this week commemorating the 90th anniversary of the infamous eight-day, 200-kilometre Taroom to Woorabinda Trek.

Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Mark Furner today joined Elders and Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council Mayor, Cheyne Wilkie at Taroom for part of the first leg of a commemorative walk to Woorabinda.

W.A. employs over 109,000 in Tourism Record

New research shows tourism in Western Australia provides 109,000 jobs.The 2015-16 State Tourism Satellite Account, prepared by Tourism Research Australia, has revealed 72,000 people are directly employed by the tourism industry in WA, with a further 37,000 employed indirectly.

Thousands of competitors to fly in for Gold Coast Airport Marathon

Thousands of international competitors and their supporters will fly into South East Queensland this week ahead of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones said more than 3,000 competitors from overseas – including record numbers from Singapore, United States and Indonesia – would take part in the race.

TOURISM growth fuels Adelaide hotel boom

There are 1946 hotel rooms in the supply pipeline across nine developments with 245 rooms under construction, 1006 rooms with planning approval and 695 rooms proposed or subject to planning consideration.

Of the nine hotels, seven are in the CBD, including a project to construct the state’s tallest building. Hotel developments have also been proposed at Adelaide Airport and nearby Glenelg Beach.

Net free zones boost recreational fishing

Queensland’s net free zones are providing positive recreational fishing experiences in Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton, a report released today has confirmed. Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Bill Byrne said recreational fishers overall reported increased satisfaction with their fishing experiences in the net free zones since their introduction in November 2015.

This Mother-Daughter Team Just Skied 1,400 Miles From Squamish, B.C. to Skagway, Alaska

It was dubbed “The Coast Mountain Epic.” In the end, it took two epic humans to complete it. Tania and Martina Halik just skied 1,430 miles from Squamish, British Columbia to Skagway, Alaska, traversing the rugged coastal mountains as part of an insane ski traverse that apparently has been finished by only one other group.

#MountainBiking | The Hayduke Highway Option

The Hayduke Highway Option
Mountain bikes were made for this: 450 miles of empty, achingly scenic back country in southern Utah, on little-known trails pieced together in the spirit of Edward Abbey.

Cable Car at Himalayan Ski Resort in Gulmarg, Derails, Killing 7

This weekend in the Indian Himalayas, a popular ski resort gondola at Gulmarg came crashing down, leaving several dead and more than 150 trapped in the cable cars. A sudden gust of wind apparently uprooted a pine tree that then crashed into the cable car assembly.

This Guy Walked Across America and Still Swears Walking Is the Best Thing For Your Health

 Jonathon Stalls, walked across America in 2010 to raise money for micro-funding initiative Kiva.org. After completing this epic, 3030-mile trip, he founded the non-profit co-op Walk2Connect, which organizes community walks to bring people of all backgrounds together and get them out in nature. Here are his top four reasons for you to start taking a daily walk.

Emirates Team New Zealand star is the youngest helmsman to win America’s Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand star is the youngest helmsman to win the race.

The Kiwi team dominated the final stage of the 35th America’s Cup, overcoming defending champions ORACLE TEAM USA 7-1 on the Great Sound in Bermuda. At just 26, Burling now adds the America’s Cup to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup trophy he won in San Francisco, 2013.

The Navy SEAL Who Snagged One of Skiing’s Most Legendary Records

Around 9 a.m. on May 21, ex-Navy SEAL Josh Jespersen summited the jagged, exposed 14,130 foot Capitol Peak in Colorado. Jespersen’s tag of Capitol was more momentous: it was the culmination of an 138-day effort to skin up and snowboard down all 54 in the state. (and to do it faster than anyone in history). In doing so, the unimposing 30-year-old contract security worker snagged the fastest known time record.

Adelaide to host major tourism conference

Adelaide will host more than 2000 delegates from around the globe when it hosts Australia’s largest tourism conference next year.

BIRDSVILLE RACES ANNOUNCE 2017 PROGRAM

Organisers of Outback Queensland’s richest two-day horserace-meet – the Birdsville Races – today announce the full race program for the 2017 event.

Bone-Sniffing Dogs to Hunt for Amelia Earhart’s Remains

Nearly 80 years ago, on July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan took off from Lae, New Guinea, in a Lockheed Electra 10E on one of the last legs of their around-the-world flight. They were aiming for tiny Howland Island just north of the equator. They couldn’t find it, and despite many attempts, no one has been able to find them. In what may be the best chance yet to learn the famous aviator’s fate, forensic dogs are headed to a Pacific island to search for her bones.

WIN A TRIP TO PILBARA REGION

From the gorges carved over billions of years at Karijini National Park to the more than one million examples of rock art on the Burrup Peninsula, to the 42 islands and islets of the Dampier Peninsula, The natural attractions in the Pilbara are on an epic scale.

This region of Western Australia is not only renowned for its stunning landscapes but for its characters that embody the outback spirit that is so prevalent in this part of the world.

Four Australians who have a deep passion for the Pilbara showcase their connection to the landscape through 60 second videos.

Australia’s North West Tourism CEO Glen Chidlow said the compilation video of all had already racked up 300,000 views on social media.

“The videos resonate with audiences as meeting people when travelling in the Pilbara is as much a part of the holiday experience as the incredible scenery you travel through,” said Mr Chidlow.

“Epic Pilbara People, Pete, Marnie, Clinton and Robin relay in their own words, how they came to fall in love with this remote, stunning landscape,” he said.

“Each of them has a different story to tell.  Pete has been  canyoning in Karijini’s gorges more than 600 times, Marnie enjoyed childhood adventures on an island leased by her father and his friends, Robin transplanted from Texas for a rugged cowboy and now runs a half million acre cattle station, and Clinton’s shares his cultural connection  through stories of a Dreamtime landscape,” said Glen.

To coincide with the campaign Australia’s North West Tourism is giving away two return flights from the nearest Australian capital city to Paraburdoo, three nights in a deluxe eco tent at Karijini Eco Retreat with continental breakfast and three days car hire.   Entries close 11.59pm 29 June 2017

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American Climbers Confirm the Hillary Step Is Gone

American climbers Garrett Madison and Ben Jones, both of whom summited Everest in the final weeks of May, have said that the Hillary Step has been significantly altered.

511 Surfers Set Record for Largest Paddle Out

On Tuesday morning, 511 surfers successfully set the Guinness World Record in Huntington Beach for the largest paddle out ever recorded.

Courts to Decide if SUP is Canoeing or Surfing

When surfing was added to the Olympic roster, reactions were mixed. Most of the athletes on the tour expressed their approval in one way or another.

Michael Phelps Is Racing An Actual Shark On TV

In a program dubbed “Great Gold vs. Great White,” the 23-time Olympic gold medalist will be racing a shark as part of the Discovery Channel’s annual weeklong celebration of cartilaginous fish.

Climber Rescued From Ha Ling After Big Fall

A climber was airlifted to hospital then to Calgary Foothills Medical Centre by STARS air ambulance after a 20-metre fall on the Northeast Face of Ha Ling above Canmore.

Black bear kills teen runner during trail race

A 16-year-old ultra runner in an Alaskan mountain race was killed by a black bear he apparently encountered while descending the trail Sunday, Alaska State Troopers and the race director said. The victim was identified by troopers as Patrick Cooper of Anchorage.

Global action required to save reefs

A World Heritage Committee draft report on climate change and coral bleaching released this week confirms global action is needed to address a major problem affecting coral reefs world-wide, Environment Minister Steven Miles said.

$1.3M ecotourism boost for Far North Queensland

Cape York national parks will receive $1.3 million of Budget funding in a boost for ecotourism in Far North Queensland.

$40 million to revitalise Queensland’s national parks

The Palaszczuk Government will revitalise our national parks and create an eco-tourism industry to rival Tasmania with more than $40 million provided for parks projects in this year’s budget.

More flights, more tourists for Queensland

The Palaszczuk Government has secured additional flights to attract more tourists and create more jobs for Queensland, with China Airlines to increase its Taipei-Brisbane service from four times per week to daily

Northern whale migration under way

The annual northern migration of humpback whales along the Western Australian coast is under way with sightings of the majestic creatures being reported from Albany to Exmouth.

Queensland Budget Overview

Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment, Curtis Pitt, says the 2017-18 State Budget, the third of the Palaszczuk Government, delivers more Jobs for Queensland.

2017 in the snowfields

Improved snow-making technology, better kids’ play areas and premium lessons are a few of the benefits in store for travellers to Australia’s top ski resorts this season.

Sunshine coast business has perfect camping solution

Three entrepreneurs with a love for camping have created Camp Hire Australia where they won’t just hire out all the equipment for a perfect camping weekend, they’ll even pitch the tent and pack it away.

Welcome to the world of ultra trail-running…

JONO O’Loughlin is in a world of hurt.

His legs have seized up. Just about every muscle below his waist is cramping. His body is effectively screaming at him: “STOP!”

Cliff Diving World Series 2017

Cliff divers Jonathan Paredes of Mexico and America’s David Colturi dived at the famous “Arch of Cabo San Lucas”.

NOMINATE FOR 2018 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Australian of the Year Awards and you have an important role to play in the search for our nation’s finest.

The Melbourne Cup Of The Outback: BIRDSVILLE RACES

From Australia’s most remote horseraces, to camel pies, 4WD convoys, travelling boxing troupes and an influx of thousands to a town that usually homes 115 people – outback Queensland is set to play host to an Aussie bucket-list experience like no other when the 135th Birdsville Races return this September 1 & 2, 2017.

PARALYMPIC SUPERSTAR TO MAKE IRONMAN 70.3 DEBUT

Australia’s most successful Paralympian, (skier, cyclist, runner and motivational speaker) Michael Milton, will make his IRONMAN 70.3 debut at the Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns on Sunday 11 June 2017.

More adventure set for Kangaroo Island

One of Australia’s premier eco tourism destinations is becoming easier to visit thanks an airport expansion that has attracted direct flights from Qantas.

New Trailblazers program for young

The ABC and the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development have partnered to announce a new program supporting young innovators in regional Australia.

CARDRONA OPENS NZ’S FIRST CHONDOLA

Cardrona Alpine Resort has opened with a bang for Winter 2017, with more than 1000 skiers, snowboarders and sightseers riding the new McDougall’s Chondola for the very first time. The McDougall’s Chondola is New Zealand’s first cabin-style lift on a ski area, with a combination of six-seater chairs and 8-seater gondola cabins on the same lift.

China ‘Closes’ Mount Everest, Fall Season Cancelled

China has announced it will close Everest because it “witnessed a series of problems including an illegal north-south traverse by a Polish climber.”

The closure should not affect climbers attempting the traditional route from Nepal.

Full story here

Behind Everest Deaths

Bereaved families of those who died in their struggle to scale Mount Everest struggle to find a sense of closure. Their questions remain unanswered as mountaineering agencies accuse climbers of not following the rules and obeying sherpas.

Brisbane’s First Indoor Dry Ski Slope Edges Closer

Urban Xtreme Adventures is excited to announce the location for Brisbane’s first ever indoor adventure sporting hub with integrated dry ski slopes.

Diving in the Solomon Islands

 

Just what makes the Solomon Islands such a mecca for lovers of the underwater world?

The answer is simple – the 992 islands and unspoilt coral reefs making up these ‘Hapi Isles’, literally teem with huge numbers and varieties of marine life.

Add to this the literally hundreds of shipwrecks and downed aircraft that litter the seabed, so much so that in one area just a short journey from the country’s bustling capital of Honiara has been renamed ‘Iron Bottom Sound’.

Alissa Bradford, a solo summiter with a record in her mind

Alissa Bradford is attempting to be first young solo Australian female to summit the highest mountain in every state & territory of Australia. With only two peaks left she is racing across the country to finish her final two mountain climbs by her 30th Birthday – this June 2017.

5 places to visit if you want to party and party hard (in countries you never would have expected)

Here’s the deal. You love to travel; I get that. I do too. I also like to party.

5 Places In Australia Only The Bravest and Most Curious Adventurers Will Go!

5 Places In Australia Only The Bravest and Most Curious Adventurers Will Go! Are you ready?

5 Places In Australia You Never Knew Existed

So you think you are an Australia connoisseur…

13 May 1909, the first “Giro d’Italia” takes place

The 1909 Giro d’Italia was the inaugural running of the Giro d’Italia, a cycling race organised and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.

12 May 1880: Lincoln Ellsworth

Today is the anniversary of the birth of Lincoln Ellsworth, an American explorer, engineer, and scientist who led the first trans-Arctic (1926) and trans-Antarctic (1935) air crossings.

11 May 1813: the crossing of the Blue Mountains and the foundation of Bathurst

11 May 1813: the crossing of the Blue Mountains was the expedition led by Gregory Blaxland, William Lawson and William Charles Wentworth, which became the first successful crossing of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales by European settlers.

13 Degrees of Patagonia, the end of the journey

Luke and Jason from 13 Degrees of Patagonia recently became the first people to packraft from Puerto Chacabuco to Caleta Tortel via the Northern Patagonian Icecap. In total, they travelled 457km in 29 days. Here’s the final part of their incredible journey.

9 May 1926, Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett (maybe) fly over the North Pole

On May 9, 1926, Richard E. Byrd and Navy Chief Aviation Pilot Floyd Bennett attempted a flight over the North Pole.

8 May 1927, ‘The White Bird’ disappears

The White Bird was a French biplane that disappeared in 1927, during an attempt to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight between Paris and New York to compete for the Orteig Prize

30 April 1770, David Thompson

Today marks the birthday of David Thompson. He was born on this day on 1770 and died in 1857, at 86 years old.

Guinness World Record attempts aim to raise $100,000 for charity

Losing weight is not the only great thing you can do with a treadmill!

12 April 1957, date of birth of Greg Child

Greg Child (born 12 April 1957) is an Australian-born rock climber, mountaineer, author and filmmaker.

11 April 1970, Apollo 13 leaves the Earth

Apollo 13 was the seventh manned mission in the American Apollo space program and the third intended to land on the Moon.

10 April 1815, the Mount Tambora eruption and the beginning of the ‘Year Without a Summer’

The Mount Tambora volcano begins a three-month-long eruption, which ultimately kills 71,000 people, and affects Earth’s climate for the next two years.

WIN A $5000 VALUED ADVENTURE PACK!!!

Are you ready for this? You’re going to have to be, because this is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity that you do not want to miss!

The winner of the FUSION WATERSPORT STEREO is…

Wow! It’s been an amazing competition! So many answers and so much warmth!
The winner of the FUSION PORTABLE WATERSPORT STEREO is…

Send OUTER EDGE your story!

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Another great week and another great Outer Edge competition comes to an end…

15 February 1999, Henry Way Kendall

Henry Way Kendall was a leading American physicist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1990

14 February, Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to anyone who found someone to share his or her adventures with!

Adventure knives! And the winners are…

The winners for the Outer Edge competition run together with AussieKnives.com are:

9 February 1895, first Volleyball game

 

On February 9, 1895, in Massachusetts (USA), William G. Morgan (in the top left circle),

3 February 1943 and 1902, Wanda Rutkiewicz and Charles Augustus Lindbergh

Wanda Rutkiewicz (February 4, 1943 – May 12–13, 1992) was a Polish mountain climber. She was the first woman to successfully climb the summits K2 and Mount Everest.