The Great Wheelbarrow Race is run in three sections – Mareeba to Dimbulah (44km); Dimbulah to Almaden (63km) and from Almaden to Chillagoe (33km)
Mareeba – Dimbulah
Between Mareeba and Dimbulah the Wheelbarrow Way is a sealed bitumen road. The terrain is relatively flat and this section of the race should present competitors with few if any problems or challenges other than completing the distance in the time allowed. This section will probably be the busiest in terms of traffic particularly in regard to trucks. This section of the race is 44 km in length.
Dimbulah – Almaden
Between Dimbulah and Almaden the Wheelbarrow Way is mostly sealed. The topography of the area is hilly and this section contains some steep grades which may present a challenge to some competitors. The steepest sections occur where the road crosses the Lappa and Bismark Ranges. This section of the road is largely unfenced and cattle often feed along the edges. There are several narrow bridges/causeways which need to be negotiated. This section of the race is 63 km in length.
Almaden – Chillagoe
Between Almaden and Chillagoe the road is sealed in some sections and gravel in others. Competitors should take care when travelling along the gravel sections and should move to the side of the road if dust clouds reduce visibility. The topography of the area is hilly and this section contains some minor to moderate grades, however these should not present any major challenges for competitors. This section of the road is largely unfenced and cattle often feed along the edges. This section of road is 33 km in length.
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