The 2017 Australian Cross-Country Marathon (XCM) Championships were held at Cape Pallarenda, Townsville, on 29-30th April. A long hike for many, and a warm escape for others, the trails for the event were dry, loose and a whole lot of fun.

In one way, the bushland trails along the edge of the coral sea were quintessentially Australian. But still, others felt the dry and rocky riding overlooking an azure-blue sea had a Mediterranean feel - often as our coastal trails are either sand, or non-existant due to houses.

Our full report from the weekend of racing will be in our next issue. In the mean time you can enjoy the images from Dave Acree. Full results are published on DURT.