This photo shows the sugar cane carriages in the foreground which has been the lifeblood of Gordonvale for many years. Sugar cane that is.
Walsh's Pyramid (922m) in the background. The Pyramid just seems to be asking to be climbed. I am lucky enough to say that I have been up and down four times in the past 6 years. My time is approx 6 hours for the round trip.
Once a year for the past 49 years Gordonvale has held 'The Great Pyramid race. So come along to the 50th Anniversary of the Great Pyramid Race this year - a mountain race from Gordonvale, to the top of Walsh's Pyramid and back. Race day is the 15th August 2009, starting at 2pm. If you are interested the fastest male last year came in at 1:15:35......just slightly faster than me. If you would like more statistics on race times please visit here.
http://www.pyramidrace.com click here to go to site (link updated 11 Jun 2010)
A 12km mountain run from Norman Park, Gordonvale to the top of Walsh's Pyramid and returning to Norman Park.
Prizes: 1st male/female - $1000
2nd male/female - $500
3rd male/female - $250
Age Categories - $100
For more details, entry forms, market stall holder forms please visit.
http://www.pyramidrace.com.au/festival-and-race-day.htm ****New website http://www.pyramidrace.com Click here to go to site edited 11Jun2010
It apparently, began 49 years ago, in a local Gordonvale pub, with two cane farmers having an 'argument' after the end of a hard days work! They decided to settle this 'argument', with a race to the peak of the nearby Walsh's Pyramid. This was (and still is) no ordinary race. A wager was made between the two cane farmers to see who could run up in the quickest possible time. This race created so much interest that the local bookie took bets on which cane farmer was 'right'. From this humorous start, this race became a full day event with the ""Great Pyramid Mountain Race"" now having up to 100 runners. It now incorporates other sporting events like the one metre Dash for Cash, five kilometre Road Race, Criterium and many more. Festival atmosphere with markets, rides for the kids and entertainment as well as wood chop demonstrations, food and plenty more. The event will finish with a street parade and fireworks.