Mundaring to Perth on the bike

With a decent off-road network of trails in the Perth Hills and a shared pedestrian path from Woodbridge to Perth city, I began to hatch a micro mountain biking adventure riding from Mundaring to Perth with detours to single track areas like the Goat Farm Mountain Bike Park and Lake Leschenaultia. Mundaring to Lake Leschenaultia (13km) Waving goodbye to my lift from Perth, I set off on the mountain bike from Mundaring ...

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Racing the heat at the Pemberton G83

It's close to midday in Pemberton and I join other mountain bikers gathered on a field about to commence the last race (adventure!) of the WA XCM State Series for 2019. This round was organised by the running group at Perth Trail Series, their first mountain bike event. Already 34 degrees Celsius I am sweating at the start line, it is going to be a summery ride on the forest trails. Pemberton ...

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Something positively epic, Southern Peaks!

It felt like just last week the forest ride in the Dwellingup 100 was happening and now it was time to travel further south for the Southern Peaks event in Albany. Having completed last year's 37 km course I knew 2019 would be another adventure. The day before the race I was doing some sightseeing with Dad and from the convoy walk and lookout we were able to preview the 'lay of the ...

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Hill climbs and single track descents on the Kalamunda 50

Sunday morning I set off on the Kalamunda 50 race from Core Cider House in the Perth hills, the wintry chill in the air no longer in focus as the group of 500 strong riders forged ahead on the bitumen towards dirt tracks and a selection of the Kalamunda Collective trails. On mountain bikes we head in the direction towards Mount Gunjin and while I thought the bitumen section would ...

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Northcliffe Karri Cup MTB Challenge

Leading up to the Northcliffe Karri Cup MTB Challenge we took a few days off work to stay in the nearby town of Pemberton. It was a relaxing way to see in event day, we drank beer over pre-dinner cheese sessions next to the wood fire in our thermals.  I managed to squeeze in some casual pedals around town, but honestly mainly to the bakery on Vasse Highway for the ricotta ...

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Coddiwomple on the Kalamunda MTB Collective Trails

The conditions were looking fantastic to be up in the Perth Hills and Monday blues would have to wait another day as I was going to Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective to cycle a 24.3km cross country loop of the collective by combining a number of blue graded single trails through the forest starting and ending at the Camel farm. The mountain bike ride begins from the Camel Farm and right into the ...

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Big Brook Dam Cycle and Pemberton MTB Park

The day begins with hot savoury pies and sausage rolls from the bakery in Pemberton, we leave the car in town and cycle side by side down a quiet street towards the Pemberton Pool. We could easily spend the day admiring the dark still fresh water edged by a magnificent pocket of Karri forest.  Pemberton Pool is a lovely picnic spot. Sounds of laughter echo from the mountain bike park trails behind ...

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Albany’s Southern Peaks MTB Race

On the nose end of the working week, we packed the car and drove five hours south of Perth to Albany in the Great Southern region of Western Australia for the Southern MTB festival. Following a fun ride at the Dwellingup 100 last month I was keen to give the Albany event a go, opting for the more forgiving 37 km length. On race day I cycle from the motel to ...

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First time at the Dwellingup WA 100 MTB Classic

When I signed up to participate in the Wallaby 42 km course of the Dwellingup WA 100 MTB Classic, my motivation was fuelled by excitement of the prospect of challenging myself and giving it a good go in the forests trails whilst all the while supporting a good cause,  Muscular Dystrophy WA. I also find great joy exploring the trails in Western Australia and haven't really cycled much of Dwellingup, so ...

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