Mountain biking in the Dwellingup 100

Stepping up from last year's first time effort at Dwellingup 100, this year's entry was into the 70km course, a distance that I wasn't entirely familiar with but keen to give it a go. For those that have never heard of the Dwellingup 100, it is a mountain bike event inclusive of all levels of mountain bikers with several course distances through the forest in Western Australia.  In recent times ...

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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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Munda Biddi and Marrinup Trail, Dwellingup

Winter has moved on into Perth and with the exception of squally wet days, there is the opportunity for some favourable mountain biking conditions because in all honesty, winter in this city is not all that miserable making available days of whisper wind and some sunshine. Celebrating Western Australia Day, we road tripped down to the forest town of Dwellingup for a trail ride along the Munda Biddi and Marrinup Circuit. Our motivations ...

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Summer storm | Karratha Pilbara Region

So today, the 28th of December, almost two months into the summer wet season, the tourists passing through Karratha have dwindled and the pesky flies have landed. Even the appearance of food trucks at Dreamer's hill has stalled, but despite the quiet surroundings we have been using the time off work to explore more trails on the mountain bikes. Setting out from the power line track directly behind the neighbourhood, we ...

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