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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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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Northbridge by bicycle : Perth Cultural Centre

Welcome to the first of the red bike adventures through Perth City. I want to show how much fun it is on the bike and also encourage businesses and the local government to think about the benefits of improving cycling facilities and infrastructure, because well, us cyclists are out and about rain or shine, dawn or eve. We like to explore and stop to refuel. The ride begins from Elizabeth Quay ...

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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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A delightful Collie 50

We may not have been able to spend the weekend in Collie, but luckily it's just a 2 hour drive from Perth, so on race day, we drove towards the south west region under darkness seeing in the sunrise from the car just after 6:00 am. As we made our way along Coalfields hwy which leads straight into town, we joined a line of vehicles also shuttling mountain bikes behind ...

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Discovering street art in the newly reduced speed zone!

The City of Vincent has recently commenced a trial reducing speeds to 40km/h in it's southern suburbs close to the Perth CBD area. The main (district distributor) roads  identified in the map will remain at their respective 50Km/h or 60Km/h however the residential streets in the zone will drop to 40Km/h. It's a wonderful move that will compliment the growing cycling culture but will hopefully foster an even more vibrant ...

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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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Pilbara Road Bike Ride from Karratha

Cycling the dirt tracks around Karratha has aided our tolerance of heat in the Pilbara, something that has been work in progress for us winter dwellers.  One Saturday morning we planned to leave the regional town on the road bikes for a cycle inland towards the Millstream area, we like to think of it as an adventure. The maiden road bike ride since Perth and into rugged land and little else, ...

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Hearson Cove, Karratha

Hearson Cove is an intriguing landscape nestled between some heavy built industry and the protected Murujuga National Park. Living in Karratha, this spot was a favourite to spend some time by the water. The natural environment in and around Hearson Cove is diverse and ever changing as part of its existence. Being new to the area, this was highly amusing for us and I am excited to show you a series ...

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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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