WA’s Cross Country Marathon Season

Earlier this year I entered a couple of the cross country races in Western Australia to challenge and also skill up on the mountain bike. Well, I had 'way too much' fun along those enduring rides which is why I ended up sticking around completing the season of the WA XCM State Series. In hindsight it was a fairly epic year on the mountain bike, 7 months and six events through ...

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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 and I am sweating at the start line, it is going to be a summery ride on the forest trails ...

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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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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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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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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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Ladies Day at the (MTB) Races – Karratha

Friday night we prepare the mountain bikes and backpacks, I spend a little bit of time cutting some KMART fake flowers for a fascinator that will hopefully be easy to fix onto the helmet. Race 7 for the Burrup Mountain Club is one like no other, actually all rounds so far have been like no other with a touch of Pilbara uniqueness.  This one though, is ladies day at the races, incorporating a ...

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