Happy Birthday Pile Road!
The Mt Lennard mountain bike trails, commonly known as the Pile rd trails, has just had its birthday this week turning 11 years old. It was officially opened on the 18th March 2001. The original trail which was used for racing was the Butchers Trail. XC races were held on the Butchers Trail for about 10 years previous, taking us back over 20 years of history of mtb riding at the Pile Rd location. Down hill races were held down Millbrook gully, with Scott Sharpels winning the 1st DH race the SW club ever held.
The Pile rd trails system has grown extensivly over the last 10 years, with over 40 kms of trails, both with legal trails and unprescribed trails. A final master plan of mtb trails is being developed which will be the last expansion of trails planning that will last for decades to come. Being a National park with its sensitive areas that need to be preserved, the network will have a final limit that will not be expanded on.
The SW mountain bike club class this trail system as its home turf and taken ownership of it with years of building, maintenance, planning and working with DEC to create what is one of the best and largest mountain bike trail systems in the state. The most dedicated users of the pile rd trails are a group of night riders who have been consistantly riding every week on Wednesday or thursday night for the last 12 years, which is a legendary in mountain bike years, considering the sport is so new. The Night rides at Pile rd is the longest running, regular mountain bike social ride in the state.
Set in a national park on the edge of farmland amongst the wineries, with a brewery across the road from the main trail head, it is a popular location to travel to for a days worth of riding followed by a beer, wine and lunch with scenic coastal views of Bunbury. If you get a chance, make the effort to travel down to enjoy some great single track at Pile Rd.
Happy birthday Pile rd.
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Kalamunda Circuit Trail Opening Photos
The Kalamunda Circuit trail opening on Saturday 24th March was a huge success. Nearly 50 people new to the trail took advantage of guided rides. In addition, 35 people took part in the skills and mechanics clinics run by AvantiPlus Cannington, as well as countless other taking advantage of their fleet of demo bikes.
After everyone was back from their rides we all enjoyed a sausage sizzle before the President of Kalamunda Shire, Donald McKechnie, officially opened the trail after a fascinating talk from chief trail builder, Murray Wynne, on what it took to get the Kalamunda Circuit built.
Local photographer Travis "Scratchy" Deane recorded the day for posterity. The photos he took that day are for sale and he has kindly donated all proceeds from these pictures to WAMBA. Click here to view and purchase photographs from the day