Let us take you on an epic adventure from the red dirt of the Goldfields to the gardens of Perth’s iconic Mundaring Weir. Over five unforgettable days you will trace the golden pipeline which has been delivering fresh water to Kalgoorlie for over a century. More than just a mountain bike ride, the Pipeline Challenge proudly raises awareness and money for West Australian charity Youth Futures who have been supporting at-risk young people for three decades.
The Pipeline Challenge is held in May each year. We are currently working on securing dates for 2020 but the event is likely to be held from Saturday 2nd to Wednesday 6th May. The event is held in Autumn to take advantage of the great mountain biking weather Western Australia offers at this time. A monthly average temperature of 20-22 degrees and 7 days of light rain across the region sounds like perfect mountain biking weather to us.
Your epic ride begins in Kalgoorlie, located 594 km east of Perth. Made famous in the late 1800’s when prospectors Paddy Hannan, Tom Flanagan, and Dan O’Shea discovered gold, the rest is history. Who knows you could be riding over a small fortune as you make your way from Kalgoorlie to Mundaring in the Perth hills. We will camp overnight at Coolgardie, Southern Cross, Merredin and Northam.
The beauty of the Pipeline Challenge is that it is suitable for everyone. Whether you’re a group of friends looking for a socially competitive race or a novice just in it for a challenge, we’ve got you covered. We’ve had children as young as nine join us on the Pipeline Challenge- they can ride as part of a team on the easier sections and enjoy the experience.
The course is not overly technical, however it is varied. There are sections that consist of rocky outcrops, rutted trails, corrugations, sand, and climbs/descents. Just because the course isn’t technical doesn’t mean you don’t have to train! Your experience will be much more enjoyable if you’ve put in the hard yards before setting off. We recommend your training regime includes riding on consecutive days to prepare your body for backing it up day after day on the Challenge.
We encourage most riders to form a team and participate in a relay-style which makes the longer days a lot more achievable. That said, we have a number of spaces available for soloists keen to push themselves. If this is you please read the information provided and contact us before registering.
Each participant will receive a free registration when they make the following donation to Youth Futures during the registration process.
Adult Team Rider: $485
Adult Solo Rider: $500
Adult Support Crew: $435
Under 18 Rider: $325
Accompanying Child (aged 9-17): $115
Accompanying Child (under 8): Free, jersey not included
This contribution covers all your meals, camping fees, insurance, jersey, car stickers, race plate (number), mechanical support, first aid and water stops (soloists only). Please note this amount will not be included in your fundraising total.
How it Works
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