WA Gravity Enduro 2017 Events
The Chain Reaction Cycles WA Gravity Enduro Series 2017 series kicks off on the 25th February on the popular Kalamunda Mountain Bike Trails in the Perth Hills. Home to many-a-local, the trails will be ‘slippery when dry,’ adding to the technical nature of the race. Mt Gunjin is always a favourite with some good elevation, ladder-drops, rocky section and plenty of sweeping berms. Spectators often enjoy the central location of the ‘powerlines’ giving them opportunity to walk to different trails in close proximity. The afternoon race will be set to avoid the heat of the day starting from the Calamunnda Camel Farm and finishing on dusk for some well-deserved food, drink and celebration of the new series!
Pemberton Mountain Bike Park – home of the sweeping timber berms that test your commitment! The Park offers hardpack clay berms cutting through magnificent Karri Trees right next door to the Permberton Townsite, Pemberton Camp School and Caravan Park – a popular accommodation choice. The race is featured as a ‘Double Header’ with the Cross-Country race on Saturday and the Gravity Enduro race on the Sunday making a great weekend getaway to race both or spectate. The trails are short but pack a punch and this event usually brings a cool change with ample shade cover or perhaps a little dip in the Swimming Pool or nearby dam.
Golden Grove is a private citric orchard on the perched on the foothills of the Avon Valley National Park producing some steep terrain for mountain biking. Making the most of the area, multiple tight off-camber turns keep the riders on edge as they negotiate raw trails simply defined by bunting. The long fast straight buzzing past orange orchards is certainly a highlight and tests your speed and commitment before tagging off at the bottom of the valley. Be sure to purchase the beautiful fresh orange juice before, during and after your race for maximum thirst-quenching!
Linga Longa Mountain Bike Park is a private farm located in Southampton – approximately a 3hr drive south of Perth. Custom built trails by Paul Neve of Three Chillies Design and Construction and a training playground for Sam Hill,, Linga Longa boasts diversity from the rocky and raw ‘point it down’ type trails of Huggies and Rake ‘n’ Ride, to fun and flowy trails of Valley of Dreams and Boxers Blast, to the trail aptly names Mr Enduro which pretty much sums up all of the elements of Gravity Enduro in one trail. With the Race Village and campsites sitting on the edge of a magnificent freshwater lake, its makes a fantastic backdrop to the trails and scenic outlook when the campfires are burning at night.
In 2017, WA Gravity Enduro will be hosting Round 3 of the Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) National Gravity Enduro Series at this event as well as Round 4 of the WA Gravity Enduro Series. Points and presentations will be awarded for both series’.
The Pines Margaret River has seen significant transformation over the past few years with exciting and challenging new additions with thanks to MRORCA and our sponsor, Dave Willcox of Common Ground Trail Construction. The teams in the area do an amazing job creating exciting mountain biking opportunities in a flat area. The huge support always offered by MRORCA is always on show and once again, WA Gravity Enduro will be teaming up with MRORCA to create another ‘Double Header’ weekend! Gravity Enduro racing will take place on Sunday and the weekend is a great treat for competitors and spectators with plenty on offer.
As always, Wharncliffe Mill Bush Retreat is on the doorstep of the trail network offering easy and affordable accommodation.
Goat Farm, Greenmount is one of the closest mountain bike trails to the Perth Metro Area offering copious amount of trails, links and shoots which allows us to create many unique Gravity Enduro race courses. With long views back to the Perth CBD from the ‘nipple,’ the reasonable elevation is made up with technical trails, unforgiving rocks and possible the torrential downpour or two. The Goat Farm is not only a challenge for the competitors but certainly keep the organisers on their toes as well! With WAGE hosting the MTBA National Series here in 2015 and off the back of a wet and muddy 2016 course, what will 2017 throw up at us all?