CALL FOR RIDERS FOR 2014 MUNDA BIDDI EPIC CHALLENGE

Munda Biddi Epic 2014 Media Release
 
Do you have what it takes to complete the 1000km Munda Biddi Epic?
 
The Munda Biddi Trail Foundation is calling for registrations from riders to take part in the Munda Biddi Epic 1000 cycling event in April 2014, a fully supported ride leaving from Albany and finishing in Mundaring.
 
The iconic trail is the longest, most continuous off-road cycling track in the world, built through undeveloped natural corridor of forests, bushland, gentle terrain and scenic river valleys, showcasing towering eucalypt trees and unique plants and wildlife.
 
Twenty-six cyclists from across Australia took up the challenge of a life time earlier this year, completing their adventure in three weeks.

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Day 22 Last Day

Day 22 Photo1Too many wines last night so I woke with a massive headache, hangover, and a sore hip which i assume i did during my fall. Going to be tough today. 40 km of wonderful pea gravel.
 
Packed early, i hear Peter treasure packing his tent up before i even crawed out of my sleeping bag. Bit of rain last night, enough to wet everything but not enough to help that nasty pea gravel go away. Some soft patches early and my body was rejecting me. Mother Sandy just said self inflicted and gave me no pity leaving me in her dust on most hills early. One instruction before we left was stick to the left hand side on any forks in the road. A couple of big climbs but not much of concern at least until we started taking log over drop off and jumps then realised we were off the munda biddi and on the mundaring cicuit. That perked me up and was having fun until the rest of the group decided we were on the wrong track and had to turn back. We forgot to stay left.
 

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Day 21 Jarrahdale to Carringbar

Peter treasure was up at 5 as normal well before the birds and started the chain reaction to get us ready for the ride today. It was a 60 km ride to carringbar today and we are still exhausted from the ride yesteray. Today we took it very easy to ensure we made it through but apparantly not easy enough for me. I got caught out on a technical downhill when the back slid out I clipped a tree and did a spectacular barrel roll. Bit of bark off the knee and broken pride but otherwise still in working order. We arrived around 1 pm and rested until we could pitch our tents for the last time on this journey. It was then i noticed that I had also broken a spoke but luckilly I had a spare and was able to fix it.

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Day 20 Dwellingup to Jarrahdale

Slept terribly last night and it seems many others did too, not sure why, but the temperature was hot at first and then chilly in the morn,that might have had something to do with it.

Day 20 Photo2Massive day on the bike, i found it very draining and was spent by the time we reached Jarrahdale. The first part from Dwellingup to Marrinup and then turners is very familar and was quite easy but after that, Wow some sections of the track would be unridable with panniers or a trailer. Very technical and very challenging. I found them lots of fun but still very draining. Today the hills beat me. Until today i had riden every hill but some of the hills today up were extremely steep and contained deep pea gravel which made short sections unridable. I had to push up two hills for 20 or so metres, i was hoping to reach my goal of riding every hill but not so. Many had spills today on some of the more difficult downhill sections but thankfully no one seriously hurt, just minor cuts and bruises. Friar tuck performed the death defying act of landing upside down in the rushes in a creek bed after losing balance on a small bridge and wondered what all the fuss was about. Completed 70 odd kms today on some difficult track.

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Day 19 Lake Brockman to Dwellingup

Day 19 Photo1Up before sunrise for our dawn service for anzac day. The guys found a sleeping bag that had an australian flag on it and someone else had the last post on an ipod, others made wreaths of what could be found in the bush along with some noodle wrappers for colour and rob and kaye prepared the ceremony so that we could show our respect to the anzacs. Great ceremony and proud to be there.
 
Fairly long ride and technical in places, some long climbs and some steep climbs but now in very familiar tracks for me into Dwellingup. Pity we had to ride the munda biddi as i know much better tracks that lead to dwellingup and are more fun but had to do the right thing and stick to the marked track.
 
The front group took a wrong turn and ended up on a mining haulage road for bauxite. Luckily the drillers were doing test bores and helped us on our way and a lunch break. We back tracked a couple of kms and found the sign we missed and were back on track. A nice ride along the murray river and then into nanga mill. A site of an old mill and now a camping ground. Absolutely packed out with holiday makers for the long weekend.

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