About The Ride
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 2019 Pipeline Challenge will be held in May, most likely from Saturday 4th to Wednesday 8th May. We are just working to confirm these dates and will update you soon. 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. Kalgoorlie is still the main producer of gold in Australia and as a nation we rank 3rd in world gold production behind South Africa and the United States. Who knows you could be riding over a small fortune as you make your way from Kalgoorlie to 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 (like the 184 km leg from Coolgardie to Southern Cross on day two) 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 give us a call 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: $475
Adult Solo Rider: $485
Adult Support Crew: $425
Under 18 Rider: $315
Accompanying Child (aged 9-17): $115
Accompanying Child (under 8): Free, jersey not included
This contribution covers all your meals, camping fees, insurance and a jersey. Please note this amount will not be included in your fundraising total.
A Typical Day on the Pipeline Challenge
- Get up and have breakfast
- Pack up camp and prepare for the day ahead
- Check the start time board
- Warm up, stretch
- Be ready at the start line at the allocated time
- Ride, ride and ride some more
- Arrive at camp
- Set up camp
- Clean and prepare bikes for the next day (best done while there is still light)
- Wash, clean and prepare for dinner
- Debrief and briefing for tomorrow’s ride
- Quiet drinks, embellish stories and show off big calf and quad muscles
Daily Time Limit
Teams will be able to ride at their own pace. History has shown that there will be some teams that will challenge themselves to complete the kilometres in as fast a time as possible. Other teams will be challenging themselves simply to complete the distance each day. Some teams will simply be enjoying life, enjoying being on the bike and having fun.
All teams will need to complete the daily stage prior to dusk. There will be no exceptions as safety is paramount. Plus the last thing you want to be doing at the end of a long day is putting up your tent in the dark. If you are still out on the trail at dusk, you will be required to get into your support vehicle and travel to the campsite. On the longer days teams should aim to average 15 km/hr to complete the distance in the allocated time. Your average speed should be monitored from the start of the day.
How it Works
Read more to find out how the ride works..