We are awaiting approvals but the ride is tentatively set for Saturday 4th May to Wednesday 8th May.
Registrations will close midnight March 17, unless the event reaches capacity before then.
The approximate distances are*:
Day 1: 45 km (Kalgoorlie to Coolgardie)
Day 2: 184 km (Coolgardie to Southern Cross)
Day 3: 116 km (Southern Cross to Merredin)
Day 4: 172 km (Merredin to Northam)
Day 5: 81 km (Northam to Parkerville)
The trail is not considered a technical ride but it is varied. There are sections that are rutted and rocky or downhill that you will have to take carefully. Some sections are sandy, uphill (or on the odd occasion, both) and will really test your legs. Other sections will be long and fast and test your physical and mental endurance.
* Route subject to change each year
Not unless you really want to. While we do accept soloists, most participants ride as part of a team in a relay-style to share the load.
Each participant will receive a free registration for our 2024 event when they make the following donation to Youth Futures during the registration process:
Adult Team Rider: $575
Adult Solo Rider: $595
Adult Support Crew: $525
Under 18 Rider/Support: $395
Kids Under 12: Free, jersey not included
Please note this donation will not be included in your fundraising total. Rider and Support Crew registrations include all meals, event costs, camping fees, insurance, a jersey, and first aid. All registration fees are non-refundable if you are unable to do the Challenge.
Pipeline Virtual Challenge
Each participant will receive a free registration when they make the following tax-deductible donation to Youth Futures during the registration process.
Virtual Rider Digital Pack - $25 which includes a digital rider's manual and achievement certificate.
Virtual Rider Jersey Pack - $95 (NZ and AUS only) which includes a Pipeline Challenge jersey, goodies and rider's manual.
*Please note this amount will not be included in your fundraising total.
You can have up to 5 people in your team. This number has been set based on each support vehicle having room for 5 passengers. If you have more than 5 people wanting to join your team consider splitting into 2 teams.
Conquering the Office Solutions IT Pipeline Challenge solo is no easy feat so if you are keen to conquer the Pipeline on your own please read here or call 08 9300 2677 to speak with Mark or Erica before completing your registration.
Each year we play cupid, helping those who can't convince their mates to sign up. Get in touch and we will endeavour to find you some new (better?) mates to tackle the Challenge with.
We have changed jersey suppliers, so the sizing of previous years jerseys may have change. Refer to the sizing chart here. The jerseys are unisex so please check your measurements rather than just ordering your usual clothing size. Please note that ‘Accompanying children (non-riding)’ registrations do not include a jersey.
Well, it depends on your pain tolerance. Obviously the fitter you are the easier it will be to get back on that bike each day. If you are participating as a team you will be able to share the load which makes conquering the Office Solutions IT Pipeline Challenge an achievable goal for most people. We recommend your training regime includes riding on consecutive days to get your body used to backing it up day after day on the Challenge.
The Challenge is not a race and as long as you take it easy, train beforehand and have no health issues which mean you shouldn’t be exercising, you should be able to complete the ride. If you have any concerns ask your local GP, they will let you know if you should be taking on the Challenge.
Unlike some rides we won't stop you from taking part or deduct the remainder from your credit card, BUT we do expect everyone to make a concerted effort to fundraise $1,000 in support of young families experiencing homelessness. After all, that's why this ride exists. We understand that fundraising can be overwhelming for some of our riders, so if it looks like you're struggling we'll give you a call in April to touch base. You will also receive a fundraising kit after registration with hints and tips to make your fundraising journey less daunting.
Yes, of course! So for example, if you have a team of three riders, your team would be aiming to raise at least $3,000 in total.
We will have qualified first aid officers available for the duration of the event. Each team is also required to have a fully stocked first aid kit in their support vehicle at all times. We recommend the St John’s Small Leisure Kit or Medium Leisure Kit which can be purchased here.
No, however all participants under the age of 18 at the time of the event will require parent/guardian consent and will need to be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the event. If you will be under the age of 18 on Day One of the event, please make sure your parent/legal guardian completes and returns the permission form provided to you before the event commences. We have had children as young as 9 join us on the Pipeline.
Perth Metro participants will have their registration packs delivered the week of the event. All other riders can collect their packs on Day One prior to the briefing which starts at 11.30 am sharp.
Yes, but just for the first day when we will be taking a group photo.
The simple answer is no. The pipeline frequently goes underground, sometimes there are no access tracks and at other times it runs directly alongside roads and the main highway, however most of the Challenge is along the pipeline. For safety and logistical reasons there are times when you will be on bush trails, railway access tracks, dirt roads and occasionally bitumen when entering and leaving town sites.
Yes it certainly does. This is what makes the Office Solutions IT Pipeline Challenge great- you will have access to trails that just can't be ridden outside of this event! We have been given permission, with certain conditions, to access the pipeline when it goes through private property. Vehicles will need to keep below 40 km/h, gates will need to be left as you found them (usually opened and closed when accessing the trail), and vehicles must keep to the trail and be mindful of any livestock that may be on the property.
Yes! We understand this makes the Pipeline Challenge more achievable for some, so e-bikes are allowed on the track however will need to ride at a speed safe for the conditions with maximum speeds of 25 km/hr on roads and 40 km/hr at any other time (unless otherwise signposted along the track). Please note, e-bike riders will likely be set off in the later than other participants to allow organisers to set each day's signage.
The Office Solutions IT Pipeline Challenge isn’t a race but we will have volunteers timing your team’s ride and will make this information available each night.
According to the Australian Tax Office all donations of $2 or more are tax deductible however raffle ticket and merchandise sales are not considered donations and as such are not tax deductible.
Please refer to the event Terms and Conditions.
Regarding COVID-19: Should State Government orders prevent the event from taking place on the scheduled dates, participants will be given the option to transfer their registration to a rescheduled ride at a later date, or to receive a refund minus a $75 administration fee. Interstate participants who are unable to travel to WA due to hard borders will be given the option to transfer their registration to the following year, or to receive a refund as per above. Please note, donations are unable to be refunded.
We have a number of cash and in-kind partnership opportunities available with Corporate Partnership Packages starting at $1,500. If you would like to know more please call us on 08 9300 2677 or contact us. The Office Solutions IT Pipeline Challenge also provides your team with a fun way to bond while giving back to the community so consider getting a corporate team together to take on the Pipeline.
Of course! We have our Pipeline Virtual Challenge, which allows anyone from any place complete the ride over the month of May. Register as a Virtual Rider to join the Pipeline Family. Alternatively, if you'd like to join our in person event in May you're welcome to travel to Kalgoorlie at your own accord.
In 2015, Mark Waite, Youth Futures CEO, wanted to establish an annual fundraising event that the local community could participate in, to raise funds for Youth Futures program the Nest. As an ambitious cyclist himself, he believed a mountain biking event unlike any other on offer in Western Australia would be perfect. So along, with Erica Blaney, they carved out a challenging 5-day track from Kalgoorlie to Perth. With only 10 participants in the first year, they were able to raise $45,000 for the Nest.
Now, almost 10 years later, still with several original riders and volunteers returning yearly, we've been able to build the Pipeline Challenge into a multi-hundred thousand-dollar fundraiser thanks to our passionate, supportive and determined Pipeline family.