A WHEELY GOOD AUGUST

Published on Thursday, 21 July 2022 at 5:34:21 PM

August sees four different cycling events coming to York with hundreds of riders and supporters staying over the weekends and contributing to the York economy.

Shire CEO Chris Linnell says “Bike riding is one of the world’s fastest growing recreational, sport and tourism activities and is a travel motivator that provides economic return for our town”.

“Cycle Tourism is a key growth adventure tourism activity due to its low-impact, high-spend, and high-dispersal nature. Cycle tourists typically stay longer, spend more and engage in a broader range of experiences than the average visitor.  The Shire is delighted to welcome these groups to our town”.

WA GRAVITY ENDURO (WAGE) – Saturday 6 August & Sunday 7 August - Wongborel

WA’s largest gravity endurance mountain bike club returns to York, with riders competing across a number of categories. Riders are timed on both their ascent and descending rides and points are determined accordingly.  

Trail marking and set up occurs Saturday 6 August, with competition occurring Sunday 7 August. The largest number of competitors of the three Mountain Bike events is expected, with an estimated 300 riders to compete throughout Sunday 7 August.

Access between Wongborel / Picnic area and the summit will be reduced to pedestrian access (closed to vehicles) during competition. Limited parking and an increase in visitors and vehicle traffic on Pioneer & Steere Road is also anticipated throughout the weekend.

Due to the significant number of competitors and officials, a rider village including registration and warm up areas is planned adjacent to the Coffee Carriage and at Lowe Street, to reduce congestion at Wongborel and allow sufficient space for the number of competitors and vehicles anticipated.

Normal road rules apply to all cyclists utilising the roads to transfer from York to Wongborel, however, an increase in cyclists along Lowe St, Glebe bridge and its immediate surrounding areas on Sunday 7 August is anticipated. Event marshals will be on-route to manage cyclists and pedestrians in these areas.

PERTH MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB (PMBC) – Sunday 14 August – Wongborel

PMBC runs events in cross country mountain bike racing. Riders compete over a loop circuit, completing as many laps as possible over a certain time period

Trail set up occurs Saturday 13 August with competition occurring Sunday 14 August. Increased traffic on Pioneer Road and up to 150 riders is anticipated. A rider village will be at the Wongborel/Mount Brown picnic area and access between the picnic area and the summit will be reduced to pedestrian access only (closed to vehicles) during competition.

PEEL DISTRICTS DOWNHILL MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB – Sunday 28 August - Wongborel

PDMBC offers fun and competitive events for cyclists. Cyclists are ‘shuttled’ to the summit and compete in timed descent trail runs across three trails varying in length and terrain according to skill level. Trail set up occurs Saturday 27 August with competition occurring Sunday 28 August. Increased traffic on Pioneer Road, and up to 100 competitors is anticipated. A rider village will be at the Wongborel/Mount Brown picnic area and access between the picnic area and the summit will be reduced to pedestrian access only (closed to vehicles) during competition.

CANOLA CLASSIC – Sunday 28 August – Talbot Area

The York Canola Classic is a recreational road cycle ride for distances of either 93km or 52km from Knotts road through the striking canola fields across the York region.  This event will commence at 8:00am and will conclude at approximately 2:00pm on Sunday 28 August.

The following roads form part of the route the cyclists take:

  • Knotts Road/Talbot Road
  • Talbot W Road
  • Qualen W Road

Roads will not be closed during the event and riders are under normal Road Traffic Laws and must utilise the roads in accordance with the Road Traffic Act. Traffic Management will be in place, with road marshals at significant intersections along the route to assist vehicles and riders.

Access to and from the resident driveways has been carefully considered to ensure the event causes minimal disruption.

CANOLA CLASSIC – Rider Village at the York Recreation Centre

As per previous years, on Sunday 28 August the Rider Village will be at the YRCC.  This year, however, the Football Semi-final is occurring on the same day.  Therefore, Westcycle will utilise the Old Stadium (basketball stadium) and its surrounds as a rider village. The rider village will include space for rider briefing, food trucks, outdoor seatings areas, portable toilets and designated rider parking in the surrounding areas. Entry for cyclists will be via Barker Street and entry for the Football Semi-Finals will be via South Street. 

WONGBOREL/MOUNT BROWN TRAIL REMEDIATION

In accordance with the Shire’s Trail Remediation Guide  repair and maintenance to the tracks will be undertaken by trail users Saturday 13 & 28 August for competition use,  and again in September for  remediation of all trails utilised for competition.

Event organiser contacts are available from the Shire by contacting records@york.wa.gov.au or by phone 9641 0500. 

CHRIS LINNELL

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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