Pemberton Cycling Association putting town on the map as a must-visit for all bike riding enthusiasts

Melissa PedeltyManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Pemberton Cycling Association members on a Saturday social ride.
Camera IconPemberton Cycling Association members on a Saturday social ride. Credit: Mark Hudson

The Pemberton Cycling Association is working hard to put the town on the must-visit list of all budding and avid bike riding enthusiasts across the state.

The PCA recently received a $2500 grant from the Shire of Manjimup which would be used to turn Pemberton into a renowned trail destination.

The grant has already funded a new Tech Track which was installed during September, refurbishment of the popular Relentless Blue downhill track, including adjustments to the infamous Pemberton wall rides, and new directional signage around the park.

Sean Tysoe riding the Relentless Blue Downhill.
Camera IconSean Tysoe riding the Relentless Blue Downhill. Credit: Monique Tysoe

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PCA chairperson Sean Tysoe said the association was in the early stages of development but had many exciting things planned.

“Pemberton is in a unique position to be able to capitalise on its proximity to the trails, which are extremely accessible from the town centre,” he said. “Located in the highly desirable Karri forest, the trails offer a tall tree riding experience on the famous Karri ‘hero dirt’.”

“Pemberton has great potential as a trail town given the town centre’s proximity to developable mountain bike riding zones and infrastructure.

“It also boasts an elevation profile that is sought after by mountain biking enthusiasts.

“Although small, the local community expresses support for the growth of recreational activities such as mountain biking, providing a strong foundation to expand the trail network.”

Peter Henley testing the new Tech Track feature.
Camera IconPeter Henley testing the new Tech Track feature. Credit: Sean Tysoe

Mr Tysoe said while the biking history was massive in Pemberton, the town never had a formalised club until 2020.

“It took about a year to get it up and running and now we’re starting to see a lot of cool things happening.

“The club has big aspirations for biking around Pemberton, which includes further expansions to the trail network.

“It’s all volunteer-based,” he said, “We’ve got a good, nice, tight-knit crew.”

New MTB Park Signage.
Camera IconNew MTB Park Signage. Credit: Sean Tysoe

“In Pemby, because its (the trail) has been around for so long, it’s kind of grown in its own crazy way,” he said, “And now we’re getting organised and people are starting to realise what is expected when you go to a trail destination.’’

Mr Tysoe said in the short term the club intended to get an entry sign for the trail and had already put in a request with the Shire.

“To support the club, please consider joining the Association at www.pembertoncycling.com.au.”

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