On the road to gravel:
The Bike it to Ballidu back story

Bike it to Ballidu was humbly conceived as a school fundraiser in 1999 by Matt Osborne, the former principal of Ballidu Primary School.

Excitement for the ride soon spread throughout the community. We quickly had parents and community members wanting to join in on the fun!

Soon enough the whole Wongan-Ballidu Shire was involved from local businesses offering sponsorship, to friends and family volunteering to help out. The local police and ambulance came on board to ensure everyone’s safety.

With fun and community spirit at its core Bike it to Ballidu – and the after party – quickly became a much loved and highly anticipated annual event on the local calendar.

Some 25 years later the event has survived the closure of the local school in 2016 when the baton was handed to the Ballidu Progress Group.

The group has continued to embrace the tiny town’s commitment and passion for the event by introducing new categories, bigger prizemoney and the development of local community projects.

The event has surpassed expectations in recent years and Bike it to Ballidu has seen some record-breaking numbers (except the COVID kiboshed 2020 edition) and with checkpoint marshals and riders costumes and team efforts reaching new heights we can’t wait to see what’s in store as we move forward.

Old spirit, new paths

That’s why we’re excited about WA’s peak cycling body, WestCycle, coming on board this year as Bike it to Ballidu goes off road and we transition to a gravel event we all feel has massive potential. Bike It To Ballidu Gravel offers something for everyone in our town, Shire, State and beyond. Exciting times!

There’s about 1000kms of different types of gravel roads and tracks in our Shire and we are very excited about the four new courses we have designed for our riders. They’ll give everyone who loves gravel riding, or just bike riding, a reason to come to Bike it to Ballidu Gravel in 2023 and beyond!

See you on the start line in Ballidu on the 23rd September – hopefully in fancy dress! 🤠

Danelle Hasson

BITBG Coordinator

Ballidu Progress Group

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