Bike it to Ballidu Gravel offers riders four distances from 12km* to 155km*, so something for all kinds of bike riders, including e-bikers. Rides are full supported with motorbike marshals, medical and mechanical support, and aid stations.
Bike it to Ballidu Gravel is not an AusCycling-sanctioned race and therefore racing licenses or WestCycle membership are not required to take part.
Choose your adventure!…👇
Wongan Thrills (155km*) | 09:00 depart
Wongan Thrills is a tough excursion that includes the pinchy climb that is Mt O’Brien, lakes, salt plains and gravel from fast and furious unpaved roads to fire breaks, compact clay and farmer’s tracks…This is a proper gravel workout that takes on our big loop through stunning landscapes with almost 1400 metres of vertical gain thrown into the mix…
Aid stations at 36km, 88km and 114km will provide nutrition and hydration options, toilets and enthusiastic support from our hardy band of vollies! 📣🙌
Please note the area through Wongan Hills town centre is a non-timed neutral zone. This means you can stop and take refreshment, without time penalty.
👑QOM/KOMs will be awarded for the best ascents of Mt O’Brien!👑
The minimum age for the Wongan Thrills is 18 years. Not even tough kids can apply sorry…
The Ballidude (85km*) | 11:00 depart
Still a tough ride, but only about half as tough, mostly on the big Wongan Thrills loop with about 600 metres of climbing…an aid station half way around will provide nutrition, hydration and toilet services to all riders.
Only Ballidudes (and Ballidudettes!) over 18 years need apply. Sorry kids…
Yes You Canola (30km*) | 13:00 depart
Yes You Canola is accessible for all levels. And yes, kids, this one is open for you! Any bike or e-bike should get your around here and if you’ve ridden the old Bike it to Ballidu route, this ride will suit you…crush novelty sections like a ball pit and on-route challenges and win prizes (see below)! 🙌
The minimum age of the 30km Yes You Canola Loop is 10 years**.
Just Ballidu It (12km*) | 14:00 depart
This is the one loop all riders will pass through, the one loop for all! A fun and worthy 12km gravel excursion with (optional) novelty challenges like the Elders Insurance mud pit, a ball pit, needle in the haystack, fancy dress and prizes galore. Prize categories include:
Best points: Team and Individual (earned via riding skill, solving on-course challenges and fancy dress)
2nd Best points: Team and Individual
3rd Best points: Team and Individual
The minimum age for the Just Ballidu It is seven years**.
E-bikes welcome on all rides.
We recommend gravel or mountain bikes for The Ballidude and Wongan Thrills.
Any bike should get you around Yes You Canola and Just Ballidu It.
Seemingly a simple process, designing four routes to take in key local sights, while still being challenging for all bike riders (but not too daunting), safe, fun, and of sufficient distance, takes a bit of work! 😅
Our routes will be almost all gravel (i.e. minimal asphalt) and will include gravel roads, firebreaks and farm tracks.
The ‘Wongan Thrills’ ride, for example, includes key features:
All routes will finish with the novelty ‘Just Ballidu It’ loop that includes a ball pit, the Elders Insurance mud pit and other challenges for maximum fun!