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Albany Ride: Cycle to Make a Difference

February 23, 2019 | Category =

A unique community cycling event that helps MSWA support people living with MS and all neurological conditions in the Great Southern region.

The cycling routes take participants through scenic Albany and the various courses explore some of its most iconic spots, including the ANZAC National Centre, the Historic Whaling Station, the Wind Farm and Middleton Beach – just to name a few. There are ride distances to suit everyone, including families, beginners, weekend warriors and experienced amateur cyclists.

– 10km Family Ride
– 40km Ride
– 80km Challenge

The start/finish line for all Rides is at Emu Point, which is turned into an ‘Event Zone’ with a great sense of community spirit; including food and beverage vendors and children’s activities, massages and music.

All funds, raised by the MSWA Albany Ride, stay in Albany and the Great Southern region. MSWA’s dedicated outreach centre in Albany provides support to those people living with MS and all neurological conditions. Funds enable tangible support, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and counselling.

Sharing is caring on reserve trails

February 18, 2019 | Category =

The City of Albany’s reserves team has started a new initiative to help raise awareness of how users of trails at Sandpatch Reserve between the Windfarm and Mutton Bird Beach can share the area responsibly.

Supported by local horse riders in an aim to educate all trail users, a Reserve Information Station was set up for the first time last Sunday and staffed by local riders and reserves officers.

The Reserve Information Station informed drivers of the reserve rules including only permitting entry to fully licenced vehicles, all vehicles to remain on either formal roads or firebreaks, slowing down in the presence of other vehicles and safety when driving.

Horse riders are also encouraged to keep their horses under control at all times and to prevent them from grazing on native vegetation, whilst motorbike riders were asked to stay off trails assigned to horses and to reduce their speed when a horse is present.

City of Albany Manager of City Reserves Jacqui Freeman said it is important that users of the trail are respectful of each other.

“Sandpatch Reserve is so close to Albany it is very popular as a recreational area for many local residents and includes both the Bibbulmun Track and Stidwell Bridal Trail,” she said

The City of Albany has engaged a consultant to develop a Recreation Management Plan for the area, and is holding community workshops about the planning process next week.

Trail users and community members are encouraged to attend the workshops at Albany Equestrian Centre on Wednesday, February 20 and the City of Albany offices on Mercer Road on Thursday, February 21, with both meetings commencing at 5.30pm.

More information about the workshops is available from Reserves Officer Sandra Maciejewski on 6820 3960.

Youth Mountain Biking (10-15 yrs)

October 30, 2018 | Category =
mtb albany

Have you just started getting into riding and need to sharpen your skills? Learn essential fundamental mountain biking skills on these progressive trails and improve your bike handling, body positioning, gearing, corners and more. All these skills will help you with obstacles and maybe land a trick or two.

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