Life is about the journey - some roads are not always what they seem but you sure learn a great deal from them!
Published April 12th 2013
Jump the jump on your mountain bike
Mountain Biking made its appearance in the late 80's, and by the mid 90's it was an Olympic Sport. Since then, there has been a steady increase in the number of participants world-wide, together with events for all skill level. And, of course the beauty about mountain biking is that you don't have wrestle with cars.
There is huge misconception that mountain biking involves a lot of rocky terrain which results in a number of falls. Of course, there is nothing further from the truth because there are tracks that fit all types of mountain bikers (new and experienced). Yes, there may be some areas that require skill, however Perth offers a range of tracks that offer all mountain bikers the opportunity to "hike" the wilderness trails without the falls.
The Goat Farm was specially designed for mountain bikers. It has a skill course, which allows mountain bikers of all skill level to better their bike handling ability. There is nothing better than going over an obstacle, facing the fear that you may fall, and realising that there really was nothing to worry about. The greatest tip I was ever given was to trust the bike and to know that it will always take your through any obstacle. If you trust the bike, you can tackle anything.
The Goat Farm can be found along the Great Eastern Highway on route to Kalamunda by Greenmount Rise. It has a range of different tracks from an endurance track (which has some skill points) to the World Class downhill track. Apart from the 1 km skill training route, there is also a training area that allows you to practice riding the dirt corners to jumping over dirt mounds. There is definitely something there for everyone.
Mountain Biking is a combination of skill, strength, and endurance. Of course, if you are thinking about trying out this sport, why not head to the Goat Farm to boost your confidence and skill on the skill area.