Support for trails
Dunsborough’s mountain bike trails will receive more care and attention thanks to a partnership between Bendigo Bank and Humble Bicycle Co.
Mountain biking continues to thrive in the South West region, with some of the finest trails in Australia located in Eagle Bay.
However, the ascent to some of the best downhill trails is challenging, creating a literal barrier for some of the sport’s newer enthusiasts.
Humble Bicycle Co owners Rex Dubois and Nick McBeath said it was time to develop different trails that snaked up the hill to provide a more inclusive environment for beginners.
The two started their business in 2018 after leaving their careers working in commerce and mechanical engineering.
They said their success had led to a strong desire to help foster the growth of the mountain biking community.
The Busselton and Dunsborough branches of Bendigo Bank supported the duo’s quest by jumping on board to support Dollars for Dirt, an initiative to build new trails at the site near Lot 80, inland of Meelup Beach.
Dollars for Dirt funds the maintenance of existing mountain bike trails and supports the construction of new ones.
Humble Bicycle Co introduced the concept, donating $5 from every mountain bike sold to the fund.
Mr Dubois said trails needed constant maintenance and the demand for more mountain biking opportunities in the region was growing.
“We feel a responsibility that if we sell a mountain bike, that’s another person going out and using the trails, so we need to help keep the trails in good condition as well as push for more trails,” he said.
“It’s about building a sense of community and getting everyone involved.”
The Busselton and Dunsborough branches of Bendigo Bank have pledged to match dollar-for-dollar what is donated to the fund.
Branch manager Luke Pearce said the bank had the community’s best interest in mind with every decision they made. “We have an investment program that sees profits go back into local events, programs and infrastructure,” he said.
“Financially, environmentally and educationally, Dollars for Dirt will have a positive effect.”
Development of the new uphill trail began on Wednesday, and Mr MacBeath said he was excited for more beginners to enjoy “the best trails in WA”.
“Basically we’re cutting a new trail that meanders back and forth across the hill to make an easier climb for more people to enjoy the four descents we’ve got here,” he said.
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