Leanne says: my involvement with the Munda Biddi Trail started in the winter of 2002 after seeing a double page spread in the travel section of the weekend edition of The Western Australian newspaper featuring this new off-road cycle trail through the bush. We (my husband Bill, daughter Samantha and I) were into bush walking and cycling round the river at the time, our attention was captured by the newspaper editorial and soon after we were hooked on exploring the Munda Biddi Trail.
Leanne has a long history with the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation since her family purchased a membership in 2002.
2005 qualified as a ride guide and soon after trained as a trail maintenance volunteer and adopted section one of the Trail from the northern terminus at Sculpture Park, Mundaring to Mundaring Weir Hotel – one of the most used sections of the Munda Biddi Trail.
2006-2012 was on MBTF board of directors.
2010-2014 worked for the Department of Environment Conservation (DEC) now called the Department of Parks and Wildlife on the Munda Biddi Trail project as the administration officer.
2014 brings us to the present where we have Leanne employed by the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation as the volunteer and events coordinator.
In addition to Leanne's long association with the Trail, she brings with her a high level rider experiences and Trail knowledge. Leanne has completed three unsupported long distance rides on the Munda Biddi Trail on her hard tail Giant Yukon mountain bike:
2010 September, Nannup to Mundaring 498 kilometres over two weeks. In 2010 the Trail ended in Nannup, the remainder of the Trail through to Albany was under construction.
2013 October, Nannup to Albany 552 kilometres over two weeks. Leanne says “to finish off what we had started and ride the newly constructed Trail to Albany’’. The Trail was completed in April 2013.
2014 August, Mundaring to Albany 1050 kilometres in 16 days. That is quite a challenge why such a short time frame: “for the challenge, I only had two weeks in between finishing at Parks and Wildlife and starting at the Foundation, plus I wanted to ride the entire Trail in one go” says Leanne.
If you require assistance planning your next Munda Biddi Trail adventure Leanne works Monday to Thursday at the Foundation office which is situated above Mountain Designs 862 Hay Street Perth or phone (08) 94812483.
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