Firies take on NW challenge

Mike Lennon, Chris Grubba, Steve Beech, Geoff Engel, Ashlee Mazzardis and Duncan Reynolds – the team and support crew who participated in the recent Gibb River Road Mountain Bike Challenge.
Mike Lennon, Chris Grubba, Steve Beech, Geoff Engel, Ashlee Mazzardis and Duncan Reynolds – the team and support crew who participated in the recent Gibb River Road Mountain Bike Challenge.

The Kalamunda Bushies travelled to Derby last month for the Gibb River Road Mountain Bike Challenge ” a 700km cycle through mud, dust, creek beds and rain ” to reach the finish line near the famous El Questro station.

Team captain Chris Grubba said the group raised $4000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and $1400 for Diabetes WA.

Mr Grubba had completed the event previously and said this year conditions were extremely challenging due to a period of heavy rainfall in the region. ‘The conditions were definitely interesting,’ he said.

‘There was a lot of rain, so one minute riders would be carrying their bikes through waist-high water to protect their bearings, then riding through the dust, so it would end up sticking to everything.

‘Resilience was a huge factor, but no one complained or once said that they weren’t going to go on.’

The four riders ” all from the Kalamunda Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service ” took turns riding the course in 5km intervals.

Mr Grubba said it was a great opportunity to raise funds for worthy causes and a fantastic team-building exercise for the fire fighters.

‘We’re already planning to go again next year ” three out of the four who went this year are keen, so we might even need to make two teams,’ he said. ‘We’d like to thank everyone who donated; the money raised was greatly appreciated.’