One of the most challenging mountain biking trails to emerge in Margaret River in recent years is Middle Earth.
Located on Gale Road at Metricup, between Busselton and Cowaramup, it’s also conveniently close to the Beer Farm. Middle Earth is a rolling, single 24km trail which has been around for ten years, although it has become popular since it was used as the final stage for the Cape to Cape MTB race two years ago. It was built by local riders Rod Lakelin and Pete Battye and is enjoyed by local riders like Christian Bishop, who says the trail is one of the most challenging around.
“Middle Earth is a bit of a maze all the way through. Rod has used every little bit of land to create as much trail as he could,” he says. “He’s done well with a lot of the obstacles. There are lots of log rolls and double jumps. It’s not a particularly hilly area, so you’re relying on pedal power, and a getting bit of a kick getting through some of the obstacles and the rock gardens without putting your feet down.”
“It’s definitely a technical cross-country style course – intermediate mountain bike riders would love it. One lap and you’re pretty cooked, unless your especially fit.”