Wagga Wagga, NSW
(460km South-West of Sydney)
Trails & Tracks*:
Facilities & Services:
MTB Wagga Inc
Local Bicycle Shops:
Morgan Street Cycles
53A Morgan Street, Wagga Wagga
Wagga Cycle Centre
119 Fitzmaurice Street, Wagga Wagga
107 Fitzmaurice Street, Wagga Wagga
Pomingalarna Reserve, on the outskirts of Wagga, is a mixture of pinch climbs, fast descents, twisty, tight corners, rock gardens, bridges and cool gullies, all nestled in amongst native vegetation. The main 12km, 6 Hour Enduro loop is 95% singletrack and starts on the eastern side of the hill near the Golf Club, with a gentle winding climb through "Mechanics Pleasure".
A short ascent along the summit fire road, brings you to the twisty singletrack of the "Intestines" which is loose and rocky in parts, but is mostly well bedded down clay based soil. "Conrad Straight" will have you hammering hard into a couple of gullies, before scaling the "Seven Steps" and the hopping over logs, as you roll through "JS Bypass".
Next is the newest section of track containing four bridge crossings, built to minimise erosion in the gullies and ensure longer term, trail sustainability. After passing "Barney's Rubble", crank it up into the big ring and enjoy one of the longest flowing sections of track on offer at Pomi, all the way down to "Spinal Tap".
It's probably worth mentioning the small pinch climb up "Heartbreak Ridge" that appears in the middle of this section, but given the smile you will have on your face it will barely register on your radar. After "Spinal Tap" it's another short climb through the "Rock Garden" before descending down along the "Shooting Gallery", across "Priscilla's Straight?" and up through "Hells Gate".
One of the most technical gullies to ride is "Dead Man's Gully" which also marks the beginning of the local's least favourite switch back climb, "The Esses", which takes you up to the "Crossover". From here it is the final descent - a fast, furious, fun, roller coaster ride with sweeping berms and deep gullies. With adrenalin still flowing, power it home through "Kangaroo Grove" and back to the golf club for a quiet beverage . . . .
Source: Australian Mountain Bike Magazine - April 2011
2 December 2012