Kowalskis have been building trails in the Canberra region since 1990 (including some of the very first trails on Stromlo). In fact, many of the key ride locations in the ACT feature (or have featured) trails designed and built by the Kowalski Brothers. Greenhills (now aboretum) and Stromlo (both pre-fires) contained many of our trails with Majura and West Kowen coming later.
In the early days, Kowalskis would build trail under a veil of secrecy. No one knew who the Kowalskis were and we would only open a trail after it had been dialed, sculpted and hand troweled by our secret brotherhood. While we liked being mysterious and unknown back then, these days we are out there and obvious (like a loud shirt). We are the Kowalskis damn it and we love nothing better than building new fashioned trails… the old fashioned way.
From 2008–2016, we concentrated our efforts on Sparrow Hill and East Kowen (in close association with fellow trail building legend Paul Cole). All of the trails in East Kowen have been developed by Kowalskis and Paul Cole. In fact before we started, this area contained no mtb trails at all. Since starting our good work in East Kowen we have worked virtually non stop designing and building a major network of trails that has seen the venue grow to enjoy immense popularity for mountain bikers. Many of the trails ride so well they are becoming the stuff of legend.
The next 5 years: As any good Kowalski would know, Greenhills (now the National Arboretum Canberra) is our ancestral home. It was the place where we began kicking in trail over 25 years ago and many a good trail was imagined, built and ridden before the fires turned them all to ash. We’ve always wanted to get back there to draw fresh lines in the hillside and thankfully that time is now!
Over the past 18 months, we’ve been in discussion with the Arboretum regarding trail development and we are excited to announce the Kowalski Brothers have been appointed their official volunteer trail building group. This partnership will see the Kowalskis lead the development of volunteer-built trails throughout the Arboretum precinct for the enjoyment of walkers, runners and mountain bike riders alike. Exciting times!
Over the next 5 years, approximately 25km of trail will be built and work will begin in late May 2017. Be part of it. Join our trail crew today…