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Some important bush fire advice for mountain bikers, PMBC BBQ & AGM, Margaret River Pines update and more...

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01/02
PMBC BBQ, Beers, AGM & Prize Giving
South Perth Foreshore

23/02
PMBC XC State Round 1
Marrinup

02/03
Karri Cup
Northcliffe

29/03
WAMBA AGM
DSR, Leederville

30/03
PMBC XC State Round 2
Turner Hill

05-06/04
PDMBC DH State Rd 1
Goat Farm
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Bush Fire Advice

The recent fires in a popular riding area of the Perth Hills have highlighted the potential risk to mountain bikers. Bushfires occur every year in Western Australia. Safe mountain biking means planning for bushfire emergencies before leaving home.
 
Avoid riding in the bush on days of severe, extreme or catastrophic fire danger or if there is smoke or fire in the area. You can check the Fire Danger Ratings on the Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) website:

http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/firedangerratings

In the event that you are caught in a bushfire:
  • Stay on the Trail. Emergency Services may conduct an aerial search of the area to locate any mountain bikers.  Make yourself visible to low-flying aircraft flying overhead
  • Do not try to out-ride the fire. Cycle away from the fire following the trail towards the nearest well-used road or seek refuge from the fire. Where appropriate, preference should be given to moving downhill and/or upwind away from the fire
  • Look for an area where you can shelter from radiant heat, or where there is less vegetation to burn as the fire will be less intense here. Seek shelter in nearby buildings or a vehicle, or a large body of water such as a farm dam, stream or lake
  • If these options aren't available, try to find an open space such as a previously burnt area or rocky ground. Clear as much fuel away from you as possible and shelter from radiant heat behind your backpack or a fallen log, or lie face-down under a bank, rock, loose earth, or in a hollow or rut.  Stay low to the ground for fresh air and cover up exposed skin to protect yourself from radiant heat. Cover your mouth and nose with a wet cloth if possible
  • Call for help. The emergency number in Australia is Triple Zero (000), however if you do not have reception with your own carrier, you can dial '112' and your call will be carried by any available GSM network

South West Mountain Bike Master Plan Survey

Do you want more or improved mountain bike trails in the South West of Western Australia? Then please take 5 to 10 minutes to fill out this survey for the South West Mountain Bike Master Plan (SWMP).

Click here to take the survey.

Common Ground are mountain bike trail consultants and have been engaged to deliver the SWMP which is a project coordinated by Westcycle, the Department of Sport and Recreation, and the Department of Parks and Wildlife. The SWMP will guide investment in the future of mountain biking in the South West.

If you ride in the South West or have an interest in the future of trails in the region, this is your opportunity to have your say.

Photo: Relentless Blue at Pemberton Forest Mountain Bike Park, David Willlcox

PMBC BBQ, Beers, Prize-giving & AGM

Perth Mountain Bike Club would like to invite all current and future members to the South Perth foreshore to relax with a BBQ and a few drinks. What better way to kick off a new year than to celebrate the year just been. The PMBC committee does apologise for the delay in 2013 State Series Prize-giving. While most of the time there may be the perception that the PMBC races just run smoothly, we are in serious need of volunteers and unfortunately the prize-giving was the evident casualty for 2013. Please come along, bring a friend, bring your family, meet the new committee and perhaps you can sign up to help for a race.

Details:
  • 5pm - 7pm Saturday 1st February
  • Free BBQ Food, salads and Drinks
  • Ellam St, South Perth (look for the PMBC tent)

This event will double as the prize-giving and AGM. Don't worry, the AGM will only take 20 minutes where we will give a summary of the financial report and then elect committee members. All positions are up for nomination.

PMBC Committee

Photo: Nathan Brown by Travis Deane taken at 2012 Cape To Cape MTB race

Margaret River Pines All One Loop

The popular trails in the Margaret River Pines have been changed slightly to now all be one loop, which will make it easier for riders to find their way around.

All of the new link trails have been completed, trail head maps have been updated and red arrows signing the loop have been added. More great work from the guys at MRORCA.

Go to the MRORCA website to download a high res version of this map.

WAMBA Annual General Meeting

The WAMBA AGM will this year be held at the Department of Sport and Recreation offices in Leederville on Saturday 29th March at 3.30pm.

All positions will be open for election and we are always keen to meet new volunteers interested in improving mountain biking in WA.

Sponsor a Kalamunda Trail

The Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective are offering the opportunity for businesses and organisations to have their name and brand associated with some of the most popular mountain biking trails in Western Australia. Revenues raised from this project will ensure the continued professional maintenance of these trails.

For more information about adopting a trail or to register your interest please contact us at kalamundacollective@gmail.com.

A list of the trails available for sponsorship is available here.
 

Bike Repair Station

As a thank you to the 400 members who have joined and donated, the Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective committee have installed a bike repair station at the Calamunnda Camel Farm. This station has a built in foot pump and tools to do basic on the spot repair.

The bike repair station is also available to be sponsored to help pay for its ongoing maintenance cost.

2014 State XC Series Dates

Perth Mountain Bike Club are pleased to announce the 2014 State Cross Country Series Dates. This year the XC Series will be a collective effort from a number of clubs in WA. Its been a long time since the majority of races have been run/assisted by clubs other than PMBC and this is great for Mountain Biking State wide!
 
Events:
  • XC Rd 1, Marrinup, 23/02/14
  • XC Rd 2, Turner Hill, 30/03/14
  • XC Rd 3, Pemberton, 03/05/14     
  • XC Rd 4. Kalamunda,01/06/14, organised Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective
  • XC Rd 5, Collie, 06/07/14, organised by Collie Cycle Club
  • XC Rd 6, Dunsborough,02/08/14, organised by Dunsborough Cycle Cub
  • State Champs, Margaret River, 28/09/14, organised by Margaret River Offroad Cycle Club
  • Dusk Till Dawn 12 Hour, Marrinup, 29/11/14
For a full list of all mountain bike races and events in WA see the WAMBA Events Page.

Thanks to Mike Warr and the Team at AvantiPlus Cannington, Round 1 of the XC series will be more than just a race! Head down to Dwellingup for the weekend & be part of the following:
  • Race course introduction
  • Men's and women's specific clinics
  • Practice race on Saturday
  • Family friendly with kids activities
  • Overnight entertainment, food & campout
More details, including registration will be available here on the PMBC website. Make sure you clear your calendar for this weekend of fun!

Photo: Start line at the PMBC 2013 State XC Rd 4 at Turner Hill by Claire Paddison

WestCycle MTB Development Officer

WestCycle have secured funds to extend the contract of Sarah Smith, their Mountain Bike Development Officer, for a further 6 months through to June 2014.

Sarah has been doing some great work on the Western Australia Mountain Bike Strategy, project managing the South West Mountain Bike Master Plan as well as assisting WAMBA with a number of grant applications and projects.
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