WAMBA Newsletter #46 - May
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Upcoming Events

Albany Urban Downhill
23 May 2015
Albany WA

Downhill State Series - Round 2
30 May 2015
Greenmount WA

XC State Series - Round 3
31 May 2015
Donnybrook WA

Margaret River Muster
5 - 7 June 2015
Margaret River WA

Jarrahdale XCM
7 June 2015
Langley Park, WA

MTB Orienteering
13 June 2015
Welli Mills, WA

WAGE Round 4
14 June 2015
Greenmount, WA

Karratha 6 Hour
20 June 2015
Karratha, WA

WA DH State Series - Race 3
20 - 21 June 2015
Welli Mills, WA

View the WAMBA Event Calendar for a full list of upcoming events.
Project Updates

WA MTB State Strategy

The WA Mountain Bike State Strategy is being finalised in line with comments received during the public consultation period.

Pencil Sunday 14 June into your diaries, as this is the official launch date for the strategy.

There will be a formal event held in Perth - more details coming soon. 

For updates on all the significant Mountain Bike Trail projects happening around the state, head to WAMBA's website.
Connect with WAMBA

This newsletter has been sent again, as the names of the juniors were omitted from the last entry.

Apologies for the oversight, and sorry for the inconvenience.
Cover Photo: John Hughes Slopestyle
Credit: Jane Deane

Sidebar Photo: John Hughes Slopestyle
Credit: Jane Deane
Vision: Mountain Biking is recognised as a mainstream, positive and family-friendly activity, where everyone is, or knows, a mountain biker.
Perth Peel Master Plan
Survey open for location nominations

As part of the Perth and Peel Mountain Bike Master Plan (PPMP), consultant Common Ground Trails invites members of the community to nominate locations they think could be developed for mountain biking in the Perth Metropolitan and Peel regions.

If you would like to help influence which locations are included in the PPMP, please take 5 minutes to complete this survey.

The survey will close at 5pm on Friday 29 May 2015.

All nominated locations will be considered and assessed for suitability. However, nomination of a location does not guarantee that it will be included in the PPMP.

The PPMP is being developed through a partnership between WestCycle, Wamba, the Department Of Sport And Recreation, Lotterywest and the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

For the latest updates on this project, keep an eye on the WAMBA website.

Photo: Common Ground Trails

WAMBA Updates

A change of role and a new 2015 committee

Before the thrills and spills of the inaugural John Hughes Slopestyle event in April, WAMBA redefined its role and elected a new committee for 2015/ 2016 during its Annual General Meeting.

In line with the development of the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy and its own strategic plan, WAMBA is now recognised as the state representative body for the West Australian mountain biking community.

This change of role, from simply being a trail advocacy group to the state representative body, will provide a more strategic direction for the Association, and allow it to remain relevant to members, stakeholders and the WA mountain biking community.

Passion, hard work (lots of it!) and commitment to this new strategic role has led to the re-election of Louise Wallace as WAMBA President.

Also re-elected were Marilena Stimpfl (Vice President), Jodie Stembridge (Secretary), and Alex Wade and Margaret McIlroy (general committee).

New faces on the committee include:
Mike Young (Government Engagement Coordinator)
Ben Pruden (Chairperson - Management Council for Trails Access)
Tony Tucknott (Chairperson – Management Council for Racing)
Graeme Adams (Junior Development Coordinator)
Amy Chapple (general committee)

It’s going to be an exciting year ahead, with the new Committee focusing on 5 priority areas derived from WAMBA’s strategic plan for 2015-2017:

1.      Long term financial sustainability
2.      Relationships with affiliated clubs and groups
3.      Relationships with main stakeholders
4.      Trail development projects
5.      State level events, junior development and high  performance.

These top 5 are the building blocks for success in achieving WAMBA’s 3 year plan and its mission of working collaboratively with key stakeholders to identify, develop and sustain mountain bike experiences in WA.

WAIS Developing Champions Program
Program to teach junior mountain bikers life skills

WAMBA, the Department of Sport and Recreation, and the West Australian Institute of Sport recently invited U17 and U15 cross country and downhill mountain bikers to nominate for the WAIS Developing Champions Program.

The WAIS Developing Champions Program is aimed at teaching life skills to aspiring young athletes, assisting them in gaining personal developmental skills and progress.

WAMBA secured 4 metropolitan and 9 regional mountain bike positions on the program.

Nominations closed on May 11, and WAMBA looks forward to announcing selected juniors after May 18.

Regional athletes will have the opportunity for face-to-face or online learning for regional athletes, with face-to-face workshops conducted with BMX, Road and Track riders.

An overview of the program can be found on the Developing Champions website.

Further information
Program brochure

Toby Hodgson
08 6366 9680

Photo: DSR - Developing Champions
Trek D50 Duo

Raising funds for a young talent

The Trek D50 Duo is in its second year of running as a fundraising event for Reece Tucknott.

The race is a 50km pair’s mountain bike race based out of the Marrinup Golf Course down in Dwellingup, an hour and a quarter south of Perth. The proceeds from the event go part of the way in helping Reece race at world level events commencing in August this year.

He will attend 3 World Cups in Canada, America and Italy, followed by World Champs in Andorra and finally a C1 XCO race in Austria with the trip spanning a total of 7 weeks. And all this as a first year Under 23.

Thanks to the fantastic support of the 2014 riders, last years event helped Reece race in Czech and Germany World Cups, where he finished 12th and 13th respectively.

While we had great feedback about last year’s event and course, we have still made some course changes. These include more single track for increased rider enjoyment, less fire road and less road crossings.

The fundraising occurs simply by you entering the event along with your chosen partner! The bonus to you entering and riding an awesome course is that you go in the draw to win over $4000 in spot prizes from one of our fantastic sponsors.

In addition, we have just added a new category called “No Mates” for solo riders.

The event will take place on May 17.

Tony Tucknott

Further information:
D50 Duo website

Photo: Trek D50 Duo

Kalamunda Challenge

First challenge taking place in August

The first ever Kalamunda Challenge will be held on the August 15 and is a unique MTB event in the Perth Hills, utilizing the longest and busiest MTB trail network in WA.  

The race will introduce a different event format to Western Australia, which focuses on inclusion for all levels of riders whilst rewarding the faster riders. It will be an important fundraising event where all the money raised will go back into maintaining and improving the trail network.
The course consists of 5 timed legs which are predominantly downhill and range from 3-4km in length, the longest of any enduro style stage race in WA. These descents in the majority have not been used in previous races and will include some “reversed” trails, which adds another element of uniqueness.

The race format will enable riders to ride at their own pace and via their own route between individual timed stages, of which they can undertake in any order (apart from the final stage which must be done last). However all entrants must return to the start village within a set time (i.e. 4 hours), or risk a rolling time penalty for every minute they are over this.
The starting and finishing line along with the race village will be at the Mundaring Weir Hotel, which is a beautiful and picturesque venue capable of catering for several thousand people.

There is a wide selection of quality accommodation in the area, and entertainment and food will be available for competitors and spectators throughout the day.
Entries will open soon!

Ian Humphrey

Further information:
Kalamunda Collective

Photo: Trails WA - Kalamunda Mountain Bike Trails

Albany Urban Downhill
Three young riders welcomed
The Albany Mountain Bike Club is proud to welcome three top young riders to the 2015 MCB Construction Albany Urban Downhill.


Photo: Matthew Bedford
Tegan Molloy
2014 was an epic year for Tegan, culminating in a Junior World Championship title in Norway! Stepping up to Elite Women's this year, Tegan is off to a cracking start with a top 10 finish in the first World Cup round! Add to that a National Series win, an Oceanic Championship, and being named the Jayco 2014 Australian Cyclist of the Year - Tegan is a true champion! She's even been kind enough to offer her skills to the ladies of the Albany Mountain Bike Club out on the Mt Clarence trails on Friday afternoon before the race. 

We'll be watching closely as Tegan goes head to head with our own Holly Baarspul! 


Photo: Jarrad Lawrence

Holly Baarspul
That's right, we have some competition the Open Female class! Holly has had multiple Junior World Cup podiums, and is an ex-factory rider for the Kona Factory Team. Holly will be coming down from Perth for this year's Albany Urban Downhill! 


Photo: Jackson Frew Racing

Jackson Frew
At 17 years old, Jackson is the definition of an up-and-coming DH star! Winning the "Prince of Crankworx" Title in Whistler last year, Jackson also managed an incredible 3rd place in the Junior Male division at his first ever World Cup in Lourdes, France, just a few weeks ago! Jackson will be one to watch on the day, and I don't think it will just be the other juniors that need to worry about him...he's certainly got the ability to challenge for the overall win!
The Albany Mountain Bike Club is proud to be supporting Tegan, Holly and Jackson in their first Urban event in Albany this year! Good luck guys!

Photo: Bob's Bikes - Albany Urban Downhill
Australian MTB National Championships
Day-by-day rundown

The Australian Mountain Bike National Championship was held in Bright, Victoria in March, and was attended by a number of promising young riders. The following riders went part of the WAMBA junior state team and did us proud.
  • Roly Kyme (DHI)
  • Jake Marshall (DHI)
  • Yuliang Seow (DHI)
  • Cadel Adams (XCO and DHI)
  • Aaron Leagus (DHI)
  • Jaco Mian Grimbeek (XCO)
  • Jordan Schmidt (XCO)
  • Sam Rubery (XCO)
  • Jonty Calder (XCO)
  • Bryce Lanigan (XCO)
  • Riley Jenkinson (XCO)
  • Joshua Geerlings (XCO)

Keep reading for a report on the experience from Yuliang Seow, a member of the WAMBA junior state team.

Wednesday, March 11
As part of the WAMBA junior state team, we arrived on Wednesday, 11th March. We settled in, assembled the bikes, and made sure that everything was in good order.

Thursday, March 12
We had a team meeting in the morning and photo session. We then proceeded to walk the downhill track. Later in the day, we had our first practice ride down the track.

Friday, March 13
We had another session of practice to get familiar with the track.

Saturday, March 14
During the seeding run, I crashed and managed a time of 6 minutes 6 seconds. I broke my rear brake lever during that crash and I am very thankful for people at SRAM who had a spare and got it replaced.

Sunday, March 15
By now the track has changed in many parts as it was torn up by the many bikes tearing down the hill which has an elevation drop of about 400 metres. I got a good clean race run and managed a 13th position in a field of 32 with a time of 5 minutes 22.83 seconds.

I enjoyed my time in Bright, made some new friends and had a good time. I am very for grateful for the support I received from the City of Canning and proud to be part of the WAMBA junior state team.

Thanks to Alan Leagas for transporting the bikes back and forth from the apartment to the event village.

Special thanks to Cathy Leagas and Sally Jaeger for sorting out the food for me and my dad.

Yuliang Seow

Photo: Cycling Australia - Australian MTB National Championship
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