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The latest news from events and trail advocacy all over the state

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10/08
Superwestige Cyclocross Round 2
Bassendean

17/08
WA Gravity Enduro Rd 4
Margaret River

30-31/08
DH State Champs
Goat Farm

06/09
Dwellingup 100
Dwellingup

07/09
MTB Orienteering
Goat Farm

Cover photo:Rex Dubois at the National Gravity Enduro Round run by WAGE at Mt Gunjin
Photographer: Sean Lee
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Trails WA Website



Trails WA is the new home of the WAMBA mountain bike trail guides. All of the information is still there including the popular downloadable PDF maps as well as much more besides.

If you are looking for somewhere new to ride (or hike, paddle, snorkle etc) check out the great Trails WA website.

WAMBA are running a competition to get more great photos and reviews up on the site. Scroll down for full details and how you can win an entry in to the 2014 Cape to Cape race.

State DH Rd 4 Race Report


The weather could not have been better for the fourth round of the Peel Districts Mountain Bike Club WA State Downhill Series. One hundred competitors and a large number of spectators were out at the Wellington Mills tracks for what turned out to be the perfect weekend of friendly people, great racing, hot competition, and an awesome track (can I hear someone say hero dirt? Roots? Rocks? Faaaast?). Welli Mills is always a favourite being close to Perth and having several great fun downhill tracks – the bottom sections are always a favourite for spectators – mainly due to the big jumps and high speeds. 

Live timing means the event is able to follow the World Cup format – qualifying was used to seed the riders in each category so that the fastest went down last, hoping to sit in the hot seat. Last rider down gets the pleasure of knowing straight away whether they have done enough. After racing was done the top 30 riders were then sent back up the hill to do one more run – either for the spectators or to try shave another second or two! With World Champion Sam Hill at the event all eyes were on him for a solid win. Sam Payet always does well here with solid local knowledge and Jordan Prochyra was looking fast as always. They were always going to face stiff competition from Series heavyweights Jacob Parker, Ryan Litterick and Mitch Bryant. 

Following a poor qualifying Jordan sat in the hot seat until the last rider down the hill.  In the end, things turned out the way we expected with Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles) smashing down the track with a time of 1:53.137, dislodging Prochyra from the hot seat. Prochyra (Carine Cycles/ Giant) was the only other person to get under the two minute mark, looking fast all weekend and visibly gaining some confidence over recent months, 1:58.985. A few seconds back saw Sam Payet (Morewood/ Pushie Enterprises) in third with a 2:01.384, bumping him one spot down from his qualifying performance. 

Overall Series Leader Jacob Parker (Georges Bike Shop Willeton) continued his solid performances with a fourth place and a time of 2:01.724. Ryan Litterick is always a threat and was once again on the podium, this time fifth and 2:02.687 – further cementing his place in the top end of the overall. In the Top 30 race run, Sam Hill rode his Mega All Mountain bike as his Pulse had a flat tyre and showed everyone it’s all about the rider, going just under two seconds slower than his race time. 

In the Elite Women there was only two seconds separating Kristie Lanigan and Louise Wallace. With a 3:21.995 Kristie just managed to take the win. Second placed Louise came in with a time of 3:23.076. Both Women looked smooth and in control throughout and with Kristie finally replacing her stolen bike we could see her come into contention for the overall, currently held by Rachel Gaskin. 

In the Juniors Bill Carruthers has a strong series lead but this time wasn’t able to beat eventual winner Alex Jaeger, his time of 2:12.298 over two seconds behind Alex’s 2:09.992.  Once again the Single Crowners came down to a battle between Kose Michielsen and Graeme Adriaens – this time Kose took the win with 2:11.832, Graeme just behind in 2:13.183. This win puts Michielsen in touch with the overall series lead, but it’ll take a lot of work to beat current leader Adriaens. 

The next round is the State Championships at the end of August. Held at the Goat Farm, the State Champs are always very popular for both riders and spectators. Racing will not disappoint as everyone vies for the title! Before this there is another Club Downhill event at Golden Grove on the 27th July – perfect for anyone wanting to get into the sport, or for the seasoned racer.

All information can be found on the PDMBC website.



Photo: Louise Wallace by Adam John Halsall

MRORCA Update



Gone are the days of scratching trails to our hearts content. Recently people have indicated that scratching backs might be a way to get back to the old days or get things moving in Margs. MRORCA have only been around for 4 years and most of us believe we have achieved a lot, but it's not clear to everyone as much of it has not transpired to on the ground trails yet. 

See the link below for some answers to a few typical questions we receive and a little bit of info on whats happening in Mountain Biking in the state. Most of us believe we are on the verge of seeing significant investment and development of trails in Margaret River, but it's going to take time.

This has been created as a basic summary of all things trail related. If anyone wants more detailed information, I am happy to discuss face to face.

Click here to read more.

David Willcox, Chairman, MRORCA

Cyclocross National Rounds 3 & 4


Rounds 3 & 4 of the National Cyclocross series were held in Perth on 13th & 14th July. Well done to Greg Murison and his team who put on two fantastic events attended by some of the best CX riders in Australia,

Race reports can be found in the links below to Australian Cyclocross Magazine.

Round 3 report.

Round 4 report.

Nominate Your Top Trail

In 2008 West Australians were asked to nominate their top trails and over 50, including the Bibbulmun Track, are now on the Trails WA website. What do you think? Is there a great trail out there than should also be on this list? Let them know about it!

If you had a friend coming to WA for a few days – which trail would you recommend that would provide them with a memorable and enjoyable experience?

To be selected as a Top Trail the trail has to be of a high standard and provide a memorable or unique experience. 

The nominations will be assessed taking the following factors into consideration:
  • point of difference
  • accessibility
  • meeting / exceeding expectations
  • safety
  • community involvement
  • cultural awareness
  • value-adding facilities (e.g. bike hire available nearby)
You can nominate a trail by clicking here.

WA National Gravity Enduro Round Report

180 competitors and 250 spectators flocked to Mt Gunjin, Kalamunda, for the Western Australian round of the Australian Gravity Enduro Series hosted by WA Gravity Enduro and fuelled by Chain Reaction Cycles.

Competitors from all over Australia flew to their most isolated capital city, looking to tame the loose pea gravel of ‘Lazarus,’ drop in on the hand-crafted ladders of ‘Luvin Shovels,’ pedal hard on the flats after ‘Goldilocks’ and the ‘3 bears,’ and link it all together with climbs up ‘Rocky Balboa’ and ‘Drago.’ With a licensed area, food servery pumping out 12hour slow cooked pulled pork rolls and paninis - hosted by Murphy’s Irish Pub, Mandurah, mechanics on-course, 5 enduro stages and hundreds of spectators lining the trails, the atmosphere was a buzz!

The Gravity Enduro mountain biking race format again showed its flexibility to incorporate all ages and experience, with competitors ranging from 13yr old Lachlan Clarke from New South Wales who also placed 2nd in the Male Under 15 category, Rosemary Barnes of the Australian Capital Territory who placed 1st in the Female Elite Category, through to our Male Super Masters 50+ competitors including Kevin Stafford from Western Australia who placed 2nd, through to 3 x UCI World Champion Sam Hill and Male Under 19 1st place winner Samuel Rubery, who also came in 3rd place overall with a cumulative race time of 22mins 12 seconds.

WA Gravity Enduro raised $1,325 for the local Kalamunda Collective Mountain Bike Club, helping to maintain the trails after a big weekend of practice and racing, and ensured any money raised through parking collection will be directed to ‘master classes’ in descending techniques and training for women in mountain biking.

It was a huge weekend and successful day’s racing, and WA Gravity Enduro look forward to hosting the Australian Gravity Enduro Series next year.

This event could not have happened without the major support of Chain Reaction Cycles, and local support by Jet Cycles Kelmscott, EMR Suspension Servicing and Apparel, Kalamunda Cycles, Camelback, Sea to Summit, FreeWheel Bike Store, Giant Canning Vale, Drift Cameras, Midland Cycles, Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective, Prodigy Painting and Murphys Irish Pub Mandurah.

For further information and results, visit the WA Gravity Enduro website. Round 4 of the Chain Reaction Cycles WA Gravity Enduro rolls into ‘The Pines’ on August 17th, in the beautiful  Margaret River Region.

Steve Janiec, WA Gravity Enduro



Photo: Simon Buzacott by Sean Lee
 

Western Australian Mountain Bike Guidelines

Since February, WAMBA has been hard at work with the Department of Parks and Wildlife, the Department of Sport and Recreation, WestCycle and 8 representatives from the mountain bike community to develop a set of mountain bike guidelines for Western Australia. 

In an Australian first, the guidelines will ensure that trails are planned, designed and developed sustainably across the state. Making sure the right trails are in the right places is essential for attracting investment and continuing to grow and improve the places we ride. 

This is a very important project and WAMBA is delighted to be a key part of it.  A draft of the guidelines should be available towards the end of the year. In the meantime, please contact WAMBA if you would like to know more.

Jodie Stembridge, WAMBA Secretary

Win Entry to the Cape to Cape

To launch the new TrailsWA website, WAMBA are offering a free entry to the 2014 Cape to Cape mountain bike race.

Trails WA is a fantastic resource providing heaps of information about all types of trails across WA including a searchable map, trail descriptions, downloadable KML (GPS) files, photos, reviews, useful links and other local attractions. WAMBA are fully supportive of Trails WA and have transferred all of our trail information from our website to Trails WA.

To enter the draw to win a Cape to Cape entry all you need to do is post a photo or review of one of the 20 mountain bike trails on the Trails WA website by 31st August 2014. If you are lucky enough to win and have already entered the Cape to Cape then you may transfer the registration to another person, or use it in 2015.

The list of mountain bike trails on the Trails WA website can be found here.

Signing up to Trails WA is very easy. You can create a new account or use your Facebook, Twitter or Google+ log in.

Good luck and we look forward to viewing your photos and reading your reviews!

Kalamunda Trails Clean Up

A fantastic initiative from mountain bike hire, tours and clinics company, Rock and Roll Mountain Biking, has seen them fill up a whole skip bin with rubbish that has been dumped around the Kalamunda Trails. In their spare time they picked up a variety of waste from the area showing that mountain bikers look after the bush we ride in.

This is a good time to remind riders to "leave no trace" and take out everything they brought in with them including punctured inner tubes. Take extra care to securely stash food wrappers and drinks bottles as even accidental litter is still litter. If you see items of rubbish that are small enough to carry please put them in your bag. Anything larger (such as household or building waste that has been dumped) report the location to the local Department of Parks and Wildlife officeor report it to your local mtb club who will contact them.

Parks and Wildlife Funding for Trail Improvements

WAMBA would like to thank the Department of Parks and Wildlife for their continued support of mountain biking, and in particular the recent contributions to improvements in mountain bike trail maintenance. Parks and Wildlife has provided some funding  to clubs to work with the relevant Districts  in establishing improved maintenance regimes. The funding will be for trail counters, trail audits, and establishment of long term maintenance programs with reporting on the improvements between the club and district. The beneficiary clubs and groups include the Goat Farmers, Southern Hills Mountain Bikers, Margaret River Offroad Cycling Association, Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective, Collie Mountain Bike Club and South West Mountain Bike Club.

WAMBA Calendar 2015

WAMBA will once again be producing a photo calendar in 2015 to showcase the finest WA trails, riders and, most importantly, photographers.

Submissions are now open so if you have taken a great photo recently email it to info@wamba.org.au to be considered. Every photographer featured will receive 2 free calenders as well as the kudos of appearing alongside the likes of Sean Lee, Brad Serls, Jon Lloyd and Travis Deane.

Nominations open for WAMBA Vice-President

The WAMBA committee would like to thank Lindsay Alsop for his hard work as Vice-President over the last 5 years. An original member of the committee that re-founded WAMBA, his achievements include project managing the Mt Gunjin trails and building Luvin Shovels. Refusing to take No for an answer he has raised the profile of mtbiking within government agencies.

Lindsay has decided to take a step back from WAMBA due to the demands of a young family and his commitments with the Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective. We are very pleased that he will still be active in trail advocacy in WA.

WAMBA are taking nominations to fill the Vice-President role, to be elected at our next committee meeting on 26th August. Nominations are open to:
  • A member of the committee
  • An individual member of WAMBA
  • An individual member of a club affiliated to WAMBA 
The role of Vice President requires attendance at committee meetings, but is what you make it.

If you are interested or would like more information about the role or committee, or to put your nominations forward prior to the next meeting contact WAMBA President, Louise Wallace (president@wamba.org.au) before 26th August.

WAMBA Committee

Kalamunda Dirt WorX

The ground is ready and the time is right to build and revamp some of the much loved, used and abused Kalamunda trails. The Kalamunda Collective have hired dumpers and excavators to give a few trails a major once over to keep them in tip top shape. All we need is manpower! We need you!

DirtWorX will start on Saturday 9th August and go on until Friday 15th. Volunteer works will be running all day Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th with midday BBQ and a few beers to finish each day off. The plan is to carry out some much needed berm works to Goldilocks on the weekend. We need about 20 volunteers each day, and some extra wheelbarrows wouldn't go astray.

During the week, work will be going on the Gunjin trails, so if you have some time to help out, it be we'll received.

Come down and lend a hand for a much time as you can spare, from 8am at the top of Mt. Gunjin. Without your hard work the Kalamunda trails would be nowhere near to where they are now. Let us know if you can make it.

Full details and sign up on the Kalamunda Collective website.

Hope to see you at there!

Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective

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