WAMBA AGM, 2013 events calendar, Collie bike festival, Scorpion realignment and more...

In this Issue:

2013 Event Calendar
• Every Metre Counts
• Collie Bike Festival
• Scorpion realignment
• SingleTrackMinds series
• Meet WAMBA

Upcoming Events:

Collie BikeWeek Festival
Soldiers Park, Collie

WAMBA AGM & Social
Camel Farm, Kalamunda

State DH Rd 1

PMBC XC Series Rd 2
Goat Farm, Greenmount

SWMTBC Social Ride
Pile Rd

SingleTrackMinds 4 Hour
Jorgensen Park, Kalamunda

Mountain bike orienteering
Bussell Brook

WAMBA AGM And Social

The 2013 WAMBA AGM and End of Year Social will be held at the Calamunnda Camel Farm this Sunday (24th March).

The schedule for the day will be as follows:
  • 0800 - Group(s) ride of the Kalamunda Circuit
  • 1100 - FREE sausage sizzle at the Camel Farm
  • 1130 - WAMBA AGM
All committee positions are available for election. There are a number of roles that we would love to see people take up, that we have not been able to fill in the past. These include,

  • DH trail advocates (desperately needed)
  • People with an interest in neglected trails eg Goat Farm, Dwellingup
  • Youth development representative
  • Munda Biddi liaison officer
  • DH & XC racers to help clubs co-ordinate state series & champs, leading into WAMBA taking a greater role in 2014 and beyond
  • Sales/marketing type people to help sell sponsorship on trails/maps to raise funds for trail maintenance
  • An accountant to assist us with GST registration for WAMBA
  • Assistance for regional clubs
If you have any of these skills or interests and would like to contribute to WAMBA and grass roots mountain biking, we would love to meet you.
If you are unable to attend, email nominations will be accepted. Please send them to

WAMBA 2013 Events Calendar

The 2013 WAMBA Events calendar is now available. Click here or on the image above to download your copy (best printed A3 size).

Alternatively hard copies will be available for free at the first few events of the year.

We ask that where ever possible you patrronise the businesses listed on the calendar as they are supporters of grass roots mountain biking. Click on their logos below to visit their websites.

Every Metre Counts winner announced

Congratulations to David Niven who is the winner of the Every Metre Counts raffle. His prize is a $4,000 bike of his choice, kindly donated by Specialized Austraila. Our thanks to them.
Also a huge thank you to everyone else who bought tickets. The final total was just over $24,000, which will be spent on building great new trails.
WAMBA committee thank yous also go to Phil Wilson for thinking up this brilliant idea, Lindsay Alsop for securing the prize and all the committee members who sold tickets and promoted the raffle, especially Margarey McIlroy who did a legendary job at the 12 hour.

Collie BikeWeek Festival

Collie are hosting an event to coincide with BikeWeek, this Saturday at Soldiers Park. Activities include free bike safety checks, information sessions on training and nutrition, maintenance workshops, tyre changing competitions, best decorated bike competition and a social mountain bike ride at Rays Trail at 2pm.

For More Information Contact Natasha Gray 0408 642 732 or

Scorpion Trail Realignment

The old start of Scorpion trail, that was located in the RPZ, has now been rehabilitated, as has the unsanctioned trail to the dangerous crossing of Mundaring Weir Rd. Scorpion Trail is now accessed from Metasoma via the new link and climb which has now been completed and is ready to ride (see map above).
Next up is to put a whole lot more sting at the end of the Scorpion!
We will be running volunteer days shortly, register your interest at


SingleTrack Minds Series 2013

The dates have been announced for the 2013 Single Track Minds Specialized MTB Marathon Series‏, which has expanded to take in 5 events all over the state. All up the series now includes:
  • The Jorgensen Park 4 Hour - Sunday 21st April
  • The Garmin Kalamunda 50/50 - 50km of trail with at least 50% single track - Sunday 19th May
  • The Wembley Cycles 6 Hour - Sunday 9th June
  • The Karratha 6 Hour - Saturday 22nd June
  • The Dunsborough 3 Hour - Saturday 27th July
All solo categories will have series points this year with great prizes on offer from this years sponsors Specialized, Garmin, Wembley Cycles and Mash Brewery.
Race entries are now open for the Jorgensen Park 4 Hour and Garmin Kalamunda 50/50.

For more information see the Single Track Minds website.

Meet the WAMBA Committee

In a series of articles, we are introducing the hardworking volunteers who make up the WAMBA committee. You might be surprised to find that they are mountain bikers, just like you... Next up is WAMBA secretary Jake Hannah.

Why did you join the WAMBA committee?
I wanted to give something back to a sport that I have gained so much from. In particular I wanted to help solve the problem of any newcomer to Perth or mountain biking, "where to ride?"
How long have you been on the committee?
Since it reformed in 2009.
Has much changed since then?
Yes, lots and lots. WAMBA has grown from the grave, to being a very small group (5 people) who had no idea what they are doing and no-one would listen to, to a very busy committee that is getting noticed, winning large grants, getting trails built and, probably as importantly, is slowing getting known by the riders. We still have a long way to go and need to represent downhill, racing (of all types) and regional clubs better, but we are getting there.

Have you been involved with trail advocacy previously?
What is your role on the committee?
I sometimes feel a bit like the glue that holds the committee together. I draw the maps, send the newsletters and try and help the real heroes  the trail advocates like Ian and Lindsay, where ever I can when they need a GPS file or a document drawn up.
Describe some of the projects that you have been involved with?
The biggest thing that I have organised was the Kalamunda Circuit trail opening in March 2012. I also gave a presentation at the State Trails Conference last year, which went down well. At the moment I am working on an exciting new trail map and guide for the Perth Hills.
If you could wave your magic wand, what would you change/improve in mtbiking in WA?
To see the mountain biking recognised as the important recreation that it and managed properly. It is probably asking a bit much to expect riders to take ownership of the trails that they ride, but I can dream... 

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