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Scorpion Trail Update, WAMBA AGM, first trail build of the year, SWMTBC report and more...

In this Issue:

Scorpion Update
• WAMBA AGM
Luvin Shovels build
• Every Metre Counts
Website down
• SWMTBC Report
PMBC XC Series
• Meet WAMBA

Upcoming Events:


03/03
Karri Cup
Northcliffe

03/03
Luvin Shovels trail build
Dell

09/03
SWMTBC Social Ride
Pile Rd

17/03
PMBC XC Series Rd 1
Langford Park, Jarrahdale

17/03
SWMTBC Trail Care Day
Pile Rd

24/03
WAMBA AGM & Social
Camel Farm, Kalamunda

30-31/03
State DH Rd 1
Albany

07/04
PMBC XC Series Rd 2
Goat Farm, Greenmount
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Scorpion Trail Update


Works are progressing well on the sanctioning of the Scorpion trail in the Perth Hills. Link trails from the newly named Metasoma to the new start of Scorpion have been cut in. Drainage works and compacting will take place shortly (outside of bush fire risk times). The next stage is rehabilitating the start of the trail out of the Reservoir Protection Zone and re-aligning short sections where the trail is unsustainable.

WAMBA have been granted DEC approval for our alignment of the new trails that will link Scorpion Trail with Farrell Grove car park and picnic area. Schedules for this work are being compiled, but it will be starting soon.

WAMBA AGM And Social


The 2013 WAMBA AGM and End of Year Social will be held at the Calamunnda Camel Farm on 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:
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • General Committee Members
If you are unable to attend, email nominations will be accepted. Please send them to info@wamba.org.au.
 
WAMBA has done some great work over the last 12 months but mainly in the Kalamunda area. We have lots of great plans for 2013 but desperately need greater representation for other regions and riding disciplines, particularly downhill.

Luvin' Shovels Trail Build


The first volunteer trail building day of the year will be this Sunday on the Black Diamond Luvin Shovels trail in the Perth Hills.

Meet at the Dell at 8am to walk/drive up to the trail. We have lots of tools - all you need to bring is sturdy shoes, a hat, sun cream, water and snacks and your muscles.

Come and lend a hand; Lindsay can't do this all on his own:


Every Metre Counts - last chance


There are still a few days to go in our Every Metre Counts bike raffle (entries close on 28th February). If you haven't bought your tickets yet, or would like a few more chances at winning a $4,000 Specialized bikes now is the time to buy.

Click here to buy tickets.

A big thank you to everyone who has contributed so far and helped to contribute to another exciting new trail.

WAMBA Website down


With terrible timing with the bike raffle closing this week, the WAMBA website has been down since Sunday, and looks unlikely to be back up again before Friday.

It is still possible to buy tickets directly through the link above, or follow the latest goings on at WAMBA through our facebook and twitter accounts.

SWMTBC President’s Report

 

As promised this is my first report on what the South West Mountain bike club has been up to.
 
9th March will be the SWMTB’s first club ride. We will be heading off at 4.00pm Saturday afternoon from the bottom car park on Pile Rd (just up from the Wild Bull brewery on your left). The club will have experienced riders that know the trails available to guide the group around.
 
We are aiming for a club ride once a month for now, always leaving from the same spot, at the same time on the Saturday afternoon. The only change will be in the winter when we leave earlier due to the light.
 
The first few maintenance days have been decided upon: 17th March, 19th May, and 21st July. We will be trying for one every two months. A program of works has been organised for each day.
 
The first one will involve pruning trail edges. Once again meet at the bottom car park at 9am, we will demonstrate some correct techniques to be used and split into groups to tackle the trails. 

Over the next few months you may notice some trail counters running across your favourite trails. These are kindly supplied by DEC to help us count the number of riders frequenting the Mt. Lennard trails.
 
The club is also in the process of submitting a grant application to upgrade the signage on the trails. This will make it much easier for everybody to use the trails without getting lost!
 
The upgrading of the bottom car park at Pile Road is part of the South West MTB Plan, which will shortly be tendered. Once it has been completed, DEC has indicated they will apply for funding and come up with a design brief for the area in question.
 
All in all I’d say the club is really forging ahead in 2013. Why not be a part of something special, join with us and keep the momentum going!

See you on the trails!

Dean Bertenshaw
SWMTBC President 2013

Giant Bicycles PMBC XC Series

Perth Mountain Bike Club, in conjunction with Rock 'n' Roll Mountain Biking and Giant Bicycles Australia, are presenting a 2 race XC series.

Unlike State rounds, these club races will be run as mixed classes. The idea is to hopefully have some exciting, fun and close racing. It will give you the chance to race against riders not normally in your class and to grade yourself for the upcoming state rounds. Below is a guide to help you determine which class would best suit you:

A Grade = Elite Men, Expert Men, Top 3-5 Masters, Top 5 Vets
B Grade = Elite women, 5 - 10 masters, 6 - Vets Men, Top 3 Sport Men
C Grade = Expert Women, Super masters, Sport etc
D Grade = Sport women, Juniors

The first round of racing is being held at Langford Mountain Bike Park, Jarrahdale on 17th of March 2013. Entries are now open. Click here to enter online or click here for more information.
 
As part of their sponsorship Giant will be at both races with a range of test bikes. Feel free to test one of their great bikes; just remember to bring your pedals, drivers licence and credit card for a ride.
 
If you are not racing and would like to help, please feel free to contact us. Call Mark or Jenny on 0410 949 182. Any help is certainly appreciated. We can do with some help to process rego and race numbers and then you are free for the rest of the day.

BBQ and drinks will be provided by Rock 'n' Roll Mountain Biking. We ask you to bring a gold coin donation; all money raised will be used for junior development and trail maintenance with PMBC.

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 Vice-President and hero of Mt Gunjin, Lindsay Alsop.

Why did you join the WAMBA committee?
Well really to get our local trails legit and to get more trails. I wanted to see trails that better represent different styles of riding. 
 
How long have you been on the committee?
Since it reformed in 2009
 
Have you been involved with trail advocacy previously?
Nope, green and keen.
 
What is your role on the committee?
Well, it says Vice president, but really to push down barriers and dream big!
 
Describe some of the projects that you have been involved with?
Watching Jamie Campbell create the South side of the KC - genius. Getting the Mt Gunjin project up and now building Luvin Shovels
 
What is the greatest success that WAMBA has since you have been involved?
Getting DEC and DSR to support us.
 
Why are WAMBA important?
For our sport to cater for the growth that's happening we need more trails, better trails. WAMBA is the group getting this happening.
 
What is your vision for WAMBA/mtbiking in WA for the future?
To see young grommets having fun on trails, amazing trails. I want to see the age demographic way younger, that's when I know we have enough fun factor in our trails. That's my measure of success. 
 
If you could wave your magic wand, what would you change/improve in mtbiking in WA?
I would like it snow clay from time to time. I'd like to see way more mtb community commitment. 

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