Mt Gujin Gravity Enduro, new mtb development officer, SW trail plan and lots lots more

Upcoming Events:

Down South MTB Festival

State DH Rd 5
Wellington Mills

State XC Rd 4
Turner Hill, Dwellingup

State DH Championships
Goat Farm, Greenmount

State XC Championships
Goat Farm, Greenmount


Mt Gunjin Gravity Enduro

To celebrate the official opening of the Mt Gunjin trails, WAGE (WA Gravity Enduro - a WAMBA sub-committee) will be holding a gravity enduro race on Saturday 24th August.

The race will consist of timed runs of Judderbars, Lazarus and Loco en el Coco, each time including Alchemy ie all the way to the bottom. You must ride back up to the top under your own power. Shuttling is forbidden or you will be disqualified.

Due to parking and timing constraints the field is being limited to only 80 riders, with regular trail builders and WAMBA members getting priority entries. General public entries will open later in the week.

For more information and entries (when they open), check out the new WAGE website:

WestCycle MTB Development Officer

WestCycle and WAMBA are pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Smith to the full time position of Mountain Bike Development Officer.
Sarah lives cycling whether it is racing criteriums against World and Olympic champions, time-trialling, BMXing or cyclospeedway. She has ridden sportives and audaxes and has mountain biked in North Wales, the Nevis range in Scotland and the Perth Hills.
Sarah has a strong background in town planning and project management. Everyone at WAMBA is looking forward to working with her.

Sarah can be contacted by email at

Common Ground to Prepare SW MTB Master Plan

WestCycle is pleased to announce that trail planning and design consultancy Common Ground has been appointed to prepare Part 1 of the South West Mountain Bike Master Plan.
The Master Plan is being developed to guide the creation of an exciting network of high quality sustainable mountain bike trails in the South West.
Based in Margaret River, Common Ground has extensive knowledge of the South West region and a strong mountain biking background.
Clint Shaw, CEO WestCycle

Proposed Burn at Langford Park

DPaW (formerly DEC) have informed WAMBA they will be undertaking a burn in the area near Langford Park, Jarrahdale.
This burn will take place over numerous days with many separate ignitions in contained cells due to the nature of the area. During the implementation there will likely be temporary closures/diversions of some of the mountain bike trails that extend north from Langford Park.
Please obey any trail closures, even after the burn appears to be complete, for your own safety.

ALCOA Pledge Funds for Marrinup

WAMBA would like to thank ALCOA for the award of a US$3000 ALCOA Volunteers Community Action Grant. This money is to be spent upgrading the Marrinup trail in Dwellingup. In addition 400 hours of ALCOA volunteer help has been promised for this project.
Even better news is that Perth Mountain Bike Club have also pledged funds towards upgrading the trail and and as a combined project, more great work can be done.
If you ride in Dwellingup and would like to be involved in the continued maintenance and development of these trails please contact John Roberts though the Dwellingup Trails Group at for more information.

Junior Development Camp

On the weekend 13/14th July, a Junior Development and Coaching Camp was held in Pemberton. The weekend turned out to be a resounding success.

In attendance were 12 trainee coaches, 2 local downhill skills instructors, Rex Dubois and Deon Baker, Level 2 coach Jenny King, from Victoria, and our main Instructor/Assessor Tim Ellison, from the Northern Territory. There were also 19 junior athletes taking part.

The trainee coaches had to complete a large amount of “homework” both before and during the weekend, which they all did brilliantly working extremely hard.

They were doing this because they spent the best part of all day Saturday and Sunday actually coaching the juniors under the instruction of Tim and Jenny. The coaches were broken into small groups to plan and execute their coaching in a real life situation. This had so much more meaning than doing "Mock" exercises for both the coaches and the juniors.

This train the trainer or coaching delivery model was so successful that a number of the coaches (including Tim Ellison) now feel that this is the ONLY way to actually run this course. The Juniors loved it, and to be truthful, I think the coaches loved it even more! The coaches genuinely felt they were making a difference.

Jenny King stayed with us for the week leading into the camp. I was fortunate enough to get an insight into her coaching philosophy and business and was really impressed with the way she handles her athletes and the compassion she shows towards them. This was also reflected in the presentations she made to the coaches and juniors alike in our camp.

Tony Tucknott

Magaret River Pines - Under Construction

WARNING - Machinery operating in the pines!
JD has taken delivery of his brand new excavator and will be leading an extensive remake of the pines starting tomorrow with an extension of Aunt Lou. MRORCA has sought approval from DPaW to undertake this work and it is inline with the required work to turn the pines into an overall loop trail. We have also engaged with Cape to Cape race and are working on delivering them a new Redbull Showdown course.
While none of the exiting trails will be closed at this stage, please be aware that there is machinery operating in the area. 
We will be hosting MRORCA volunteer build days over the weekends in the very near future once JD has enough of the base work done. In the mean time if you can lend a hand, JD is looking for one or two people to assit him. Give him a call on 0417 998 816 to register your interest.
All volunteers must be DPaW registered and must sign in and out on a daily basis using the standards DPaW volunteer forms.


Scorpion's Sting Just Got Longer

The latest re-alignment on Scorpion Trail in the Kalamunda area is complete. When climbing Lube Me Up just keen on going and on to the new trail. Before you know it you will be blasting down the new berms. It might be a bit soft for a while but will soon bed in.

The trail crew have then moved their attentions to refurbishing the bottom three berms (old ones below the new works) and gave them the timber treatment as well with a few jumps thrown in for good measure.
A massive shout out to Shane Williams, Ivan Svensen and all the mid-week trail builders who have put in a huge shift to get this trail complete.

Red Bull Illume Finalist

Well done Sean Lee for making it in to the top 250 finalists of the Red Bull Illume - the world's most prestigious action sports photo competition.

I am sure you will agree with us that his photo of Luke Ball is outstounding and he fully deserves this acolade.
Sean provides images for WAMBA's use free of charge to help us promote mtbiking in WA and he is regularly featured on our cover photo Pic of the Week.

Act-Belong-Commit Dwellingup 100

The 2013 Act Belong Commit Dwellingup 100 is the opening round of the National Marathon Series, the Real Insurance XCM series. It will take place this year on Saturday 7th September.

Now in its 6th year, the Dwellingup 100 is firmly established on the WA race calendar. Based in the charming country town of Dwellingup, located an hour and a half drive south of Perth, set among pristine jarrah forest and water catchment areas.

Three distances; 14km, 40km and 100km are all available meaning that there is a race for everyone.

Click here for details on how to enter.

Ride alongside Olympians at the Cape to Cape

Trek riders Bec Henderson and Dan McConnell made their Olympic debut in London last year and will be amongst a long list of accomplished MTB rider at this year's Cape to Cape.
The four-day annual event in October has some exciting new course changes on top of its usual popular social functions and world famous course that lets riders race through incredible beaches, private farmlands, national forests and rocky outcrops.
Registrations have already been coming in fast for this sell-out event and with capped entry numbers you don't want to wait and miss out. 

Head on over to their website for more information and online entries.

WAMBA Shirts On Sale

WAMBA dri fit T-shirts and cycle jerseys are available for sale from Kauri sports. Proceeds from the sale of each shirt goes to WAMBA to fund trail building and maintenance.
WAMBA members are eligible to a $10 discount on either of these shirts. If you are a member you will have been emailed a discount code - check your spam folder. If you are not a member, you can join via the WAMBA website.
Dri fit T-shirts cost $55 + $10 postage. $15 from this sale goes to WAMBA.
Cycle jerseys cost $75 + $10 postage. $25 from this sale goes to WAMBA.

WAMBA Photo Competition Winner

The winner of the WAMBA caption competition is Justin Hartley. A free entry to this year's Cape to Cape, courtesy of the organisers, is on its way to you.
Congratulations Justin!
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