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Albany awarded $900,00 for bike tracks, the latest from JAG, a new trail naming competition, WAMBA awarded $4,000 MTBA grant and much more...
West Australian Mountain Bike Association

$900,000 for Cyclists in Albany


Transport Minister, Troy Buswell, has announced an initial $900,000 for Albany cycle paths. He made it clear that this was for 'on and off road cyclists' and mentioned the benfits of mountain biking. The Albany Mountain Bike Chapter have already been working with the City of Albany on a strategic plan that links road and new off road trails in Albany and are looking forward to turning Albany into a premier mountain biking and cycling destination.

 

JAG Update


The Jarrahdale Action Group (JAG) was formed late in 2012 to address the need for more signage, maintenance and to continue forward planning for the Langford Park trail network in Jarrahdale.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have juggled all their other commitments, family, training etc and donated their time and effort in the last few months. We've made some great progress with signage, and most of all, more and more people are volunteering and getting involved in trail advocacy.

A summary of our achievements in 2012:
  • Established a Maintenance Plan
  • Reconnaissance ride through Langford Park leading up to the Dusk til Dawn 12 hour race saw the formation of JAG
  • Priorities for Langford Park were identified by JAG
  • Signage needs and changes were raised, and DEC assisted JAG in providing materials
  • JAG installed more signs for the safety and enjoyment of riders
  • A total of 55 volunteer hours were logged by WAMBA (on-trail volunteering)

JAG’s goals for 2013 are focussed around:
  • Safety of the trails
  • Providing a network of varying technical challenge for the range of riders using the area
  • Planning maintenance and expansion of the network

PMBC have kindly donated $4250 from the proceeds of the Dusk Till Dawn 12 Hour, to help fund maintenance of the network in 2013.

Thank you to John Carney from Single Track Minds and Elisa Skillen from DEC for getting us up to date and assisting us in making all these things happen. And most of all, thank you to the volunteers who have donated their valuable time in 2012 to the development of Langford Park trails.

To stay up to date with the very latest goings on at Langford Park, join the JAG group on facebook.

Louise Wallace
WAMBA


 

WAMBA awarded MTBA Club Grant

WAMBA have been awarded $4,000 in the first round of the MTBA Club Grant Scheme. This grant will go towards constructing a much needed Green beginner loop trail in the Perth Hills.

The Club Grant Scheme was 150% over subscribed; our success in gaining funding is a testament to our project and the quality of our application.

WAMBA would like to take this opportunity to thank Perth Mountain Bike Club, their President Greg Murison and committee member Tony Tucknott for their support in our application.


 

Trail Naming Competition

The first part of the Farrell Grove/Scorpion Trail works have been completed, which has seen the opening of a new section of singletrack. The trail, unofficially known as the "Warm Up track" (Trail 2 in the map below), descends from the back of the Dell down to the end of Scorpion trail and has now been improved and sign posted. This track now forms a nice loop with the climb back up through the pine trees (also known as "Pucking Around in the Fines" - Trail 1) on the opposite side of the fire road. Please note that the short link through the creek bed from the end of Scorpion trail to the bottom of the Warm Up track has been rehabilitated in compliance with the National Resource Management grant that we have been awarded to upgrade these trails. Please do not attempt to re-open this link.

To celebrate the opening of these trails WAMBA are running a naming competition for these two tracks; we think that you can do much better than the unofficial names.

The competition will run as follows: riders suggest new names, the WAMBA committee will then choose the best 4 or 5 and a facebook vote will decide which is the winner. If your suggestion is chosen you will win a WAMBA goody pack including bandanna, Kalamunda Circuit T-shirt and water bottle.

Submit your suggestion to info@wamba.org.au, marking clearly whether the name is for Trail 1 or Trail 2.

To see how these new tracks fits in to the overall Kalamunda Circuit, check out the latest KC trail map here.


 

Facebook photo competition

Announcing our photo competition winner, George Munroe, local rider and trail builder down in Margaret River! Congratulations and Merry Christmas mate! You're now the owner of a WAMBA membership! Who thinks the photographer, James Keillor should get a little something for his trouble too? I reckon we could find something in Santa's sack...

The five runners up, who have won a WAMBA Bandanna, are: Magdelina (Partner of Pawel Hasiuk), Sean Lee, David Chai, Mark Rubery and Nick Carter.

Thank you to everyone who contributed an entry into the competition. It's really great to see the range of talent in our mountain biking community. We'll be showing off your photos around our facebook page for a little while cos we just can't get enough of them.

The competition was a great success generating lots of interest in the WAMBA page and enabling budding amateur photographers and riders to showcase their talents. Look our for lots more promotions in 2013.

Also from our facebook page, 2012 turned out to be a very busy year for the small group of hard working volunteers who make up the WAMBA committee. To review just some of things we got up to in 2012, check out this facebook album.


 

New Year's Resolution

What's your New Year's resolution? If you just rode/raced last year maybe it should be to give a little back to mountain biking? Consider joining WAMBA or your local club, come trail building, volunteer at an event or join the committee (we are just riders like you).

The quickest and easiest way you can donate is by buying some trail metres in our $4000 Specialized bike raffle. Click here to buy.


 

Club AGMs

The South West Mountain Bike Club AGM has been scheduled for Saturday 19th January. The meeting will be held at the Pile Road bottom car park (the one opposite the Wild Bull brewery) starting at 5:30 pm. There will be a pre-meeting ride starting at 2:30pm from the same place, followed by a sausage sizzle and soft drinks provided by the club.

The Perth Mountain Bike Club AGM will be held at the DSR offices in Leederville on Tuesday 29th January at 6.30pm. For a list of the committee positions available, click here.



 

Meet the WAMBA Committee

In a new 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... First up is Louise Wallace who is the WAMBA Treasurer and organises the Jarrahdale Action Group.



What kind of mountain biker are you?
I'm one of those ones where my boyfriend said I should buy a mountain bike instead of a K-mart special, to which I breathed a sigh and rolled my eyes. So, after much kicking and screaming, blood, sweat and tears (mostly tears) 'lost' out on these 'scary' trails in the middle of the bush, I began to enjoy mountain biking. I can't pinpoint the moment between hate and love for mtb, but I think it was just that I didn't wanna miss out on anything, so I kept going back. Now it is pretty much my life. The greatest part of mtb is the culture. It brings people together, who may not otherwise have had anything in common.

Why did you join the WAMBA committee?
I went to the open day at the Camel Farm in Kalamunda in 2012, which also happened to be the day of the AGM. After 4 years mountain biking and having not yet contributed back to trail advocacy, I thought I'd go and see what this WAMBA thing was all about to maybe do a bit of trail building. I came out of the AGM as the new treasurer, as well as plans to make a women's mountain biking video with the local movie makers, Red Patrol Mob. Which is great, because I'm really not handy with brooms and shovels and such.

What did you know about WAMBA before you joined?
Not much. They had a sign up at the camel farm, so I figured they had something to do with it.

What have you seen WAMBA achieve in the last 12 months?
I have seen some amazing stuff coming out of this group of dedicated volunteers. I think because people are so passionate about mountain biking, and we can see a tangible result from our efforts, you get involved and things just happen. I'm particularly stoked with the other female committee members who I really look up to as role models in the sport and trail advocacy.

What do you think is in store for WAMBA in the next 12 months?
WAMBA's done a lot of solid planning this year, and I really look forward to all the things to come for 2013. I really love how the eastern states are paying WA a fair bit of attention these days. Every time I talk to my QLD mtb mates, they're saying "Wow it's all really happening over in WA at the moment". It's great that the good news is travelling.

If you could wave your magic wand, what would you change/improve in mtbiking in WA?
I would love to ride some actual mountains. I love perth, but damn she's flat! As much as pea gravel is a pain in the butt sometimes, I don't think I'd change it ;) Voting has opened in the WAMBA facebook photo competition. Like or Shame a photo to register your favourite. The winner will be judged on awesomeness ie the highest number of likes & shares.

Upcoming Events


19/01
SWMTBC AGM
Pile Rd

29/01
PMBC AGM
DSR, Leederville

23-24/02
MTBA Nationals
Canberra, ACT

03/03
Karri Cup
Northcliffe

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

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

30-31/03
State DH Round 1
Albany

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