WIN a $4000 Specialized bike and help build a trail with our Every Metre Counts raffle, Shake, Rattle & Roll opening day and WAMBA photo competition
West Australian Mountain Bike Association
Shake Rattle n Roll Skills Loop Opening
The Shake Rattle n Roll beginner skills loop open day, held on Sunday 9th December, was a huge success with a bursting at the seams car park and nearly 50 new riders taking advantage of the free RocknRoll skills clinics, with a similar number trying the Specialized demo bikes from Wembley Cycles.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was well attended by state government departments (DEC, DSR, Heart Foundation) and local Councillors. The Ribbon was cut by Minister John Day and the Shire President Donald Mckechnie, and the trail and skills area officially declared open. Following this the skills sessions began and refreshments were served, with the WAMBA stand being particularly busy selling the Every Metre Counts raffle tickets and showing off the future trail network maps for 2013/4 of the Kalamunda area.
If you weren't able to make it along on the day, but would like to pick up a few tips and practise your skills, the new trail is open and free to use at any time. It is located at the rear of the Camel Farm car park. Check out the WAMBA Every Trail guide of the trail to get some hints before you head out. Alternatively, contact RocknRoll mountain biking and sign up for one of their great courses.
Every Metre Counts: Help Our Rider Complete the Trail
Thank you to everyone who has bought a ticket in our Every Metre Counts raffle. We are now up to 956m in to our new trail - still a long way to go.
If you haven't bought your tickets yet, help the mountain biker (he looks like he needs it) get to the end of the trail. The more metres you buy, the more chance you have of winning a $4000 Specialized bike of your choice and the more trail gets built. This is your chance to give back to the trails that we all love to ride for FREE every week AND win a great prize.
We are very grateful to Specialized bikes who have kindly donated the prize for this competition. Specialized are supporters of grass roots trail advocacy.
After lots of planning, grant applications, meetings with DEC and, most of all, hard work WAMBA are able to reveal the new trails that are going to be built in the Perth Hills in the next 12 months.
We set out to solve the following issues that you have told us about in the various surveys completed recently:
Insufficient trails for number of riders using the area & congestion on popular trails
No beginner/easy trails
Lack of challenging advanced trails
Lack of car parking
Options to do more varied and longer loops
No shuttle-able trails
By developing Mt Gunjin and trails towards Farrell Grove, not only have we opened up another car park but we have altered the flow of the network to become two interlocking loops reducing congestion and creating variety for rides.
We are also working on a maintenance plan and funding for all of these trails, which will be in place by the end of summer.
These plans are explained in this short film which you can access by clicking here or below.
Mount Gunjin Update
Dirt Art have started construction on the new trails on Mount Gunjin, in the Perth Hills. From their facebook page:
"Mount Gunjin project is now up to speed- Carving a mix of funky flow and tighter technical trails through the Perth Hills. A whole range of trail features going in soon- wall rides, drops, jumps and berms. We're excited to get this project underway and bring some engaging new and unique trails to the Kalamunda Circuit"
They are due to finish cutting in trail in January. Installation of trail features and final grooming is scheduled for late summer.
More Trails and Signs on the Kalamunda Circuit
You may have noticed the new trail signs on the Kalamunda Circuit that have appeared in the last few weeks. The intention is not only to make you smile as you ride past, but to help riders identify with sections of the trail and locate where they are on the Kalamunda Circuit map. These trail names were chosen either by the hard working volunteer trail builders themselves or by a public vote that WAMBA conducted earlier this year.
It is not just new signs that we have been putting up. WAMBA have recently added a new 1.5km Green Circle (Easy) trail between the Black Stump car park and the Camel Farm. This important link trail connects the two beginner facilities at these locations (pump track and skills loop) and also provides a handy short cut for those returning to the Camel Farm from the full Kalamunda Circuit who don't fancy taking on the rocks of Slippery When Dry. Most importantly it will remove riders from the busy Mundaring Weir and Paulls Valley Roads and is the start of a large network of beginner trails that WAMBA are developing.
Mountain biking in the South West of WA had some great national exposure when the fantastic documentary of the Cape to Cape mountain bike race was screened on SBS' Cycling Central on Sunday 2nd December. If you missed it you can watch it online here. See if you can spot yourself or your mates!
WAMBA Photo Competition Finalists
The judges have spoken, and our top ten finalists in our facebook photo competition have been chosen! It was really really hard to pick, we loved all of them! So get your friends LIKING your photos now to be the winner of a WAMBA membership just in time for Christmas. Voting is open until Christmas Eve, The winner will be announced Chirstmas Day! In fact, we couldn’t even limit it to 10, we had to put in 11 because we just couldn’t decide! It’s now up to YOU!