The latest news from the Albany Urban DH race and a round up of everything else going on in the state

Upcoming Events:

PDMBC Roller Race Rd 2
Wellington Mills

State DH Rd 2

State XC Rd 4
Goat Farm

SingleTrackMinds 6 Hour
Langford Park, Jarrahdale

Cyclocross Race 1

Doctor Baynton's 6 Hour Remedy

Albany Urban DH

WA Gravity Enduro Rd 3 & National Round
Mt Gunjin, Kalamunda

Cover photo: Rex Dubois at the Goat Farm Photographer: Brad Serls

Albany Urban DH

In an Australian-first, June 22nd will see the historic streets of Albany turned in to the ultimate downhill battleground for the inaugural THULE - Albany Urban Downhill race. Boosting off purpose built jumps, launching off sea containers and culminating with a jump off the pedestrian overpass on the Albany foreshore, it will be thrills and spills.

Major international sponsor THULE have got behind the event that now boasts one of the biggest prize pools in mountain biking events in Australia. Event director, David Marshall says that having international sponsors has taken the event to the next level, “we can now create 22 purpose built features to line the course, from kickers taking riders up onto sea containers to curved wall rides that enable riders to maintain speeds of up to 70kph during the turns.”

Mr Marshall continues, “The combination of international and local sponsors is making this event something special for Albany and will certainly be a spectator event not to be missed”

“Local sponsors have also been fantastic with huge support from MCB construction, Albany Scaffold Hire, Dunkeld Construction, The Laminex Group and many others.” Mr Marshall said, “The level of support clearly shows that Albany is ready and willing to realise its adventure potential.”

Another international, GIANT Bicycles have also come on board in partnership with local store Passmore Cycles and are supplying a legendary Giant Glory mountain bike to be taken home by a worthy urban warrior.

With over $8,500 worth of prizes the event is drawing local amateurs, sponsored professionals and riders from around WA including Jackson Davis, who has been selected for the Junior World’s Team for 2014, and 5 time world champion, Sam Hill. Both Sam and Jackson will be doing some visits to local schools and appearing at Passmore Cycles and Bob’s Bikes in the build up to the race.

The event also boast a jump competition on Satuday 21st, from 7pm.

Registrations close on 15th June. See the Albany Mountain Bike Club website for more information and to enter.
David Marshall
Race Director
Albany MTB Club

State DH Rd 2 Race Report

Over 100 competitors and heaps of spectators were out at the picturesque Golden Grove Orchards track for the second round of the Peel Districts Mountain Bike Club WA State Downhill Series

Luke Ball was a hot favourite to take the win here however he unfortunately crashed trying a ninja line up top and was injured – heal up soon Luke! The track also claimed another podium favourite with Jordan Prochyra punching a tree and coming off second best.

As usual the Elites put on a great show with some tight racing and amazing skills. Jacob Parker managed to stay on the bike (after a crash in qualies) and achieved the fastest time of the day and the win with a 1:50.305. Mitch Bryant was close behind with a 1:51.042 and third place went to Ryan Litterick with a 1:51.318. Carl Pickersgill was fourth with a time of 1:52.509 and Ben Kinnunen completed the last step of the podium after a long absence with 1:55.479. In the Top 30 race runs Ryan Litterick went all out and took nearly a second off his previous time nearly catching Parkers race run.

Rachel Gaskin was the winner in the womens field, hitting all the jumps without a problem and laying down a solid time of 2:53.273. With some women specific practice and development days coming up there should be some more competition coming although I think we can expect to see Rachel mixing it up at the top for the rest of the season either way.

In the Juniors Bill Carruthers was the fastest again with a very impressive time of 1:56.679. The Single Crowners put on a tight competition with very little time differences between most competitors – with previous winner with Kose Michaelsen out due to injury the favourite was Graeme Adriaens. Graeme didn’t disappoint coming first with half a second to spare – 2:02.558.

The next State round takes us back to an old favourite – Nannup – at the end of May. The track is one of the state’s best with steep gradients, fast sections, good dirt and a relatively long run. Racing will not disappoint! Before this there is another Roller All Mountain event at Welli Mills to keep the gravity crew entertained.

All information can be found on the PDMBC website.

Sam Russell, PDMBC

Photo: Alex Jaegar, by Sean Lee

Pemberton Double Header Wrap Up

Pemberton Mountain Bike recently hosted a busy weekend of mountain biking with an XC race, run by Perth Mountain Bike Club, on the Saturday, and a gravity enduro event, run by WAGE, on the Sunday.

Full results from the PMBC XC race can be found here on their website. This race marked the mid point of the 6 race state series Click here for an update of the points standings so far. An album of photos from the XC race is available on the Pemberton Mountain Bike park facebook page.

A full race report from the WA Gravity Enduro race is available here. For more great photos like the one above check out the album on the Scoopex Photography facebook page.

Photo: Claire Garcia-Webb on her way to first place, courtesy of Scoopex Photography

WA XC Round 4 Preview

The fourth installment of the WA cross country series, organised by Perth Mountain Bike Club, will be held at the Goat Farm on Sunday 1st June. This race is proudly supported by Kalamunda Cycles.

Have you been searching for a race that's more than 50% single track? Well the PMBC cross country races are for you! Try something new, something challenging, step outside your comfort zone and become a better rider! The course is going to be fun, oh yeah and its 90% single track! There's a range of categories, that race separately, so you're able to enjoy your race too!

You'll find online registration and race information on the PMBC website

Ash Genefaas, Perth Mountain Bike Club

Photo: Dave Nairn winning the 2013 State XC Champs at the Goat Farm. Photographer: Brad Serls

Doctor Baynton's Remedy

The Burrup Mountain Bike Club is hosting Doctor Baynton’s 6 Hour Remedy Mountain Bike Race on Saturday 21st June.  The event runs from 1500hrs until 2100hrs with the start/finish and event village at Karratha BMX Track on Rosemary Road, Karratha.

Prize money will be paid for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for Solos, Duos and Teams of up to 4 where registered entries exceed 5 riders/teams for that category. “On The Hour” prizes will be awarded to the ride that crosses the start finish line closest to the hour for each hour of the race. A prize for best outfits and other spot prizes will be awarded on the day.

For more information about the event and lots of great tips for out town riders including accommodation options, see the Burrup MTB Club website.

Photo: Nick Muller on Dog’s Hollow trail, Karratha. Photographer: Leland Le Breton

Code of Conduct

WAMBA are drawing up a mountain biking code of conduct which will be adopted by WestCycle, landowners and land managers, including DPaW. A Western Australian specific Code of Conduct will mean our unique riding conditions are considered to ensure responsible and sustainable use. Rider consultation will ensure that we include all the relevant situations and conditions experienced by all levels of mountain bikers.

We need your help to make sure the Code of Conduct reflects the way WE all ride. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey in this link.

Margaret McIlroy, WAMBA

Thanks For Your Votes

Thank you to everyone who voted for WAMBA in the Bankwest Happy Communities grants. We finished in the top 3 we and will receive $1000 to help build and maintain more great trails.

A big thanks to Russell Bell for organising

Metro Trails Forum

Mountain biking features heavily at the 2014 Metro Trails Forum on 6 June at Perth Zoo. The guest speaker is Dafydd Davies and WestCycle are presenting the latest in trails planning.

The event is free to attend and highly recommended for anyone interested in trails advocacy. Please see the DSR website for full details and to RSVP.

Kalamunda Trail Building


The Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective have started their busy winter schedule of trail maintenance, which is required to look after these popular trails (latest trail counters indicate over 27,200 riders per year using some sections of the network).

The first weekend trail build will be on Sunday 25th May. Meet at the Calamunnda Camel Farm car park at 8am. Please RSVP to the Collective via this link on their website in order that they can plan the work.

The next weekend trail build will be on Sunday 15th June.

Do not dispair if you are not able to help out at weekends. KMBC committee members Shane Williams and Ivan Svensen are often out there mid week tweaking the trails. Keep an eye on the Kalamunda Collective facebook group where they always post their builds. The next one will be on Thursday and Friday this week (22nd & 23rd May) on Scorpion trail.

As an added incentive to help out, everyone who volunteers twice this year will qualify for the Trail Builders Cup, which will be run on closed trails towards the end of the months of July, August and September with the first being on the 27th July. For full details, and a list of who has qualified so far, see the this page on the Kalamunda Collective website.

For more Kalamunda news, check out the Collective's first newsletter.

Newsletter Editor Wanted

WAMBA are seeking a new volunteer to produce these newsletters. The role only requires a couple of hours work per month and mainly involves copying and pasting stories sent to you by clubs and committee members.

Maybe you are not able to help out at trail builds or events but do have some free time in front of a computer. This is a way that you can give a little back to the great sport of mountain biking. This job could easily be shared between a couple of people to further spread the load.

If you are interested in helping out then please send an email to

Thanks, WAMBA Committee

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