The more members we have, the more opportunities the Collective will have to get new grants and permission to build mountain bike trails in the future.
Itâ€™s free to join and all members (including ALL existing members) will be in the running to pickup one of these great shopping sprees.
Please note if youâ€™d like a much coveted Kalamunda Collective stem cap and the bike shop discounts, you will need to make a donation ($5 min).
For more information about the Kalamunda Collective and how to join online see their website.
Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective committee
Peel Announce 2014 Dates Including Gravity Enduros
The PEEL club is happy to announce its new calendar for 2014. As usual the PEEL club will be running a 5 round DH state series plus State champs. We are also happy to announce the club will be running a 5 round Gravity/Roller series as well. This is due to Sam Russell and Murray Dickson stepping up and running these for the club.
The gravity series will be more like club runs to try and keep the costs down and encourage more people to ride.
Gravity/Roller series - new for 2014 PDMBC brings an exciting new All Mountain race format to Western Australia. The event format varies from race to race depending on the location, with key elements consisting of timed runs down a mostly downhill trail (moderately technical), with riding back to the top. Multiple race runs per day on different trails can be expected with the winner being the lowest aggregate time. Some races may have shuttles. There are currently three Roller races planned as part of the new five race Gravity club level series, with the remainder being traditional Downhill events. Points from all events in the series count toward the series winner. You will be able to race the Roller events on almost all types of mountain bike, as long as your bike fit the club's safety standards. Front and rear brakes, working suspension and bar ends.
Photo: Ricky Wollington at DH State Rd 2, 2013 at Goat Farm by Sean Lee.
Luvin Shovels Photo Competition
The Luvin Shovels photo competition has been run and won, with the good people of facebook voting for the above image of Luke Ball taken by Sean Lee as the winner.
Both photographers who reached the final, Sean and Jon Lloyd, have been selected by WAMBA to shoot a photo article on the new Mt Gunjin trails for Flow Mountain Bike.
WAMBA would also like to thank Kalamunda Cycles and Pushie who provided the BBQ and prizes on the day.
If you haven't ridden Luvin Shovels yet (and think you are good enough - it is a Black Diamond freeride trail) then it is parallel to Mercury St in the Kalamunda Trails. See the Kalamunda Collective website to download the latest trail map.
The Dirt Criterium Championships started with an idea that there wasn't enough racing for the juniors. The idea grew to including a Cyclocross class and a simple format of A,B and C grade for the senior mountain bikes. All of the funds raised from this event are going towards the PMBC junior development program.
The course was designed in such a way that the riders came past the spectators twice on each lap. And there is nothing quite like a loud and heckling mountain bike crowd to get the riders fired up.
The Cyclocross (CX) racing started off hot at 4.30 pm, pretty much the same as the weather at 35 degrees. The thing was the racing got even hotter as the temperature dropped and afternoon turned to evening. The CX course proved to be fast, yet slippery on the tricky pea gravel with a few guy's puncturing out.
The Junior racing was awesome with a great representation from Track Cycling, Road Cycling and the dedicated mountain bikers. The Under 13 class proved to be the most popular with riders as young as 7 years old competing.
The C Grade race proved very entertaining with everything from young guns to super masters competing. However, it was the A grade and B grade races that everyone was waiting for and they didn't disappoint. The B grade race ended up a three way battle for the lead and it was changing every lap. The final sprint was won by the young legs of Sean Maggs, but he had to work for it. Stephen Dew was second and Greg Murison was third.
The A grade race was simply stunning and even faster than had been predicted. Clive Jones set the pace early but couldn't maintain that brutal pace. There was attack after attack but it was Craig Cooke took line honours by a tyre width from Reece Tucknott and fast young gun Sam Rubery took out third place.
The biggest question of the day though was...when is the next one? I don't know yet, but stay tuned.
Please see the message below from DPaW (DEC) regarding the trails at Tom's Crossing in Dwellingup. WAMBA are working with DPaW, Peel District MTB Club and Perth MTB Club to get these trails reinstated once the work is complete and it is safe to do so.
The Department of Parks and Wildlife wish to advise that the Downhill Mountain Bike trails opposite Tom's Crossing (off Finnigan Road) near Lane Poole Reserve will be closed Mid December. This is due to harvesting operations that will commence on January 3rd 2014.
Collie trails have recently had a controlled burn through the Arklow forest which affected both the main trails of Dead Cats and Rays Trail. Wellington DPaW have undertaken the task of making the trails safe by clearing fallen trees with chainsaws and heavy machinery .
Before the controlled burn DPaW were able to do a hygiene study to help with the planning of the future trail network. This was necessary because if it had not been done before the burn, it could be up to 4 years before before the necessary vegetation grew back to show the indicative species of dieback affected areas.
Several log rides on Rays Trail were destroyed in the burn along with some other features. However this is only a temporary setback for what is accepted as a necessary process for reducing the fuel load. Regular trail building and maintenance days will now return to normal, now that we have the all clear from DPaW to continue with trail work.
Riding Rays trail looks black and parched from a strong fire. It's easy to see the lay of the land and the hill side into the distance, with the smell of burnt trees still strong in the air. The next phase will be the trees shedding a lot of leaves over the next month or more as they suffer from the stress of the fire. The falling leaves will be a nuisance until the trees start to recover, from which time a full regeneration of the whole landscape will over the next 12 months
Work on the trails will now move its focus to the new trail around the gravel pit after finishing the dogleg section on Rays trail. The Gravel Pit trail is designed as a clover leaf to bring riders back to the parking area several times during a lap. It is intended this trail will become a race trail for future races and maximise the open areas of the gravel pit for parking and camping facilities. With the concept planning and hygiene studies finished for this area, we expect building phase to ramp up in the near future.
John Wallace, Collie Mountain Bikers
2014 Single Track Minds Series
In 2014 the Single Track Mind race series is set to expand, with several new events alongside old favourites including the Kalamunda 50 and Jarrahdale 6 Hour.
The series will kick off in April with the Jorgenson Park 4 Hour. The open, flowing course is perfect for new riders and those who love to go fast. This event is available to solo and team entrants, and is the perfect way to start the mountain biking season.
The series will then head to the classic trails of Marrinup and Turner Hill for the Dwellingup 50. Proceeds from this event will be donated to Reece Tucknott to assist him to race in Europe. The following round will then be at Langford Park, where riders can indulge in the flowy trails during the Jarrahdale 6 Hour.
The pinnacle event of the series will be the Kalamunda 50. Now in itâ€™s 4th year, if you are a lover of singletrack this is the race for you! The Kalamunda Collective have put an enormous amount of work into expanding the Kalamunda trail network, allowing us to put together a fresh course of the finest singletrack for 2014. Once again this event will support the Kalamunda Collectiveâ€™s trail building efforts through a donation to assist them to build more trails in the area.
With the growing popularity of the gravity enduro format worldwide, Single Track Minds have added a gravity enduro race to their roster to complement the events run by Peel Districts MTB Club and Western Australian Gravity Enduro. This race will involve an un-timed climb, before riders race down a timed course of approximately 70% descending and 30% flat/uphill. This format is perfect for those who prefer the descents to the climbs, and will pit cross country racers against downhill racers to find out who is the stateâ€™s best all-round mountain biker.
The final Single Track Minds event will be a Gravel Grinder. This style of event is halfway between a mountain bike race and a road race, and is suitable for both mountain bikes and cyclocross bikes. The course will feature fast, open trails, allowing riders to bunch together and employ road-racing tactics. This event will provide a fantastic lead in for those doing the Cape to Cape MTB in October.
Photo: Start line of the 2013 Kalamunda 50 by Brad Serls.
Cape to Cape Documentary and Photos
If you want to re-live your 2013 Cape to Cape race, or maybe you are curious about what all the fuss is about, then SBS screened a 1 hour documentary about this year's race. You can watch the whole thing here on the SBS website.
If you would like something more permanent and personal from this year's race, then Travis Deane has emerged from his dark room having processed the >6500 photos that he took.
Click here to view all the albums. Simply enter your race plate number and you'll see all the relevant photos to purchase and download. There is also another folder of unknown riders where the race plate was not visible so be sure to also have a look in there. There is a share button for each image that you can post links to webpages and share on facebook etc if you want.
And if that lot gets your competitive juices flowing, entries have already opened for the 2014 Cape to Cape over on the event website.
The WAMBA committee would like to thank John Barton who has had to step down as President due to work commitments. John has been President for the last 3 years and has played a vital role in gaining WAMBA recognition within the higher reaches of government agencies. A genuine 'big ideas' thinker, he championed the less glamorous but vitally important strategic planning side of trails advocacy including the Trails Hubs project, the State Trail and Sustainability plans, the SW Master Plan and gaining funding for the WestCycle Mountain Bike Development officer.
Everyone at WAMBA wishes John the best of luck with his next ventures; we know that they will be bold and innovative.
At the WAMBA committee meeting on 19th November Jake Hannah was elected as his replacement. Jake's previous position as Secretary has been filled by Jodie Stembridge.
WAMBA Calendars Have Arrived
The much anticipated WAMBA 2014 photo calendars have arrived and they look great.
If you pre-ordered one then you should have received it by now (or will do soon).
There are a few left in our limited edition print run of only 100, so support trail building by buying one of these great calendars stacked full of WA riders on WA trails taken by some seriously talented WA photographers.
Click here to get a preview of all the images and to order online.
Mountain Bike Working Group
WestCycle, with the Department of Parks and Wildlife, the Department of Sport and Recreation and WAMBA are delighted to announce the community representatives selected for the Mountain Bike Working Group (MTBWG).
The number and quality of nominations received is yet another indication of the exciting prospects for fans of fat tyres and pedal-power in the state.
In addition, Louise Wallace was voted by the WAMBA committee as the WAMBA representative to the MTBWG.
The MTBWG will help guide mountain bike trail development in Western Australia and we look forward to what we can achieve together.
The MTBWG had their first meeting last week where introductions were made and DPaW set out the goals for the group.
V Adventure Race
The V Adventure Race is returning to Freo for February 2014!
I did the event's bike leg last year and loved it! Unlike most other races, the VAR is held in an urban setting. Why is this important? Well, it's basically like riding to school as a little kid, really quick, jumping kerbs, riding stairs and being a general nuisance ;-) Except this time, you don't get in trouble.
Registrations are now OPEN for solo racers or teams of 3-5. The legs are Ocean Swim, Mixed Terrain Cycle, Trail/Port Run, Ocean Paddle and Coastal Run.
There was a fantastic turn out for the Feral Groove trail opening and Kalamunda volunteer BBQ on 10th November, with over one hundred and fifty people coming and going all morning.
Congratulations to Brendon Mulloy for winning the raffle of the TREK Superfly. Thanks go out to Mark and Libby Williamson of FreeWheel Bicycle Store in Cannington for supplying the Superfly in conjunction with TREK. Mark and Libby brought a heap of new TREK bikes along for demonstration and they were hugely successful.
Steve Childs took out the Broken Rake Hoe Trophy for Volunteer of the year, for all his efforts of building during the year.
The hotdogs supplied by Ryley Guy went out like hot cakes with 60 going within 30 mins. (The flies carried away the last 5!)
At least 45 people joined the Kalamunda Collective on the day bringing our membership base to above 150 with 3 weeks, so thanks to you all.
This is the first of hopefully a long list of social events that we plan to hold. None of these would be possible without the help of a large army of volunteers. Thanks to every one of them. Morgan Oliver needs special mention for helping setting this event up as well as Deon Mills, Chad and Peta Demidenko, Mark Day, Andre Leech and Tim Mc Fairlane Reid, for his beautiful trail head sign (see below).
If you ride at Kalamunda then please sign up for the Collective. Membership is by donation. Help support the guys that build and maintain these great trails. Click here for more information about the Kalamunda Collective.
Chairperson, Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective
Not only is Feral Groove a great new trail, but it has an absolutely awesome sign. The sign is the work of artist, rider and Kalamunda Collective member Tim Macfarlane Reid.
The inspiration behind the bike riding beasts is that they represents the three main trail builders. Ivan Svensen is the goat, Ian Humphrey the bear and Shane Williams the bull. For those of you who know Ivan, Ian and Shane you will probably know why!
Check out the images below to see how Tim made this masterpiece, or you can go to his website to see more of his art: