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Newsletter 47

Upcoming Events:


5 September
Act-Belong-Commit Dwellingup 100
Dwellingup

13 September
Numbat Cup Cyclocross - Round 5
Garvey Park, Perth

13 September
Crank'n Cycles MTB Extravaganza
Harris Rive Estate, Collie

19 - 20 September
WAMBA XC State Champs & WAGE - Round 5
Margaret River

26 - 27 September
WA DH State Series - Round 5
Albany

27 September - 1 October
Pipeline Challenge
Kalgoorlie to Perth

4 October
WAGE - Round 6
Balingup

6 - 9 October
MTBA Junior Development Camp
Pemberton

9 October
WA State Trails & Outdoors Conference
Perth

10 - 11 October
WAMBA XC State Series - Races 6 & 7
Dwellingup

22 - 25 October
Cape to Cape MTB 
South West

** For more information on these and other events, head to the Event Calendar on WAMBA's website **
Cover Photo: Junior Development Camp, Pemberton Mountain Bike Park
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What's WAMBA been up to?

Results Start to Show

Years of hard work by WAMBA, Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR), Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPW) and Westcycle, and countless hours of blood, sweat and no doubt a few tears by passionate volunteers has seen major progress for WAMBA and WA mountain biking in general . . . . . some key recent achievements so far include:

Work in the Mountain Bike Industry - Now Recruiting!

With the support of WAMBA and DSR, Mountain Bike Operations Manager, Mountain Bike Project Manager and High Performance Manager positions are now being advertised by Westcycle. These roles represent a significant injection of funding into the advancement of mountain biking in Western Australia within the next 12 months. 

Closing date for applications is 4th September. Visit Westcycle's website for more details.

Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy

A milestone for mountain bike development and growth has been the release of the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy in June this year. The result of work by DPW, DSR, Westcycle, WAMBA and the WA mountain biking community, it is a framework for decision-makers, landowners and land managers, communities and everyone involved in mountain biking. 

One of the key issues associated with the explosion of mountain biking in the state is the lack of suitable trails to cater for the needs of all mountain bike users (beginners, weekend warriors, competitive riders, families), and styles (cross county, downhill, gravity, etc). 


Thus a state-wide network of sustainable trails has been recommended to address this and other issues. Central to the creation of this network is the need to ensure that the right trails are developed in the right places, in the right way and for the right reasons. 

The Perth Metro, Peel, South West and Great Southern regions were identified as significant mountain biking hotspots (with demand for trails high due to population density). Regional master planning is currently being undertaken to guide future mountain bike development for these areas. Other areas of the state may also require master planning in the future.

The following are recommendations from the state strategy:

South West Master Plan

The South West Mountain Bike Master Plan provides the framework to create and sustain an international mountain bike destination capable of providing tremendous economic, tourism, environmental, health, social and community benefits. This document will be officially launched later in the year and identifies potential areas in the South West for mountain bike development. 

As part of the South West Master Plan (Stage 2), the framework, site assessment and concept plans have been progressed for:

  • Bramley National Park, Margaret River
  • Wellington National Park, Collie
  • Gloucester National Park, Pemberton

This project is made possible through a combination of funding via the Lotterywest Trails Grants and a contribution from Parks and Wildlife  (Consultant - Common Ground Trails).

Perth & Peel Master Plan

Another regional master plan coming out of the state strategy, the Perth & Peel Mountain Bike Master Plan kicked off earlier this year. The master plan will identify potential areas for mountain bike development in the Perth and Peel regions. A draft document will be released for public consultation later in the year.

This project is made possible through a combination of funding via the Lotterywest Trails Grants and a contribution from Parks and Wildlife (Consultant - Common Ground Trails).

Mountain Bike Management Guidelines

The draft Western Australian Mountain Bike Management Guidelines document were released for public comment in July. The primary aim of the guidelines is to provide a well-defined framework to support the local mountain bike community and land managers develop trails that, among other things, are sustainable and of a high quality, meet the requirements of riders of all abilities, as well as able to provide for a range of MTB disciplines and skill levels.

Closing date for public submissions is 18th September.

Mountain Biking Code of Conduct

A part of the WA Mountain Bike Management Guidelines, the Mountain Biking Code of Conduct is a guide to acceptable riding etiquette in the state.

** For all the latest mountain biking news and information, head to the WAMBA's website **

Key Trail Projects

Trail Projects Progressing!

Margaret River Pines Get a Facelift

After months of anticipation, harvesting finally started on The Pines on 17th August, commencing in the north west corner of the plantation. This has affected the following trails: Brown Falcon, Bear Grylls & Long Macchiato.

Margaret River Off Road Cycling Association (MRORCA) announced that it is the Forest Products Commission's intention to only target this portion of the plantation at this point in time, and every effort will be made to not harvest the remainder of the Margaret plantation in 2015. For the duration of the harvest operation (expected to be around 5 weeks), the entire Margaret River Pine Plantation is closed to the public.

For the compliance, the safety of mountain bikers and to help MRORCA maintain a good relationship with DPW, the MRORCA committee strongly encourage all members and riders to comply with the DPW regulations and not to ride in The Pines during harvesting.

There are still numerous other trails in the area to ride. For more information, head to MRORCA's Facebook page.

Trialing the Trail Development Process

There are currently four projects around the state following the Western Australian Mountain Bike Management Guidelines trail development process:

Murray Valley Trail Plan (Lane Poole Reserve) - this project commenced ahead of the Perth-Peel Master Plan early last year, to address the urgent need for new trails to replace the previously very popular Dwellingup trails - lost due to logging in Murray Valley and Tom's Crossing. The framework and concept plan for an XC network and DH trails have been completed by Common Ground Trails. The detailed design and construction phases are set to commence next year, and funding sources are currently being explored. The project will be staged, with some trails dependent on other related infrastructure, such as the shuttle road, toilets and parking. This project is being managed in partnership with DPW, Peel District Mountain Bike Club (PDMBC) and WAMBA.

Bramley National Park (Margaret River) - as part of the South West Master Plan (Stage 2), the framework and concept plan have been completed by Common Ground Trails, who will begin the detailed design in September. The site assessment was completed by DPW and MRORCA. The construction phase will need to be tendered.
The project is being managed in partnership with DPW, MRORCA and Margaret River-Augusta Shire.

Wellington National Park (Collie) - as part of the South West Master Plan (Stage 2), the framework has been drafted by Common Ground Trails. Site assessment by DPW is currently underway. The rest of the stages will be completed by DPW and local mountain bike clubs, or contracted out. 
The project is being managed in partnership with DPW, South West Mountain Bike Club (SWMTBC), Collie Mountain Bike Club, Collie Shire and Dardanup Shire. 

Manning Park (City of Cockburn, Perth) - the project's Steering Committee, which includes a representative from both WAMBA and Westcycle, has signed off on the framework. The next step is for Common Ground to develop up concept plans and supporting documentation. 


** For updates on all the significant mountain bike trail projects happening around the state, head to the Advocacy page on WAMBA's website **


All of these planning and trails projects would not be possible without the
Department of Parks and Wildlife, Department of Sport and Recreation, and Westcycle. 
WAMBA thanks them for their ongoing support of West Australian mountain biking.

Sport Development 

High Performance

WA Riders in Andorra

Three of WA's top riders - Reece Tucknott (XCO), Jordan Prochyra (DH) and Sam Hill (DH) - are currently in Vallnord, Andorra representing Australia at the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships.

We wish them all the best!

You will be able to stream some of the action this week via redbull.tv, with the schedule as follows:

  • Elite Women’s Cross Country Final: Saturday, September 5 at 7.50pm EST 
  • Elite Men’s Cross Country Final: Saturday, September 5 at 10.20pm EST 
  • Downhill Finals: Sunday, September 6 at 8.25pm EST 

A full schedule of the week’s racing can be found here: http://bit.ly/1NI9hah

Photographers: Naomi Halford (L), Kathy Carruthers (T), Anthony Jones (B)

Junior Development

Juniors to Represent the State at National Champs 

In March this year, as part of the first ever WAMBA selected Junior State Team, a number of our promising young riders attended the Australian Mountain Bike National XCO and DH Championships, held in Bright, Victoria and did us proud!

Planning is well under way for 2016, with nominations for the WA Junior State Team to again attend the MTBA National Bike Championships currently open.

The State Team will consist of riders who wish to compete in either or all of the following disciplines: Downhill, Cross Country and Observe Trials. Riders are to be aged between 13 and 18 years, with the exception of some exceptional great Under 13 riders who wish to do the downhill event (providing they have good references from a personal coach).

Applications close on 22nd September. Visit WAMBA's website for more details, or email  juniors@wamba.org.au.


 


A Camp for Kids to Improve Their Skills

Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) are running a Junior Development Camp on 6th - 9th October at Pemberton Mountain Bike Park.

This camp is not aimed at beginner or top elite riders, but U15 and U17 juniors who already ride/ race and want to improve their skills and knowledge of mountain biking (U19 riders will also be considered). The focus is on all types of riding, as past years have seen both XC and DH riders attend.

This is a great program from MTBA to help grassroots junior development in WA.

For enquiries, email Rock and Roll Mountain Biking - info@rockandrollmountainbiking.com.au

                                                                                        

Racing & Events

Who's Up for a Dirty Weekend in Margs?

It's a Double Header!

Margs Dirty weekend is the the biggest mountain bike weekend Margaret River has seen.

MRORCA are hosting the WAMBA XC State Champs on Saturday 19th September, while Sunday 20th will see Round 5 of the WAGE Gravity Enduro.

Why not enter both races??


Wharncliffe Mill Bush Retreat will be hosting the race village all weekend, with refreshments, food, bike repairs and entertainment.

Like the Margs Dirty Weekend Facebook page to stay up to date with the latest on the weekend! 

For registration for both events, follow the below links:

XCO Entry Link = https://www.registernow.com.au/mtba/ERegister.aspx?E=2691

WAGE Entry Link = https://www.registernow.com.au/mtba/ERegister.aspx?E=2681

                                                                

Last Chance to Enter

Are You Willing to Ride for Someone Who Can't?

The Act-Belong-Commit Dwellingup 100, Western Australia's premier mountain bike event, is back for 2015 and has something for all ages and abilities. The 100km Classic, Dwellingup 40 and D14 will all return as crowd favourites. This year however, there will also be the NEW Super 64km distance for those who want to push themselves, but aren’t quite up to the full 100km challenge!
 
For those who are a little more serious about mountain biking, the event is now a part of the MTBA National Cross Country Marathon Series – accrue points across the seven race series to be eligible for prize money!
 
Register now to be a part of this iconic event held in the beautiful town of Dwellingup this Saturday 5 September, before entries sell-out! You can also help to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy WA, our official event charity partner, by taking up the challenge to RIDE FOR SOMEONE WHO CAN'T.

Andrea Coleman, Trievents

Let the Good Times Roll!

The Cape to Cape MTB is rolling around again!


With less than three months to go, now is the time to sign up and start your training! 

According to event director Jason Dover, a big focus for 2015 has been on keeping the event fresh - “there are a lot of riders who have taken part in the Cape to Cape MTB in the last 7 years, so we want to ensure that we continue to change the event and keep it interesting for our returning riders”. Dover explained, “many riders have completed multiple Cape to Cape MTBs, and there are even a few legends (looking in your direction Bruno Wicki, Johnny Waddell, Rohin Adams and crew) who have completed all 7!”

Are you a member of the Capey’s Crew who have successfully completed the Cape to Cape MTB before? Some new touches that are in store for you at the 2015 event include:
  • Instead of a competitor pack full of flyers, you will receive an A4 riders magazine and be able to choose from a range of gifts at registration, including Endura energy gels, AMB Magazines and Bicycling WA phone pouches. There is even a special Cape to Cape MTB gift lined up for you!
  • A completely redesigned Stage 3. Don’t think this stage will be ruined by the logging of The Pines, there is more trail in Margaret River than that! Read on below for more information on Stage 3….
  • New singletrack alignments through Middle Earth and the Dunsborough MTB Skills Park that take in the recently built trails in the area.
  • The return of the novelty jersey! We have a design up our sleeve that will appeal to those who enjoy giving a toast to a good day's riding…
  • An all new Sundown Shootout course, get your cowbells ready!

 With talk around logging in The Pines, many riders have been wondering what will happen to the Stage 3, the jewel in the Cape to Cape MTB’s crown. “Don’t think for a second that the Margaret River Special Stage won’t be special this year!” remarked Dover, “after running the event for the past 7 years, we have found a trail or two in Margaret River - many of which have been forgotten about with the ease of riding around the signposted Pines network”. Dover held his cards close to his chest on the exact alignment, but let slip that a number of highlight trails from The Pines would still be included, while his clearing crew would be busy closer to the Margaret River town.
 
Some things never change however, with the Cape to Cape MTB still taking in as many spectacular views as possible, passing through beautiful parts of the Margaret River region and winding up at idyllic locations including Xanadu Winery and Colonial Brewery.

Register now at http://capetocapemtb.com/registration/event-registration/, and get ready for the good times in Margaret River this October!

Rex Dubois, Buzz Marketing

Around the State

Meanwhile in Geraldton . . . . 

Wandering the Wildflowers - New Trail

With limited trail opportunities in the Geraldton area, the Geraldton Mountain Bike Club (GMBC) is thrilled to be in negotiations with a private land owner who is keen to welcome mountain biking to their rural location. Offering "a little bit of everything", the property will enable the development of both family-friendly and more technical loops - set against a backdrop of quite beautiful scenery and seasonal wildflowers.
Initial scoping and planning has been completed, and the Club is now awaiting finalisation of permits and approvals to continue in this exciting adventure.

Embrace the Double Gee

The Club is also finalising their first ever club specific jersey and knicks. The jersey has been designed with the assistance of Aron from The Marketing Mix, and embraces the Double Gee for which our area is well-known. Incorporating the club colours of red, white and black, the kit will ensure our riders are comfortable and stylish - whether enjoying a social trail with mates or competing at events.

Follow the Geraldton Mountain Bike Club on their Facebook page


Rebecca Swan, GMBC Secretary

Our Vision: Mountain biking is recognised as a mainstream, positive and family-friendly activity, where everyone is or knows a mountain biker, and for Western Australia to embrace sustainable mountain biking as a leading recreational and tourism experience by delivering opportunities, maximising participation and sharing the benefits.
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