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Lots of great advocacy news from the SW plus the usual round up of WA mtb news

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07/09
Dwellingup100
Dwellingup

15/09
Kalamunda Trails Maintenance
Camel Farm

06/10
MTBO Karragullen
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arragullen, Brookton Hwy

19/10
Margaret River Cycle Trek
Margaret River

24-27/10
Cape to Cape
Augusta-Dunsborough

30/11
Alcoa Dusk Till Dawn
Marrinup, Dwellingup
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Mt Gunjin Gravity Enduro


The Mt Gunjin trails were officially opened last Saturday when Sam Hill jumped through the ribbon to start the Gravity Enduro race.

This was the first race put on by WAGE (WA Gravity Enduro), although you wouldn't have known it from the slickly run event. Sam Hill took won the Open Male class from Todd Madsen. For the girls, Carrie McLachlan held off the challenge of Katja Alsop but most of all, a great time was had by all, especially the many spectators at the dirt jumps on Loco.
 
Well done Steve Janiec and Phil Wilson for organising. A huge thanks to Martin Danger, Kyra Eddy, ALex Wade and everyone else who volunteered on the day. Peel District MTBC for the timing. Perth MTBC for the prizes.

Photos are available from Jon Lloyd PhotoCreative.

Cape Riders Win Grant for Meelup


Some fanstastic news from Dunsborough; the Cape Mountain Bikers have been awarded a $20,000 community grant from the City of Busselton to develop the Meelup trails. Building is hoped to start next year in line with the recent trail plan completed for the area.

Well done Myles Happ and the team for all your hard work which is finally starting to pay off!

Keep up to date the Cape Mountain Bikers via their facebook group.

More XC Trails at Pemberton



The Pemberton Visitor Centre is extremely pleased to receive funding from LotteryWest and the Department of Sport and Recreation Trails Grant Program for the Pemberton Mountain Bike Park.

The $25,000 funding is for the Bloody Mary Cross Country Mtb Track. The track forms part of the planned track network in the Pemberton Mountain Bike Park. The BM XC track is to be constructed on Block A overlooking the Pemberton Pool and Swimming Pool Brook and is a black diamond level trail. The track is aimed at intermediate to advanced riders complementing the existing tracks.

The terrain on the western side of the Pemberton Pool is steep in places and will require full benching. The track will wind through old growth Karri trees from the top of the hill down and finish at the trailhead. The trail will be a challenging XC trail and will complement the suite of trails already in the mountain bike park. Due to the nature of the terrain, trail construction will require heavy machinery and some four to five weeks to build the trail. Elements such as whoops, table tops, rollovers, berms and natural and wooden and steel features will be incorporated into the trail. Paul Neve from Three Chillies Construction is undertaking the work with trail building sessions planned for interested volunteers.

Approximate cost $25,000 including design, materials and machinery/labour.

Mark Hudson

Tourism Boost for SW Trails

A number of mountain bike projects have been identified in the Tourism Futures South West action plan. It should be noted that this is a futures plan, not committed funding. However with the accompanying planning and documentation that has been developed there is a good chance of success.

The two main mountain bike projects that have been identified are $5 million for the implementation of the South West Mountain Bike Master Plan and $300,000 for the development of a trail hub at Pemberton.

There are number of other projects that, whilst not directly related to mountain biking, will benefit riders visiting the region such as improvement in infrastructure and telecommunications eg for use of trail guides on smart phones.

Well done everyone who has been involved in getting mountain biking recognised as the tourism opportunity that we all know it to be.

Click here to download the full Tourism Futures South West plan.

State Champs Round Up

The state cross country and downhill championships took place last weekend at the Goat Farm. The XC race was organised by Perth Mountain Bike Club. The DH by Peel District Mountain Bike Club. A huge thanks to all the volunteers from both clubs, led by Paul De Klerk and Martin Nugent, who have organised  a great series of events in 2013.

Congratulations to all the new state champions.

Click here for the cross county results.

Click here for the downhill results.

Photo courtesy of Brad Serls.

Kalamunda Trails Get Some TLC

The extremely popular Kalamunda Trails have recently seen a flurry of much needed maintenance.

The table tops on Muffin Tops have been built back up to their original glory (and maybe extended a bit) and all the crucial bits capped with clay. For those of you not into jumps, a new non jump line runs above the original line.

Drainage works have been completed on Joeys Line and Dugite and Dirt Art have been back in town to tweak the Mt Gunjin trails.

Some of the beautiful clay has also made its way to the Three Bears. The Three Bears are 3 table tops, consisting of the old XXXX jump (renovated) and two new table tops. You get to them by turning right at the bottom of Goldilocks instead of left on to Muffin Tops. A complete run of Goldilocks -> Three Bears -> Mercury St gives another epic descent off of Gunjin.

There is one more volunteer maintenance day scheduled for this year on Sunday 15th September. Meet at the Camel Farm at 8am.

Jarrahdale Car Park Closed for Re-surfacing

From DPaW (formerly DEC):
 
The upgrade of the car park, roads and pathways at Langford Park is due to commence on Friday 6th September with works scheduled to be completed by 31st October. During this time frame the car park will be closed to the public.
 
Directional signage will be placed on Friday directing visitors to an alternative car park at the northern end of the facilities. Visitors will be directed to take the 4th exit on the round-a-bout and drive around the eastern side of the facilities to the trail head site.
 
Visitors and riders can still access the BBQ area and toilets, but will be required to stay clear of the construction site.
 
As part of the construction the unsealed sections of the access road will be sealed along with repairs to the railway crossing. The car park will be sealed and capacity increased to accommodate current visitation, and the main pathway will be widened to accommodate dual use.
 
The Department of Parks and Wildlife apologises for any inconvenience.

WAMBA Shirts On Sale

The first order of WAMBA shirts has arrived as modelled by our lovely committee members, above.
 
We now also have some stock that will be available to buy at upcoming events.

Online sales are also still available through the links below.
 
Dri fit T-shirts cost $55 + $10 postage. $15 from this sale goes to WAMBA.
 
 
Cycle jerseys cost $75 + $10 postage. $25 from this sale goes to WAMBA.
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