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A round up of all the goings on at the IMBA South-west roadshow

Upcoming Events:


29-30/06
State DH Rd 4
Golden Grove, Cittering

07/07
State XC Rd 3
Marrinup, Dwellingup

20/07
MTBO Middle Distance Champs
Dryandra

21/07
MTBO Long Distance Champs
Dryandra

26-28/07
Down South MTB Festival
Dunsborough

27-28/07
State DH Rd 5
Wellington Mills
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WAMBA Shirts On Sale Now

WAMBA dri fit T-shirts and cycle jerseys are available for sale from Kauri sports. Proceeds from the sale of each shirt goes to WAMBA to fund trail building and maintenance.
 
WAMBA members are eligible to a $10 discount on either of these shirts. If you are a member you will have been emailed a discount code - check your spam folder. If you are not a member, you can join via the WAMBA website.
 
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.

Click here to view size and chart and to order WAMBA cycle jerseys.

Our first order is being sent off at the end of June. Get your order in this week to be one of the first to be seen in these great shirts. Thank you for your continued support of WAMBA.

Down South MTB Festival

Presented by the Dunsborough Cycle Club, Merida and Bike Shed Dunsborough, the inaugural Down South MTB Festival will take place on 27-28 July 2013 at the Dunsborough MTB Skills Development Park and nearby Meelup Regional Park in Dunsborough Western Australia.
 
The festival is a celebration of the new mountain bike facilities, for local and intrastate riders with the generous support of its sponsors, volunteers, and local community.
 
A number of events have been organised including a 3 hour race which is also Round 5 of the SingleTrackMinds series.
 

Albany "Axis of Awesome"

The “Axis of Awesome” was the description given to the Albany area by Troy Rarick, as a potential mountain biking destination. Troy, from Over the Edge Sports and Nic Bowman from IMBA were guests in Albany for a two day trails forum last week hosted by DSR, The City of Albany and the Albany Mountain Bike Chapter.
 
The two-day visit, that was soon to be labelled the “Mountain Bike Love Fest” by participants, was an affirmation of the desire to make Albany a world class trails hub, and it wasn’t all talk. The City of Albany’s Sam Stevens announced that Lotteries West had approved a grant for $50,000 dollars that will be matched by the City of Albany to create a World Class Trails Hub Master Plan.
 
This plan, that will soon go out for tender, will create the vision for off road trails in the Albany area with mountain biking being the driving force behind its inception. The plan will work with the currently advertised Cycling Plan for Albany, this will focus on hard trails and linkages, making the future for Albany looked very cycling friendly indeed.

Dave Marshall, Albany Mountain Bike Club

Margaret River MTB Forums

The who's who of the WA mountain biking world were in Margaret River for the mountain bike forums last week. MRORCA hosted a key stakeholder forum and a community forum which both thrust mountain biking into the spotlight. Overall it was a fantastic day with over 90 people hearing about mountain biking.

Presenters included Nick Bowman of IMBA, Troy Rarick from Fuita USA and a mountain bike destination expert, David Willcox, chair of MRORCA, Rod Annear from DEC, Grant Trew from DSR, John Barton from WAMBA and Jenny Nichol.

Evidence of the groundswell in mountain biking was supported by those that attended the stakeholder forum. We had the Shire CEO and staff, four shire Councillors, DEC, Department of Sport and Recreation, local Tourism Association and many business and other representatives.

Read a full report on the MRORCA website.

Dave Wilcox, MRORCA Chairperson

Collie Trail Building Workshop

Nic Bowman and Troy Rarick returned back to Collie to present a two day trail building and sustainability workshop in the newly refurbished Collie MTB clubrooms.
 
The workshop was attended by volunteers, experienced builders and people who just wanted to know more. Representatives were from SW MTB club, Collie Club, MRORCA, Dunsborough, Perth MTB club, DEC, IMBA and WAMBA.
 
Both days were split between a mixture of back to basics classroom theory and practical work on the trail. “Reverse grade”, “shedding water”, “½ rule” were all terms now cemented in everybody’s mind. Even the most experienced builders were able to learn something new or reinforce what they have been currently doing is correct.
The Workshop was about bringing professionals to grass roots advocacy and giving volunteers an education and training in trail building techniques and maintenance.
 
A big thanks goes out to Collie DEC with Leon attending both days and giving his advice and guidance when needed. Also for providing the trailer of tools and chainsaw work early in the morning to help continue with the practical work in the afternoon.

John Wallace, Collie MTB Club

SWMTBC 20 Years Old

Last weekend the South West Mountain Bike Club celebrated their 20th anniversary with a star studded party at the Wellington Forest cottages.

Helping them mark this milestone were representatives from Fruita USA, IMBA Oz, WAMBA, Broome MTB club, Dunsborough club, MR ORCA, SW MTB Club, Collie MTB club, CEOs, Presidents, past Presidents of clubs, Movers n shapers and various other delinquents.

Life members gave speeches which was followed by cutting of the cake. The party went long in to the night.

Here's to the next 20 years!

Gunjin Shuttling

If you are shuttling the new Gunjin trails please drive with care and at a sensible speed. This is a public road and a narrow, gravel one at that. All normal road rules must be obeyed.
 
You are likely to encounter other vehicles and bikes (crossing Gunjin Rd or riding up it).

Drive safe! Ride and have fun!
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