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18/10
PDMBC Roller 3
Pemberton

23-26/10
Cape to Cape
Augusta-Dunsborough

15/11
Aroundtu-it 6 hour
Northcliffe

29-30/11
Alcoa Dusk till Dawn 12 hour
Marrinup

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Sout West Master Plan

Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy
WestCycle is pleased to advise that the South West Mountain Bike Master Plan is now open for public comment.

The South West Mountain Bike Master Plan is the first regional master plan to be developed out of the recommendations of the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy.  Funded by the Department of Parks and Wildlife and a grant from Lotterywest, the Master Plan has been developed to help forge a path for one of the world’s fastest growing recreational and tourism activities.

Prepared by Margaret River-based trails planning consultant Common Ground Trails on behalf of WestCycle in partnership with the departments of Sport and Recreation and Parks and Wildlife, the West Australian Mountain Bike Association (WAMBA) and representatives from the mountain bike community, the Master Plan covers the south west of the state from Bunbury down to Pemberton.

The Master Plan fits perfectly under the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy which lays out the future vision for mountain biking in the State as a leading recreational and tourism experience by delivering opportunities, maximising participation and sharing the benefits.

WAMBA President Louise Wallace said the Master Plan recommends the creation of a body to oversee all mountain bike development in the South West and that local trail planning then is undertaken to deliver the trails.

“We’re excited that this plan will bring together so many aspects of our industry for a common goal, which is to further enhance the reputation of mountain bike riding in not only Western Australia, but Australia and the rest of the world.”

The plan was drafted in consultation with key stakeholders including local mountain bike clubs and groups, government departments and local government authorities, private land owners, tourism bodies, South West Development Commission, commercial operators and event coordinators.

Work around the plan also included on-ground audits of existing trails and potential locations and also assessments of trail demand, which included a survey of more than 750 mountain bikers.

Interested organisations and individuals are invited to comment on the draft Master Plan through this survey.  Submissions must be made by 5pm on 04 November 2014.

Download the draft South West Mountain Bike Master Plan 

Comment on the draft South West Mountain Bike Master Plan

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WAMBA 2015 Calendar

Sales are open for the 2015 WAMBA Calendar. This year the images were chosen by you via a facebook poll and feature a great variety of the best trails and riders from the best photographers in WA.

Calendars are available to pre-order, including postage within WA, for the discounted price of $25 until the end of October. After that the price rises to $28. There are discounts for purchases of 2 or 3 calendars at one time.

For a preview of the selected images, full pricing and how to order see the WAMBA website.

State DH Final Albany

The Final of the West Australian State Downhill Series 2014 was held in Albany over the long weekend in September.  Peel Districts Mountain Bike Club organised the race on the MT Clarence Downhill track, right in the middle of the picturesque coastal city of Albany. Over 80 competitors journeyed south for the event and a great weekend away.

The weather in Albany is notoriously temperamental and the race saw conditions changing faster than Beyonces outfit. Saturday practise had intermittent showers, and on Sunday the morning rain cleared and by race time riders were faced with a mostly dry track that was running fast. Mt Clarence Downhill is a short, physically demanding track with a whole variety of challenges – jumps, rock gardens, wooden berms and more!

The Series Final potentially has the series at stake so there is even more reason to push hard for a great result. The Series Results will be announced at the end of year Presentation at the upcoming event at Pemberton.

Finals in the Elite men saw results similar to qualifying. Local Ben Halsall used some creative lines to secure a fifth place and a time of 1:27.132, one second behind Carl Pickersgill in fourth. Pickersgill and Ryan Litterick has been looking at sections together throughout the weekend and it showed with their times being tight – Litterick just went faster, into third place with 1:24.971. Serial bike destroyer Jordan Prochyra (Carine Cycles/ Giant) was just ahead of Litterick, into second place and 1:24.416. But the day would belong to Luke Ball (Carine Cycles) - his recent return from a serious injury hightlighted even further his tight grip on this course – winning by nearly two seconds with a time of 1:22.564!

In the Elite Women there was a bit of a shake up with some of the racers having difficulties on course (or flat tyres!). Penny Holmberg took her first step onto the State Level podium with a smart ride and a time of 2:04.843. Lara Tadeusz-Smith managed to secure second place, even with a stall in the rock garden - 2:01.456. But it was recently engaged Louise Wallace who was able to back up her qualifying run and take a big win with a time of 1:56.268, over 5 seconds up and in total control!

In the Juniors Bill Carruthers (Georges Bike Shop Willeton) took third spot on the podium with a time of 1:30.756.  Travis Fage (GT Bikes) secured second place with an aggressive 1:29.654. Alex Jaeger (Carine Cycles/ Straitline) has had a great end to the season, and backed it up with another win 1:28.394.

The Single Crowners saw Clint Lolly Barker (Georges Bike Shop Willeton) take a win after an eternity with a 1:35.677. Expert was won by local Jayde Sleep 1:29.881 – him and second placed Bob Cooper (Bobs Bikes) both managed to keep serial podium threat Paul Wilkinson to third place. Chayse Pengilly on 1:37.053, Adrian Walsh won Vets 1:28.555 and Paul Fage had a commanding win in Masters 1:38.173. Argo Allikmets backed up his great season with another win in Sport – 1:37.797.

In the Under 17s Aaron Leagas (Loose Riders Global Alliance) and Jake Marshall were very close in time but it was Leagas who came just out in front for the win 1:30.784. Yuliang Seow continued his great end of season form with a win in Under 15s 1:40.134 and Cooper Moore won Under 13s with a solid time of 2:25.612. Nerys Eddy raced in Junior Womens at her first downhill race, finishing with a time of 3:44.955 – and beating her mum in the process (a flat tyre not helping!).

The event could not have happened without all the supporters of the event and the Peel Districts Mountain Bike Club – special thanks to all the amazing volunteers on the day, the Club Committee for their tireless work, and Club President Paul de Klerk for organising the whole thing.  Sponsors also deserve a huge round of gratitude - Carine Cycles, Giant Bikes, Malaga Cycles, EMR Suspension Servicing, G-Form, Bike Fixer Perth, Morewood Bikes, Lusty Industries, WAMBA and Hanson Construction Materials. WAMBA also need a special mention as thanks to a grant they provided Peel was able to purchase tools and equipment that allowed the event to be set up efficiently and safely.There is still one event, before we head to Pemberton for the season finale Roller All Mountain race and Race Series presentations and awards night. More information can be found on the PDMBC website.


Photo: Michael Sloman

2014 State XC Championships



The State XC Championships was held by Perth Mountain Bike Club, in conjunction with Margaret River Offroad Cycling Association, were held on 28th September at the Margaret River Pines.

Dave Nairn took the honors in the Elite male and Sarah McLachlan in Elite women. See the PMBC website for the full results.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people involved in making the state champs an amazing event.

First, Ashley Genefaas, absolute champion.
Chris Park - Web and Communications guru
Rock and Roll - For organising the sprockets - Thanks Jen & Mark
Tony Tucknott - Medals, all round legend
Richard Renn - A man after my own heart
David Wilcox - For being a big guy and champion to the cause.
Morca Crew - for the BBQ, marshaling and for making such fantastic trails.
Riley Family, especially mum, for helping out at every event, you are awesome.
Neil Rattray - for Helping out and collecting all the arrows after the event.
The Rubery family for staying behind and helping to pack up.

Finally to Margaret River Cycles and Bootleg for sponsoring our event.

If I missed you, you know I am forever grateful.

See you at the Dusk til Dawn.

Martin Nugent, President PMBC


Photo: Dave Nairn by Brad Serls

LotteryWest Trails Grants


A number of mountain bike project across the state have recently been awarded LotteryWest trails grants. These include:
  • $100,000 to Cape Mountain bikers for trails at Meelup
  • $25,000 to Pemberton Visitors centre  Longshanks/Drobear trail at Pemberton Mountain Bike Park
  • $64,281 to Shire of Manjimup for construction of a bridge over the Donnelly River for the Munda Biddi and Bibbulmun Track
  • $71,940 to City of Busselton for the extension of the Busselton/Augusta Railtrail
  • $81,000 to Shire of Augusta Margaret River for the extension of Busselton/Augusta Railtrail
  • $65,000 to Cape to Cape track for a dual use trail along the Margaret River
On behalf of the clubs involved and mountain bikers across the state, WAMBA would like to thank LotteryWest and DSR for their continued support for trails in Western Australia.

Photo: Pemberton Mountain Bike Park

Calling for Nominations for Perth-Peel Plan Committee

WAMBA are calling for nominations for the steering committee to guide the Perth-Peel Mountain Bike Master Plan.

If you have experience in mountain biking in WA, a vision for the bigger picture, and the time to commit to this important project, please consider nominating for a volunteer role on the Perth Peel Mountain Bike Master Plan steering committee. 

All of our affiliated clubs and groups in the Perth Peel region have been asked to nominate individuals for a role. If you want to know more, see the Perth-Peel Master Plan page on the WAMBA website, or get in touch with your club.

Even if you are not selected, all clubs and groups and individuals will have the opportunity to have their input during the extensive consultation period at the commencement of the project so everyone will have the opportunity to provide valuable input.

Murray Valley Concept Plan Tenders Open

WAMBA and Peel District Mountain Bike Club are pleased to announce that tenders are now open for the concept plan stage of the Murray Valley, Dwellingup area. Please see the two documents below which will enable submission of a confirming tender:

Murray Valley Concept Plan Brief V 02

Concept Plan Brief highlighting deliverables and a summary of the concept plan element of the project

Proposed Murray Vally Trails Area Map v2

Trails area map indicating areas identified as amenable to end uses

Quotations must be submitted by 4pm AWST Friday 14th November 2014.
 
If you have any queries or questions relating to the project, please do not hesitate to contact Sam Russell (details in the document above).

Sam Russell, PDMBC

Photo: Former DH Trails, Dwellingup by Patrick Tang

State Trails Conference

The 2014 State Trails Conference was again a successful day. Over 200 delegates from around the state and nationally attended the day.

Mountain biking was supported by Westcycle, WAMBA, Perth Hills, South West and great southern Regions. This years conference had more more content for the mtb trails than before which shows the current upward trend is being taken seriously at all levels.

Ian Humphrey’s presentation about the Kalamunda Collective gave great insight into the work done by volunteers and the hard work it in involves.

Dave Marshall gave a presentation in one of the breakout sessions on the latest news from Albany.

Sarah Smith presented the WA MTB Strategy and the importance of how it fits into the top down process to govern and take MTB planning into the final stages.

Dave Wilcox gave a detailed presentation on the SW Master Plan, giving examples of good and bad planning practices from across the world and how they relate to the SW planning document.

These two documents were released just before the state trails conference to add to discussion for the mtb sector.

The Day finished with a sundowner where the all important networking between delegates opened up conversation to bounce around ideas and catch up with friends in the trails industry.

John Wallace
 

Interview with MTBA CEO, Shane Coppin

There have been changes afoot at MTBA, the national governing body for mountain biking in Australia. Flow Mountain Bike recently interviewed the new CEO, Shane Coppin, to gain a clearer understanding of MTBA's new pragmatic approach to the sport in all areas and the future of IMBA-Aus.

Click here to read the interview.

1% For the Planet

WAMBA are now registered as a non profit beneficiary with 1% For The Planet. Members companies donate at least 1% of sales to nonprofit partners, like WAMBA, who have been vetted for participation in the 1% for the Planet network.

WAMBA would like to thank Perth based company eTool who are our first donors through this scheme. In fact it was their idea that we sign up. Not only that but the staff have made it a condition of their donation that they come out and help on a build/maintenance day!

If your company, or a company that you deal with, donate their profits through 1% For The Planet, or might be interested in doing so, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with WAMBA.

New WAMBA Website


Thanks to WestCycle and Artifex, WAMBA have a brand new website that is going to allow our vounteer committee keep you, the riders, up to date with all the latest news, event dates and advocacy information.

Check it out at wamba.org,au
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