The latest news from events and trail advocacy all over the state

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State DH Rd 5

State XC Champs
Margaret River

Goat Farm

PDMBC Roller 3

Cape to Cape

MTB Orienteering
Margaret River

Aroundtu-it 6 hour

Alcoa Dusk till Dawn 12 hour

Cover photo: Margaret River
Photographer: Jarrad Lawrence

WA Mountain Bike Strategy

Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy
WestCycle is pleased to advise that the first Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy is now open for public comment. The Strategy lays out the future vision for mountain biking in the state, which is now one of the world’s fastest growing recreational and tourism activities.

In WA alone almost 120,000 mountain bikes are bought every year. The Strategy is a guide to the development of sustainable mountain biking in Western Australia and highlights the economic, tourism, environmental, health, social and community benefits. Its vision is for Western Australia to embrace sustainable mountain biking as a leading recreational and tourism experience by delivering opportunities, maximising participation and sharing the benefits.

“The Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy is a response to the massive increase in mountain bike riding, which has now become an Olympic sport,” said Ron Alexander, Director General of the Department of Sport and Recreation. “Mountain biking is a hugely popular family activity which can keep you active from an early age and through much of your life.” Mr Alexander said apart from needing a bike and a helmet, mountain bike riding is a free activity, can be done by people of a variety of ages and abilities, connects us to nature and is environmentally friendly.

After more than two years of work, WestCycle’s CEO Clint Shaw says the Strategy is a significant document for mountain biking in WA. “Western Australia has the opportunity to grow and evolve into a world-class mountain bike destination and the launch of the Strategy aims to help make this happen,” said Mr Shaw. He said the document provides an over-arching umbrella under which regional and local mountain bike plans can be created to help encourage and grow that vision.

The Strategy targets the following areas and explores their local, regional and national significance:
  • Planning
  • Governance
  • Participation
  • Trails, facilities and infrastructure
  • Tourism and marketing
  • Resourcing
“This document has been long-awaited by the mountain bike community” said Louise Wallace, President of the West Australian Mountain Bike Association (WAMBA). “We hope the Strategy is an opportunity to encourage some of the groups currently underrepresented – namely females, young people and beginners or less skilled riders – and see how we can attract them to what we believe is an exciting outdoor activity.”

The Strategy has been prepared by WestCycle, with major support from the Department of Sport and Recreation, the Department of Parks and Wildlife and WAMBA.

Interested organisations and individuals are invited to comment on the draft Strategy through this survey.  Submissions must be made by 5pm on 16 October 2014. 

Download the draft Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy

Comment on the draft Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy



State DH Championships Race Report

The West Australian State Downhill Championships is always one of the best events on the calendar and 2014 did not disappoint! After extreme rainfall on the Friday before the race, organisers Peel Districts Mountain Bike Club were nervous that competitors and spectators would face trying conditions. Fortunately the weather gods were kind and race day conditions could not have been better, with a recently dried track running very fast with good grip. Over 130 competitors saw a six year record broken and a huge number of spectators were trackside to see who would walk away with the crown of State Champion.

There was plenty of entertainment for the weekend with a friendly crowd, great racing, hot competition, and an awesome track with plenty of jumps. That’s not to mention local band Slick Rick and the Sunday Blues playing all day Sunday, fresh coffee available, Monster Energy truck, food and drinks as well as spot prizes and giveaways. Goat Farm Mountain Bike is always a favourite being close to Perth and having several great fun downhill tracks – the bottom sections are always a favourite for spectators – mainly due to the big jumps and high speeds. Primary event sponsor Carine Cycles provided a mechanic on Sunday to help with any urgent bike work as well as some demo bikes so anyone could get a feel for what the latest and greatest feels like.

Read more on the WAMBA website.

Photo: Chelsea Blakers

2014 State XC Championships

Perth Mountain Bike Club and Margaret River Offroad Cycling Association present the 2014 State Cross Country Championships in The Pines, Margaret River on 28th September.

Get ready for one of the best State Champs in recent years when we head to the Pines in Margaret River for some serious racing and even more serious fun. These trails are going to be quick and thrilling and will make for some great spectating so bring along the family and have a weekend in our beautiful south west.

Registration closes Friday 3pm 26th September. Please remember there are no day registrations.

Click HERE for the PMBC website for more race details and registration link.

Alcoa Dusk Till Dawn 12 Hour

The Alcoa Dusk Till Dawn will return to Marrinup on Saturday 29th November 2014. Early bird registrations have opened at $80 until the 10th of October so get in quick to save and more importantly get your place in the event, which sold out last year.

More details are available on the Dusk till Dawn website.

WAMBA Win Awesome Grant

WAMBA are the Awesome Foundation Perth's August grant winner. This grant supports the Trail Builder Accreditation Program, which will provide a framework for educating volunteer trail advocates to gain skills, knowledge and experience. The grant application was submitted by Louise Wallace but unfortunately, Louise couldn't collect the grant so she sent this ninja ... I mean, she sent Sam Russell to collect the award on WAMBA's behalf.

State Trails Conference
WA State Trails and Outdoors Conference diary alert

This combined conference is the premier trails and outdoors industry event of the year and anyone involved in trails or the outdoors is encouraged to attend. The 2014 WA State Trails and Outdoors Conference is the biggest conference yet and brings together land managers, local government officers, trails advocates, outdoor instructors, educators and volunteers from all regions of the State.

Themed go on, get outside, this combined conference is the premier trails and outdoors industry event of the year and anyone involved in trails or the outdoors is encouraged to attend.

Click here for more information.

Junior Development Camp

Following on from the fantastic inaugural event organised last year by Tony Tucknott, PMBC will be organising a second WA Junior Development Camp for later this year. The final details are being finalized but if you are interested save the date.

Who qualifies? As there are only limited beds available for this camp, U19 and U17 athletes will receive first preference, then U15. (Please do not apply if you are U13.)

What happens? An awesome weekend of mountain biking fun with like minded people including specialised coaching and instruction for 4 days and plenty of extras. Where is it? Pemberton School Camp, Swimming Pool Road, Pemberton.

When is it? Thursday 9th October to Sunday 12th October 2014.

Why are we doing it? This annual camp focuses on both theoretical and practical skills and teaches you the skills required to compete at your highest level.

For more information and registration keep an eye on the PMBC website.

Trails WA - Cape to Cape Competition

Congratulations to Ian Pavey who is the winner of our Trails WA compeition. Ian wins a free entry in to the 2014 Cape to Cape MTB race. Our thanks to the Cape to Cape for providing this great prize.

Check out all of the trail reviews, photos and loads of other great information about WA mtb trails over on the Trails WA website.
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