The launch of the Kalamunda Collective, great news for Margaret river and much much more...

Upcoming Events:

Jarrahdale Maintenance Day
Langford Park, Jarrahdale

Mt Lennard Maintenance Day
Bottom carpark, Pile Rd

Rountu-it 6 Hour

Kalamunda Volunteer BBQ
Farrell Grove, Kalamunda Trails

Dirt Criterium Championships
Jorgensen Park, Kalamunda

Alcoa Dusk Till Dawn
Marrinup, Dwellingup

Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective

For the past few years WAMBA has been responsible for the development and maintenance of the Kalamunda mtb trails. To allow WAMBA to focus on broader and higher strategic issues they are handing over responsibility of these trails to the Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective (KMBC).
Kalamunda Collective have already made some great strides this year with a flourishing facebook group and construction of the new trails in the Scorpion/Farrell Grove area. They now have a full online presence including website and facebook page. Membership is available by donation. A minimum donation of $5 gets you a stem cap and discounts at local bike stores.
Find out more about and join up at:

Mountain Biking Rides Big Funding Wave

Margaret River has moved a big step closer to becoming Western Australia’s premier mountain bike destination with recent approval of a major grant from Lotterywest.

After years of planning, research and meetings, MRORCA (the Margaret River Off Road Cycling Association) has received $100,000 funding from Lotterywest for construction of a proposed network of sustainable trails alongside The Pines off Carters Road. This is a major step forward for the fledgling group and marks the start of serious development of permanent mountain biking trails to replace the existing Pine trails.

The grant application for the $100,000 was only made possible through dollar for dollar matched contributions from MRORCA’s long term supporters. The Cape to Cape MTB Race contributed $27,000 to the proposed facility to secure the Margaret River special stage with funding to the club now totaling over $40,000. Land managers of the proposed site, Department of Parks and Wildlife, contributed $20,000 and the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association (AMRTA) contributed $2,500 with the remainder of funding and in-kind labour coming directly from MRORCA.

Read more on the MRORCA website.

Luvin Shovels Photo Competition

Following on from a very well attended opening day and photo session on Luvin Shovels in the Kalamunda Trails, WAMBA are running a photo competition over on their facebook page.
Luvin Shovels is a 2.4km Black Diamond freeride trail that has been built by volunteers over the last 15 months, with the assistance of a $15,000 grant from LotteryWest (to move the 200 cubic meters of clay used on the trail). It features many expertly crafted black diamond jumps and berms, plus a couple of double black diamond trail features.
The photo competition is a head to head elimanator where 2 photos are posted every day. The picture with the most Likes moves in to the next round, until there is one winner.

Each round of photos are posted at around 4pm each day. To check out these great images and to have your say in who wins simply Like the WAMBA facebook page, if you haven't done so aleady.
The prize for the winning photographer is to shoot a photo essay on the new Gunjin trails for Flow Mountain Bike.
Photo: George Munro by Jon Lloyd (this picture didn't even make it to the short list of 16!)

Kalamunda Volunteer BBQ & Bike Draw

The Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective are hosting a thank you BBQ to the many volunteers who have given their time to help build and maintain the Kalamunda Trails this year. The BBQ will be at Farrell Grove on Sunday 10th November from 8am to 12pm.

We will also be announcing the winner of the the TREK bike draw, donated by FreeWheel Bicycle Store. Every volunteer who has contributed to these trails in 2013 is eligible to win this great prize.

If that isn't enough, there will be TREK demo bikes and the new Feral Groove descent will be open to ride.

So come along for a bite to eat and celebrate another fantastic year of new trails in Kalamunda.

Marrinup Update

Last month trail maintenance work undertaken on the Marrinup trail. The Marrinup trail is on the outskirts of the town of Dwellingup and is a seven kilometres of flowing fun, "Green/Blue' rated MTB trail, suitable for all levels of riders.
Earlier in this year WAMBA was successful in securing a grant from Alcoa which included not only funding for a trail project but 400 man hours of labour as well!
The Alcoa Month of Service Community Action Grant was a great means to really get some work done in a short time, while giving back to the local community and mountain biking. We received an overwhelming response to the project, with Alcoa teams from multiple operations attending several sessions to learn about trail building and get hands on experience. Rock and Roll Mountain Biking were engaged to plan, coordinate and supervise the volunteers during this project. Work was undertaken over three busy days in October, where the Rock and Roll team and our local Alcoa representatives from the Dwellingup Trails Group did an exceptional job keeping up with the demanding numbers and churning out some quality trail work. By the time the three days were up we had far exceeded the promised 400 hrs, with over 70 Alcoa staff contributing to the project.
The maintenance plan was directed at sustainable trail. While the major focus was drainage improvement, Mark from Rock and Roll was able to keep things interesting by incorporating some interesting features and obstacles into this process. We also had the opportunity to add some special features including three Log rides. These will add a bit of challenge for more adventurous riders, as some creative thinking was applied. We now have some really fun lines, but most importantly we were able to create these to the standard remaining consistent with the 'blue/green' trail rating all while addressing some problem areas at the same time.

Overall the project was a very rewarding, being a great day out for Alcoa, a win for mountain bikers particularly the locals and the activity attracted new interest in maintaining our MTB assets in the area. A big thanks to everyone who participated. We’ve all helped to make a massive, and very longstanding contribution to a valuable piece of community infrastructure. There has been some very positive chatter on the Perth bike club website and facebook pages regarding the maintenance and modifications.
Future works are now in the pipeline to address some remaining issues and hopefully we can utilise some of our existing and new found local volunteers in maintenance days in the near future.
Special mention goes to Simon McCaskie from the Dwellinup Trails Group (and Alcoa MTB crew) for his efforts in coordinating, with enthusiasm and vision and thanks to Rock and Roll for their hard work turning large groups into effective work crews.
Thanks of course again to Alcoa for their continued support for MTBing and community work in WA. Check out the Dwellingup Trails Group facebook page for more photos, information and updates.

John Roberts, DTG representative to WAMBA

Langford Park Maintenance

The Jarrahdale Action Group (JAG) have nearly completed some substantial maintenance and upgrades to the Langford Park trails at Jarrahdale.

This work was made possible with funds donated by Perth Mountain Bke club from last year's 12 hour race. Rock and Roll mountain biking provided their professional expertise.

In addition to much needed maintenance and drainage work, a more flowing realignment of Buttons Fall has been created and the drop off at the end of Valley of Opportunity rebuilt.

There is still one more volunteer day left, this Saturday from 8am. If you ride at Langford Park give the guys a hand looking after these trails. Click here for full details.

Dirt Criterium Championships

On Saturday 16th November at Jorgenson Park in Kalamunda the 2013 Dirt Criterium Championships will be held.

Dirt Criteriums (or "Crits") are short course cross country races where competitors try and complete as many laps as they can in a set time (see below). The course will be short, flowing, fast and fun and will encourage close and exciting racing in all classes.
Racing Starts at 4 pm, registration will be from 2.30 pm until 3.30 pm (Number plate collection for those who don't have one) and presentations at 7.15 pm (Championship Medals and prize money for each class).
Road racers are welcome (but need to buy an MTBA day licence and a mountain bike). Spectators also welcome with free admission.
  • Cyclocross race on a CX course = 20 min + 1 laps (Maximum tyre size of 35mm wide)
  • Under 13 = 15 min + 1 lap
  • Under 15 = 20 min + 1 lap
  • Under 17 = 20 min + 1 lap
  • C Grade = 20 min + 1 lap
  • Women's race = 20 min + 1 lap
  • B Grade = 20 min + 1 lap
  • A Grade = 25 min + 1 lap
Some classes may be combined or 2 classes may be on course at the same time depending on entry numbers.
You can race more than 1 class. Cyclocross can race A,B or C Grade. Under 17 can race B or C grade etc. (You must enter and pay for both classes online).
Online entries are available here.
Entries close at midnight Wednesday 13th November. Entries will be accepted on the day however there is a $20 late fee on every entry on the day (no exceptions)
Any profit from this event will be used for junior mountain bike development in WA.

Photo: Jon Lloyd

12 Hour Nearly Sold Out

The ALCOA Dusk Till Dawn 12 hour race, this year at Marrinup, has already almost sold out. Get your entry in quick to take part in Perth Mountain Bike Club's traditional end of year spectacular.

Click here to go to the event website for more information and entries.

Photo: A storm brews over the 2012 event, by David Chai

Rethinking Green

The Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective has been busying away on the new green (easy) trails that will link the Black Stump to the Dell, on the South of Mundaring Weir Road in the Kalamunda Trails network.
These will set a new standard of green trails in WA, and make you completely rethink "riding green". These may well be the best flow trails around...
Hopefully the first stage of these will be complete by the middle of November. We'll keep you updated and let you know when they are open to ride.

Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective

Lancaster Upgrades Complete

The upgrades and maintenance works are complete on the Lancaster trail in the Kalamunda Trails network. The drainage work has been done, along with an awesome new feature comprising of a jump through a burnt out tree stump. 
Between the last drop off and the last ladder there is also now a table top that has a transition leading into a sweet sweet berm.
Thanks to the experienced trail builders and Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective members, Murray, Paddy, Pete, and Cam. Special thanks goes to Ivan for his skills and use of his excavator.
As always, please take it easy until you have mastered the changes.

If you haven't ridden the trail recently, you can get a sneak peak of the changes in this great little film from Francis William.

Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective

2013 Cape to Cape

The Cape to Cape mountain bike race has be run and won for another year, setting a its usual heap of records for participation.

This year over 1200 riders set off from Cape Leeuwin on the 4 day, 220km race to Dunsborough. With the course seeing minor tweaks every year to include more singletrack this event just gets bigger and better.

The Elite mens field was won by former champion Andy Blair. The lead female was Jenny Fay, with Jo Bennett of Kalamunda coming a superb 3rd.

For all the news, results and photos see the Cape to Cape website.

Photo: Travis Deane

Margaret River Pines Map

The Margaret River Pines trails have had their annual upgrade leading up to the Cape to Cape event. This year has seen a major reworking of the NE corner of the network resulting in some new trails and the passing of a couple of old ones.

MRORCA are in the process of making the Pines in to a defined loop. Complete signage of the area will happen soon.
Until this has been done, the WAMBA map has been updated to roughly reflect what is on the ground now. You can download and print this PDF map here.
Photo: Travis Deane
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