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Happy Birthday Pile Rd, KC Opening photos for sale, new WAMBA AGM and much more
West Australian Mountain Biking Association

Happy Birthday Pile Road!

The Mt Lennard mountain bike trails, commonly known as the Pile rd trails, has just had its birthday this week turning 11 years old. It was officially opened on the 18th March 2001. The original trail which was used for racing was the Butchers Trail. XC races were held on the Butchers Trail for about 10 years previous, taking us back over 20 years of history of mtb riding at the Pile Rd location. Down hill races were held down Millbrook gully, with Scott Sharpels winning the 1st DH race the SW club ever held.
The Pile rd trails system has grown extensivly over the last 10 years, with over 40 kms of trails, both with legal trails and unprescribed trails. A final master plan of mtb trails is being developed which will be the last expansion of trails planning that will last for decades to come. Being a National park with its sensitive areas that need to be preserved, the network will have a final limit that will not be expanded on.
The SW mountain bike club class this trail system as its home turf and taken ownership of it with years of building, maintenance, planning and working with DEC to create what is one of the best and largest mountain bike trail systems in the state. The most dedicated users of the pile rd trails are a group of night riders who have been consistantly riding every week on Wednesday or thursday night for the last 12 years, which is a legendary in mountain bike years, considering the sport is so new. The Night rides at Pile rd is the longest running, regular mountain bike social ride in the state.
Set in a national park on the edge of farmland amongst the wineries, with a brewery across the road from the main trail head, it is a popular location to travel to for a days worth of riding followed by a beer, wine and lunch with scenic coastal views of Bunbury. If you get a chance, make the effort to travel down to enjoy some great single track at Pile Rd.
Happy birthday Pile rd.
John Wallace

Check out Pile Rd on EveryTrail.

Kalamunda Circuit Trail Opening Photos




The Kalamunda Circuit trail opening on Saturday 24th March was a huge success. Nearly 50 people new to the trail took advantage of guided rides. In addition, 35 people took part in the skills and mechanics clinics run by AvantiPlus Cannington, as well as countless other taking advantage of their fleet of demo bikes.

After everyone was back from their rides we all enjoyed a sausage sizzle before the President of Kalamunda Shire, Donald McKechnie, officially opened the trail after a fascinating talk from chief trail builder, Murray Wynne, on what it took to get the Kalamunda Circuit built.

Local photographer Travis "Scratchy" Deane recorded the day for posterity. The photos he took that day are for sale and he has kindly donated all proceeds from these pictures to WAMBA. Click here to view and purchase photographs from the day.

2012 WAMBA AGM

Following the Kalamunda Circuit trail opening, WAMBA held their 2012 AGM, which was well attended.

We would like to thank the 2011 committee for all their hard work in what has been a very busy year. Despite losing a couple of regulars (thank you Vynka and John Carney for your past efforts) lots more exciting, motivated and highly skilled committee members have joined. An especially big welcome to Lindsay who steps up to the Vice-President role and Louise who takes over as treasurer.

The full 2012 committee is:

John Barton - President
Lindsay Alsop - Vice President
Louise Wallace - Treasurer
Jake Hannah - Secretary
Gus Stuart - SWMTBC rep
John Wallace - Collie rep
Martin Nugent - PMBC rep
Bec Barton
Ian Humphry
Cyril Lourent
Martin Sherlock
Tony Ratcliffe
Steve Janiec
Phillip Wilson
Marie-Claude Baars
Margaret McIlroy
Kyra Eddy
Jesse Wicks
Travis Deane
Murray Wynne
Jane Deane
Martin Danger

5 Dams Challenge

If you are driving on Mundaring Weir Rd, Aldersyde Rd or Glenisla Rd on Sunday morning (15th April) watch out for the 1200 or so road cyclists who will be taking part in the 5 Dams Challenge. They will be passing along these roads between approximately 0730 and 0900. It might be worth considering heading up to the Camel Farm or Dell a bit earlier or later than this.


Kalamunda Circuit T-Shirts

Kalamunda Circuit T-shirts are now available to buy from the Camel Farm. The shirts cost $30 each with all proceeds going towards the trails.


WAMBA Trail Guide

Have you checked out the WAMBA trail guide recently? As well as the EveryTrail online guides and GPX files, there are now downloadable PDF maps of many of the mountain bike trails in WA including Forsyths Mill, Turner Hill, Marrinup, South Shore and the new Margaret River Pines trails. Click here to find out more.

Upcoming Events


07-08/04
Peel DH1 (State round)
Albany

21-22/04
PMBC XC2

Pamberton

22/04
Mountain Bike Orienteering
Pile Rd, Wellington National Park

28-29/04
Peel DH1 (State round)
Dwellingup

13/05
PMBC XC
3
Barrys Block 

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