WAMBA AGM wrap up, Munda Biddi completed, National report and more...

In this Issue:

• Munda Biddi Epic
• Camakazi maintenance
• Nationals report
• Luvin Shovels clay
• MTB Orienteering
• Mt Gunjin Update
• Trail counters

Upcoming Events:

SWMTBC Social Ride
Pile Rd

Luvin Shovels Trail Build

SingleTrackMinds 4 Hour
Jorgensen Park, Kalamunda

Mountain bike orienteering
Bussell Brook

State DH Round 2
Goat Farm, Greenmount

State XC Round 1

Kalamunda 50/50


We had a great turn out at the WAMBA AGM. After a couple of groups did laps of the Kalamunda Circuit we all enjoyed a BBQ before the meeting commenced.

The executive committee were re-elected for another year, but there are loads and loads of new faces on the general committee ready to take WAMBA to the next step and become a true state body representative of all riding types.

The committee consists of,
  • President: John Barton
  • Vice-president: Lindsay Alsop
  • Treasurer: Louise Wallace
  • Secretary: Jake Hannah
  • General committee: Lots of enthusiastic people
In fact we had so many people keen to involved that we need to restructure how our committee works to be able to make efficient use of them. We will keep you updated after our first meeting of the year.
Thanks everyone who came along and welcome all the new faces. Also thanks to the Calamunnda Camel Farm for the use of their meeting room and camp kitchen. Thanks to Travis Deane for the photos.

Munda Biddi Epic Commences

To celebrate the completion of the Munda Biddi trail, 26 riders set off from Albany last Sunday to be the first to ride the 1000km offroad trail from Albany to Mundaring.

The riders were sent off in style on the Welldrill Munda Biddi Epic 1000, following an official opening ceremony which included a Welcome to Country, addresses by South West MLC Barry House, representing Premier Colin Barnett, DEC Assistant Director PVS Rod Annear, Great Southern Development Commission Deputy Chair Kim Barrow, Munda Biddi Trail Foundation Chair and Epic ride leader Ron Colman and City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington.

They are due to arrive in Mundaring in 3 weeks time.

Read more here.

Camakazi to get Care Package

After another long dry, summer of many wheels passing over the Kalamunda Circuit some of the trails are in need of maintenance. The first to see some love will be Camakazi. WAMBA have engaged RocknRoll mountain biking to do this work, which they will be completing over the next 4-6 weeks weather permitting; we need rain! Please look out for and obey signs warning of work in progress, especially if you ride mid-week.

This work has been paid for by by funds raised from the sale of WAMBA bandannas and advertising on the WAMBA calendar. We have plenty of bandannas left if you would like to purchase one. Click here to buy.

In addition, RocknRoll mountain biking and WAMBA will be running two volunteer days to complement this work. These days will be on:
  • Saturday 27th April
  • Sunday 12th June
Pop them in your diary and keep an eye out in the usual places for more details nearer to the time.

If you have been out on the trail lately you may have seen some yellow flags marking the black spots. Thanks to Ian Humphrey and Shane Williams who audited this trail.

Other trails will be getting some maintenance work over the coming months.

Nationals and Oceanias Race Reports

PMBC living legend, Tony Tucknott, has compiled a truly epic report detailing the travails of WA cross country riders at the recent National Champs in Canberra, National round at Bright in Victoria and at the Oceania Champs in Hobart, Tasmania.
There were many notable performances and the report makes a fascinating read and insight in to the elite end of the sport for those of us who can only dream about riding that fast.
Click here to read the report in full.

Raining Clay on Luvin Shovels

Last weekend it rained clay on the Luvin Shovels trail in the Perth Hills.

A hard working crew moved over 100m3 of clay, donated by Brookfield Multiplex from their work at Mundaring Weir, up to the trail. All that now remains is to place and shape it.

The first chance to help doing this will be this Saturday (13th April). Meet at 8am at the Dell to walk up to the trail. If a few people have a wheelbarrow to bring along, that would be great, plus we need a 4WD to get the trailer up the hill. Other than that just bring the usual. Let Lindsay know if you can make it and/or bring any of these items on

Mountain Bike Orienteering

To all mountain bikers and those looking for a bit of variety in your rides, why not try the sport of mountain bike orienteering?  Using a specially designed map, the goal is to find checkpoints, or controls, located in strategically designed locations.  It is completely up to you how you get between each control, remembering that you must stay on tracks to do so.
All of our events use electronic timing so you can compare your leg times (or splits) with other riders and claim bragging rights after the event.  All of our events have people on hand to assist you with map reading or anything else you need to help you get around.
So why not try something different and come and ride one of our events?  Some locations may be familiar to you and some will be completely new.  In all cases, you will discover trails that you never knew existed!  Check out the link for more details and to see our event calendar.  The next event is on April 21st at Wellington Dam on the fast riding logging tracks through the pine plantation, followed in May with an event at Langford Park utilising the vast single track network.
Click here for more information.

Ricky Thackray, Mountain Bike Orienteering Convenor

MRORCA News - Signs in the Pines

Some temporary signs have gone up in The Pines at Margaret River. They are going up at various trail points so you are better informed of the area, trail etiquette, difficulties and risks. Stop and have a read. DEC are working with MRORCA to identify the current trails and make them as safe as possible. The benefit of this temporary signage is it allows us to keep riding the trails we have now, while giving us time to achieve our goal of developing an awesome mountain bike network for Margaret River.

Mount Gunjin Update

The team from Dirt Art will be returning at the end of April to complete the final stage of the Mt Gunjin Project. Local fabricator Alan "Crispy" Crisp has been employed to create some interesting structures that will add a bit of play to the trails. There is also a jump and rhythm section to be shaped up with all that clay that has been trucked in by Brookfield Multiplex. The project will be complete by July.
With any luck a few small additional trails will come online at the same time. So by mid-winter you will have 5 legal descents off Gunjin. This should change things up a bit!

Lindsay Alsop
WAMBA Project Manager

Trail Counters

WAMBA have recently purchased 5 TRAFx mountain bike trail counters.

These smart little bits of kit will allow us to accurately record how many people are riding the various trails, which gives us lots of solid evidence when lobbying for more trails and applying for grants.

Before you ask, yes they will count carbon bikes, but sadly no they are not great for recording snow mobiles.

Last time we had an operational trail counter on Camakazi, on the Kalamunda Circuit, we recorded nearly 10,000 riders between October 2011 and February 2012
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