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

Upcoming Events:

06/07
PMBC XC Rd 5
Collie

12-13/07
DH State Rd 4
Wellington Mills

12/07
National CX Series Rd 3
Midvale Speed Dome

13/07
National CX Series Rd 4
Garvey Park

20/07
Kalamunda 50:50
Kalamunda

27/07
Peel DH Race 1
Golden Grove

01-03/08
Down South Mountain Bike Festival
Dunsborough

02/08
PMBC XC Rd 6
Dunsborough

03/08
Burrup MTB Club Gravity Enduro
TBA

Cover photo:Matthew Luscombe & Stewart Cable at Wellington Mills
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Albany Urban DH



The weekend of 21/22 June has made the history books, with the inaugural Albany Urban Downhill! Despite my hotel's tourist brochure boasting of Albany's renowned year-round 'perfect cycling weather', horrendous conditions ensued! But it couldn't keep the competitors or the crowd from coming out to celebrate a fantastic event!

The urban features consisted of double-black diamond ramps, gap jumps, car jumps, wall rides, shipping containers and stair cases, all erected the morning of the race and promptly dismantled at the conclusion of the race - which was an impressive engineering feat in itself! The final step down off the walkway had to be abandoned due to intense cross-winds on the day, so thankfully the brave boys made good use of it at Saturday night's Whip Competition. And I've heard rumours of whip competitions becoming the norm at future downhill races... 

Apart from the course, perhaps the greatest aspect of the weekend was the families coming out and getting excited about the Mountain Bike action on their streets. Kids were cheering and getting up close to some spectacular local riding talent. The event really brought the local community on board, with businesses even sponsoring the trail features! Dave Marshall, the Albany Mountain Bike Club, all the volunteers and supporters all deserve a huge congratulations and thanks for bringing mountain biking closer to the community and being an inspiration to all of us trail advocates (and perhaps future urban downhillers)!

Louise Wallace, WAMBA President

Photo: Sam Hill on his way to first place by Jon Lloyd

State DH Rd 3 Race Report

The third round of the Peel Districts Mountain Bike Club WA State Downhill Series saw a long awaited return to Nannup in the state's south west. Held over the May long weekend, Nannup  is a technical downhill track that has plenty of fast steep and challenging sections for all levels of riders. For Saturday practice the track conditions were near perfect, a bit greasy to start with but after a couple of runs turned into near hero dirt with plenty of line choices. Saturday night saw the heavens open up and turn the track into a mud pit. Lines choices had disappeared to just riding the rut and staying on. This is evident in the wide spread of racing times seen Sunday afternoon. Due to it being a long weekend racers and spectators were able to check out some of the local attractions and make a weekend of it. The race also saw Adam Ahmed come all the way from Malaysia to compete (and win expert category).

Qualifying was used to seed the riders in each category so that the fastest went down last, hoping to sit in the hot seat. After racing was done the top 30 riders were then sent back up the hill to do one more run – either for the spectators or maybe redemption for mistakes in the race run.

Jacob Parker has been in great form all season and achieved a storming time of 2:24.938. This wasn't quite enough though as a mostly healed Jordan Prochyra blew the track apart, beating Parker by just a third of a second for his first win of the year - 2:24.629. At this race these two were on another level, with a huge gap to third place.

Carl Pickersgill continued his podium form to fill third place and a time of 2:30.326. Fourth was sealed up by another podium regular Ryan Litterick (2:33.747) Sam Payet completed the last step of the podium with 2:34.895. In the Top 30 race runs Payet made up for some mistakes in his race run with the fastest time, finishing within two seconds of and the only one to get close to Parker and Prochyra.

In the Juniors Bill Carruthers  continued his winning streak with 2:38.456 and is someone to look out for in the future. In the under 17s Aaron Leagas is also finding form, hucking everything in his way and winning convincingly.

 The Single Crowners are proving to be a great category with tight competition at every event – Nannup was no different. Previous winner Kose Michaelsen was back from injury but couldn't catch Graeme Adriaens, who has come into excellent form in the middle of the season, winning every event he races! Graeme attacked for a time of 2:56.569.

The next round takes us to Welli Mills. The track is a favorite being close to Perth and having steep gradients, fast sections, and good dirt. Racing will not disappoint! All information can be found on the PDMBC website.



Photo: Bill Carruthers by Adam John Halsall

Strategic Planning Update

WestCycle is pleased that two key mountain bike planning projects are nearing completion, with public consultation on the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy and the South West Mountain Bike Master Plan set for August.

Prepared by WestCycle with support from the Department of Sport and Recreation, the Department of Parks and Wildlife and WAMBA, the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy will break new ground as the first statewide mountain bike-specific planning document.  It will underpin the sustainable development of all aspects of mountain biking, ensuring its continuing growth as one of the state’s leading activities.

A layer of regional masterplanning will sit under the Strategy.  This will identify and prioritise locations where high quality, sustainable trails could be developed. Trail planning consultants Common Ground have been engaged by WestCycle to prepare the South West Mountain Bike Master Plan. Working under the direction of the project Steering Committee, this work is now also reaching its conclusion.

The level of work undertaken by Common Ground far exceeds the original requirements of the project.   The Steering Committee is pleased with the approach taken and is confident that the South West Mountain Bike Master Plan will be completed to the highest level.

Subject to funding, it is intended that master planning will next be undertaken in the Perth Metropolitan and Peel regions. Opportunities for urban and downhill trails are likely to be a focus here.

For further details see the WestCycle website.

WestCycle

Down South Mountain Bike Festival

The 2014 Down South Mountain Bike festival in Dunsborough on the weekend of 1st - 3rd August will again be a celebration of the new mountain bike facilities, for local and visiting riders with the generous support from the City of Busselton, corporate sponsors, volunteers, and local community.

A range of competitive and fun events and mountain bike skills clinics will be held over the weekend. These include:
 
3Hour MTB Endurance race (PMBC  XC Series – Race 6)
This one's for the cross-country whippets and all-mountain shredders... with heaps of flowy single track... plenty of moderate climbs and the thrilling 'Fireys Descent'...  among a myriad of other obstacles and hazards... this mind bending, muscle draining, test of skill and stamina... will be a challenge for all who come to conquer... Limited to 200 riders so don’t leave it too long or you might just miss out!
 
28km MTB Race Team Relay Challenge
An off-road mountain bike relay for team riders of all ages and skill levels. Be the first team of 2, 3 or 4 riders in your category to complete 4 laps of a fun and challenging 7km course.  Heaps of great prizes to be won!
 
50m MTB Bike Skills (Log Ride) Challenge
Test your limits by riding along a 50 metre skills course of logs and wooden beams that becomes more difficult the further you progress. Junior, Senior & Open categories... Limited to 30 entries...1st prize $250 CASH!!!
 
1km MTB Sprint (Time Trial) Challenge
An off-road mountain bike time trial testing the speed and skill for riders of all ages and skill levels. The course is a 1km descent of purpose built dual slalom trails with berms and humps. Each participant has three attempts to complete the 1km course in the fastest possible time...
Limited to 30 entries... 1st prize $250 CASH!!!
 
Kids MTB Challenge Race
A specially designed course for the under 9 and 13's, with the focus on participation rather than who's winning. Instructors will be there to give race day encouragement, ensuring everyone is prepared to safely tackle the track.
 
 16” Kids Bike - Team Relay Challenge
Is all about having fun and entertainment rather than who’s winning? The circuit will be simple and made up of bollards and bunting with some small ramps for maximum entertainment. Entry into any of the other Down South MTB Festival events, entitles you and you kids or mates a ride one of our bikes in the 16” Kids Bike Relay!!!

And much more. For full information see the Dunsborough Cycle Club website.

Single Track Minds Kalamunda 50

This year is set to be the best year yet for the Kalamunda 50, as it takes in the newest and best of the Kalamunda trails and a fantastic new start/finish location at The Core Cider House – perfect for an after ride cider and wood fired pizza overlooking the stunning Pickering Brook valley.

For anyone who hasn’t done the Kalamunda 50, this is the pinnacle event of the Single Track Minds series.  Guaranteeing at least 50% single track over the 50km of trail, this race is perfect for any lover of sweet flowing single track.  The course is kept a tightly guarded secret to keep it interesting and honest but it always takes in the best of the best in the Perth Hills. 

Race organiser John Carney has always been a passionate trail advocate and since the race’s inception, has donated $10 from every entry to trail development in Kalamunda.  In the race’s 3 year history this has seen over $10,000 donated to keeping the Kalamunda trail network; some of the best riding in the State.  The more entrants there are at this year’s Kalamunda 50 the more money that will go directly into trail development. 

For more information regarding the event go to the event website and for regular updates on the course and other race information "Like" us on Facebook at Single Track Minds.

To enter click here.

John Carney, Single Track Minds



Photo: Start line of the 2013 Kalamunda 50. Photographer: Brad Serls

Dafydd Davis visits Broome and Karratha

Mountain biking expert Dafydd Davis is no stranger to Western Australia having provided valuable guidance to communities across the south of the state on a number of occasions. 
 
Returning at the beginning of June as a guest of the Department of Sport and Recreation, the Department of Parks and Wildlife and WestCycle, Dafydd travelled north for the first time to promote the benefits of sustainable trails to communities, local shires, land managers, development commissions and tourism bodies. 

Fascinated by the landscape and enjoying the temperature contrast with his native Wales, Dafydd spoke in Broome of his work developing the UK’s first purpose-built mountain bike trails at Coed y Brenin. Demonstrating that the trails increased annual visitor numbers from 10,000 to more than 150,000 in less than five years really highlighted the enormous economic and tourism potential that trails could bring to the Kimberley.  

In Karratha, members of Burrup Mountain Bike Club and Karratha MTBers generously led a tour of the local trails.  Impressed by their passion, enthusiasm and rapidly growing rider numbers, Dafydd recognised the significant potential for mountain biking in the Pilbara and shared his knowledge of how to deliver trails sustainably.

Sarah Smith, WestCycle MTB Development Officer



Photo:Toby Muller in Karratha, Photographer: Jane Deane

Cyclocross National Rounds

Next weekend will see Perth MTB club pay host to the nations best cyclocross riders, as they host 2 rounds of the national cyclocross series. There will also be a chance for enthusiastic riders to race on the same course in the B grade and C grade support races, the MTB race and the kids race, which is free for all kids with a license.

On the 12th of July, the racing will be held at a fast and flat course at the Midvale speed dome. Tight and technical, 90% of the course will be visible from the hill, making it great for spectators.

Sunday the 13th will see racing at Garvey Park in Belmont, with a course that showcases the best of Australian cyclocross, including mud and deep sand to force some heart thumping running.

WA favourites Craig Cooke and Peter Hatton will be taking on Australian superstars including 2012 series champion Adrian Jackson, the bunnyhopping showman Sid Taberlay and Aussie team representative Lewis Rattray. In the women’s race, Kate Swain will be taking on the dominant force in Australian Cyclocross, Lisa Jacobs.

The races are being supported by WD-40 bike, Hed Wheels, Cycles Bespoke and Monza Imports, who will all be providing neutral support to racers across the weekend. Road and Dirt Apparel are also getting behind the event to show off their new socks, caps and T-shirts aimed at serious cyclists.

More information can be found on the PMBC homepage. Here for Round 3, and here for Round 4.

Entries for the Elite race close on Sunday the 6th, and the support race entries close on the 9th of July. Day entries will attract a $5 late fee.

Greg Murison

Metro Trails Forum

Mountain biking dominated the recent Metro Trails Forum, with presentations by international trails expert Dafydd Davis and WestCycle’s Mountain Bike Development Officer Sarah Smith.
 
Hosted by the Department of Sport and Recreation at Perth Zoo, the forum brought together members of the trails industry from across the state to discuss the benefits of developing trails in urban areas.
 
Dafydd spoke of his work planning and building mountain bike trails in inner city parks in Northern Ireland.  Through careful planning he was able to ensure that the trails are both fun to ride and sustainable.
 
Sarah gave an update on the state’s own mountain bike planning, explaining that the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy and the South West Mountain Bike Master Plan are both nearing completion.  She added that, subject to funding, masterplanning will next be undertaken in the Perth Metropolitan and Peel regions with the identification of locations suitable for urban trails set to be a key part of this work.

Sarah Smith, WestCycle Mountain Bike Development Officer

WAMBA Slush Grants


WAMBA are pleased to fund the following projects through an internal grant funding round:
  • Esperance Mountain Bike Association track extension and erosion control on existing track - $1000
  • Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective Trail Builder tickets - $1000
  • Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective trail tools and social ride light kits - $1000
  • Margaret River Cycle Club Promotions and Course Markers - $1000
  • Margaret River Off Road Cycling Association Carters Trail Head and Signage - $1000
  • Peel District Mountain Bike Club Golden Grove All Mountain Event Trail Completion - $910
  • Peel District Mountain Bike Club Nannup Rehabilitation - $800
  • Peel District Mountain Bike Club Wellington Mills Rehabilitation post Thinning - $924
  • South West Mountain Bike Club Secret Whitcher signage (pending DPaW approval) - $1000
  • South West Mountain Bike Club Mt Lennard Signage Boards from Primary Roads (pending Main Roads & Shire approval) - $1000

WAMBA Committee

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