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WAMBA AGM, Mt Gunjin project update, MTBA rep needed, SWMTBC new committee, Tony Tucknott made PMBC life member and more...

In this Issue:


• WAMBA AGM
• Mt Gunjin Project
• MTBA Rep needed
• Every Metre Counts
• SWMTBC AGM
• TT PMBC Life Member
• Trail Naming Comp
• Meet WAMBA

Upcoming Events:


03/03
Karri Cup
Northcliffe

17/03
PMBC XC Series Rd 1
Langford Park, Jarrahdale

24/03
WAMBA AGM & Social
Camel Farm, Kalamunda

30-31/03
State DH Rd 1
Albany

07/04
PMBC XC Series Rd 2
Goat Farm, Greenmount
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WAMBA AGM And Social


The 2013 WAMBA AGM and End of Year Social will be held at the Calamunnda Camel Farm on Sunday 24th March.

The schedule for the day will be as follows:
  • 0800 - Group(s) ride of the Kalamunda Circuit
  • 1100 - FREE sausage sizzle at the Camel Farm
  • 1130 - WAMBA AGM
All committee positions are available for election:
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • General Committee Members
If you are unable to attend, email nominations will be accepted. Please send them to info@wamba.org.au.
 
WAMBA has done some great work over the last 12 months but mainly in the Kalamunda area. We have lots of great plans for 2013 but desperately need greater representation for other regions and riding disciplines, particularly downhill.

 

Mount Gunjin Project


Dirt Art has completed the first 3 stages of this project prior to the New Year. One final stage remains. This will include installation of features, a rhythm section and jump line, plus the finishing touches of all the trails. More than 300 cubic metres of clay has been provided courtesy of Brookfield Multiplex and DEC, for this purpose.
 
Upon the Project Managers request, Dirt Art have graciously agreed to postpone the final stage until May.
 
For those who have built with clay, you would be aware that it requires water to get adequate compaction for shaping. In the interests of a high quality finished product that will stand up to the increasing rider demand, it was decided to complete the trails when the sky provides us with the missing ingredient – water.
 
After working away at this project for 3 years now, no–one is keener to ride these trails than me! So hang in there, the trails will be worth the wait! Cheers for the support and the solidarity amongst the mtb community.
 
The project will be ready to open for the start of July.
 
Lindsay Alsop
Project Manager
WAMBA

MTBA Representative Needed

 

WAMBA are seeking nominations for a representative to the Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) committee for Western Australia.
 
Your main responsibilities are to liaise between WA clubs and MTBA, taking club issues to MTBA for discussion and reporting back MTBA outcomes and decisions.
 
This position is currently vacant and was most recently held by Tony Tucknott.
 
If you are interested, please send your nomination to info@wamba.org.au by 9th February.

Every Metre Counts Update


With only a few weeks to go, we are still a very long way from meeting our target in the Every Metre Counts raffle to raise funds for the construction of a new trail.

A big thank you to everyone who has contributed so far.

If you haven't bought tickets yet - now is your chance. This is the easiest way for you to give back to the sport that we all get so much out of for FREE. You don't have to give up any precious riding time, nor do you have dig holes and lift heavy rocks trail building.
 
We all have no qualms dropping thousands on new bikes, so it is only reasonable that we spend a couple of hundred bucks on new trails to ride them on. With your help, the Perth Hills can become the awesome trail network that Perth needs.
 
As if you need any more reason to contribute, the more tickets you buy, the greater your chances of winning a $4000 Specialized bike of your choice.
 

SWMTBC AGM Wrap-Up

 

The South West Mountain Bike Club was held recently with a ride and BBQ followed by the meeting at the Pile Rd trails.

It was great to see that we had enough numbers for the AGM this year, so thanks to all that attended. I'm pleased to announce that we have a new president this year in Dean Bertenshaw and would like to congratulate him i taking up this position.
 
With work and family commitments, I had to stand down for the better of the club, so wish Dean all the best for the future.
 
The 2013 committee is :
  • Dean Bertenshaw - President
  • Jason Edwards - Vice President and trails coordinator
  • Toby Harrold - Secretary
  • George Tate - Treasurer
  • John Wallace - General Committee
  • Grizz Adams - General Committee 
  • Gus Stuart - General Committee
  • Dave Innwood - General Committee
  • Kim Webb-Martin - General Committee
Gus Stuart

Tony Tucknott PMBC Life Membership

Last week at the Perth Mountain Bike Club AGM one item of business took place without the fan fare it deserved.

Tony Tucknott was voted in as a Life member of Perth Mountain Bike Club. Most of you know TT some might not but below is the reason why this honour was bestowed on Tony.
 
Tony has been a member of the club since about 2005 along with his wife Jenny and two children Reece and Sarah. He was also the club president for 2 years.
 
Tony is the reason the club races are so well organised, so well attended as well as safe and fun. TT works tirelessly to make sure that every aspect of the club is looked after and has helped guide other committee members (myself included) through every aspect of running the club.
 
Four years ago Tony was hit by a car while riding his bike and broke his leg. When visiting him in hospital it was PMBC work that was sitting on his lap occupying his time while he recovered.
 
TT is also the man behind the Dwellingup 100. It was his idea to put the race on and he has made it into the fantastic event it is today.
 
It is people like Tony that make a club like PMBC as great as it is and it is this level of dedication the club needs from others to help continue the great work Tony has done. This year Tony will take a step back from the amount he has done for the club over the last couple of years so he can join the rest of us riding and racing more regularly.
 
So next time you see TT out on the bike say hi and congratulate him for the awesome effort he has put in to make PMBC what it is today.
 
John Carney

Trail Naming Competition Winners


 

Congratulations to Warrick Brown and Rod Annear who were the winners of the recent WAMBA trail naming competition.

Warrick's suggestion of "Highway to Dell" for the climb up through the pine trees from Lancaster to the Dell garnered 63% of the votes in the facebook poll. Voting was much closer for the adjactent descent towards Scorpion trail, but Rod's entomological contribution won through in the end. For those of you who didn't know what a Metasoma is, see the definition from Wikipedia below:

The metasoma is the posterior part of the body, or tagma, of arthropods whose body is composed of three parts, the other two being the prosoma and the mesosoma.[1] In insects, it contains most of the digestive tractrespiratory system, andcirculatory system, and the apical segments are typically modified to form genitalia.

Both lucky winners each receive a $50 AvantiPlus Cannington gift voucher and WAMBA goodie pack.
 

Meet the WAMBA Committee


In a series of articles, we are introducing the hardworking volunteers who make up the WAMBA committee. You might be surprised to find that they are mountain bikers, just like you... This month we are introducing Ian Humphrey, one the newest and hardest working members of the committee. Ian has literally gone from zero to hero in less than one year.

Why did you join the WAMBA committee?
I wanted a pump track and simply more trails to ride.
 
What did you know about WAMBA before you joined?
I wondered why a Brazilian dance/fitness group kept putting posters around the Kalamunda trails… I have since learnt Lindsay has moved on from that project.
 
Have you been involved with trail advocacy previously?
Wasn’t even sure what the term meant.
 
What is your role on the committee?
Getting sh*t done, and filling up peoples inboxes (particularly Jake's and the DEC).
 
Describe some of the projects that you have been involved with?
Building the Kalamunda pump track, Camelfarm skills loop/ area, Scorpion trail works/sanctioning, planning designing and now building the new Farrell Grove trails.
 
What is the best thing about being a member of WAMBA?
Proving all the whinging MTB riders out there wrong. Oh and now playing with earth moving toys with my mates.
 
What is your vision for WAMBA/mtbiking in WA for the future?
To get riders and clubs to take responsibility for the trails they ride.
 
If you could wave your magic wand, what would you change/improve in mtbiking in WA?
Lots and lots more clay, major trail sponsors, decent trail hubs with pubs we can ride to/from...

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