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WAMBA AGM notification, DH and CX dates and lots more

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22-23/03
Silent Revolution Skills Clinics Weekend
Calamunnda Camel Farm

23/03
WA Gravity Enduro Rd 1
Goat Farm

23/03
MTBO Banyowla
Roleystone

29/03
WAMBA AGM
DSR, Leederville

30/03
PMBC XC State Round 2
Turner Hill

05-06/04
PDMBC DH State Rd 1
Goat Farm

Cover photo: Alex Jaegar overlooking Perth by Sean Lee
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WAMBA AGM

The 2014 WAMBA Annual General Meeting will be held at 3.30pm on Saturday 29th March at the Department of Sport & Recreation, Leederville.

All are welcome, and strongly encouraged, to attend. All members of WAMBA, and of all affiliated mountain bike clubs, are eligible to vote and thus have a say in shaping mountain biking in WA.

All positions are up for election. In particular we are looking for:
  • Treasurer - a straight forward (especially if you have an accounting and/or MYOB background) that will also be very satisfying in 2014, funding many small grants for clubs. Our books are in an excellent condition and a hand over will provided
  • Webmaster - we have a new Joomla based website that just needs someone to manage, add news stories, events and keep up to date
  • Newsletter editor - create these Mailchimp newsletters approximately once a month. Again, help and training can be provided
In addition we are always looking for motivated volunteers who want to make a difference to all aspects of mountain biking. WAMBA have recently moved to be a higher, strategic, state-wide organisation but we also support smaller groups who are not represented by any existing clubs or groups.

If you are interested in any of the above and have any questions before the AGM then please send an email to info@wamba.org.au

We will be going for a beer at the Garden Bar in Leederville afterwards.

Downhill Season Preview

For 2014 Peel Mountain Bike Club (PEEL) is bringing even more Downhill events to the state. These is a brand new series called the Gravity Race Series which will complement the already successful and well-established State Downhill mountain bike series. The State Downhill Series will remain the premiere event series in the State, with the Gravity Series a club level series. PEEL has an extensive record of holding popular events going back over 16 years and these events will be ones to remember!

There will be 6 State Downhill (including State Championships) and 5 Gravity Race (three “Roller” All Mountain and two Downhill events) events spread over a 8 month period. Each round will vary - with event style, level of difficulty and course length dependant on the trails – and there will be at least three new trails throughout the year to ride and race on! Each downhill round will consist of one timed stage of entirely downhill, technical trail. There will of course still be the same great atmosphere at events with food options, prizes, activities and a great group of mates.

In an exciting development for the first time PEEL will be timing the events with the new LIVE timing system – this is a state of the art wireless system that allows competitors to get a race time within seconds of passing the finish line – no clocking on and off and no waiting!

We plan to use these events to bring together competitors that currently compete as well as previously non-competitive trail riders who are either new mountain biking or have taken a step back from the “serious” side of mountain biking. As well as hosting competitive events, our plan is to emphasise the social side of the sport by holding the two different level of events. Competitors have been training hard to keep themselves at the top of the competition or to push into the top ranks, so come along to if Luke Ball can keep hold of the title or if up and comers like Carl Pickersgill, Mitch Bryant and Sam Payet can jump to the top of the podium!
  • 5&6 April, DH State Race 1, Goat Farm
  • 13 April, Roller Race 1 (Gravity Series), Golden Grove
  • 3&4 May, DH State Race 2, Wellington Mills
  • 25 May, Roller Race 2 (Gravity Series), Wellington Mills
  • 31 May & 1 June, DH State Race 3, Nannup
  • 28&29 June, Roller Race 3, Pemberton
  • 12&13 July, DH State Race 4, Wellington Mills
  • 27 July, DH Race 1 (Gravity Series), Golden Grove
  • 30&31 August, DH State Championshps, Goat Farm
  • 14 September, DH Race 2 (Gravity Series), Wellington Mills
  • 27-29 September, DH State Race 5, Albany
For more information and race entries see the PEEL website or facebook group.

Sam Russell, PDMBC



Photo: Jacob Parker at the 2013 State Champs at Goat Farm taken by Sean Lee

Women's Skills Clinics Weekend

Silent Revolution are very excited to announce that they're organising a weekend chocablock with skills clinics with Rock and Roll mountain biking, and a social ride with the Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective on the 22-23 March.

The Saturday clinics will be run by RNR's lovely FEMALE instructors! Clinics include fundamentals, advanced and freeride (Sunday). And on Sunday (23rd March) Silent Revolution and Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective will be hosting a social ride together. All welcome (must be a member of KMBC – join on the day for free!), meeting at Camel Farm 8 am. Silent Revolution will supply post-ride refreshments for a small donation.

So if you are wanting to brush up your skills and meet some other chicks to ride with then click here to find out more.

    

Photo: Carrie McLachlan at the 2013 Mt Gunjin Gravity Enduro, by Bart Thomas
 

Wellington Mills Important News

FPC will shortly be undertaking thinning at Welli Mills, which means for the six weeks following machines will be working in the area and no mountain bikes are allowed to be in the area. Please keep out of the area from the 24th February until at least 21 April. We will advise as soon as you can go back in.

Once this occurs, there will be some work required to check the area is safe to re-enter and we will be will be working with the land managers to reconstruct and rehabilitate the existing tracks as well as some exciting new tracks at Welli Mills! It will be a busy few months but at the end we should have a venue thats better than ever!

We will notify you all of any trail work you can help with on busy bee days.

Sam Russell, PDMBC



Photo: Luke Ball at DH Rd 5 2012 at Wellington Mills, by Sean Lee

Margaret River Muster

Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective and Margaret River Off Road Cycling Association have come together to present the Margaret River Muster. We have planned a combined social riding weekend away between these two great clubs at Margaret River on 2nd - 4th May. MRORCA will lead our members out through their famous trails, all whilst enjoying camping at the beautiful bush retreat, Wharncliffe Mill.

Wharncliffe Mill bush retreat is located in the heart of the Famous pines and South Carters trails area and offers a range of accommodation from camping through to cabins at fantastic prices.

Activities start on Friday afternoon through to Sunday morning, for a weekend of riding, socialising, camping, good food and fun for everyone. This weekend is one for all our members with different activities for our adult riders with lots of family friendly events and rides for our Junior Collective.

For more information see the Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective website.

Shane Williams, Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective President

  

WA Cyclocross Dates for 2014

The WA Cyclocross dates for 2014 are:
  • 11th May - Speed Dome - Skills Coaching followed by Launch Event (Pony Express)
  • 15th June - Race 1 - Joondalup
  • 12th July - National Series Race - Speeddome
  • 13th July - National Series Race - Garvey Park
  • 10th August - Race 2 - Bassendean
  • 14th September - Race 3 - Venue to be confirmed.
This year, we will have Series points and electronic lap timing at each race.

Thanks to those that have helped get the season this far. Simon Dec, James Lobegeiger, Ashley Williams, Bryan Stevenson and Mandy Lobegeiger.

Further details will be out as soon as they are available.

Greg Murison

Photo: Simone McCallum and Martin Danger at Garvey Park by Rowena Phillipa

Junior State Team for the Nationals



PMBC have secured funding from MTBA to assist a junior state team going to the MTB nationals in Victoria (7-10 March). We also have support from RocknRoll MTB, WestCycle and Kauri Clothing.

The most pleasing thing for me is to see how much each and everyone of these juniors has improved over the last 3 months or so. All of this came together nicely at the first XCO race of the season at Marrinup where everyone of the team performed above and beyond where they have ever ridden before. It was awesome!!

This project has been a long while in the making and I would like to thank the following people for their input: James and Amanda Lobegieger, Graeme Adams, Stylin Steve Jolly, Mark Wardle (Rock and Roll) and Ashley Genefas.

The team is as follows:
  • Graeme Adams = Coach and Manager
  • Reece Tucknott U19
  • Sam Rubery U19
  • Jonty Calder U19
  • Callum Hunter U19
  • Sean Maggs U17
  • Sarah Tucknott U17
  • Bryce Lanigan U17
  • Rhys Wilson U15
  • Cadel Adams U15

Everyone will meet in Bright Victoria for the national MTB championships and will do themselves and WA proud. We wish them well.

Tony Tucknott


:::STOP PRESS:::


As you may have noticed from the dates above the National Championships have taken place this past weekend. WA had a fantastic weekend with many strong rides in both the juniors and seniors in XC and DH. The highlight was Sarah Tucknott winning the U17 XCO and XCE events and Reece Tucknott winning the U19 XCO. Sam Rubery also won the U19 XCM event. Full story to follow next month.

Geraldton Rider Selected for MWAS


Congratulations to Jonty Calder of Geraldton MTB Club who has been selected for one of the inaugural scholarships to the Mid West Academy of Sport.

Jonty has also recently been selected for the State Junior squad heading to the nationals in Bright (see above).

To read more about this, click here.

Dwellingup 50 Duo


 
We know how much you like riding with your mates, so we have designed an event that you can race with your best riding buddy for 50km around Dwellingup in the Trek D50 Duo on Sunday May 18th. The only catch is that you can't be more than 10 seconds apart for the whole race.

The event will be run out of the Marrinup MTB park and will have a completely different feel to the Dwellingup 100. To start with there are some bigger climbs, 800m over the 50km, and secondly Turner Hill is not featured in this race. However, there is some awesome trail that simply rocks!

You will be spared "Hells Gate", but will have to negotiate "Satan's Curse" instead. Satan's Curse is a tricky descent that could be seriously affected by the weather conditions.

There will also be a shorter mountain bike race for the kids, mums and novices, "The Joey". The exact distance for "The Joey" is still to be confirmed but will be somewhere around 15km and won't feature any of the big climbs or descents.

All Trek D50 Duo competitors will receive a free T Shirt and will be in the running for over $3000 worth of prizes from Trek and Bontrager Australia. Over $1000 in prizes will also be given away as spot prizes. But be warned, numbers will be capped for this event and people will miss out.

Our event is part of the Single Track Minds WA Marathon series and will carry points towards this series.

The event is brought to you by Tony Tucknott, James Lobegeiger and Peter Millard; all long time members of the Perth Mountain Bike Club. We are running the Trek D50 Duo as a fund raising event to send Reece Tucknott to Europe in June for a couple of world cup races and then again in October for the MTB world championships.

The Trek D50 Duo is only 2 months away so keep your eyes out for entries and further information. Until then, pick a partner and start riding Duo.

Tony Tucknott, D50 Race Director



Photo: Reece Tucknott, courtesy of Anthony Jones, Scoopex Photography
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