Call for Nominations - Under 19, Under 17 and Under 15

WAMBA is calling for nominations for the 2016 WAMBA National Mountain Bike Championships Junior State Team to attend the MTBA National Mountain Bike Championships, being held on Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th March 2016 in Bright, Victoria.

The State Team will consist of riders who wish to compete in either or all of the following disciplines: Downhill, Cross Country and Observe Trials.

Riders are to be aged between 13 and 18 years, with the exception of some exceptional great Under 13 riders who wish to do the downhill event (providing they have good references from a personal coach).

This team works together as a collective of athletes and will be supervised under the direction of the Team Manager/ Head Coach. Parent helpers are required to provide assistance to the team in support roles and athletes manage their own logistics. State team selected riders are eligible to receive Department of Sport and Recreation funding, as well as other Government funding (if they meet the requirements).

The National Mountain Bike Championships is an open event to any rider, whether you are a State Team member or not. This means that riders who do not make the team can still compete and travel with the rest of the State team, if they wish to. The riders who do not make the team may not be eligible for some of the Government funding, will not be eligible to wear any state team clothing, or take part in any team photos.

However, we encourage all WA riders and families to support each other for the betterment of the sport.

2015 WAMBA National MTB Championships Junior State Team

Photo: 2015 WAMBA National MTB Championships Junior State Team

Selection Panel

Selection of the WAMBA Junior State Team will be conducted by the WAMBA State Selection Panel, which consists of the following members:

  • WAMBA President - Louise Wallace
  • WAMBA Racing Council Chair - Tony Tucknott
  • WAMBA Junior Development Coordinator - Graeme Adams
  • Peel Districts Mountain Bike Club President - Paul De Klerk
  • WestCycle Operations Manager - Toby Hodgson

Nomination Form

Nomination is required on the WAMBA Junior State Team Nomination Form. A Word version of the form can be requested by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Nomination forms and other accompanying documents are to be submitted by close of business Monday 31st August 2015.

Applications can be made via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by regular mail to:

WAMBA Junior State Team Nomination (Attn: Jodie Stembridge)

C/- Westcycle

105 Cambridge Street

West Leederville

WA 6007

More Information

All information regarding the Junior State Team, including selection panel and criteria, funding, team travel and accommodation can be found by downloading this document - 2016 WAMBA National MTB Championships State Team - Call for Nominations

General questions regarding operational issues, such as state team travel shall be directed to WestCycle via the Team Manager – email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Questions regarding team selection shall be directed to the Chairman of Selectors, via WestCycle Operations Manager – email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mountain bike management gears up with the release of the WA Mountain Bike Management Guidelines

The Mountain Bike Working Group is pleased to release the draft Western Australian Mountain Bike Management Guidelines for public comment.

Mountain Biking is one of the fastest growing recreational activities in WA, and this document will provide the framework required to support both the mountain bike community and land managers in developing high quality new trails to meet this significant demand.

The primary aim of the WA Mountain Bike Management Guidelines is to provide a well-defined framework to support the local mountain bike community and land managers develop trails that:

  • are of high quality
  • meet the requirements of riders of all abilities
  • are sustainable, providing long term enjoyment for users with minimal maintenance cost
  • are graded according to an internationally recognised system
  • able to provide for a range of MTB disciplines and skill levels
  • facilitate rapid upgrades and additions to existing networks
  • minimise impact to the natural environment in which they are located

The development of these guidelines was a community based project, facilitated by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW). A working group was established to develop a framework that meets the needs listed above, with representation from the mountain bike community, trail builders and relevant government entities.

This release is a chance for you to have your say, and ensure the document is able to meet the diverse needs of the WA mountain bike community.

The guidelines combine local experience and knowledge, with world’s best practice from the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and consultants such as Dafydd Davis, the renowned trail guru responsible for the development of the legendary Coed-y-Brenin mountain bike park in Wales.

This document is also being tested `live` for the development of the Murray Valley, City of Cockburn’ Manning Park Mountain Bike Project, Margaret River Bramley National Park, Wellington National Park and Pemberton trails. This process will ensure practical feedback is also available to further refine the guidelines, and make them as relevant as possible to those who will use them.

Thank you to everyone involved for their time and effort in getting the guidelines to this stage.

Download the Western Australian Mountain Bike Management Guidelines consultation draft at

Interested organisations and individuals are invited to comment through the survey at

The public consultation period will close on 18th September 2015.

WA Mountain Bike Management Guidelines
WAMBA President speaking to the media   WA MTB Strategy 2015-2020  
 WAMBA President speaking to the media
 WA MTB Strategy Steering Committee

After nearly three years of work, WAMBA and Westcycle are delighted to celebrate the launch of the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy - Unlocking the Potential.

WA Minister for Environment, Hon. Albert Jacob MLA; WAMBA President, Louise Wallace and Westcycle CEO, Matt Fulton fronted the media this morning at Herdsman Lake to officially launch the Strategy, which provides a clear statewide approach to coordinating and developing mountain biking in Western Australia over the period 2015 – 2020.

Western Australia is the cycling capital of Australia with 23% of people riding a bike compared to a national average of 19%. Mountain biking is one of the State’s fastest growing recreational, sport and tourism activities. Almost 120,000 mountain bikes are bought every year in WA alone. The time is therefore right for a clear statewide approach to coordinating and developing mountain biking in Western Australia. The State has the diverse environments and outstanding scenery to support a thriving mountain biking industry and grow into a world-class mountain bike destination.

“There has been a surge in mountain biking as a recreational activity in recent years. With demand for mountain bike trails and suitable facilities exceeding supply in many areas, the Strategy identifies the gaps and provides a framework for us to fill them” said Louise Wallace, President of WAMBA. 

According to WAMBA’s President, the Strategy will enable even more Western Australians and visitors to get riding, and provide a range of high quality and sustainable trails for new and existing mountain bikers to enjoy.

“Western Australia is home to some iconic and extraordinary experiences and the Strategy shows how we can make mountain biking one of them,” says Matt Fulton, WestCycle CEO. He said the Strategy is a significant document for mountain biking in WA and the result of nearly three years of work by WAMBA, WestCycle, the mountain bike community, Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR).

The Strategy identifies and targets five core objectives to deliver its vision:

  • Planning and Governance
  • Participation
  • Trails, Facilities and Infrastructure
  • Tourism and Marketing
  • Resourcing

This is an extremely exciting phase, as it will lead to more trails on the ground, stimulate the growth of a vibrant mountain biking community and increase tourism opportunities across the regions.

WAMBA advocates for partnerships between community groups, government, local business and the corporate sector to support the growth of mountain biking. 

WestCycle calls on Western Australians to become involved in one of the State’s fastest growing activities. Ongoing funding and sustained focus will be required to fully realise the Strategy’s vision for mountain biking and the tremendous opportunities that are on our doorstep. 

A consultation draft of the Strategy was released in October 2014 seeking public comments. Submissions were received from 35 organisations and individuals. All comments were reviewed and taken into account during the finalisation of the Strategy. A copy of the Strategy, as well as the responses and actions to the public consultation comments can be downloaded here:

Albany Urban DH Radio interview at Albany Urban DH
John Hughes Slopestyle

In case you missed all the action lately, two HUGE mountain biking events have successfully engaged our local communities more than ever. On the more extreme end of the sport, the John Hughes Slopestyle kicked off in April this year for the first time in the Town of Victoria Park, and a month later, the City of Albany was home to its second Albany Urban Downhill.

WAMBA President, Louise Wallace had a brief chat with HotFM 95.3 down in Albany - here's the clip.

For all the latest news on mountain biking around the state, make sure you're signed up to our newsletter or check out our website.

2015 WAMBA Junior State Team

Following the WAMBA Junior State Team's success (read all about it in Yuliang Seow's Race Report in our latest Newsletter) at the National XCO & DHI Championships in Bright this year, we are already planning for 2016.

Thanks to the efforts of some extremely dedicated and organised parents, the state team was pulled together very quickly in time for the nationals this year. So we want to have a more relaxed and organised approach next year.

If you are a parent of a junior and would be interested in being part of the organisation of the team, our new Junior Development Coordinator, Graeme 'Grizzly' Adams would like to hear from you!

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