West Australian Mountain Bike Association (WAMBA) is the state representative body for the West Australian mountain bike community.

A volunteer organisation, WAMBA works collaboratively with key stakeholders to identify, develop and sustain mountain bike experiences in Western Australia.

And also acts as a resource for clubs looking for help on trail advocacy and grants, and co-ordinates the racing calendar.

Event Calendar

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 thePDMBC website.



Photo: Bill Carruthers by Adam John Halsall

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


WAMBA are seeking a new volunteer to produce these newsletters. The role only requires a couple of hours work per month and mainly involves copying and pasting stories sent to you by clubs and committee members.

Maybe you are not able to help out at trail builds or events but do have some free time in front of a computer. This is a way that you can give a little back to the great sport of mountain biking. This job could easily be shared between a couple of people to further spread the load.

If you are interested in helping out then please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


The Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective have started their busy winter schedule of trail maintenance, which is required to look after these popular trails (latest trail counters indicate over 27,200 riders per year using some sections of the network).

The first weekend trail build will be on Sunday 25th May. Meet at the Calamunnda Camel Farm car park at 8am. Please RSVP to the Collective via this link on their website in order that they can plan the work.

The next weekend trail build will be on Sunday 15th June.

Do not dispair if you are not able to help out at weekends. KMBC committee members Shane Williams and Ivan Svensen are often out there mid week tweaking the trails. Keep an eye on the Kalamunda Collective facebook group where they always post their builds. The next one will be on Thursday and Friday this week (22nd & 23rd May) on Scorpion trail.

As an added incentive to help out, everyone who volunteers twice this year will qualify for the Trail Builders Cup, which will be run on closed trails towards the end of the months of July, August and September with the first being on the 27th July. For full details, and a list of who has qualified so far, see the this page on the Kalamunda Collective website.

For more Kalamunda news, check out the Collective's first newsletter.

Thank you to everyone who voted for WAMBA in the Bankwest Happy Communities grants. We finished in the top 3 we and will receive $1000 to help build and maintain more great trails.

A big thanks to Russell Bell for organising

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