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

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

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

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.

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

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

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