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 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

Pemberton Mountain Bike recently hosted a busy weekend of mountain biking with an XC race, run by Perth Mountain Bike Club, on the Saturday, and a gravity enduro event, run by WAGE, on the Sunday.

Full results from the PMBC XC race can be found here on their website. This race marked the mid point of the 6 race state series Click here for an update of the points standings so far. An album of photos from the XC race is available on the Pemberton Mountain Bike park facebook page.

A full race report from the WA Gravity Enduro race is available here. For more great photos like the one above check out the album on the Scoopex Photography facebook page.

 

Photo: Claire Garcia-Webb on her way to first place, courtesy of Scoopex Photography

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