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.

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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

Over 100 competitors and heaps of spectators were out at the picturesque Golden Grove Orchards track for the second round of the Peel Districts Mountain Bike Club WA State Downhill Series

Luke Ball was a hot favourite to take the win here however he unfortunately crashed trying a ninja line up top and was injured – heal up soon Luke! The track also claimed another podium favourite with Jordan Prochyra punching a tree and coming off second best.

As usual the Elites put on a great show with some tight racing and amazing skills. Jacob Parker managed to stay on the bike (after a crash in qualies) and achieved the fastest time of the day and the win with a 1:50.305. Mitch Bryant was close behind with a 1:51.042 and third place went to Ryan Litterick with a 1:51.318. Carl Pickersgill was fourth with a time of 1:52.509 and Ben Kinnunen completed the last step of the podium after a long absence with 1:55.479. In the Top 30 race runs Ryan Litterick went all out and took nearly a second off his previous time nearly catching Parkers race run.

Rachel Gaskin was the winner in the womens field, hitting all the jumps without a problem and laying down a solid time of 2:53.273. With some women specific practice and development days coming up there should be some more competition coming although I think we can expect to see Rachel mixing it up at the top for the rest of the season either way.

In the Juniors Bill Carruthers was the fastest again with a very impressive time of 1:56.679. The Single Crowners put on a tight competition with very little time differences between most competitors – with previous winner with Kose Michaelsen out due to injury the favourite was Graeme Adriaens. Graeme didn’t disappoint coming first with half a second to spare – 2:02.558.

The next State round takes us back to an old favourite – Nannup – at the end of May. The track is one of the state’s best with steep gradients, fast sections, good dirt and a relatively long run. Racing will not disappoint! Before this there is another Roller All Mountain event at Welli Mills to keep the gravity crew entertained.

All information can be found on the PDMBC website.

Sam Russell, PDMBC



Photo: Alex Jaegar, by Sean Lee

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