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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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

It all started with the junior development camp in Pemberton in July 2013 targeted at Cross Country riders (XC). The camp was the first of its kind for WA and had super star coaches Jenny King, Tim Ellison and local Down Hill legends Rex Dubios and Dion Baker showing the kids how it's done. Every one of the 20 kids on the camp improved massively over the 3 days and they all came away buzzing.

At the time we didn't realise the monster we had created. From this point on we got hammered by the kids to take them riding more. A couple of months before the camp, we (Perth Mountain Bike Club) applied for the second round of funding through the MTBA club grant scheme and put this towards Junior Development, specifically taking an XC team to the 2014 National MTB Championships in Bright.

Nine of the juniors from the camp now started to focus on developing their XC skills a little more along with their fitness to compete at the nationals. The generosity of the coaches and dedication of the parents was fantastic. Guys like James Lobegeiger, Graeme Adams, Steve Jolly, Mark Wardle and Jason Tassell from Rock and Roll were all outstanding in helping the kids. All of this work was done on a voluntary basis.

The funding was used to purchase State Team Shirts and to help subsidise the families of each junior that went over to the nationals to compete. It also helped pay our state team manager and coach, Graeme Adams for his role with the team while in Bright.

It would be fair to say that 2 months on and everyone is still talking about our trip to Bright. It was the first time most of the kids have been to a national championships. While the competition was a great experience on its own, it was everything else that went with it that made it truly memorable. The course and riding terrain were awesome, the team bonding, the scenery, the river and swimming hole as well as the friendly no pressure atmosphere just to name a few.

But it was how our juniors performed that really stood out. Every single one of them performed above and beyond what any of us ever expected. Especially since our emphasis was simply on do your best and enjoy the ride. Even more interesting is what has happened to the juniors after the nationals. They have all come back to WA and have lifted their riding to another level based on the experience and confidence they gained while in Bright.

The other really cool thing was how much the parents enjoyed the whole experience as well. While the trip was about the kids, the parents also had the opportunity to get a ride or two in, take in the trails, the scenery, the river and the brewery. In fact the brewery was probably at the top of the list for some.

Special mention must go to Donna and Kevin Maggs though for organizing the team dinner on our last night.

The work that Rock and Roll MTB and PMBC are doing with the Juniors is fantastic. The opportunities and pathways they are providing gives the juniors the tools and experience required to make a state team and compete at a national level.

Our local junior MTB riders also have role models to look up to. National champions like Reece Tucknott who has just been selected to represent Australia at the 2014 World Championships. Sarah Tucknott who is the U17 National Champion, and riders like Sam Rubery and Jonty Calder who just won the Jorgenson Park 4 hour outright.

What's more is that all of these guys and girls are happy to help new juniors and pass on their experience. So if you are reading this and are new to mountain biking, feel free to go up to any of these guys and say hello and talk about mountain biking.............. because we love it!

A class by class and race by race run down of this is as follows:

Under 15 Boys XCO
  • Cadel Adams 11th
  • Rhys Wilson 12th
Under 17 Girls
  • Sarah Tucknott 1st in XCO
  • 1st in XCE
  • 1st in XCM juniors
Under 17 Boys
  • Bryce Lanigan 15th in XCO
  • 1st in XCM juniors short (1 lap)
  • Sean Maggs 23rd in XCO (after crashing and damaging his handle bars)
  • 7th in XCM junior half (2 laps)
Under 19 Boys
  • Reece Tucknott 1st in XCO
  • 3rd in XCE
  • Sam Rubery 11th in XCO
  • 1st in XCM junior half (2 laps)
  • Jonty Calder 15th in XCO
  • Callum Hunter 21st in XCO

Tony Tucknott

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