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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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

Click here to read a race report from the recent Single Track Minds 4 Hour at Jorgensen Park. Well done everyone who took part and a huge congratulations to the hard working volunteers of the Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective who raised over $1800 for the trails with their parking collection, BBQ and T-shirt sales.

Photos from the event are available from Brad Serls' website.

Photo: Dave Nairn, courtesy of Brad Serls

The first Roller present by Giant bikes and run by Peel District’s Mountain Bike Club was held in mid-April at Golden Grove in what was the most challenging venue for the season. Roller events are All Mountain style events where the venue itself dictates what the event will be like. The citrus orchard hosts very steep, loose terrain which is perfect to discover what the more technical “euro” style of Enduro is about. Throw in high 30s temperatures and you have a recipe to challenge all riders! 

Over 80 competitors were out to obtain the lowest overall time on the two tracks – Track A being a bit longer, with more pedally sections but also more difficult and Track B being shorter and providing a bit more traction! The high speed rally down the fire road at the end had riders crossing the finish line and looking back at the board to see if their time put them at the front or the back of the pack!

With the two runs being quite different, there was a lot of shoving in between the two runs to see who would finish off on top of the pile. In the Juniors Jake DeKlerk won in the 15s with 6:09, and Aaron Leagas won in the 17s with 5:26. Bill Carruthers was dominant in the U19s with 4:56.

Sport was the biggest field with 30 riders, Criag Iggo fending off Nigel Wade for the win with a 5:11. Expert saw Kose Michaelsen on top of the podium two weekends in a row with 4:54.

Local Paul Neve used his local knowledge to smash the field in Masters with a 5:25 and Tim Beck stood on top of Veterans with a 4:57. Shane Dobson unfortunately managed to flat in both race runs as well as in practise!

Former Junior World Championship medal winner Holly Baarspul won in the womens with a 6:14, followed by Hannah Mitchell in second with a 7:09. Penny Holmberg probably had the most “XC” style bike on the hill and came in third with a 7:24.

It was Luke Ball in Elite who showed everyone else how it was done with a combined time of only 4:21 – 16s faster than second place Ryan Norton! The remainder of the elite podium was Shane Wode in third 4:38, Tim Bennett in 4th 4:41 and Sam Payet in 5th with a 4:43. Jacob Parker finished in 10th in Elite after a few crashes cost him time, but he provided a lot of excitement for competitors with his fearless riding!

Giant was on hand to provide prizes for every category as well as having demo bikes available for people to test a range of the new lineup – many people took advantage of this over the course of the day and loved the bikes!

The next Roller moves to Wellington Mills which will be a more flowing windy trail through the trees. The venue will be less difficult that Golden Grove, giving riders a different style of track to sample. The third round will be held in Pemberton.

All information and results can be found at pdmbc.com

Sam Russell, PDMBC

Photo: Holly Baarspul

Over 100 competitors and well over 200 spectators were out at the Goat Farm for the first round of the Peel Districts Mountain Bike Club WA State Downhill Series which went off in style! 

Former World Champion Sam Hill was at the race riding his race bike for the first World Cup in Pietermaritzburg – in fact he flew to South Africa the next day! As you would expect, Hill gave everyone a lesson in bike handling and was fastest in all three timed runs, with a 1:41.471 in his race run. 

Luke Ball was closely behind in second with a 1:43.711 and showing his usual flawless style airing through the rock garden where most were just trying to hold on. After a solid set of results at the Nationals, Todd Madsen pulled a third place at this event with a 1:44.685. Todd had some of the spectators scrambling to get out of the way with his unusual line choice – using every metre of ground inside the tape!

Jacob Parker came in fourth with a time of 1:45.952 – his speed through the rock garden has to be seen to be believed and really got the crowd going. The video is posted on the Peel facebook page, definitely worth a look! Jordan Prochyra completed the last step of the podium with a solid ride and 1:47.558. Mitch Bryant just missed a podium spot in 6th and Sam Payet somehow managed to scrape into the Top 30 after a huge over the bars in his race run right in front of the big crowd. 

Rachel Gaskin was the winner in the womens field - unfortunately Kristie Lanigan wasn’t able to compete due to having her bike stolen. We look forward to these two fighting it out at the remaining rounds of the series.

In the Juniors Bill Carruthers was the fastest on his home turf with a time of 1:54.633. The new class of Single Crown has been created for the “Enduro” style riders to compete in a class of their own and the maiden race was won by Kose Michaelsen – 1:56.111 – close to the bigger bikes!

For a full report, including many more great photos from Sean Lee, see The Roost

Sam Russell, PDMBC

Photo: Alex Jaegar, by Sean Lee

Hi, I'm Louise Wallace the new WAMBA President. I thought I'd say HI and mention a few big things happening in WAMBA and in Mountain Biking in WA in the next 12 months. 

In the last 12 months, thanks to the previous committee, we have set a course for some big changes to our activities and our structure as an organisation. These changes are needed so that we can provide better support to clubs and groups and work toward our collective goals for the bigger picture. 

So, looking ahead we are excited about these key projects for Wamba:
  • Rewriting our Constitution
  • Developing & Launching our Strategic Plan 
  • Developing a Riders Code of Conduct 
  • Our Slush Grant Scheme (Who wants $1000 for trails projects? Come on!) 

And these key projects for Mountain Biking in WA, with which we are intimately involved:
  • the State Strategy 
  • the South West Master Plan
  • the Perth Peel Master Plan
  • WA Mountain Bike Guidelines being developed by the Mountain Bike Working Group 

And many more that our committee members are driving. 

In the last few years WAMBA, as well as the clubs around the state, have formed some great relationships with Dept of Parks & Wildlife, Dept of Sport & Rec and Westcycle, who have offered considerable support for mountain biking in recent times. I look forward to their continued support for mountain biking and seeing what we can achieve together.

While we are taking on a more strategic approach statewide, WAMBA continues to support and foster grass-roots initiatives until they find their feet. So if you have ideas or want to get involved and don't know where to start, our door is open. 

Stay tuned for our upcoming newsletter to get the latest on what's happening around the state.

See you out on the trails soon.

Louise Wallace, WAMBA President

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