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 President speaking to the media   WA MTB Strategy 2015-2020  
 WAMBA President speaking to the media
 WA MTB Strategy Steering Committee

After nearly three years of work, WAMBA and Westcycle are delighted to celebrate the launch of the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy - Unlocking the Potential.

WA Minister for Environment, Hon. Albert Jacob MLA; WAMBA President, Louise Wallace and Westcycle CEO, Matt Fulton fronted the media this morning at Herdsman Lake to officially launch the Strategy, which provides a clear statewide approach to coordinating and developing mountain biking in Western Australia over the period 2015 – 2020.

Western Australia is the cycling capital of Australia with 23% of people riding a bike compared to a national average of 19%. Mountain biking is one of the State’s fastest growing recreational, sport and tourism activities. Almost 120,000 mountain bikes are bought every year in WA alone. The time is therefore right for a clear statewide approach to coordinating and developing mountain biking in Western Australia. The State has the diverse environments and outstanding scenery to support a thriving mountain biking industry and grow into a world-class mountain bike destination.

“There has been a surge in mountain biking as a recreational activity in recent years. With demand for mountain bike trails and suitable facilities exceeding supply in many areas, the Strategy identifies the gaps and provides a framework for us to fill them” said Louise Wallace, President of WAMBA. 

According to WAMBA’s President, the Strategy will enable even more Western Australians and visitors to get riding, and provide a range of high quality and sustainable trails for new and existing mountain bikers to enjoy.

“Western Australia is home to some iconic and extraordinary experiences and the Strategy shows how we can make mountain biking one of them,” says Matt Fulton, WestCycle CEO. He said the Strategy is a significant document for mountain biking in WA and the result of nearly three years of work by WAMBA, WestCycle, the mountain bike community, Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR).

The Strategy identifies and targets five core objectives to deliver its vision:

  • Planning and Governance
  • Participation
  • Trails, Facilities and Infrastructure
  • Tourism and Marketing
  • Resourcing

This is an extremely exciting phase, as it will lead to more trails on the ground, stimulate the growth of a vibrant mountain biking community and increase tourism opportunities across the regions.

WAMBA advocates for partnerships between community groups, government, local business and the corporate sector to support the growth of mountain biking. 

WestCycle calls on Western Australians to become involved in one of the State’s fastest growing activities. Ongoing funding and sustained focus will be required to fully realise the Strategy’s vision for mountain biking and the tremendous opportunities that are on our doorstep. 

A consultation draft of the Strategy was released in October 2014 seeking public comments. Submissions were received from 35 organisations and individuals. All comments were reviewed and taken into account during the finalisation of the Strategy. A copy of the Strategy, as well as the responses and actions to the public consultation comments can be downloaded here:

Albany Urban DH Radio interview at Albany Urban DH
John Hughes Slopestyle

In case you missed all the action lately, two HUGE mountain biking events have successfully engaged our local communities more than ever. On the more extreme end of the sport, the John Hughes Slopestyle kicked off in April this year for the first time in the Town of Victoria Park, and a month later, the City of Albany was home to its second Albany Urban Downhill.

WAMBA President, Louise Wallace had a brief chat with HotFM 95.3 down in Albany - here's the clip.

For all the latest news on mountain biking around the state, make sure you're signed up to our newsletter or check out our website.

2015 WAMBA Junior State Team

Following the WAMBA Junior State Team's success (read all about it in Yuliang Seow's Race Report in our latest Newsletter) at the National XCO & DHI Championships in Bright this year, we are already planning for 2016.

Thanks to the efforts of some extremely dedicated and organised parents, the state team was pulled together very quickly in time for the nationals this year. So we want to have a more relaxed and organised approach next year.

If you are a parent of a junior and would be interested in being part of the organisation of the team, our new Junior Development Coordinator, Graeme 'Grizzly' Adams would like to hear from you!

WAMBA would like to congratulate the following Junior riders on their selection to the 2015/ 2016 WAIS Developing Champions Program:

Ben Moore 
Jordan Schmidt
Cadel Adams 
Mian Grimbeek
Declan O'Connor 
Nerys Eddy
Jack O'Connor 
Riley Westra
Jacob Wright 
Roly Kyme
Jake DeKlerk 
Sophie Johnson
Jaxon Sawyer 
Yuliang Seow   

It is with pleasure that the Department Of Sport And Recreation (DSR), WA Institute of Sport (WAIS), WestCycle and WAMBA invite them to attend DEVELOPING CHAMPIONS program workshops in 2015 and 2016. Developing Champions is a life skills program aimed at assisting aspiring youth athletes to gain personal development skills and progress along their high performance pathway.                                                             

Photo - Rider: Nerys Eddy | Photographer: Kathy Curruthers

 

Photo - Rider: Bryce Lanigan | Photographer: Kelly Doye

WAMBA, Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) and West Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) invite WAMBA XC and DH members Under 17 and Under 15 to nominate for the WAIS Developing Champions Program, a life skills program aimed at assisting aspiring youth athletes to gain personal development skills and progress along their high performance pathway. 

**WAMBA have 4 metropolitan and 9 regional positions available**

The course has the opportunity for face-to-face or online learning for Regional athletes. The face-to-face workshops will be conducted with BMX, Road and Track riders. 

2015 face-to-face sessions: 

  • First Event: Saturday 13 June 2015. Time: 11AM- 2.30PM. Venue: DSR Conference Room, Leederville, Perth
  • Second event: Saturday 7 November 2015

2016 events to be held approximately the same time of year.

Selection Criteria:

Selection will be based on potential, attitude and ability.

This is selection to the 2015/2016 WAIS Developing Champions program (not the WAIS Scholarship or WAMBA state teams). 

Selection Panel:

Selection will be conducted by the WAMBA Selection Panel of:

  • Paul de Klerk - appointed position (DH)
  • Graeme Adams - appointed position (XC)
  • Louise Wallace – WAMBA
  • Tony Tucknott – MTBA State Representative
  • Toby Hodgson – Westcycle

To nominate for one of the 13 positions, please reply your interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 5pm Monday 11th May 2015.

The WAMBA Selection Panel will review the nominations and provide a list of 4 metropolitan and 9 regional athletes to the WAMBA Committee for approval by 18th May.

Notification of Selection:

All successful applicants will be notified by Westcycle via email.

 

An Athlete Information Page has been produced for athletes to download and print off.

An overview of the WAIS program can be found on their website - www.developingchampions.com.au

If you have further questions, please contact Toby Hodgson on 08 6336 9680.

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