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

There have been changes afoot at MTBA, the national governing body for mountain biking in Australia. Flow Mountain Bike recently interviewed the new CEO, Shane Coppin, to gain a clearer understanding of MTBA's new pragmatic approach to the sport in all areas and the future of IMBA-Aus.

Click here to read the interview.

The 2014 State Trails Conference was again a successful day. Over 200 delegates from around the state and nationally attended the day.

Mountain biking was supported by Westcycle, WAMBA, Perth Hills, South West and great southern Regions. This years conference had more more content for the mtb trails than before which shows the current upward trend is being taken seriously at all levels.

Ian Humphrey’s presentation about the Kalamunda Collective gave great insight into the work done by volunteers and the hard work it in involves.

Dave Marshall gave a presentation in one of the breakout sessions on the latest news from Albany.

Sarah Smith presented the WA MTB Strategy and the importance of how it fits into the top down process to govern and take MTB planning into the final stages.

Dave Wilcox gave a detailed presentation on the SW Master Plan, giving examples of good and bad planning practices from across the world and how they relate to the SW planning document.

These two documents were released just before the state trails conference to add to discussion for the mtb sector.

The Day finished with a sundowner where the all important networking between delegates opened up conversation to bounce around ideas and catch up with friends in the trails industry.

John Wallace

South West Mountain Bike Master Plan

WestCycle is pleased to advise that the South West Mountain Bike Master Plan is now open for public comment.

The South West Mountain Bike Master Plan is the first regional master plan to be developed out of the recommendations of the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy.  Funded by the Department of Parks and Wildlife and a grant from Lotterywest, the Master Plan has been developed to help forge a path for one of the world’s fastest growing recreational and tourism activities.

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As part of Outdoors October and IMBA Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day the following clubs are organising events this weekend. For full details see the links to the Outdoors October website:

Sat 4th Oct:

Margaret River Off Road Cycling Association - Mrorca
http://www.outdoorsoctober.com.au/events/mrorcas-kids-bike-day-out/

South West Mountain Bike Club
http://www.outdoorsoctober.com.au/events/take-a-kid-mountain-biking/

Sunday 5th October

Albany Mountain Bike Club
http://www.outdoorsoctober.com.au/events/albany-imba-take-a-kid-mountain-biking-day/

Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective
http://www.outdoorsoctober.com.au/events/adult-social-rides-and-imba-take-a-kid-mtb-day/

Refreshments are being provided by WAMBA at all of these events.

The Final of the West Australian State Downhill Series 2014 was held in Albany over the long weekend in September.  Peel Districts Mountain Bike Club organised the race on the MT Clarence Downhill track, right in the middle of the picturesque coastal city of Albany. Over 80 competitors journeyed south for the event and a great weekend away.

The weather in Albany is notoriously temperamental and the race saw conditions changing faster than Beyonces outfit. Saturday practise had intermittent showers, and on Sunday the morning rain cleared and by race time riders were faced with a mostly dry track that was running fast. Mt Clarence Downhill is a short, physically demanding track with a whole variety of challenges – jumps, rock gardens, wooden berms and more!

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