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 weather could not have been better for the fourth round of the Peel Districts Mountain Bike Club WA State Downhill Series. One hundred competitors and a large number of spectators were out at the Wellington Mills tracks for what turned out to be the perfect weekend of friendly people, great racing, hot competition, and an awesome track (can I hear someone say hero dirt? Roots? Rocks? Faaaast?). Welli Mills is always a favourite being close to Perth and having several great fun downhill tracks – the bottom sections are always a favourite for spectators – mainly due to the big jumps and high speeds. 

Live timing means the event is able to follow the World Cup format – qualifying was used to seed the riders in each category so that the fastest went down last, hoping to sit in the hot seat. Last rider down gets the pleasure of knowing straight away whether they have done enough. After racing was done the top 30 riders were then sent back up the hill to do one more run – either for the spectators or to try shave another second or two! With World Champion Sam Hill at the event all eyes were on him for a solid win. Sam Payet always does well here with solid local knowledge and Jordan Prochyra was looking fast as always. They were always going to face stiff competition from Series heavyweights Jacob Parker, Ryan Litterick and Mitch Bryant. 

Following a poor qualifying Jordan sat in the hot seat until the last rider down the hill.  In the end, things turned out the way we expected with Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles) smashing down the track with a time of 1:53.137, dislodging Prochyra from the hot seat. Prochyra (Carine Cycles/ Giant) was the only other person to get under the two minute mark, looking fast all weekend and visibly gaining some confidence over recent months, 1:58.985. A few seconds back saw Sam Payet (Morewood/ Pushie Enterprises) in third with a 2:01.384, bumping him one spot down from his qualifying performance. 

Overall Series Leader Jacob Parker (Georges Bike Shop Willeton) continued his solid performances with a fourth place and a time of 2:01.724. Ryan Litterick is always a threat and was once again on the podium, this time fifth and 2:02.687 – further cementing his place in the top end of the overall. In the Top 30 race run, Sam Hill rode his Mega All Mountain bike as his Pulse had a flat tyre and showed everyone it’s all about the rider, going just under two seconds slower than his race time. 

In the Elite Women there was only two seconds separating Kristie Lanigan and Louise Wallace. With a 3:21.995 Kristie just managed to take the win. Second placed Louise came in with a time of 3:23.076. Both Women looked smooth and in control throughout and with Kristie finally replacing her stolen bike we could see her come into contention for the overall, currently held by Rachel Gaskin. 

In the Juniors Bill Carruthers has a strong series lead but this time wasn’t able to beat eventual winner Alex Jaeger, his time of 2:12.298 over two seconds behind Alex’s 2:09.992.  Once again the Single Crowners came down to a battle between Kose Michielsen and Graeme Adriaens – this time Kose took the win with 2:11.832, Graeme just behind in 2:13.183. This win puts Michielsen in touch with the overall series lead, but it’ll take a lot of work to beat current leader Adriaens. 

The next round is the State Championships at the end of August. Held at the Goat Farm, the State Champs are always very popular for both riders and spectators. Racing will not disappoint as everyone vies for the title! Before this there is another Club Downhill event at Golden Grove on the 27th July – perfect for anyone wanting to get into the sport, or for the seasoned racer.

All information can be found on the PDMBC website.



Photo: Louise Wallace by Adam John Halsall

WAMBA are pleased to fund the following projects through an internal grant funding round:

  • Esperance Mountain Bike Association track extension and erosion control on existing track - $1000
  • Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective Trail Builder tickets - $1000
  • Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective trail tools and social ride light kits - $1000
  • Margaret River Cycle Club Promotions and Course Markers - $1000
  • Margaret River Off Road Cycling Association Carters Trail Head and Signage - $1000
  • Peel District Mountain Bike Club Golden Grove All Mountain Event Trail Completion - $910
  • Peel District Mountain Bike Club Nannup Rehabilitation - $800
  • Peel District Mountain Bike Club Wellington Mills Rehabilitation post Thinning - $924
  • South West Mountain Bike Club Secret Whitcher signage (pending DPaW approval) - $1000
  • South West Mountain Bike Club Mt Lennard Signage Boards from Primary Roads (pending Main Roads & Shire approval) - $1000

WAMBA Committee

Mountain biking dominated the recent Metro Trails Forum, with presentations by international trails expert Dafydd Davis and WestCycle’s Mountain Bike Development Officer Sarah Smith.
 
Hosted by the Department of Sport and Recreation at Perth Zoo, the forum brought together members of the trails industry from across the state to discuss the benefits of developing trails in urban areas.
 
Dafydd spoke of his work planning and building mountain bike trails in inner city parks in Northern Ireland.  Through careful planning he was able to ensure that the trails are both fun to ride and sustainable.
 
Sarah gave an update on the state’s own mountain bike planning, explaining that the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy and the South West Mountain Bike Master Plan are both nearing completion.  She added that, subject to funding, masterplanning will next be undertaken in the Perth Metropolitan and Peel regions with the identification of locations suitable for urban trails set to be a key part of this work.

Sarah Smith, WestCycle Mountain Bike Development Officer

Mountain biking expert Dafydd Davis is no stranger to Western Australia having provided valuable guidance to communities across the south of the state on a number of occasions. 
 
Returning at the beginning of June as a guest of the Department of Sport and Recreation, the Department of Parks and Wildlife and WestCycle, Dafydd travelled north for the first time to promote the benefits of sustainable trails to communities, local shires, land managers, development commissions and tourism bodies. 

Fascinated by the landscape and enjoying the temperature contrast with his native Wales, Dafydd spoke in Broome of his work developing the UK’s first purpose-built mountain bike trails at Coed y Brenin. Demonstrating that the trails increased annual visitor numbers from 10,000 to more than 150,000 in less than five years really highlighted the enormous economic and tourism potential that trails could bring to the Kimberley.  

In Karratha, members of Burrup Mountain Bike Club and Karratha MTBers generously led a tour of the local trails.  Impressed by their passion, enthusiasm and rapidly growing rider numbers, Dafydd recognised the significant potential for mountain biking in the Pilbara and shared his knowledge of how to deliver trails sustainably.

Sarah Smith, WestCycle MTB Development Officer



Photo:Toby Muller in Karratha, Photographer: Jane Deane

The 2014 Down South Mountain Bike festival in Dunsborough on the weekend of 1st - 3rd August will again be a celebration of the new mountain bike facilities, for local and visiting riders with the generous support from the City of Busselton, corporate sponsors, volunteers, and local community.

A range of competitive and fun events and mountain bike skills clinics will be held over the weekend. These include:
 
3Hour MTB Endurance race (PMBC  XC Series – Race 6)
This one's for the cross-country whippets and all-mountain shredders... with heaps of flowy single track... plenty of moderate climbs and the thrilling 'Fireys Descent'...  among a myriad of other obstacles and hazards... this mind bending, muscle draining, test of skill and stamina... will be a challenge for all who come to conquer... Limited to 200 riders so don’t leave it too long or you might just miss out!
 
28km MTB Race Team Relay Challenge
An off-road mountain bike relay for team riders of all ages and skill levels. Be the first team of 2, 3 or 4 riders in your category to complete 4 laps of a fun and challenging 7km course.  Heaps of great prizes to be won!
 
50m MTB Bike Skills (Log Ride) Challenge
Test your limits by riding along a 50 metre skills course of logs and wooden beams that becomes more difficult the further you progress. Junior, Senior & Open categories... Limited to 30 entries...1st prize $250 CASH!!!
 
1km MTB Sprint (Time Trial) Challenge
An off-road mountain bike time trial testing the speed and skill for riders of all ages and skill levels. The course is a 1km descent of purpose built dual slalom trails with berms and humps. Each participant has three attempts to complete the 1km course in the fastest possible time...
Limited to 30 entries... 1st prize $250 CASH!!!
 
Kids MTB Challenge Race
A specially designed course for the under 9 and 13's, with the focus on participation rather than who's winning. Instructors will be there to give race day encouragement, ensuring everyone is prepared to safely tackle the track.
 
 16” Kids Bike - Team Relay Challenge
Is all about having fun and entertainment rather than who’s winning? The circuit will be simple and made up of bollards and bunting with some small ramps for maximum entertainment. Entry into any of the other Down South MTB Festival events, entitles you and you kids or mates a ride one of our bikes in the 16” Kids Bike Relay!!!

And much more. For full information see the Dunsborough Cycle Club website.

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