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South West Mountain Bike Club

Latest Newsletter & Christmas Ride

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Hi,

Well the site is back up and running again after a short break!

Latest News Letter HERE

Info in our Christmas Ride HERE 

 

 

South West Mountain Bike Master Plan is now open for public comment.

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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.

 

Prepared by Margaret River-based trails planning consultant Common Ground Trails on behalf of WestCycle in partnership with the departments of Sport and Recreation and Parks and Wildlife, the West Australian Mountain Bike Association (WAMBA) and representatives from the mountain bike community, the Master Plan covers the south west of the state from Bunbury down to Pemberton.

Department of Sport and Recreation Director General Ron Alexander said the plan identified the south-west area as a significant mountain biking hotspot and encouraged all Western Australians to have their say in the future planning for this recreational activity.

“Nineteen per cent of all Western Australians own mountain bikes and more than 50 competitive events take place annually,” Mr Alexander said. “By supporting and participating in this master plan, we can support the growth and diversification of tourism and generate economic, social and active outcomes for regional communities.”

Department of Parks and Wildlife Director General Jim Sharp said the plan complements the department’s objectives to encourage people to access and explore the State’s national parks and conservation reserves.

“The Munda Biddi bike trail is one of our most popular attractions and we are keen to work with the community to develop other mountain biking opportunities to ensure the future of this recreational and tourism experience in WA,” he said.

WestCycle CEO Clint Shaw said the Master Plan prioritised a network of areas where high-quality, sustainable and accessible mountain bike facilities could be developed.

“It recommends the development of three nationally-significant locations in Margaret River, Wellington and Pemberton and two regionally-significant locations in Dunsborough and Nannup,” he said.

The Master Plan fits perfectly under the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy which lays out the future vision for mountain biking in the State as a leading recreational and tourism experience by delivering opportunities, maximising participation and sharing the benefits.

WAMBA President Louise Wallace said the Master Plan recommends the creation of a body to oversee all mountain bike development in the South West and that local trail planning then is undertaken to deliver the trails.

“We’re excited that this plan will bring together so many aspects of our industry for a common goal, which is to further enhance the reputation of mountain bike riding in not only Western Australia, but Australia and the rest of the world.”

The plan was drafted in consultation with key stakeholders including local mountain bike clubs and groups, government departments and local government authorities, private land owners, tourism bodies, South West Development Commission, commercial operators and event coordinators.

Work around the plan also included on-ground audits of existing trails and potential locations and also assessments of trail demand, which included a survey of more than 750 mountain bikers.

Interested organisations and individuals are invited to comment on the draft Master Plan through this survey.  Submissions must be made by 5pm on 04 November 2014. 

Download the draft South West Mountain Bike Master Plan 

Comment on the draft South West Mountain Bike Master Plan

 

Round-tu-it Night Race

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Just a quick shout out as I am looking for people to team up with others for the night race in Northcliffe. The race is on the 15th November but I have people keen to make a team now to secure there spot in the race before it sells out. The race is 6 hours but you can enter solo, duo or trio. So no matter if your unfit, scared of the dark or never raced before this race will guaranteed to be fun for everyone involved. So if you are interested please let me know asap so i can sort some teams out. The more riders riding for our club the better the chance of winning the cup. Car pooling and bike transfer can be sorted out if there is enough interest. Accommodation available at the Round-Tu-It caravan park and yes this is where the race starts and finishes from. So what have you got to lose. Let me help you make up a team and lets go have some fun......

Regards Shaun Lawrence

SWMTBC committee member

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Junior news

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Hi all
I am excited to announce the next junior camp coming up on the 25th ,26th October .Well done to Nicole Munro for putting this camp together .It is great to have such good help when it comes to organising the juniors and will only make this club and our juniors even stronger .Nicole has doe an excellent job with organising this camp with plenty of exciting things to do for every one involved .This camp is the celebration of 1 year of the junior development program and there will be giveaways and prizes for those juniors  that turn up for the camp .You are to bring your own food ,tent or caravan and cooking equipment plus some food and salads for the party at night around the camp fire .The cost is $35 per family or individual and you must RSVP by Tuesday 21st October .Please find more information on the attached form .Remember you need to be a MTBA member to attend this camp  (Social or race)
 
Those that did the State Champs XC
Well done to all those that raced at the state champs in Margaret River there was some great results in all the junior categories and I will have more information for you in the next news letter coming out soon .If you have any photos that you can send to me from the race or presentations please do as I did not have my camera with me at the presentations .
Also Well done to Jake Marshal who was racing in the down hill event in Albany on the same weekend and finished 2nd in the under 17 age  cat.
 
Elite State Junior Camp Next weekend
For those that have registered for the State Elite Junior Camp being held in Pemberton.Information on the camp has been very slow in getting out to you and myself  by the organisers and I do not have much news that I can share with you except that I am involved with some of the coaching and that the camp is defiantly still on .One thing I can tell you and that is the camp is being held  at the best mountain bike facility in WA at pemberton camp school and the catering is fantastic and the mountain biking is the best so what ever happens we are guaranteed a fun weekend and you will not be disappointed.
 
From Graeme Adams
Junior Coach and Coordinator for the South West Mountain Bike Club
97218600 W
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South West Mountain Bike Club

Junior Camp and Windup - 2014

Hi All,

We will be having a Junior Camp and Windup at Cycletrek Farm Lowden on 25th and 26th October 2014.  This will also be a celebration of our Juniors first year Anniversary.

Barrie and Sherrie Thomas have been very kind to have us camp at their property for this weekend and ride their magnificent trails.

The casual format for the weekend is as follows:

Arrive Saturday am/pm (set up camp)

Juniors Skills Session with Innes @ 1:00pm (to be confirmed)

Afternoon ride on trails @ 2:00pm

Dinner – BBQ @ 6:00pm (Please bring a salad to share)

Campfire and Presentations

 

Sunday Morning

Juniors Skills Session with Graeme @ 9:00am

Morning ride on trails @10:00am

 

Address:  416 Lowden Grimwade Road, Lowden

 

Cost for the weekend will be $35 per family/campsite.  This cost includes $10 camping and $25 toilet hire.  Payment can be made on the weekend. 

 

You will need to bring your own water, food and all camping equipment as there are no facilities.  We will be hiring a toilet for the weekend.  We will have one shared meal which will be a BBQ dinner on the Saturday night. Bring your own meat for this and a salad to share.  We will be bringing a BBQ for the weekend.  If you would like to bring bacon and eggs for a cook up on Sunday morning that would be okay.

 

If you require any further details regarding this weekend, please contact Nicole Munro on 0428955840, or Graeme Adams on  0439063817..  Please RSVP via txt to Nicole Munro by Tuesday 21st October 2014, making sure you include name and family members that will be attending.  Look forward to seeing you all on your bikes out on the trails.

Kind Regards

Nicole Munro

Graeme Adams

Cycletrek Trails

 

There is about 8 km of mountain bike trail winding through the 100 acres of Kambarang – the home of Cycletrek. Some sections have been named . . . pedal on . . .

Close to the edge

 A testing 400 metres of flat, pure singletrack that’s tight and twisty and as the name says, takes you close to the edge of the ridge to give you an idea of the elevation of the property. . . pedal on . . .

The Water line

This trail gets faster, but is still tight. It follows our water line from the top water tanks to the cabin; and finishes with the famous, heart in the mouth log roll over. . . pedal on . . .

The Rock Garden

As its name suggests, incorporates the best of our rocks which is guaranteed to test you. Remember momentum is the key to get through the rocks and you are rewarded with nice flowing downhill singletrack. This is one of Barrie’s favourite sections of trail – testing you but rewarding as well . . . pedal on . . .

The Goldmine

 From the fence line there is a fast, flowing singletrack that takes you down onto the far side of the property. On this section of track, you get the reward first, but are then punished by a tough climb out of the gully . . . pedal on . . .

Over the edge

You’ve just had a rest after the climb, rolled over ‘number three’ loading ramp and let go, more fast flowing singletrack, then you reach the infinity line – turn right and don’t look down! There is nothing separating you and a fall over the edge. Over you go. This is fast with a couple of switchbacks and a few jumps thrown in – the triple jump seems to be a favourite . . . pedal on . . .

 
 

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