2015 Calendar

The 2015 Calendar is now live and dates are confirmed!
race callendar small 2015

We start the season with a Gravity Skills and Development day to get everyone ready for the upcoming season and allow beginners or new entrants to see what downhill and enduro racing is all about. There will be demo bikes and more at this event. The following day you can test what youve learnt for real at the first DH Club race of the series.

Once again we are running a Club race and a State Series. The Club races are designed to be simple and low cost and more suited to beginners. The State Series is the pinnacle of high performance gravity racing in Western Australia.

The event locations were challenging this year due to a combination of our favourite locations being logged all at once (Welli Mills, Nannup, Dwellingup) but we are confident that everyone will be stoked with the courses we have lined up. Once Welli Mills is thinned we will need to work hard to get the tracks rehabilitated prior to the races. Trail maintenance days will be advertised as soon as we can do it.

State Championships are once again at Goat Farm which cant be beaten in terms of spectator and supporter access as well as proximity to Perth.

And the season ends with the Roller Enduro race at Pemberton Mountain Bike Park – held over two days and incorporating the end of year dinner and presentations on the Saturday night.

We look forward to seeing you back out racing in 2015!

All information relating to the calendar, rules and categories can be found by clicking on the page links above.

WA Mountain Bike Association invites all Mountain Bikers to be involved in our State team

Western Australia has a long history of success on the Cycling stage. With the 2015 National Mountain Bike championships coming WA Mountain Bike Association have the following opportunities available.




WAMBA Call for Nominations information click here

WAMBA Selection Policy click here

WAMBA Athletes and Support Staff Nomination form click here due 31st January 2014



WAMBA Selection Policy requires Selection for WA State opportunities to be determined by the State Selection Panel, which comprises;

  • Appointed Position (dependent upon skills, knowledge & experience with Downhill focus) appointed by standing State Selection Panel members
  • Appointed Position (dependent upon skills, knowledge & experience with Cross Country focus) appointed by standing State Selection Panel members
  • WAMBA Board member
  • MTBA State Representative
  • WESTCYCLE Operations manager

We are seeking Expressions of Interest for the 2 Appointed positions. Please submit an email with a brief explanation of your experience by 1st January 2015 to info@westcycle.org.au

All  the above information is available at http://goo.gl/HC3dnn

Murray Valley concept plan process – Updated

Please see below a brief description of the new process to be undertaken at Murray Valley for the new trails.

Firstly it should be said that this is the first project to be done under the guidelines developed between WAMBA and DPaW, and it is something DPaW want for all trails built on their land. It is a rigorous process designed to ensure there are good outputs. And hopefully it doesn’t add too much cost or time….

Secondly I should also point out the WA MTB Strategy identifies difficult, gravity focused tracks as the first priority to be built in WA. DH is the pinnacle of that so I would expect more black tech trails to be built in the near future than flow trails. In contrast to this obviously DPaW and other land owners are very interested in recreational facilities as these cater for all users – from kids and families and absolue beginners to elite athletes.

Murray Valley mountain bike trails are part of a plan to develop a significant facility for recreational users of the area. In addition trails will be incorporated that will cater to the more experienced riders who are travelling just to ride. The current scope has 3-5 downhill tracks as well as a green climb to the top of the DH tracks and 10-15km of cross country trails. As this is Murray Valley most of the DH trails will be blue – green adn black are also included in the scope. All the detailed information is available below in the tender post.

The guidelines have seven steps, the first four are largely desktop based so I wont discuss them here. Each step is treated separately. Following this there is:

Concept plan – rough areas are identified for the tracks and associated infrastructure. This allows DPaW and other land managers to then ensure there’s no issues with building in that area. They don’t have to look at a massive area, only that of interest. Stakeholders will be consulted during this process – including local government, land owners, local business and selected local riders. Due to timeframes the group will not be large but will consider all varying interest groups. When this is complete its advertised.

Detailed design – This is where the actual track is designed, what berms goes where, what jumps goes here. Where exactly the track starts and finishes. The tracks will be within the area outlined in the concept. Itll be a map. If things go well Murray Valley will be at this stage mid next year. Consultation will be complete prior to this process.

Construction – Where the actual thing gets built finally! The idea is the builder will be following the design and putting the track in. There will have to be some flexibility regarding changes as they come up but we don’t know how that will be structured.

Each step is treated entirely separately with a tender for each stage so potentially there could be three organisations doing each stage.

Time is key so as usual feedback through clubs/ WAMBA/ collectives etc is a good idea as its faster and easier than dealing with thousands of individuals. So Id encourage anyone to get involved. The best time for this is now, prior to the Concept Plan being completed and before detailed design.

Historically most tracks have been built with something like a concept plan, then going straight to construction and working it out. Whilst I don’t think this is a bad way to go at all, this is a new approach that is being trialled and the hope is definitely that it will result in a better outcome. At the end of the day we will probably only know in a couple of years but I’m willing to give it all my effort.

DPaW have been great to deal with so far on this and are really keen to get a great facility going at Murray Valley. WAMBA and Westcycle have driven this from the start so its largely thanks to them this is even happening.

From here I envisage Toms Crossing to happen shortly after Murray Valley and this is where we should expect to see a higher concentration of advanced tracks in alignment with the direction of the WA MTB Strategy. At the same time the SW MP will be working to expand trails in the region south of Perth.

All the while, PDMBC is working hard to maintain and expand track networks at Welli Mills and Nannup – more on those to come.

Lastly, I know I interchange the words track and trail – forgive me!

Anyway sorry for the novel, hit me up with any questions.

Cheers Sam

PDMBC Vice Pres

Murray Valley Concept Plan Announced

PDMBC is pleased to announce that trail planning consultant Common Ground Trails has been appointed to undertake mountain bike master planning in the Perth Metropolitan and Peel regions.

The Perth and Peel Mountain Bike Master Plan will guide the development of an exciting network of high quality sustainable mountain bike trails in the two regions.

Common Ground Trails was selected following a competitive tender process on the basis of their strong mountain biking background and extensive local, regional and international experience.

This project has been made possible by a $25,000 contribution from the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the award of two $25,000 grants by Lotterywest.

Common Ground Trails will now work closely with WestCycle and a Steering Committee of representatives from the Department of Parks and Wildlife, the Department of Sport and Recreation, local government, WAMBA and the wider mountain bike community.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to ask the club.



Murray Valley Concept Plan Tenders Open

Tenders are now open for the concept plan stage of the Murray Valley, Dwellingup area. Please see attached two documents which will enable submission of a confirming tender:

Murray Valley Concept Plan Brief V 02

Concept Plan Brief highlighting deliverables and a summary of the concept plan element of the project

Proposed Murray Vally Trails Area Map v2

Trails area map indicating areas identified as amenable to end uses


Quotations must be submitted by 4pm AWST Friday 14November 2014 to myself.


If you have any queries or questions relating to the project, please do not hesitate to contact Sam Russell.





MTBAs CEO Interview

Hi all,

This is worth a read if you have time  to summarise there will be a greater focus on coaching and development in upcoming years which Peel plans to be a part of.

Also note that it looks like day licenses will be going up a lot in price, so anyone planning to do more than a couple of events will need to consider MTBA membership strongly – this will cost you less but also add to the benefit of having membership to your local club – make it Peel of course! Benefits are long and include access to newsletters, events, supporting the work the club does in advocacy, trail maintenance, coaching and development, event organising etc.


Rego For Club Roller 5 and End of Year Presentations at Pemberton now Open


Gravity Club series 5 Roller Pemberton 18&19 October 2014

New for 2014 PDMBC brings an exciting new All Mountain race format to Western Australia. The event format varies from race to race depending on the location, with key elements consisting of timed runs down a mostly downhill trail (moderately technical), with riding back to the top. Multiple race runs per day on different trails can be expected with the winner being lowest aggregate time. There are currently three Roller races planned as part of the new five race Gravity club level series, with the remainder being traditional Downhill events. Points from all events in the series count toward the series winner. You will be able to race the Roller events on almost all types of mountain bike, ensuring that it that your bike fit the clubs safe standards. Front and rear brakes, working suspension and bar ends. We are pleased to announce LIVE timing at Peel events in 2014 – that means you get a time within minutes of crossing the finish line!

The last Peel Districts Mountain Bike Club (PDMBC) Event of the year is the Gravity Club Roller held in Pemberton on 18 & 19 October. The event is held in two awesome locations over two days, and is accompanied by the Club end of year presentations and State Series Presentations on Saturday night at the Pemberton Hotel. Accommodation options are also available, with more details below.

Prior to the event starting Three Chilies Trail Design will be undertaking some trail work and construction at the Pemberton Mountain Bike Park (http://www.pembertonvisitor.com.au/pages/pemberton-mountain-bike-park). Competitors are encouraged to lend a hand (or shovel) to Paul for a few hours in the morning prior to the PDMBC event kicking off. He will be at the trails from 9am until 12noon.

Race entry costs $45 for adult categories and U19s, and $35 for juniors. A day license ($20) is also applicable if you are not a currentMTBA member. Registrations at the event are open from 12pm-2pm Saturday only and will attract a $20 additional late fee (further details below).

The main event begins on Saturday by parking at Gloucester Ridge Winery, Lot 7489, Burma Road, Pemberton, WA 6260. Parking will be organised by the Pemberton P&C and cost a gold coin donation.

After you have parked, make your way carefully 200m up Burma Road toward the towering Gloucester Tree, which is the trail head and where the club tent will be set up for registration. This trail has never been raced on before and will be brand new to most riders – you are guaranteed to love it!

Practise starts at 1230pm. Racing starts at 3pm.

Dinner and club presentations have been organised for Saturday night following the first half of the race. State Series Presentations and General Club Presentations will be held during the dinner, starting at 630pm at the Pemberton Hotel. A special meal deal has been set up which costs $20 per person, all details can be found at the registration link https://www.registernow.com.au/mtba/ERegister.aspx?E=2136   Numbers are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Dinner rego closes 14th Tuesday night at midnight.

Accommodation for the Saturday has been arranged at the Pemberton Camp School, just a stone’s throw from the Pemberton Mountain Bike Park. All information and registration can be found at the link here https://www.registernow.com.au/mtba/ERegister.aspx?E=2135 The accommodation is dorm style and costs $30 per adult and $20 per child for the night. Numbers are also limited so get in quick! Accomm rego closes 13th Monday night at midnight.

Sunday morning the event is held at the amazing Pemberton Mountain Bike Park, located at the Pemberton Swimming Pool, Swimming Pool Rd. http://www.pembertonvisitor.com.au/pages/pemberton-mountain-bike-park

Practise is open at 8am, with racing starting at 900am. There will be several stages and we aim to have racing finished by 1pm. Presentations for the race and 2014 Gravity Club Series will commence immediately afterward and we aim to have everything done by 2pm. Help with cleaning up and packing up will be appreciated as this will get us all on the road on time.

General information on Pemberton, including accommodation and food can be found at http://www.pembertonvisitor.com.au/. Pemberton Caravan Park is recommended as an accommodation alternative because of its proximity to the Mountain Bike Park.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Minimum Protective equipment Roller: knee pads with shorts, helmet, gloves. A Full face helmet is recommended! Handle bars must have Bar ends or Plugs. Full race rules can be found by clicking here There is a two minute penalty if you miss your start gate. Any runs after the first will be held in the same order as the first, with a designated time period allowed to get back to the top of the trail following any run All Riders must sign on before practicing the course. Riding the course without being entered will result in – First Offense- Verbal Warning, Second Offence-1 Race Ban. Third Offense – Season Ban. Only riders and designated officials wearing a helmet, and displaying a valid Number Plate on the front of the bike, will be allowed onto the course during official practice sessions. Number Plates to be displayed at all times, if plate is lost, you will need to acquire another for the nominal fee at registration. Your Plate must visible and legible at all times. This is a club level series, aimed to be low cost, easy to participate in and most importantly fun! Late rego is open on Saturday from 12pm-2pm and incurs an extra $20 as late fee. MTBA or Club card will need to be shown at Rego for proof of club. MTBA/Day licences apply $20

There will be a BBQ lunch available for a small fee at the event

Volunteers for Marshalling are needed! If we don’t have the right amount of marshals on both days then we don’t start on time. Please let us know prior to the event if you can or have a family member or friend that can help. Email us if you can help pdmbc@yahoo.com.au

We need:

  • 5-6 Marshalls (no experience needed)
  • 2-3 people to help setup and dismantle