gg dh2 kelvin smith3PDMBC WA DOWNHILL STATE ROUND 1

Golden Grove – Chittering, WA

(located at Golden Grove Orchard, 1378 Chittering Valley Road, Lower Chittering)

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May

Presented by Peel districts mountain bike club.

Saturday rego and practice.

Late Rego will be open 11am-3pm on Saturday.

Practice: Track open 11.30am-4pm Saturday (Depending on Marshals).

Sunday rego and race.

Late rego will be open 8am-9am

Practice: Track open from 8am-10:30am

Racing: 11am-3pm

There will be a seeding run and then a timed race 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. You will be keeping the same plate for the entire season.

Prices: Track side rego will incur a $20 late fee

If you cannot do online rego please notify the club prior so you do not incur the late fee.

  • Senior club members $80
  • Junior club members $60 (U13, U15 & U17)

Proof of Membership and Licence needed- please keep you receipt

Club membership $30

MTBA/Day licences apply $20 (covers both days)

Online rego – Registration Link
Online registration closes on:   Thursday 30/04/2015 at midnight (WA time)

Services Provided:

  • Toilets,
  • St John Ambulance to provide first aid (Saturday and Sunday),
  • Drinks and food for sale at Golden Grove Orchard shop.

Volunteers will be required to make this round happen!

Bring a Volunteer and receive ½ price registration or cash refund for the event.

We need:

  • 8-10 Marshalls (no experience needed, food supplied for the day)
  • Canteen helpers
  • 4 – 5 people to help set up and dismantle

Conditions of entry.

If you do not have any of these items you will not be able to race (No grey area).

  • Australian Standards Approved helmet
  • Elbow guards (Any quality moto or MTB shop will carry these.) my suggestions are G-form, 661, POC, TLD, Fox, Alpinestars and the list goes on, these do come in hard or soft shell. No makeshift elbow guards will be accepted.
  • Long sleeve shirt, to the wrist
  • Gloves
  • Long pants or knee guards with shorts so your knees are covered.
  • Bar ends on your handle bars
  • Working brakes, front and back

2015 Calendar

The 2015 Calendar is now live and dates are confirmed!
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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.

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.