Gravity Club Series Round 3 & End of Year Presentations – Pemberton

Pemberton Mountain Bike Park

Again for 2015, 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. Points from all events in the Gravity Club 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.

The last Peel Districts Mountain Bike Club (PDMBC) Event of the year is the Gravity Club Roller held in Pemberton on 31st October & 1st November . The event is held at the Pemberton Mountain Bike Park at the Pool on both days, and is accompanied by the Club end of year presentations and State Series Presentations on Saturday night at the Pemberton Sports Club. 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 ( 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-1:30pm Saturday only and will attract a $20 additional late fee (further details below).

Please note that online rego closes on Sunday 25 October at midnight. This is to allow the club to confirm accommodation and Saturday night dinner numbers. Registration on the Saturday morning will be available but for racing only. No late comers for the dinner and accommodation after Sunday 25 October will be allowed.

Rego page for racing, accomidation and the dinner is here.

Please ensure you note down the correct number of dinners and accommodation required if you are booking for more than one person. If you have any issues then please contact the club or one of the committee members prior to the close of rego.

The event is held at the amazing Pemberton Mountain Bike Park, located at the Pemberton Swimming Pool, Swimming Pool Rd.  

Saturday Practise starts at 1230pm. Racing starts at 2pm. This year Saturday will commence at the Pemberton Mountain Bike Park, so park at the swimming pool and you will be directed from there. The first days tracks will finish at the Trout Farm.

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 6.30pm at the Pemberton Sports Club. A special meal deal has been set up which costs $20 per person (Adults) with a smaller serve for $12 available for children under 12. Numbers are limited so book early when registering online for your event to avoid disappointment.

Accommodation for the Saturday has been arranged at the Pemberton Camp School, just a stone’s throw from the Pemberton Mountain Bike Park.  Accommodation can only be attended by registering online here when registering for the event.  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! It is mandatory you bring your own sheets, pillow case, towel and toiletries. (a doona is provided)


Sunday Practise is open at 8am, with racing starting at 10.00am. There will be several stages and we aim to have racing finished by 1pm. Presentations for the race and 2015 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 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. Race plates

This is a club level series, aimed to be low cost, easy to participate in and most importantly fun!

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

We need:

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

AGM 2015 Details

Following from a successful AGM in 2014 in Albany, this year once again we will be having the AGM in Albany to coincide with the last State Downhill race of the year.
The details are:
6PM Saturday 26 September
at the Three Anchors
2 Flinders Parade, Albany WA 6330
BYO alcohol, there is food availble to purchase. We recommend ordering early as it willl be a busy night.
We have booked a function room for the occassion.
All members are encouraged and welcome to attend. If you have any particular issues you wish to raise and you are not able to attend you can pass them onto another member who is attending or contact the committee. We may not be able to cover all issues at the AGM but they will be tabled for future meetings.
Note this is the AGM so we will be trying to stick to the agenda, which will be roughly:
  • Election/ re-election of committee members:
  1. President
  2. Vice-President
  3. Treasurer
  4. Secretary
  5. Remaining listed at
  • Categories for 2016
  • Race Rules
  • Classes for 2016
  • Reports
  1. President
  2. Financial
  3. Sub-committee
  • Membership Fee Review
  • Close of business (~7PM)
Anybody who wishes to nominate for any of the positions above or any positions for the committee (full listing is at should contact the club as soon as possible. We encourage all members to actively participate in the administration of the club – more information is available if you have anyquestions. Feel free to ask any committee member or email the club.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Junior Development Camps 2015 – Registration Open!


The 2015 Junior Development Camps will run over the Tuesday 6th of Oct to Friday 9th of Oct 2015.

Registration and information is available here

Transport from Perth via Bunbury (if required) to Pemberton and back will be offered.

It is a great programme from MTBA to help grassroots junior development in WA and we can confirm that any PEEL Club Members will receive some financial assistnace to atted – contact the club if you are interested.

It is not aimed at beginner or top elite riders, but juniors that already ride/race that want to improve their skills and knowledge of MTB. It is not focused on anyone type of riding, and in the past years have had both xc and dh riders.

Welli Mills Update

Hi all,

Things have been moving along behind the scenes in relation to Welli Mills rehabilitation and getting the tracks up and running again. We expect to be able to announce a track day out there soon. At this track day there will be team leaders who will supervise groups of people working on sections of track to get everything back to adequate condition. Whilst we will be attempting to largely recreate existing tracks, we do have some approvals for exciting variations.

It is critically important that nobody builds anything out at Welli Mills unless it is expressly done through Peel – Peel has the approvals and must supervise the work. Any illegal track and feature building slows down the whole process.

Illegal tracks and features will be destroyed, and it will probably have to be destroyed by the club. This will take time away from us building legitimate tracks out there which is worse for everyone. So please dont do it.

If you know of anyone planning to or currently building anything please let them know as we dont want to spend days destroying stuff before we can start building again. Those individuals will be welcome at the official build days.


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.

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