Posted by Ian Humphrey, Thursday, 16th October 2014 @ 1:53pm
Membership step caps are currently being given out to people who donate $5 or more when they sign up. This will be phased out once we have reached 1000 members with the option to buy a stem cap from our online store. At the moment we have 993 members...
So, if you haven't joined up yet and you have been meaning to, now is a good time as the price for the stem caps in the store is likely to be more.
It was a busy day for the kalamunda collective at the WA Trail and Outdoors WA State conference last Friday. Kalamunda collective was present and represented its members, including a joint presentation with Department of Parks and Wildlife on our trail sponsorship program.
Great day (apart from the weather) for our Sunday social ride. We had 19 kids ride out with their parents in the kids group and 4 adults for the Adults group, for the Outdoors WA and IMBA Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. I'm amazed by the strengths of our volunteers that stand up each month to run these events. Imagine trying to keep control of 19 eager kids as you try to explain where they are going. Thanks go out to Travis Linaker. Richard Orr. Richard Watson. Dale Cridge.
Posted by Ian Humphrey, Wednesday, 24th September 2014 @ 9:00am
The last Trail builders cup of 2015 has been raced and won with several regular rivalries being put to the clock. The expected weather held off and those that weren’t scared by the forecast mostly stayed dry, with everyone retreating back to the Camel farm for drinks and snags as the rain started. The session was run over Scorpion, Lancaster and Feral Groove trails, with a bit of inside trail builders knowledge helping a few gain some valuable seconds with their race lines. It was a closely fought contest with only 7 seconds separating the top four, but Ian Humphrey managed to take it out over Chris Pierce by just 2 seconds. Honourable mentions due to the Terry ”where was that A-line” Cain, “Stop line stack Steve” and Chad “well at least the frame crack hasn’t grown” Demidenko. Also special shout out to Rodrigeuz clan that didn’t quite escape the weather, but made the bbq.
Thanks to all of those that has help make this a success and participated. It is only a small way that we can say thankyou to all of those that have given up there time to help in some way towards promoting, protecting or developing the Kalamunda trails we all ride. A massive thankyou to Steve Janiec at WA Gravity Enduro for sponsoring the series by donating his time and custom made timing equipment. This truly is a WA organisation that gives back to MTB, and is a credit to the sportin WA. More details about them and their next race can be found at www.wagravityenduro.org
Posted by Ian Humphrey, Friday, 19th September 2014 @ 1:38pm
The first ever Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy is now open for public comment !!!
The Strategy lays out the future vision for mountain biking in the state, and is a guide to the development of sustainable mountain biking in Western Australia and highlights the economic, tourism, environmental, health, social and community benefits. Its vision is for Western Australia to embrace sustainable mountain biking as a leading recreational and tourism experience by delivering opportunities, maximising participation and sharing the benefits.
The Strategy targets the following areas and explores their local, regional and national significance:
• Trails, facilities and infrastructure
• Tourism and marketing
The Strategy has been prepared by WestCycle, with major support from the Department of Sport and Recreation, the Department of Parks and Wildlife and WAMBA. Interested individuals are invited to comment on the draft Strategy through the survey link below, submissions close at 5pm on 16 October 2014.
More area specific details will be provided through the second layer of planning in the form of the Perth and Peel Mountain Bike Master Plan (PPMP). This will identify and prioritise areas where high quality, sustainable and accessible mountain bike facilities could be developed within and surrounding Perth. This work is subject to a Lottery west grant and if successful is set to commence towards to end of October and is expected to run for approximately 6 months. Each area identified under the PPMP (such as the Kalamunda trails network) will then be subject to further detailed trail planning, which will include the finer details such as identifying new trail alignments and requirements etc.
Posted by Ian Humphrey, Wednesday, 10th September 2014 @ 1:35pm
If your riding this coming Sunday morning (14th Sept) please seek out the Kalamunda Collective volunteer in the car park to record your ride. There will be people at the Black Stump, Dell, Camelfarm and Farrel Grove carparks wearing fluro vests. If you park outside one of these, please stop by one on your way out.
The information gathered on the day will be used along with the data we have from the trail counters to get a more accurate representation of how many people are actually using the trail network. This will be used by the Department of Parks and Wildlife in determining how they use their resources, and will be used in grant funding applications which will mean more funding for the development and maintenance of the trails.
We’re still looking for people to help us between 9 am and early afternoon this coming Sunday (14 th Sept) to collect information on where people ride. All that we will need you to do is wait in a carpark for people to return from their ride, then check off on a list which trails they have just ridden. We will give you all the forms and info you’ll need, and you’ll still be able to get your ride in before. We may also need people to help correlate the results in due course, which you'll be able to do at home.
If you can help out on Sunday or by helping correlate the results, please email us at KMBChelp@gmail.com.
Posted by Ian Humphrey, Wednesday, 27th August 2014 @ 8:18pm
The results are in for the second trail test session, and a trail sponsor took the podium. Mark Williamson of Freewheel managed to keep reigning trail guru Brett Macintosh in check. Its also now 1-1 between WAGE and KMBC admins. Again big thanks to WAGE for their constant support, and the volunteers that make the trails we all ride so awesome.
The trails were found to be in great condition with the works on goldilocks getting a thumbs up and some fast lines. Loco's clay work has settled and is now fully open (with added rocks). The new start to Lazarus is running well and will be signed shortly.
The next trail test will be the 21st Sept and incorporate scorpion as well as a few others nearby. To get an invite, simply just get involved. Details and full results can be found under the Trail Builders Cup tab above.
The Targa West Rally is being held on Friday August 15th. Special stages and road closures (within our area) are occurring on the zig zag, Mundaring Weir Rd and scenic drive in John Forrest. The festival area will be in the centre of Kalamunda.
Please see the attached map, Mundaring Weir Road from the Parks and Wildlife office towards Mundaring will remain open. There will be road closures and disruptions to traffic on Mundaring Weir Rd, between 9.55am and 3.45pm, and the Kalamunda MTB trails will be in-accessable off of Mundaring Weir Road during this time.
Many thanks to all of those involved, and we always welcome new people to help out where they can. The next meeting will be around the end of September, with the date/time to be advertised on the usual website/facebook channels in due course.
The first trail test day is complete and although a wet start some old rivalries were finally resolved, although i think if anything more were created.
The morning started with a few hours of maintenance works on Camakazi, which included fixing up a couple of heavily rutted areas, several corners and clearing drainage. Then a few of the guys and gals that have volunteered their time this year to help progress the Kalamunda Trails, were rewarded with a couple of unhindered social runs to provide some feedback. WA Gravity Enduro (WAGE) were on hand during this social ride to help people see how their fitness is going if they wished, and settle a few old scores.
Couple of worthy mentions are required for "hipflask" fox and "cracked Al" Chad for the bush repairs. Gemma tried hard to drop "the mouth" Tyson for some peace and quiet, and "magic socks" Trent outshone yet again below the knee. Some tried to drastically reduce weight by ditching a pedal and even one bikes seat stay changed colour, but eventually not even dirty tactics by "blocker" Morgan could stop "the machine" Brett. It was a display that not only would have bagged a strava KOM down Kamakazi, but also probably on the climb back up.
A big thank you to all of those involved with progressing the Kalmaunda trails and we will be running another two (on different trails) before the end of the build season. Details are at www.kalamundacollective.com.au so simply volunteer to get involved. Also special thanks to WAGE for the ongoing support and donating their time/equipment (www.wagravityenduro.org/)