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/)
It includes all the latest news and progress on the Kalamunda trails and a brief wrap up from the recent WAGE Gunjin Gravity Enduro. Well done and thankyou to the team at WAGE which raised $1325 to go back into the trails we all ride.
After a long hard slog by the guys at WAGE the West Australian Round of the Gravity Enduro is finally here, and will be run on Mt Gunjin this coming Sunday. The is a great opportunity to watch some of Australia's best riders hit up our trails and see how it should be done. It kicks off at 10am with the festivities continuing on after wards at the licensed race village with food, music and presentations.
Please note that rolling trail closures will be in place during the event (10.15 - 13.30) to ensure the safety of all trail users. Please obey any marshals and trail signage.
The trail maintenance season is well and truly underway. We have been lucky enough to welcome back some of the original trail builders that are keen to put some much needed TLC into the trails that they helped construct. Muffin Tops and Horny Devil is getting drainage, and its erosion hotspots sorted with a fix up of some of the original features. Camakarsi as one of the busiest trails on the network is getting its drains cleaned and a few minor tweaks. Feral Groove is getting some new jump lead in’s and the Gungin lines will be getting its fair share of love later in the year (following the Gunjin Enduro).
It’s exciting to know that all of these works will be undertaken and supervised by the original builders/supervisors, and that the Collective is growing its trail building skill base through such a wealth of knowledge. Keep an eye on the calendar on the Kalamunda Collective website http://www.kalamundacollective.com.au/calendar/ or our facebook page for the next volunteer day (probably early part of July).
Representatives from the Kalamunda Collective attended the Perth Metro Trail Forum at Perth Zoo on Friday 6th June. There was presenters present from the various aspects of trails, including traditional land owners, horse riders, and state agencies. It was also a great opportunity for the Kalamunda Collective to network and highlight the importance of MTB trails in Kalamunda to the various state agencies.
The highlight of the conference was a presentation from Dafydd Davis (MBE) who is a Welsh mountain bike trail builder. His first significant opportunity to develop mountain bike trails came in the Coed Y Brenin Forest Park in North Wales (UK) in the mid-1990s where he was employed by Forestry Enterprise to develop trails for mountain biking. There was limited budget and Davis was innovative in using volunteers, youth organisations and the even armed forces to provide the labour needed to build sustainable trails through the forest. The forest park soon developed a reputation for excellent riding conditions, allowing Davis to approach the new Welsh Assembly and gain funding to develop more riding in Coed Y Brenin, as well as trails in four other Welsh forests. This was achieved, and in 2002 the International Mountain Bicycling Association announced Wales to be the world's top mountain biking destination.
Davis and now works as a free-lance trail developer and has worked extensively in Ireland, England, Israel, Canada and Japan and has developed methods for trail construction that provide sustainable but challenging routes that are durable and accessible to a range of riding abilities. Davis has significantly inputted into the long awaited West Australian State Mountain Bike Strategy, which is due for release soon.