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.
Thanks for alll the interest but we’ve decided to put the 8th June Shuttle social ride on hold pending some very exciting developments coming out of Rock and Roll mountain biking. More news and details will follow but be assured Gunjin Shuttles are definitely coming!!!
Thanks to all of those that already registered (watch your inbox) and we’ll keep you informed as this exciting development progresses..
Trail maintenance works are underway on the popular scorpion trail. This is one of the busiest trails within the network and needs some upgraded drainage and an odd tweak to improve flow (to reduce braking erosion).
Please use extra caution as the trail might be slightly different to your previous rides. Take it easy and maybe take a slower initial run down. Also be aware that they maybe people working on the trail.
The Black Stump Pump track and Shake Rattle and Roll signage have finally gone up. Many thanks to Perth Hills Department of Parks and Wildlife for helping with the deign and placement of these. The signs are instructional and help get the most out of the trail and/or features.
You might also have noticed a few more extra directional and trail sponsors signs popping up around the network. Big thanks to volunteer member Chad Demidenko for stepping up and taking control of this. It's a big task and much appreciated. If you'd like to get involved and help out email us at: email@example.com
We are excited to announce that we will be running a few “special” trail test/build days towards the end of the months of July/August/Sept (when no other races are on). These Sunday sessions will be on closed trails, and be used to see how the trail works have fared and where (if any) tweaking is required. This will involve individual runs over some of the older trails such as Camakarsi and Mercury Street, as well as some newer and recently improved trails such as Scorpion and Luvin Shovels. These trail build/test sessions will be sponsored by the guys at WAGE, who may also use the opportunity to test their timing equipment.
Due to the predicted high demand to get involved with these trail build/test sessions we will be offering places to people who ratch up at least two volunteer sessions. This will include not only all the trail building sessions, but also to those who volunteer in the other areas, such as helping out (or convincing other family members too) at the Jorgenson 4HR and the Kalamunda 50/50 (carparking/BBQ), being a social ride leader/coordinator, chasing trail sponsors/admin etc.
So step up, volunteer, and get your own clear run down an old favourite trail.
This year we are concentrating on improvements and maintenance for existing trails, plus there will be a couple of new trails built.
We will be running regular monthly volunteer days on the second Sunday morning of the month from May through to Sept. However don’t worry if you can’t make these as there will be others that will be posted up on the website and via Facebook as a when required for the certain projects.
Below is a brief list of works to be carried out during the rainy trail building season, from May to September 2014.
The list is not complete – in addition there will be numerous other small maintenance jobs, from drainage to braking ruts.
Thanks to everyone who said they would like to assist with trail building this year. We will be in touch with you when we get closer to organising volunteer build days.
MAINTENANCE AND IMPROVEMENTS
Realignment at top and corners in top section, remove some rock-overs, repair and clay cap some berms
Clay cap lower berms, relocate wooden wall ride
Extend and sleeper cap last wooden berm to around nearby corner, rebuild collapsed small dirt berms and jumps, cap run in to large sleeper berm below big log ride, small berm below fireroad on entering pines, fix corner on old section in the middle, where large stump causes braking ruts, fix drainage through pines, fix under road drainage an d remove tyres on fire trail after end of scorpion pines.
Fix ruts and exposed roots on corners
Rebuild several sections where trail damage is bad, eg;
chicane near the beginning, tight section between trees on second half, last berm on lower half, drainage, extend right hand berm at top of lower section, realign badly eroded corner at disused log-over, etc.
Realign eroded section near beginning, improve drainage near middle section, realign lower link trail where it becomes flooded, etc.
A large program of improvement works for this recently built trail;
Numerous corners to be adjusted for better flow and speed, berms to be extended or created and capped with sleepers for sustainability.
Slippery When Dry-
Finish drainage works
Numerous drainage issues to correct
Add table tops, repair brake rut sections and improve alignment where necessary to prevent in the future.
Fix table tops and braking ruts
Remove rocks near Lazarus corner, create bump berms
2km Green trail on opposite side of firetrail from Accid Flashback
New alignment for Highway to Dell
Singletrack link trail from bottom of Mercury to beginning of Rocky, to replace firetrail climb
Most of you will have noticed that the Rocky Balboa and Judderbars trails have been kindly sponsored by the guys and girls of Sea to Summit and Camelbak. Here's a bit about why:
Why you wanted to sponsor a trail:
Sea to Summit sponsoring a trail made a lot of sense for us. We’re based in Perth and we’re always keen to sponsor people and organisations that assist people with getting out and doing stuff in WA. We think that the efforts of the Kalamunda MTB Collective in maintaining existing and developing new tracks in the area has been amazing and it’s definitely something we want to support. Almost all of our staff are active mountain bikers, and we feel the work of the Collective has been a big reason why the sport has grown so much in the last few years. Obviously the increase in users is going to create new challenges about trail sustainability, so we’re really happy to be able to help out with sponsoring trails and hopefully, helping everyone enjoy our local trails.
Our second trail is being sponsored with CamelBak, which obviously has a pretty solid history in hydration packs and bottles for Mountain Biking. There’s a nice reminder in there for people to remember hydration (particularly given the recent hot and dry days!) and importantly, remember that re-use able water bottles and bladders is a much better option for everyone.
Why that particular trail:
Rocky Balboa is a fun, technical uphill trail and heads towards the top of Mt Gunjin, the peak of all Kalamunda trails – so of course it has to be the ‘Sea to Summit’ trail!
Judderbars starts from the top of Gunjin, the perfect place to have a quick breather and grab a mouthful of water from your CamelBak after the ride up.
How often do you (or your staff) get up onto the trails:
In winter more than in summer, most of us probably once or twice a week. If it rains it’s a must to knock off early and head to the hills after work.
Who has the best bike (and what is it) in the office/workplace:
That would be Roland, one of the owners and creative head of Sea to Summit. He recently took possession of a Pivot Carbon March 4.29 with X0 running gear and all the fruit…
Any rivalries or tales of victory/deceit:
Rivalry in the office is a bit of a story of non-event these days. We all used to have ambitions of pushing Mat, one of our designers, and possibly even beating him down some of the trails. Ambitions that were crushed one morning when he turned up on his fully rigid single speed, wearing a Hawaiian shirt and riding in his thongs (as he’d somehow left his shoes at home, and this was thongs and SPD pedals…) and then proceeded to show us in no uncertain terms that the rest of us were chasing second. In a big way! So I wouldn’t say that there’s a lot of rivalry these days. We do still harbour ambitions of sneakily sabotaging his bike before a ride, but given that he’s the go to bike mechanic in the office, those ambitions might just remain that!
Which trails/locations do you dream about riding whilst at work:
Moab in Utah or the Colorado Rockies in the US! Rotorua and Queenstown in NZ and Chile are high up on the list too. The only thing missing here is the views so any place with proper altitude, cool, fresh air and an amazing view on some snow covered mountain ranges, ideally with submontane ocean…
The Kalamunda MTB Collective can't maintain the trails to a high standard without the support of these businesses. Please support the businesses that support the trails you ride, and if you're interested in sponsoring a trail please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
JOIN THE KALAMUNDA MOUNTAIN BIKE COLLECTIVE OFFICIAL STRAVA CLUB.
Share your rides, win prizes, see what other Members are doing and participate in Collective social events.
The Collective has kicked off its official Strava Club site.
See where others are riding and how your times compare. You might find trails or routes you haven’t ridden before.
Each month there will be prizes for certain achievements. These will vary from time to time. There will be prizes for randomly selected participants during the past month. Activity based prizes will be awarded, not just for the most distance ridden, altitude gain or fastest times - there will also be rewards for things like; results on specific segments, biggest gains over the previous month, most days ridden etc.
The Collective is also planning to run some fun social rides which will use Strava mapping and times for recording.
The Department of Water is the government agency that manages drinking water source areas in WA. All of the trails in the Kalamunda area are in drinking water catchments.
Last year thedepartment released a new policy document “Operational Policy 13 – Recreation within public drinking water source areas on Crown land”.
The short story is that the policy states that in order to effectively maintain drinking water quality into the future, all recreational activities (not just mountain biking but walking, climbing, orienteering, bbq areas, off-road driving, etc..) will “be supported at September 2012 levels”.Effectively this means no new trails, activities or events beyond those existing in September 2012 (or already approved for construction at that time).
Last year we didn’t see any significant change, but recently we have applied to build new trails and most of these applications have stalled.
We at the Collective have had numerous discussions with the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and other agencies to get clarity on exactly what the new policy means for Kalamunda’s MTB trails.
All of the representatives have been extremely helpful and friendly, and they are great supporters of mountain biking and the Collective. However the Department of Water has the final say and it must determine our proposals in line with the new Policy. In addition DPaW is unable to support any new trails until a proposed regional plan is completed, early in 2015.
The bottom line is that we are unable to get approval to build new trails in the water catchment areas this year, and it may be some considerable time before this will be allowed.
This policy also affects competitive events in the area - no new events are being allowed in the area at the moment.
The Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective and DPaW will continue to work to develop the trail network.
We have an extensive improvement and maintenance plan for existing Kalamunda trails this year – details are being finalised and will be posted soon. We aim to improve the older trails to the level of sustainability achieved with newer trails, in order to reduce ongoing maintenance, improve safety and make them more fun to ride, while not changing the nature of the trails.
We are looking at trail connections to other areas near Kalamunda, where we hope to build “satellite” networks. As this progresses we will keep you informed of the outcomes.
Thank you all again your ongoing support for the trails and the Collective. We are very optimistic about the future and we need your support more than ever to help the Collective achieve its goals. As a large, cohesive organisation representing mountain bikers in this region, we have the best opportunity to succeed.