Presidents Report

October was bike month, with clubs and organisations invited to host events that promote and encourage people of all ages and abilities to ride bikes for transport, fun and for a fun healthier lifestyle.

As part of our commitment to the community Albany Mountain Bike Club collaborated with Outdoors Great Southern, Dept of Sport and Recreation and the Shire of Plantagenet to deliver engaging events, including a guided ride for participants of the 2021 Trails Forum with Corinne and Bennet, Quaranup Open Day with Di and Julie, and Jamie and I provided a school holiday activity for kids in Mt Barker.

Southern Peaks event was fantastic with over 300 riders enjoying the suite of mountain bike activities across a variety of disciplines.  Feedback was overall very positive and as always we have identified some ways to make the event even more epic in the future.

Once again thank you to the committee, coordinator Jo Taylor, and race / event directors Brett Pengelly, Nathan Davenport, Bennet Moss, Bob Cooper, Brett Del Pozzo, Paul O’Donnell, Dinah Roecker and Corinne Stoner, and involved members for your amazing effort and contribution in making the 2021 so successful!  We will be welcoming our Southern Peaks volunteers back as well as Club members to an end of season celebration and thank you event with refreshment, movie and Annual General Meeting at 6 Degrees on November 17th at 5.30pm.  Please come along and enjoy all things mountain biking.

The pump track is well and truly alive with riders of all abilities using the facilities which is great to see, this really is an amazing achievement for the City of Albany and the Albany Mountain Bike Club which will continue to benefit the community for many years to come, well done to the team involved in getting this from grass to greatness, it has been a long process but well worth it.  We hope to see similar results with trails in the nearby future with things ticking along.

AusCycling have committed to be running one more Foundations Instructor course in Albany which will provide even more of our team with great development and engagement opportunities which are very rewarding.  Please let us know if you would like to be involved in the future as there are some great ways to be involved with the club in this area. 

See you on the trail! Dora Adeline – President

Club AGM and Movie Night

WHEN: Wednesday 17th November 5:30 PM

WHERE: 6 Degrees Albany WA

We invite you to join us for the club Annual General Meeting and a great night out to thank all our Southern Peaks Volunteers and members with a special screening of Return To Earth.

Albany MTB Club Members and Southern Peaks Volunteers can enjoy a complimentary drink and light refreshments and celebrate all things MTB.

Come along to be involved with your club in these exciting times for trails development in the Great Southern and bring ideas and enthusiasm into the coming 2022 season. 

Great Southern MTB Trails Update from our representative Paul O’Donnell

Hello everybody. With the excitement of the official opening of the pump track and dirt jumps last month it is an opportune time to give an update on the state of trail development in and around Albany.

The City of Albany has completed the process for the Mounts Trails development. After extensive planning, public consultation and flora and fauna studies over several years, the project now sits waiting final approval from the environment minister. The project is fully funded for $3.2 million dollars (not just for MTB trails) through the State government and is just awaiting this final approval.

The next exciting development is the concept plan for MTB trails development at Poikeclerup.  Outdoors Great Southern (OGS) have been tasked by the City of Albany to lead this project.  Common Ground trails have developed a concept plan for a gravity focussed trails centre with a variety of trails focussed at the intermediate to advanced rider. Flora and Heritage surveys are set to be completed on the site by the end of 2021. The project is part of a joint funding application to the Federal ‘Building Better Regions Fund’.  A decision on funding is due by the end of October. This project will also go to community comment around October so be sure to give it your support.

The final major trails project happening now is the Tower Hill project in Mt Barker. Magic Dirt Enterprises have recently completed the concept plan for over 10kms of trail on Tower Hill. The trails will be of a variety of green, blue and black descending trails with a shuttle road and two climbing trails. The Plantagenet council were delighted with the positive community response at their recent council meeting on the project. Currently, funding for the project is awaiting the combined grant with the Poikeclerup BBRF grant.

Finally, Common ground will soon complete their final five days building on the community jumps lines at the jump park. Stay tuned on how to assist at the community build days coming up!

If you have any questions about these or other projects, feel free to get in touch to discuss them.  See you on the (soon to be new and improved) trails.

Paul O’Donnell

Porongurup National Park Trail Master Plan Survey

We encourage all our members to take a couple of minutes to complete this survey. Common Ground will also be holding an open house drop-in information session to speak to them in person. The session will be held on Saturday the 20th November at the Porongurup Hall, you can come anytime between 1 and 5pm to have a chat with Common Ground Trails staff about the project.

XC Race at Rockliffe

Denmark MTB club is proud to present our annual XC race at Rockcliffe winery for the first time. Part of the course has been built by our sponsor Monkey Rock MTBco. After the event stay for a BBQ & drink and enjoy a sun downer.

-Sign in opens at 13:00
-Juniors race starts 13:30 (U9-U13)
-Seniors race starts 14:30 (U15-Seniors)-Presentations-BBQ & Sundowner 16:00
-Seniors will race a series of laps around the winery. Juniors will race a shortened version of the course.
-Open to anyone over the age of 6. Junior riders 15 and over should pick a grade appropriate to their skill level, but dont be affraid to challenge yourself. If your new to cycling or a bit nervous about mountainbiking, we offer an intro to MTB category so you can have a go and see what all the fuss is about. Spectators are welcome & encouraged.-Distances:

Men A-7 laps
Men B-6 laps
Men C-5 laps
Women A-6 laps
Women B-5 laps
Under 15-4 laps
Intro to MTB-4 laps
E MTB class-6 laps

These distances are aimed at providing 1+hours of racing per grade with an approx 3klm per lap. This is only an average, your results may vary.-Entry fees $10 Kids, $15 all other riders.
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Shuttle Day a Jan Holiday Event

Details Coming Soon, save the date.

Albany and Denmark Dominate WA Gravity Enduro Series

Well done Albany! Great Southern riders dominate Western Australia in the Gravity Enduro Mountain Bike Series.  Jessica Waldron (Albany), Dinah Roecker (Albany) and Kaiden Godden (Denmark) were declared overall State Champions for their respective age divisions after the final round of racing over the weekend of 6th and 7th November, at Evedon Park near Bunbury.  

Albany siblings, Abbey and Harper O’Donnell narrowly missed the Championship crowns with both placing second in competitive junior divisions.  Whilst little sister, Marcey O’Donnell placed third in her division.  Corinne Stoner missed the dais by the slimmest of margins, whilst Jen Honey-Smith and Dora Adeline placed highly to secure Albany’s strength in the female divisions, which is testament to the tireless effort these ladies put in throughout the year, in supporting the Albany Mountain Bike Club. 

Corben Weinert, Hayden Kinnear, Lachlan Waldron and Louis Mclean (Albany ), Robert Glynn, Jy Drummond and Flynn Devenport (Denmark), Mackenzie Stables and Beau Sobey (both Mount Barker) all placed toward the top of their respective divisions.    

Women’s Under 19 Division State Champion, Jess Waldron says, “It is such an honour to be crowned the State Champion in a terrific series for an awesome sport, I encourage more girls and ladies to give it a shot.”

The upcoming club events are the Denmark Mountain Bike Cross Country race on Sunday 14 November, desk opens at 1pm.  Meanwhile, the Albany Mountain Bike Club is set to hosts  its casual shuttle day at the Pilot Trail, Mount Adelaide (Irrerup) on Sunday 28th November.  Members and public welcome with enquiries to the respective club social media pages.