Grassroots mountain bike racing at its best! Get out on your bike, meet new people, have a laugh, be stoked and then have a yarn over a burger and a refreshing beverage afterwards!
If you have never taken part in a race or a formal mountain biking event before, this is the time to get involved! It ain’t serious, no one cares how fast you are, it's all about having fun. The Summer Series takes place on Thursday afternoons over the summer school holidays with a race format of two timed runs on beginner-friendly descents, with cumulative time. Behind all the fun is an incredibly hard-fought-for-sheep-stations inter-club competition between Dunsborough and Margaret River (MRORCA), culminating in the fancy dress Humble Cup and post-series windup at the Brewhouse.
Round 1 - 27 December 2019 (note: actually a Friday!) - Meelup
Round 2 - 2 January 2020 - Margaret River
Round 3 - 9 January 2020 - Meelup
Round 4 - 16 January 2020 - Margaret River
Round 5 - 23 January 2020 - Lot 80 Eagle Bay
Round 6 (Humble Cup) - 30 January 2020 - Margaret River
To compete you must pre-register online before 27 December - after this hit the links in the individual events to register. More info, details and registration links are all on the event page.
On the day you simply need to check in from 5pm onwards to confirm your attendance and grab your race plate. You can then practice up until the compulsory race briefing at 5.45pm, with racing running from roughly 6pm-7pm.
It's on! The Down South MTB festival celebrates mountain biking in the South West offering two 2 days of competitive and recreational mountain bike fun. Promoting the mountain biking facilities in Dunsborough and Margaret River across 2 days, events include the XCO WAMBA 2019 State Series Rounds 5 and 6. We'll also have a variety of fun and free events - 16 inch wheeled bike races, wheelie competitions, balancing challenges, dual slalom races, bunny hops, jump displays and this year for the first time the Down South MTB festival will be hosting a fun Gravity Enduro in the Dunsborough Meelup Mountain Bike Park.
There will also be some of the South West’s best mountain bike coaches on site offering some great kids and adult MTB skills coaching clinics. Find out more here and register and purchase coaching clinic tickets here.
Back by popular demand - race for your club (or pride, or bragging rights, or just for fun) in 5 rounds of timed downhills followed by the Humble South West Championship (2 timed runs on Marg's most iconic trail, with time credits for costume).
Held on Thursday afternoons, the venue alternates between Margaret River and Dunsborough. Entry is by gold coin donation - registration check-in closes 5:45pm, racing starts at 6pm. Post-event socialising is advised :)
Humble South West Championship
Jan 31 (Margs) followed by series presentations
Stuff to note:
Interested? Check out the Facebook event page for details. Register online at Webscorer.
Thanks to the recent grant from the City of Busselton and Lotterywest, trail works are currently underway on the Meelup trails. Consisting of 3 new trails linking the intersection near the start of Mr Mansfield's Old School down into the DDCC's Mavericks and Firey's trails, please keep an eye out for our trail crew (Ivan from The Trail Builders, club president Andrew and volunteers), and respect any 'trail closed' signage.
Our trail maintenance coordinator Patrick and volunteers have also undertaken a few modifications and cleanup of some existing trails (especially Happy Myles), so keep an eye out for changes and if you see something unfamiliar, check it out first before hitting it full bore :)
We recently applied for and received a grant via the City of Busselton and Lotterywest to help fund our next trail building project - 3 new trails at Meelup linking the intersection near the start of Mr Mansfields Old School down into the DDCC's Mavericks and Firey's trails. Aside from providing more trails (always a good thing!), this will improve the integration of our Meelup trails and the DDCC trails.
Obviously a huge thanks is due to the City of Busselton and Lotterywest, as well as to all involved in organising the grant. Getting funding is just the start - the project will be a joint collaboration between volunteers from the CMB and the Trail Builders. Watch this space!
THANK YOU TO...
Round 5 is done and dusted. Congratulations to all who participated, and a big thanks to all the WAGE crew, the volunteers, and the DDCC for an awesome day. Results are available here - our trails saw a massive turn-out of riders and good conditions on race day; we were especially lucky in that regard, given all the recent storms :)
The CMB fundraising gourmet sausage sizzle, kindly organised by Regina and Roman from Ride Local, was kept super busy - thanks to all who helped out (especially Regina, Michelle, Donna, Katherine, Pascal, Thorben and Luca) and thanks to everyone who dropped by for a (gourmet!) feed!
It's on this weekend! Round 5 of the WA Gravity Enduro series will take place this Sunday July 29. The trails are prepped and course maps are available - head on over to the WAGE event page to get detailed maps and last-minute info. With 5 race stages spread across both Meelup and DDCC trails, and the race village based at the Country Club, it should be a great day for both riders and spectators. Wishing everyone an awesome day - stay safe and enjoy it!
Saturday 2nd June and Sunday 3rd June saw the Down South MTB Festival return to Dunsborough and Margaret River. Split between the 2 venues, the festival celebrates mountain biking in the South West, offering two 2 days of competitive and recreational mountain bike events. This year it included the XCO WAMBA 2018 State Series Round 3 (Saturday 2nd) and XCO WAMBA 2018 State Series Round 4 (Sunday 3rd), as well as coaching clinics, fun events and team relays.
A huge thanks to all the participants, competitors, coaches, volunteers and spectators - see you all again next year!
For more on the festival and to link to the results, see the event website at http://www.downsouthmtbfestival.org.au.
Sunday 29 July sees Round 5 of the WA Gravity Enduro Series at the Meelup and Dunsborough & Districts Country Club trails! Gravity enduro is a fun and social racing format anyone can enjoy, from the elite to weekend warriors to first-timers and juniors. With the race village based at the Country Club in the heart of Dunsborough providing ample opportunity for refreshments and socialising, this is a very accessible event - if you've ever wanted to give a gravity enduro a go, now's the perfect time.
It's also a great sport to watch - even if you’re not competing it’ll be worth marking the date and heading up into the hills to spectate and heckle as hard as you can. And if you're not racing but would like to get involved, we'll likely be putting out a call for volunteers (course marshals etc) closer to the date - keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.
Learn more and get your race registrations in at the WAGE website.