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Wals Trail

Wals Trail

Been a while since I had ridden this trail.

Built it many years ago as a connecting bit of single track to the outer circuit.

It's technically not a black trail any more  but a blue in difficulty. 

I guess there is scope to bring it up to its full name and ability …


Added by John Wallace on April 13, 2020 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

Bike week 2019

Bike Week WA 2019

Ok I have recycled a curbside rubbish pickup bike into a town bike. new brake-pads, new chain, cables n old seat (total $50). + Serious clean up.

Road though town saying hi to Mick Murray (department of sport n Rec), Erik from Crankn Cycles, Greg Pie n everyone else.

fun bike.

Have forgotten what its like to ride a non suspension, feeling every bump.…


Added by John Wallace on March 22, 2019 at 10:05pm — No Comments

Trail Funding

While in Colorado, I was impressed with the creative funding ideas.

I saw these beer taps made out of bike parts, then i looked at the sign next to it.

Ill enlarge it. The Mtbers themselves are proactive in sourcing long term sustainable funding, so there is no failure in projects from lack of Government support.…


Added by John Wallace on March 4, 2019 at 10:52am — 1 Comment

The Trail Summit

International MTB trails summit in Fruita Colorado.

Riding awesome places around the world

Its been a while since Ive been to a major trail conference, but the chance has come around to attend "The Trails Summit" in Fruita Colorado.

3 days of presentations, workshops and panel sessions with some of the best presenters in world.



Added by John Wallace on September 2, 2018 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Allanson Collie duel use trail finished

2nd stage of the Collie to Allanson duel use path is complete and in full swing.

Finally connecting Collie to Allanson with a continuous path through the old growth Sheoak forest. if your new in town and looking for a quick spin, check it out, you wont be disappointed with the ride. Connecting riders with nature and communities is a great way to see the sights. Allinson town site, or cool down with a Black diamond swimming experience or just a great spin ride. It wont disappoint as a…


Added by John Wallace on March 22, 2018 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Collie Hand Cycle Trail

Andrew from Break The Boundary tested the new Collie MTB hand cycle friendly trail built by Paul Neve and crew from 3 Chilli designs

Setting out from Rays trail car park with David Anderson from DBCA and John Wallace from the Collie mtb club, We road up and down along the newly furbished hand cycle friendly trail.

Andrew gave the new trail the thumbs up saying " It's always great trying out new trails in different areas around WA, but it's exciting…


Added by John Wallace on December 8, 2017 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Collie mtb trail network

A new mountain bike trail network has just got the go ahead for Collie in the latest project under the South West mtb master plan. Set in the Arklow forest block just a few kms north of Collie, the network will fall under the Collie/Wellington regional plan as a national destination, to add adventure tourism to the diversity of the town.

The mtb trail network will consist of up to 50kms of trails including up…


Added by John Wallace on April 13, 2017 at 5:14pm — 1 Comment

Urban trail

Collie is about to get a one of a kind urban mountain bike trail. The shire has put out a request for tender which closed at the end of January 2017 .

The location from the east end bridge to the back of the high school will give collie a unique facility accessible from the middle of town without crossing any roads. Under passing bridges will allow the upgrade of the new realigned Mundabiddi to pass through the middle of town and along the iconic collie river towards…


Added by John Wallace on February 24, 2017 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

2015 trails n outdoor conference

2015 state trails and outdoor conference

The 2015 trails and outdoor conference was held in Perth on the 9th Oct. WAMBA was well represented this year with a strong contingent attending and delivering a couple of the outbreak sessions. John Wallace, Dave Marshall and Dave…


Added by John Wallace on October 16, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

just an awesome ride

Yknow, it was just one of those flawless spring days where I put the bike on the back of the ute with the intention of going for a ride on my favourite trails, expecting my leaky rear shock to keep pressure just for this ride for the sake of having the most Awesome ride on my day off, (and having my bike perform just awesomely on my favourite trails flawlessly)…


Added by John Wallace on September 16, 2015 at 9:02pm — 1 Comment

Fundraising for SW mtb

Sw mountain bike club had a showing of the movie UNreal to raise money for the club.

Crankin Cycles and the SW club combined to bring the UNreal mtb movie to the Bunbury and Collie. A day of skills sessions, rides and bike maintenance .

Harris River estate was the perfect location next to the trail network for the group rides on singletrack on a cool sunny winters…


Added by John Wallace on September 16, 2015 at 11:19am — 1 Comment

2014 Pile rd xmas night ride

Pile road xmas wed night ride marked the 14th edition of the legendary event.

14 riders from around the south west turned up this year to participate in WA's longest running social event of this type, to keep the tradition and culture going strong for yet another year.

The beer fairies were busy beforehand…


Added by John Wallace on December 20, 2014 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Murray Valley Returns

 Murray Valley trail network comeback

WAMBA and Peel District Mountain Bike Club are developing a plan for Murray valley. In recent years the area has been logged and now its been designated as a mtb trail network.

Funding has been sought for concept planning and a detailed trails plan. With a history of…


Added by John Wallace on December 20, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Australian MTB Summit 2014

Buller Summit

The inaugural Australian Mountain Bike Summit was held on 4th and 5th of December at…


Added by John Wallace on December 16, 2014 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Australian mtb trails summit

Australian Mountain Bike Summit Scholarships Awarded

Mt Buller will host the inaugural AUSTRALIAN MOUNTAIN BIKE SUMMIT on 4 - 5 December 2014, in conjunction with the launch of the 'Australian Alpine Epic' on 6 December 2014.

This conference is unique in Australia in that it is dedicated purely to the needs of the mountain bike…


Added by John Wallace on November 23, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Night riding

Awesome topic.

MTB only..

My experience with night riding goes back about ?? uhh 20-25 years.

First 10 years or so were full moon rides without lights, with groups up to 30.

These were great with a party afterwards, never a dull moment.

Last 14 years has been wed night rides with lights, which has set a standard of riding culture that has not gone away. A usual group of anywhere between 3- 20 people, usually about 7 all with quality helmet mounted lights.…


Added by John Wallace on November 5, 2014 at 11:18am — 2 Comments

Trails and outdoor conference 2014

The 2014 State Trails and Outdoor conference was again a successful day.

Over 200 delegates from around the state and nationally attended the day.

Mountain biking was supported by Westcycle, WAMBA, Perth Hills, South West and great southern Regions. This years conference had more…


Added by John Wallace on October 14, 2014 at 4:40pm — No Comments

IMBA SW road trip to Collie

Starting at Albany:

There were 50 people at the forum over two days, by day two it was labelled the MTB Love Fest as there was so much positive energy floating around. We had reps from Transport, Big Guns from DSR, DEC, a rep from Lotteries West, the City - ranging from planners to reserve staff, ABUG, Dept of Planning, range of community reps inc local schools, and XC and DH crew.

Nic did a great job of giving the detail and Troy wowed the crowd with energy and…


Added by John Wallace on June 20, 2013 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Collie MTB Workshop


Collies has entered the mountain bike community in full swing by hosting a MTB trail forum. It was about bringing professionals to grass roots advocacy and building good relationships with land managers


The day started with local speakers talking about their trail systems and how they came about and the processes they went through to get them…


Added by John Wallace on June 26, 2012 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Trail maintenance after the storm.

The June storms have wrecked havoc on the local trails around Collie, with Debris and trees all over the trails.

The Collie MTB riders were quick to get into action for a clean up after the worst of the weather had finished.

About 10 riders took some time out, and  gave Rays trail a big clean up. Rakes, shovels, axes and chainsaw in hand had the trail looking like new with several hours work…


Added by John Wallace on June 14, 2012 at 2:52pm — 3 Comments

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