2016 was a great year overall the MROCA. In this post I reflect on the year, write about the good stuff we accomplished and the great results the club members and committee achieved.
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This year finally saw the completion of the new 9 -10km of new trail network in Compartment 10. The trails were funded with the balance of grants from Lotteries West, NRM and DPAW drawn down to approx. $200,000. Construction went to a tender review panel – DPAW, AMR Shire and MRORCA represented. Three trail building companies completed tender applications; Common Ground, 3 Chillies Construction and The Trail Builders.
The tender was awarded to Common Ground with Subcontractor Magic Dirt Wizardy. Construction was completed on schedule – 28th October however additional link trails and signage requested by DPAW required an extra two weeks extra work. This, however, was completed quicker than expected after the Minister, Albert Jacocb surprisingly released a media statement on the November 12th 2016 without warning.
The Pines once again are on the agenda. However, let’s not forget how this all started with the club adopting a Save The Pines strategy that eventually resulted in a relationship with FPC with the development of the 2016-2020 Draft Management Plan. Now both DPAW and FPC are on board with the development of the pines, currently, the club is seeking quotes to get the ball rolling for the creation of a strategy that includes a concept plan for the entire network.
The construction River trail although 95% constructed is currently on hold until the council completes a $65K independent environmental survey.
This year the shire engaged a consultant to lead the development of the Rotary Pump/Jump Track. At this stage a Master plan has recently been completed, however, stakeholders are yet to adopt.
This year the Trail Sub-Committee was replaced with a trails working group. This came about through the need to allow the maintenance group to exist in a less formal manner. As such trail maintenance this year has been primarily carried out by individuals on a volunteer as per need basis. The majority of work has taken place in Creek Trails with some other work completed in the Pines for the XC event and a re- alignment of Lilly trail following some safety issues from unstable pine trees. MRORCA Committee acknowledges the continued maintenance work done by volunteers in Creek Trails.
The club continues to be instrumental in hosting and assisting a number of events in Margs this year. Thanks to the hard work of Jodie Berry and her minions, the events below raised some important funds for the club.
- Middle Earth Epic Ride – $2,000 for Cowaramup men’s shed.
- Margs Dirty Weekend
- MRORCA – Off Road Duathlon – 80 entrants
- Margs Dirty Film Festival
- Gravity Enduro – to which we provided volunteers and support to WAGE
- XC Round
- Sundown Shootout at Cape 2 Cape
SOCIAL & OTHER
Teacher, acclaimed artist and mentor to many, Ian Thwaites was kind enough to host the club’s xmas party in 2015. With the provision of a kids XC circuit and a few dirt jumps in the back yard, this year’s xmas party (TBA) will have a lot to live up to.
The Movie Night – Not2Bad and NotBad, Pemberton Weekender and the Kalamunda Muster bought a few not usually seen members out of the woodwork and fun was had by all.
Westcycle, WA peak cycling body offered a couple of small grants this year. Both of the grants were $500. Volunteer Recognition Grant saw 12 vollies get together at Swings and enjoyed a jovial evening with pizza and beer. The Coaching Grant allowed five interested members to complete the Level 0 MTB Coaching course.
In case u have been living under a rock this year there have been the regular club rides with the addition of a smattering of other one off journeys.
- MRORCA stayers Andy Stavley and Paul Illes continued to be available every Saturday rain, hail or snow or in the case of Margs… blistering sunshine and provide the club ride.
- A new initiative this year by Steve Kyme and Paul Johnson running the Tuesday afternoon ride aimed at high school age kids and older seem to be a popular gig.
- Other Rides (Ron’s Rebels, Spindaloo and Hairy Marron shop rides)
- Kids Day out in Pines for School Holidays *
- Take your kids for a ride day was another initiative by the state body, unfortunately, it was canceled due to weather
- The Summer Series was a very popular event that continued through the summer for 12 wks and points tallied. There was a spin this year were riders were able to compete in a team of 3 and points compounded. At the end of the series a Hairy Marron hosted a presentation night with a sausage sizzle. Heaps of laughs were had with the piss take awards and winners of the legitimate awards received some prizes from the Hairy marron and some amazing trophies provided by Ian Thwaites and Louise Mann.
- Paul Johnson hosted a couple of Boranup Rides, each seeing about 20 keen members make the trip.
- Rod Lakelin in tried and true form continually makes himself available to ride Middle Earth to whoever wants to attend
NEW & OLD COMMITTEE
The AGM was recently held at the Margs Hotel on the 29th of November and saw as per the constitution a changeover of the committee. A big thanks for their contribution over the past 12 mths sees Louise Mann, Susie Kyme, JD, Bryan Robinson, Ian Thwaites leave and move on to greener pastures.
The new committee as follows Chairperson Dean Davies, Vice Chairman/Secretary Andrew Man, Treasurer Brett Roberts, Executive member Martin Danger handling all things pertinent to the Law, Industry Representative Kane Goodwin DPAW and general committee members Steve Kyme, Christian Bishop and Jodie Berry.
There has been so much to deal with this year the committee felt it was necessary to reacquaint ourselves with the clubs objectives. The committee completed a fun exercise to find out what each of the individual members felt was important to them. Below is a summary of that exercise;
- Trail Advocacy: Promote opportunities to create/renew both new/existing trail networks in the region through maintaining relationships with all relevant stakeholders.
- Events: Seek to maintain an effective income stream through the promotion of mountain biking in the region by the hosting of both local and statewide events.
- Development: Engage MRORCA members through activities that support the development of all ages with the provision of local racing, skill sessions and social activities.
CLUB MEMBER ACHIEVEMENTS
A significant number of club members are racing and a number of them deserve a special mention for their achievements.
- Gus Kyme
1st U15 Downhill State Championships
1st Overall U15 Downhill State series
- Steve Kyme
1st Super Masters Downhill State Championships
- Roly Kyme
1st U17 Downhill State Championships
2nd Overall U17 Downhill State Series
2nd U17 Gravity Enduro National Championships
- Dean Davies
2nd WAGE Series Masters 40-49
- Brett Roberts
3rd Kalamunda Classic Enduro 50-59
2nd X Adventure (Ind) Dunsborough 50-59