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RTRA e-Newsletter
October 2012

In this issue:


Pinjar Trail Grant Decision Delayed

More Work on Pilot Trail


Meetings with Senior Politicians


Social Night / AGM Oct 16

Minimal Impact:

Adjust to the Dust

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Helping to save your riding areas

We're now less than 6 months out from the next State Election. This is the time that riders and the industry need to come together to leverage that once-in-four-years opportunity.

We need to make sure that both sides of politics know that we represent;
  • around 50,000 trail and quad bike riders
  • an industry worth $120 million + per year
  • a recreation activity that has physical and social benefits
  • a recreation activity that has been neglected and unfunded for the past thirty years.
Over the next few months we will be rolling out several election-related campaigns to supplement our ongoing behind-the-scenes advocacy work - and we will be calling on you, our members and your friends to make your voice heard..

RTRA Now on Facebook

Our new Facebook page will help spread the word and make it easier for many of our members to engage with the RTRA.

We hope you 'like' it - and don't forget to share it with your friends!

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Social Night & AGM - October 16

There's still time to book your place at the annual RTRA Social Night and AGM - Tuesday October 16 at the Oxford Hotel Leederville.

Building on the success of last year's event we will discuss topics of interest to riders and provide an opportunity for a few beers and plenty of bench-racing.

Topics include the RTRA vision for Metro Road, a detailed test report of KTM's new Freeride 350, the 2013 plan for Pinjar - and some surprise announcements!

Entry is free to all paid-up RTRA members (if you've been meaning to renew your membership, now is the time to do it!)

Finger food will be provided and a cash bar will be operating so grab your ride buddies and RSVP today.

Meetings with Roger Cook and Troy Buswell

We met with senior members of both political parties last month.

Roger Cook MLA paid a visit to the Kwinana Off Road Vehicle area which is in his electorate.  Mr Cook has long been a supporter of the State Trail Bike Strategy and the need to provide better facilities for riders and their families.

The Strategy was also the main topic of discussion when we met with the Hon Troy Buswell MLA and Member for Darling Range, Tony Simpson, at Parliament House.  As Treasurer and Minister for Transport Mr Buswell could play a key role in implementing the Strategy.

It would be counter-productive to divulge the contents of the discussions, but it is safe to say that both political parties see the community benefit to be gained by providing more and better legal facilities for trail and quad bike riders! 

More Improvements at West Coast Ride Park

John and Georgina Staines are continuing the investment in the West Coast Ride Park near Kirup.  The latest announcement is the construction of a toilet and shower block to complement the camping area.  

The ride park is open over the next three weekends and with continuing damp conditions in the south-west the riding should be excellent.

KTM Freeride 350 - Novelty or Game Changer?

Is it cheating to ride a Freeride when all your mates are on full size enduro bikes?

After 3 days riding the new KTM Freeride 350 Pretz is ready to make some bold predictions.

Read his review and get the full story with photos and video at the Social Night on October 16.

O'Brien Road Minikhana a Success

MWA held a successful trial Minikhana at the proposed O’Brien Road Gidgegannup property with a good field of riders and several senior local and state government executives in attendance.

Members of the Gidgegannup 'Progress' Association also came along and were overheard complaining about everything from erosion to fire risk to the prospect of hoon behaviour.  One classic quote:  "I've already seen litter on the side of the road this morning!"

Let's hope that the planning decision makers ignore the obvious self-interest of a small group of locals and approves the use of the land. 

The O’Brien Road property is ideally suited to Minikhana and other training activities and would provide a much needed facility for junior riders in the hills.

Pinjar Trails Grant Decision Delayed Again 

We have been advised by Lottery West that a decision on our Trails Grant application will now be made at the November board meeting.

We remain optimistic about the eventual outcome, but the delay is certainly frustrating.

Meanwhile, DEC has been stockpiling clay at Pinjar so that work will be able to commence soon after the funding is approved.

Minimal Impact - Adjust to the Dust

With summer just around the corner it's time to adjust to the dust.

Here are three easy things you can do to make your summer rides more enjoyable and safer:

1. Give it a minute. If you use a corner man system on your rides it doesn't matter how spread out the group gets. So give it a good minute or two before you take off after the rider in front and let the dust settle.

2. Pick your position. After the first few regroups you should know where you sit within the group in terms of speed. Don't take off first if you know everyone is going to pass you, and don't take off last if you know you're going to pass everyone else!

3. Think of the guy behind. A bit less throttle equals a lot less dust, particularly when taking off or entering a dirt road. And if someone faster comes up behind, let them pass at the earliest opportunity.

Adjust to the dust and you'll not only enjoy the ride more but you'll save some time on all that air filter cleaning!

More work on Metro Road Pilot Trail

Following rider feedback and a recent trail inspection there will be more work done on the Pilot Trail over the next few weeks.

Some (not all!) of the whoops will be moderated and a series of erosion mounds will be constructed in the southern-most section of the trail.

The fact that these erosion mounds will provide the spirited rider with some air opportunities is just a bonus!

Spread the Word

The more members we have, the more we can achieve.  If you have riding buddies who are not yet members of the RTRA, forward them this email and give them a prod to join up.

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