Sam Payet is just one of the current crop of fast downhill and enduro riders on the come up in Western Australia. He’s a regular podium attendee and has some wicked style on the bike but that’s not a lot to go on so we thought we’d sit down and ask him a few questions.
What bikes are you currently riding?
For downhill I’m on a Morewood Makulu which I’ve had for about 6 months now, the suspension is pretty active so its tracks really well and its super fun on rougher tracks. I’ve also been riding Morewoods Sukuma out on the trails and some of the more tame downhill tracks over here, it’s a pretty playful bike and is perfect for a mid-week shred on the trails.
Do you enduro?
I mountainbike does that count?
Who do you think is going to surprise us on the race scene this year?
There’s few guys that have come over from motocross who are getting pretty quick, at the same time some of the other regulars have been training really hard so I think instead of any standout performances we can expect a pretty tight top 5 with most guys looking to push up the ranks. …View More
Rowdiness on two sides of the continent, first in WA for some local trail time with Sam and then onto QLD for the Cairns world cup. Glue your eyes to the screen because what follows is some of the most buck wild filthy downhill riding you will ever see.
Us westerners have been teased by stories of Gravity Enduro events in the East for a while now, so finally on the 23rd of March it was time at last for our first Gravity Enduro event, run by Steve Jainec and Phil Wilson of WA Gravity Enduro. After a few years helping out as trail builders and committee members for the state body WAMBA, these guys decided to branch out and focus on the area they were most passionate about: gravity enduro. Held at the Goatfarm MTB Park, and consisted of four timed stages each with a very distinct character that took in the wide variety of trails at the Goatfarm. While the race was made possible by the support of CRC, it was good to see a number of local bike shops including Kalamunda Cycles, Wembley Cycles and Jet Cycles in attendance showcasing their wares and having a crack at racing. …View More
The up and coming Urban Downhill race in Albany, Western Australia will be the first of its kind in Australia. A small team of local mountain bikers along with the help of sponsors has produced a spectacular event with the potential to explode into the coming years. See the Facebook page for more details HERE.
Rex Dubois and the rest of the Specialized Wembley Cycles WA crew head down to Nannup. Check out that rad Track X flanny inspired jersey!
In 2014 the Single Track Mind race series is set to expand, with several new events alongside old favourites including the Kalamunda 50 and Jarrahdale 6 Hour.
The series will kick off in April with the Jorgenson Park 4 Hour. The open, flowing course is perfect for new riders and those who love to go fast. This event is available to solo and team entrants, and is the perfect way to start the mountain biking season. The series will then head to the classic trails of Marrinup and Turners Hill for the Dwellingup 50. Proceeds from this event will be donated to Reece Tucknott to assist him to race in Europe. The following round will then be at Langford Park, where riders can indulge in the flowy trails during the Jarrahdale 6 Hour. The pinnacle event of the series will be the Kalamunda 50. Now in it’s 4th year, if you are a lover of singletrack this is the race for you! The Kalamunda Collective have put an enormous amount of work into expanding the Kalamunda trail network, allowing us to put together a fresh course of the finest singletrack for 2014. Once again this event will support the Kalamunda Collective’s trail building efforts through a donation to assist them to build more trails in the area. …View More
After a few years absence, Golden Grove Orchard returned to the Western Australian DH race calendar as the site of state round #4. With steep open grass sections and plenty of rocks, the track at Golden Grove is very different to the technical pine forest tracks WA riders are used to. A good showing from volunteer track builders in the weeks leading up to the event had the track in great condition. It began in natural bush at the top of the hill with a few dusty blown out corners and a rock garden, before heading through fast sweeping grassy turns and a few drops in the middle section, then shooting through a fast rock section out into the open, off a drop and into a steep fast grass paddock with two ski jumps. …View More