Luvin' Shovels Details
This volunteer crafted work of art is a Black Diamond freeride trail packed with jumps, drops and berms. This is a Black Diamond freeride trail with 2 Double Black Diamond features (un roll-able drop offs) and is only suitable for experienced riders.
HISTORY OF THE TRAIL
Luvin Shovels was constructed with many hours of volunteer labour and with the assistance of a $15,000 Lottery West grant. The trail was design and project managed throughout by Lindsay Alsop. Key contributors were also Rich Blair and Ben McGrath.
The initial DEC (now DPaW) permissions for a Black Diamond trail in this area were granted in the Kalamunda Circuit trail proposal in 2006. However upon completion of the Kalamunda Circuit in 2011 there were insufficient funds to construct this trail.
Recognising that permission had been granted and that there was a demand for more challenging trails (the Kalamunda Circuit is rated Blue for intermediate riders), then WAMBA vice-president, Lindsay Alsop, got to work...
Lindsay started exploring the bush in this area and liked what he found. As well as having some reasonable slopes the bush was fairly open meaning minimal clearing of vegetation would be required. In addition there were plenty of fallen hard wood trees and rocks in the area for construction of the trail features.
With his proposed alignment approved by DEC trail construction commenced.
SHOVELS GET SOME LUVIN
In June 2012 volunteer work commenced. Soon a regular crew of eager volunteer trail builders were out there every other weekend or so shifting a massive number of rocks and building some impressive trail features. Word started to spread that something special was happening.
LOTTERY WEST ADD THEIR LOVE
With the award of a $15,000 Lottery West grant the volunteers were able to get a helping hand from the rental of some machinery and purchase of materials for features. This assistance was great for moral and soon more helpers were turning up and the trail further progressed.
The trail was completed in mid-2013. An impressive achievement for this 2.3km trail which contains 2 huge log rides, many many jumps and multiple berms.
To celebrate the completion a photo competition was held. Some of the best shredders in the state came out to strut their stuff whilst great photographers captured the day for posterity.
Luvin Shovels featured as a stage in the 2014 WA round of the National Gravity Enduro Series.
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More Stats for Luvin' Shovels mountain bike trail
Altitude change-258 ft
Altitude min910 ft
Altitude max1,175 ft
Altitude start1,168 ft
Altitude end910 ft
Distance climb1,044 ft
Distance down1.1 miles
Distance flat703 ft
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