Trailforks Trail of the Month: Luvin' Shovels

Jan 14, 2015
by Brent Hillier  
TRAILFORKS

Luvin Shovels, Perth, AUS

Trail of the Month


This month's featured trail comes from the Southern Hemisphere and the Kalamunda Trails near Perth, Australia. This Black Diamond is a jump filled flow trail built by the power of community and the hard work of some key individuals.

Luvin Shovels
Luvin Shovels


Luvin Shovels got its start in 2006 with the permission for a Black Diamond trail in the Kalamunda network's original proposal. Unfortunately, after the completion of the Kalamunda circuit in 2011, funds had run dry and the plans for an advanced line was left on the wishlist. We spoke to the Jake Hannah, committee member of the West Australian Mountain Bike Association (WAMBA).

bigquotesRecognizing that permission had been granted and that there was a demand for more challenging trails, then WAMBA vice-president, Lindsay Alsop, got to work. - Jake Hannah


bigquotesTo me trail building is the ultimate expression of creativity that people can share in and be rewarded by time and again. Finally we could build a black trail and I wanted to make this one count. There was a real gap in the type of trails that we had in the area. I wanted to build something that I thought would bring some young grommets to the sport, to bring a bit of play to biking in Perth. - Lindsay Alsop

With a line scoped by Lindsay Alsop, a Lottery West grant of $15,000, some crucial help from Rich Blair, Ben McGrath, George Munroe, Geoff Carnegie-Smith and an army of volunteers, work began in June of 2012. The grant money allowed the purchase of materials and the rental of machinery, not only a help in the construction itself, but it made for a massive moral boost for the community meaning more and more helpers turning up every day.


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Luvin Shovels


Completed in October of 2013, Luvin Shovels features jumps, berms and two massive log rides. It's 2.3km of pure fun and the top ranked trail at Kalamunda, network that is described as the most popular in Western Australia.



Lovin Shovels in Perth AUS in the Kalamundu Trails.


Lovin Shovels in Perth AUS in the Kalamundu Trails.
Earn some Trail Karma and help the Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective, a chapter of the West Australian Mountain Bike Association, continue building and maintaining great trails like Luvin Shovels.



Lovin Shovels in Perth AUS in the Kalamundu Trails.


Luvin Shovels

shredding on the xc bike

having fun at the Luvin Shovels trail opening

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Action photos by @chamakazi

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Send me an email at brent@pinkbike.com


38 Comments

  • + 8
 for those who wanna see the full run

www.youtube.com/watch?v=R671jW1NPAE
  • + 3
 Great to see an Aussie trail on Pinkbike, however it really shows how far we are behind the rest of the world as far as trails are concerned. Local councils are just starting to get it now, and there are a few good legal trails popping up. It always makes me wonder how we get so many great riders into the world racing scene with nowhere to ride except for illegal trails.
  • + 1
 It's the same in BC, we're all still working hard to keep bike trails in our backyard.
  • + 7
 Thanks pinkbike!
  • + 6
 trail forks more like mountain bike forks. Amiright?!?!?!?!
  • + 5
 Hot Water Music!!!!
  • + 2
 yeah buddy!
  • + 1
 Cool. Hey guys i'm going to be visiting Perth from the UK for 3 weeks in October as my G/F will be visiting daughter.Any recommended places to hire a XC bike for 3 weeks and best places to ride? Thanks
  • + 1
 Rock'n'roll mountain biking at the camel farm in kalamunda! and it just so happens to be its next to one of the best loops in perth.
  • + 4
 They're dumbing down the circuit!
  • + 3
 Great article! looking forward to seeing more of these.
  • + 2
 I'd lend a hand if I didn't have job, kids, wife, grandparents, and strava.
  • + 2
 last time I was in Perth there was barely a hill in sight...glad you managed to find one Big Grin
  • + 1
 well the Darling Ranges are only about 1000kms long so I don't think you looked too hard...
  • + 1
 i was being sarcastic...but honestly, I do remember thinking how flat Perth was...in comparison to where i come from which is very moutaineous
  • + 6
 yet the fastest riders in the world come from here
  • + 4
 if the dh world champs are anything to go buy ,I think blighty holds that crown in 2014
  • + 3
 My local! Awesome trail. Pea gravel is a hell of a drug...
  • + 2
 nice work guys. trail looks like a ton of fun
  • + 2
 Wish knew about these trails when I was living in freeo!.
  • + 2
 @TimBigHitFSRII nice work sh*t c*nt ahahha
  • + 2
 That soil looks amazeballs!!
  • + 1
 This trail is the real deal. It's SO much fun!
  • + 0
 riding luvin shovels in the rain, just after it was finished
  • + 2
 Beautiful work congrats
  • + 2
 aus!
  • + 1
 Sean and Luke. Match made in heaven.
  • + 0
 I'd lend a hand every day if I lived in Australia!!
  • - 5
flag thredbo (Jan 15, 2015 at 8:54) (Below Threshold)
 I looked at your profile and saw you were from ontario. You do realise that australia is more than 7 times bigger that ontario, right?
  • + 2
 i'm pretty sure the people who build/maintain the don valley trails would be more than happy for you to get out and volunteer. I don't know anyone in that group (yet) however i'm sure you can make a contact through the www.ridingfeelsgood.com forum.
  • + 0
 Yeeeeeew! My favourite local trail.
  • + 1
 Looks great!
  • - 1
 The vedio can't play from 39second, something wrong...
  • - 3
 #trailadvocacy Sheffield
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