July 2019 HMBA Committee Minutes

Please click on the following link to download a copy of the minutes from our July 2019 Committee Meeting.

HMBA Minutes 15 July 2019

Next committee meeting is on the third Monday of the month (19th August 2019) – Club Macquarie, Argenton. All welcome. Arrive at 6.00pm for dinner and robust discussion about bikes, trails and personal exploits in the Club Macquarie Bistro prior to the 7.15 pm meeting.

New members especially welcome to come and have an impact on the development of Mountain Biking in the Hunter region and surrounds.

HMBA XC Race Results – Singleton 3 Hour – 18/08/19

Sunny Sunday cycling in Singleton – Sweet!

A strong field of 92 Riders fronted up to the dry and somewhat dusty Maison Dieu “paddock” to tackle 3 hours of riding around prime country singletrack.  This course is always fun, with plenty of twists and turns to keep Riders on their toes, and not a huge amount of climbing to ensure that multiple laps were in reach of even the least-seasoned of the field.

The Teams format was taken up by some Riders helping to share the load and add to the community aspect of the club.  8 laps seemed to be the magic number for both Teams and the fasted of the solo Riders – almost 80k’s in 3 hours on a Sunday morning is not a bad effort!

Congratulations to our winners – young gun Mitch Lozinski and old dog Liam McGuire duked it out all morning and came across the line together to take top honours for the solo males – Tash Smith punched out 7 laps to take first solo female – Team “Fox” secured the first place in the Teams category with 7 laps, and youngster Camryn Moores pedaled his little heart out for 5 laps to place first in Juniors.  Well done everyone.

A massive shout out must also go to Captain Risky and the lovely Sarahann for helping with the course set-up and Rider Registration – it was cold out there first up and we appreciate you getting there early to help make the event run as smoothly as it did.

Final Category results from Sunday are at this link (this is the best one to look at as the data has been corrected here and not in some of the other links):

https://my6.raceresult.com/134090/#1_604209

Or download this document:

HMBA Club Racing Results – XC – Singleton – 180819

Any issues please email presidenthmba@gmail.com

(Not the best photos – but I was trying to race too!!)

HMBA XC Race Results – Awaba – 21/07/19

If there is anyone that can remember a better winters day of racing out at Awaba Mountain Bike Park then we would be quite surprised.  Perfect almost spring-like conditions greeted all riders that turned up last Sunday to participate in our regular club XC race, as well as the State Round Downhill event and to see the official opening of the newly created Development Trail.

All up we had 79 riders entered for the main XC race, as well as a gaggle of youngsters happily peddling their way around the development track as part of their supervised ride experience.  The main course was kept fairly simple today, with riders circulating around the normal Blue Loop after starting on an abbreviated Siberia Loop section.

Familiarity with the course makes for fun racing as riders are able to pace themselves based on their knowledge of the course and their own individual strengths and weaknesses.  Smiles following the event confirmed that the combination of today’s weather conditions and course was agreeable with all, and perhaps the thought of a nice coffee or snack in the car park at the end of racing helped too.

It was fantastic to see our strongest A Grade field in many months, with 10 male and 3 female riders taking to the course.  Congratulations go to Mitch Lozinski and Emily Dreaper for taking out first male and female honours.

As mentioned, the official opening of the Development Trail also took place on Sunday – we will provide a more detailed update on our website and Facebook page regarding this shortly, including some details on the further project activities to be undertaken at the Park.

Final results from Sunday are at this link:

https://my3.raceresult.com/131915/results?lang=en#0_5B2D98

Or download this document:

HMBA Club Racing Results – XC – Round 6 – 210719

Any issues please email presidenthmba@gmail.com

HMBA DH with Rockytrail NSW DH state points – 21/07/19

Round 5 of HMBA club Downhill, came with the extra bonus of the last chance to grab points towards the Rockytrail NSW Downhill State Series, being the third & final round, Rockytrail’s Martin & Juliana where there to award the series winners at the end of the event.

The weekend blessed us with beautiful weather, cool, crisp & dry

Saturday was kick off with our social shuttle day, with over 60 riders taking the advantage to have a roll to see what “The Monkey” hype was all about or suss your lines practice, ready for Sunday’s race day.

Sunday…. Wow! The Awaba Mountain Bike Park was a buzz, not only did we have our normal club XC & DH racing but the park was graced with official dignitaries for the grand opening of part 1, of the development of Awaba Mt Bike park. Car Park & “The Development Trail” a purpose built trail for Adaptive cyclists, juniors & beginners alike

but while this was all going on our gravity fed junkie’s where getting in their last practice before 12 noon, High noon, Race runs.

Race runs, the best of two, seen just short of 100 rides make their way to the top.

Home from the World Cup DH scene, local lad Jack Moir & Engadine’s U19 women Cassie Voysey, the whispers… bets… how fast…. can anyone get close! Would Jack break the 3min.30???? ( Good Luck in the up & coming World Cup Rounds)

Well he went extremely Close, putting down a 3:35.583 on his 1st run & then bettering with a 3:34.511 on his 2nd

Fellow Locals Joel Willis back from injury came in 2nd with a not to shabby 3:47.716 & 3:50.498 & Joshua Arcus  1st Under 19, 3rd fastest for the day 3:50.274

ACT rider Timothy Eaton 4th fastest & took out 3rd in Elite 3:56.087  & 3:53.158 behind Jack & Joel

Women’s U19’s Cassie took the honors & fastest of the day with a 4:48.450  & 4:45.473 followed by Kellie Weinert Elite Women 5:03.471 & 5:13.759 , Tahlia Richens U15 Women 6:00.301

Well Done to all the riders, the winners on the day & NSW DH Series Winners, Thank You for making the trip to Awaba & being part of an Awesome event.

The Volunteers… What An amazing group of peeps. Timing, Sign On, Shuttles drivers, shuttle marshal, on track marshals, 1st aid, the photographers you all helped make this event the success it was, THANK YOU ❤ Col xx

below find links to FB pages with race & podium photos & NSW DH Series results

https://www.facebook.com/NSWDH/

https://www.facebook.com/thevoicephotos/

https://www.facebook.com/jakevoyseyphotography/

https://www.facebook.com/MTB-Riders-Australia-1960445380884775/

https://www.facebook.com/SPC-Photography-132834817280569/

HMBA Club DH RACE RESULTS Here:

HMBA Club DH With Rockytrail NSW State DH Points Overall Event Ranking 

HMBA Club DH With Rockytrail NSW State DH Points Event Ranking

Will Have Club grade results & progress point score up soon when I get the data sorted

Cheers Col

Some of the Photos Used by “The voice photography” & “Jake Voysey photography” Thank you 🙂

June 2019 HMBA Committee Minutes

Please click on the following link to download a copy of the minutes from our June 2019 Committee Meeting.

HMBA Minutes 17 June 2019

Next committee meeting is on the third Monday of the month (19th August 2019) – Club Macquarie, Argenton. All welcome. Arrive at 6.00pm for dinner and robust discussion about bikes, trails and personal exploits in the Club Macquarie Bistro prior to the 7.15 pm meeting.

New members especially welcome to come and have an impact on the development of Mountain Biking in the Hunter region and surrounds.

Media Release – Development Trail Opening – Sunday 21st July 2019

The Hunter Mountain Bike Association (HMBA) and Lake Macquarie City Council are excited to announce that the new Development Trail at Awaba Mountain Bike Park will officially open on Sunday 21 July 2019.

The new trail is proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Lake Macquarie City Council, Hunter Mountain Bike Association and Forestry Corporation of NSW.

The Development Trail is a specially designed track that enables wider community access to the beauty of Lake Macquarie’s forests. The trails will accommodate riders of all abilities including beginner riders, young children and riders living with a disability.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said this new community asset is the result of a truly collaborative effort across a number of stakeholders to provide Australia’s first mountain bike trail purpose built for the whole community to use.

“Lake Macquarie has a strong offering of active sports tourism and cultural experiences and this new trail provides even more opportunity for visitors to discover our City’s adventurous side.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro congratulated Hunter Mountain Bike Association and Lake Macquarie City Council on the trail which he said was funded with the help of a $450,000 grant from the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

“I’m delighted to congratulate the Lake Macquarie community on this new Development Trail which will give more people living locally the chance to get outdoors and get active while enjoying the spectacular natural beauty of this region.

“Communities are seeing real results from the investments this NSW Government made last term, in this case, it’s the addition of quality sports infrastructure that will give local youth a place to recreate and that will attract tourists who go on to spend at local cafes and shops.

“The now $400 million Stronger Country Communities Fund has been a huge hit in regional NSW and it is transforming community spaces but also providing a much needed stimulus to regional towns and cities.”

When complete, the Mountain Bike Park development will include a new all-abilities gravity trail, an all-mountain trail, a flow trail and upgrades to signage and trail features (Bridges, shade structures, seating and trail heads) – maintaining the Awaba facility as Lake Macquarie’s world class mountain biking jewel.

The construction of the Development Trail was made possible by the award of a NSW Government Grant in 2018 through the Stronger Country Communities Fund. The Grant application and subsequent build is being managed through a collaborative partnership between HMBA, Lake Macquarie City Council, Forestry Corporation of NSW and the NSW Government.

Details of the opening

Date:   Sunday 21 July 2019

Time:   11am

The opening will precede a club race day for both downhill and Cross Country. Invitees are welcome to stay and enjoy the spectacle. The main trail will be open to the public from 11.30am.

Place:  Entry to Park – Corner of Mt Faulk Rd and Jenkins Rd, Cooranbong NSW (Between Freemans Waterhole and Cooranbong)

Coffee and snacks will be available at the event.

Dress: Awaba is located in the Australian Bush. Attendees are encouraged to wear closed in        shoes. Other creepy-crawlies are usually dormant at this time of year.

HMBA Contact: Clint Musgrove (Club President)

Phone: 0402 032 283

Email: presidenthmba@gmail.com

May 2019 HMBA Committee Minutes

Please click on the following link to download a copy of the minutes from our May 2019 Committee Meeting.

HMBA Minutes 27 May 2019

Next committee meeting is on the third Monday of the month (15th July 2019) – Club Macquarie, Argenton. All welcome. Arrive at 6.00pm for dinner and robust discussion about bikes, trails and personal exploits in the Club Macquarie Bistro prior to the 7.15 pm meeting.

New members especially welcome to come and have an impact on the development of Mountain Biking in the Hunter region and surrounds.