2019 MTBA Awards

Now rest assured that we didn’t let the 2019 MTBA Awards slip by unnoticed, just with lots of event going on locally since they were announced we haven’t had the opportunity or clear internet / social media space to give them the attention they deserve – and they do deserve a lot as HMBA was very well represented in the list on the night.

Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) honoured the mountain bike community at the Annual Awards Night in Bright on Thursday 4th April during the 2019 MTBA National Championships.  A total of 40 awards were handed out with the inaugural MTBA Legend Award given to one of Australia’s greatest mountain bikers, Sam Hill.

Head here for a full list of winners: MTBA Award Recipients

The awards of most significance to HMBA are below:

Junior Female Downhill Rider of the Year –  Ellie Smith
Elite Male Cross-Country Rider of the Year – Cameron Ivory
Junior Female Gravity Enduro Rider of the Year – Ellie Smith
NSW Club Volunteer of the Year – Coleen Boyes
Commissaire of the Year – Mark Welsh
Friends of the Trails – Hunter Mountain Bike Association
Community & Inclusion Award – Break the Boundary (HMBA are a Member Club)
Power of Partnership Award – Hunter Mountain Bike Association Forestry Corporation of NSW Lake Macquarie City Council
Performance of the Year – Cameron Ivory

What a huge effort from all involved and well-deserved recognition – now who wouldn’t want to be part of such a high achieving Club? 🙂

April 2019 HMBA Committee Minutes

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

HMBA Minutes 15 April 2019

Next committee meeting is on the third Monday of the month (20th May 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.


We’re pleased to  announce that Glencore has generously provided funds for the upgrade of our Junior Mountain Biking Race Equipment.

Through its Junior Sports Development Program, Glencore awarded HMBA the funds required to upgrade the timing gear, two-way radios and PA system.

HMBA provides trails for all abilities at the Awaba Mountain Bike Park and hosts race events for Children and Adults at Awaba, Singleton and Dungog throughout the year. The Club continues to promote Junior development and provides periodic coaching sessions and monthly racing opportunities for Junior shredders who are old enough to ride.

The club is very grateful for the awesome assistance from Glencore and humbled by their generosity. We’re very proud of our Hunter Valley presence, our community and our new relationship with Glencore

2018 HMBA Presentation Day – 28/04/19

On Sunday 28/04/19 HMBA were finally able to host their 2018 Presentation Day to recognise the efforts of Club Members throughout the previous competition year.

Our Club President, Clint Musgrove, gave a rousing recollection of the significant events that occurred during 2018 and acknowledged the major contributions that some of our seasoned Committee Members have made – if you missed out on hearing this speech or would like to relive the experience please click on the Youtube link below:

Awards were given to the top place getters for each category as follows:

Cross Country

A Grade

Mens – 1st Mitch Lozinski – 2nd Neil Upton – 3rd Nicholas Woods

B Grade

Mens – 1st Rodney Rae – 2nd Sam Mackenzie – 3rd Daniel McIlwain

Womens – 1st Emily Dreaper – 2nd Georgia Marjoribanks

C Grade

Mens – 1st Richard Woods – 2nd Owen Tooley – 3rd John Henry

Womens – 1st Alicia Reed

D Grade

Mens – 1st Dominic Hill – 2nd Darcy Peel – 3rd Bailey Nichols

Womens – 1st Paula Gresham

Under 15s

1st Harry Monk – 2nd Alex Johnson – 3rd Joshua Noy


A Grade

1st Charlie Tru – 2nd Rick Kehoe – 3rd Scott McMillan

B Grade

1st Riley Chandler – 2nd Michael Clarke

Under 15s

1st Koby Porteous – 2nd William Ireland


1st Mark Collins

Congratulations to all of our 2018 winners!

HMBA XC Race Results – Awaba Rd2 – 28/04/19

A ‘relaxed’ starting time for Round 2 of 10am (following our AGM and Presentation – report and pics to follow) meant that the chill of the morning had dissipated and Riders were able to circulate in some magic Autumnal weather – not that they were reflecting on how perfect the temperature or trail conditions were but instead they were busy tackling one of the tougher XC courses we have seen in some time.  At almost 7 km in length Riders spent a bit longer out on course than usual but it was only the legs that were complaining when they crossed the finish line!

With 76 XC Riders entered, including a healthy field of kids tackling the Development Track before the main event, our strongest field of female entrants in over 12 months, and an always enthusiastic turn-out for the DH side, it was a busy day out at Awaba Mountain Bike Park – a great showcase and test for our revised carpark area.

Riders were also appreciating some of the other improvements made out on course, including a smoother Jenkins Rd section and the newly installed rock armouring after Rocky Corner and Skids for Kids (or should that be Ricky Corner and Skids for Kehoe – thanks again RK for all your hard work out at the track during the week to fix up the nemesis of some people).

It was great to have Oneills Mobile Coffee Van back on site – please keep on supporting them so that we can all get that caffiene and carb hit either pre or post race.

Full race results can be found here (any queries – email presidenthmba@gmail.com):

HMBA Club Racing Results – XC – Round 2 – 280419




HMBA DH Club Round 3 Results 28/04/19

After a late start due to our Yearly AGM & Club 2018 series winners presentation.

Round 3 DH Shuttles was underway, perfect weather & dry conditions made Monkey a tad skatey under rubber, No remnants  of the moisture that washed us out last month.

Riders had the option of 2 runs with the fastest run adding to their result.

Colleen, Tony, Michael, Rick Thank you for your help, days would not run without people like yourselves,  Thank you very much appreciated 🙂

Congrats our 3 fastest for today, close racing

1  Josh Arcus A HMBA 4:01.004
2  Pat Butler A HMBA 4:01.814
3  Regan Arthur A HMBA 4:05.417

Full Results 🙂 HMBA club members results go towards club 2019 series points

April 2019 Club DH Overall Results April 2019 Club DH Catgeory Results




“New” Carpark Open for Business

Just in time for the 2019 Easter weekend, our “new” carpark is finished and open for business.

Whilst technically it is not new, it has been significantly reshaped and rebuilt by Rick Kehoe and his trusty crew, including our DH Coordinator Coleen, their faithful mutts and a few other Club Members, to increase the capacity and improve safety in the Park.

We will provide a more detailed report to update the Awaba MTB Park project soon, but for now get out there and enjoy the cracking weather!