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

Wrap-up from 2018 DH Nationals at Awaba

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Well Round 2 of the MTBA National Downhill series, hosted by the Hunter Mountain Bike Association, has been run and won over this past weekend. And what an event it was!

Saturday’s runs started with an open practice session. The weather was not on our side and there were light showers rolling through on and off throughout the morning’s practice – fortunately this settled the dust on what was a very dry track and provided a lot of grip for the riders.

Lunchtime saw the end of practice and the official opening of the event with a Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country performed by Uncle Bill and his Awabakal family.  This ceremony was also attended by the Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Kay Fraser, and the Minister for Port Stephens / Shadow Minister for the Hunter, Kate Washington.

With the Welcome to Country finished it was onto the official seeding runs.  All was well with the weather until the final few runs saw a torrential downpour descend upon Monkey, just as Jack Moir was sitting in the start gate ready for his run.  Turns out that the rain did not worry Jack as he went on to put down the fastest time in men’s elite, just beating Graham Mudd for the top spot in seeding.

The top spot in the ladies seeding was taken out by Danni Beecroft, just edging out Tegan Molloy.  And in a first for HMBA, Adaptive Mountain Biking makes an appearance at the Downhill Nationals at Awaba – Click here to watch Hank!

Sunday morning greeted us once again with showers on and off during the practice runs. Thankfully the weather steadily improved throughout the day, ensuring that the racing was close in all of the categories.

Tegan Molloy was in top form, taking out the Elite Ladies over Danni Beecroft, who unfortunately crashed on her run but was still fast enough for second place.  Lisa Mathison, Katie Lawlor and Kellie Weinert completed the podium.

The final category of the day was Elite Men. Well to say the racing was tight is an understatement, as with only 1 rider left to complete their attack on Monkey the top 4 riders were separated by less than 2 seconds!!!

Once again Jack Moir set the fastest time of the day with a smoking run of 3 minutes and 24 seconds, taking out the win from Graeme Mudd by a margin of just over 6 seconds.  Jackson Frew, Joel Willis and Josh Clark rounded out the podium.

Full results for all categories can be found at the following link: http://www.vola-racing.com/msportspro/huntermtb/

The Hunter Mountain Bike Association would like to say a warm thank you to our event sponsors – Lake Macquarie City Council, Forestry Corporation NSW, Civmec, Mondraker and Lusty Industries.

We would like to also say a huge thank you to volunteers for the event – without volunteers and sponsors these events do not happen.

Thank you to everyone that attended the event over the weekend – we hope to see you all on track soon.

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