HMBA XC Race Results – Awaba 18/11/18

Unlike previous races, it wasn’t glorious weather that greeted riders for XC Round 9 at Awaba – instead a heavy shower just before the main race meant that damp and muddy conditions greeted riders for their first lap of a challenging track set by our XC Coordinator, Dean K.

Luckily things got progressively drier throughout the race for the 55 riders that showed up (and hung around after the rain!), with reports that by the end of the race the amount of grip through the corners was off the chart.  Well done to our winners, and everyone that braved the conditions – see you in December for our final race of the year.

Of note, we almost “lost” a Rider during the pre-race briefing when a large dead branch fell from a tree in the main carpark area – a good reminder to all to be careful out in the bush following the recent weather – if you find any issues out on the trail please let us know via Facebook or send an email to the President at the below email address.

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

HMBA Club Racing Results – XC – Round 9 – 181118

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https://my6.raceresult.com/112407/#0_5B2D98

 

HMBA XC Race Results – Singleton – 21/10/18

An early call was made on Thursday afternoon this week to move the XC race to Singleton. Awaba was quite wet in parts and the expected rain for the weekend helped make the decision. After the sunshine and heat of Friday and Saturday we were beginning to wonder if this was the right call – that was until the Saturday night storm and we felt vindicated.

51 riders made the trek to Singleton for the HMBA XC Race today. Saturday night’s storm didn’t cause any issues with the course, but rather left it tacky and perfect – no dust, no mud and plenty of grip. We had a big turnout of young riders filling up the field and they all enjoyed being out on the big track! It was also nice to welcome some new members to the club, and we hope you enjoyed your race and will keep coming back.

A Grade Mitch showed the audience at the jump how to dismount his bike over the handlebars but jumped back up to still win A grade. Also in A grade, Lawrence had a mechanical that saw him put his bike away and take out his spare bike and complete his 5 laps – unfortunately he didn’t take his number plate with him and therefore we don’t have any results for him.

It was good to see our XC Coordinator Dean out racing for a change. And he didn’t do too bad for an old bloke with a top five finish. Speaking of old…our oldest member was out there today and apparently discovered the gap jump on the A line unexpectedly. Good to see the years of experience carried him over without incident – well done Kevin! I must also mention that Kevin was racing with his son Rod and granddaughter Lilli in the same race – not many people can say that.

Thanks to Clint for organising the new number plates today. The new plates are generally colour matched to grades and having the same number on the front as the timing chip on the back will make it easier for registration in the future. Don’t forget to bring your plate to each race!

https://my1.raceresult.com/109670/results?lang=en#0_5B2D98

HMBA XC Race Results – Dungog 3hr 23/09/18

Glorious weather and a ripper of a track were on offer today for all 51 riders that made the trip to Dungog for our rescheduled 3 hour race.

The climbs were steady but not steep – the rocks were plentiful and yellow – the riders were tired but happy – a massive thanks must go out to Allen Shrimpton and his Crew from MTB Dungog for maintaining this excellent facility and putting their local knowledge to use to design a race course that was genuinely fun.

And as always, thanks to Dean for track set-up (ably assisted by Tony Jumps Edwards?) and Preso Clint for timing, and Bronwyn (and her driver) for responding to the injured rider (a heavy fall on the shoulder down “The Snake” but most likely no fracture – except to the carbon handlebars – that will “bite” the wallet!).

We have attached a selection of images from today that show some riders getting into the spirit of the track – a full gallery will be put up in another post.

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

https://my3.raceresult.com/108104/results?lang=en#1_7F7323

HMBA XC Race Results – 16/09/18

Another fresh start to the day greeted riders as they assembled at the Maison Dieu MTB complex near Singleton to tackle 3 hours of fast and furious racing.

The top riders banged out 7 laps, with Liam McGuire and Emily Dreaper claiming top honours in the Solo Male and Female categories.

Due to our (current**) President still having his L plates on with the new timing system he has right royally muddled up some entries from today’s race. It mainly affects those in teams, so if you are missing from the results can you please advise us of your name,  team mates name, race number and number on the sticker on the rear of your plate. We should be able to add or correct your results with this info – email to presidenthmba@gmail.com

(**Needless to say there are some rumblings of a leadership spill at the Club Committee meeting at Club Macquarie Argenton tomorrow night – 17th Sept – come along at 7.15pm and watch all the action as it unfolds – LOL!)

Full race results here:

https://my3.raceresult.com/106219/?lang=en

HMBA XC Race Results – 19/08/18

Despite the fresh wind to start the day, 56 XC riders fronted up to tackle the challenging 7km course set by our resident XC Coordinator, Dean K, as well as a half dozen kids that had a fun ride around Dallas’ loops.

What stood out the most about the riders in the main race was the number of Juniors that fronted up – this is fantastic to see and full credit goes to all of the efforts put in by our own HMBA Coaches ably lead by Paula, Coleen, Dallas, Sarah and Alicia, plus Jason English, Damien and Jenny from Bike and Fitness, and Steve and Leanne from Momentum is your Friend – the future of racing in the Hunter looks strong.

Today’s course was a great example of why you should come along and take part in these events – riding Wayne’s World backwards is a real hoot and something that you only get to do when the track is closed for racing – same goes for Little Falcon Rd (hands up if you know where that is – bet you’ve ridden it a hundred times without realising its name) and Jenkins Rd beyond the DH carpark. Tag along next time for the ride!

Results here:

HMBA Club Racing Results – XC – Round 7 – 190818

HMBA XC Race Results – 22/7/18

Well after a very chilly start to the day that included a nice frost, we were finally greeted with some sunshine for Round 6 of the HMBA Club XC Series. This was also the first time using the club’s new XC timing system. Club President Clint had his “L” plates on for his first go at registration using the new Race Results timing software, thankfully he overcame his lack of typing skills and poor spelling to get everyone registered without incident and before the race started, a miracle some may say!
At this point the Club would like to send a massive thank you out to Martin Wisata of Rocky Trail Entertainment for his help setting up the new timing system and assisting with registrations, while also giving driving lessons on the new system.
This month’s race saw our usual track setting guru Dean away on a well deserved family holiday, so we had his understudy Joel step up and set what was by all accounts an amazing course. It took in all the best bits of the track with none of the hills (Dean please take note it can be done !) and ended up being 5.5km of awesome Awaba single track.
We had 58 riders registered today, and let’s just say the racing was fast and furious from the outset – with anyone suffering from the cold quickly suffering from the pace of racing and forgetting the lack of feeling in their extremities.
Male winner for the day was Mitch Lozinski, with the fastest female being Emily Dreaper, Congratulations for your well deserved wins.
Thank you to all the riders that made the effort to brave the cold and come racing today, we hope to see everyone again at Round 7 of the HMBA Club XC series on 19/8/18.

For the full results please click here:

https://my3.raceresult.com/103083/#0_5B2D98

HMBA Club Trial Enduro – 24/06/18

What a cracking day out on the home trails of Awaba Mountain Bike Park – today marked a test run of a new format of racing for our Club – a Point to Point / Enduro style of event, run as a social day to get feedback from Riders to help shape the future direction of racing at the track. We spoke to all Riders throughout the day and have taken on board everything that was said – this email we received earlier gives you a good idea of what you missed out on if you couldn’t make it

“Thanks HMBA for putting on such a great day of racing – I was all set for the 3 hour at Dungog and must say that I was a little disappointed when this was cancelled, although I do understand that if the trails aren’t up to it there is nothing that you can do. But not wanting to have another weekend without riding I decided to head out to Awaba and see how this ‘new format’ was going to work – and I am glad I did!
Perfect weather, if not a little cold to start, made for a thoroughly enjoyable day – there was something ‘bizarre’ about riding parts of the trails in the wrong direction – yes, I have done some of them before during XC races but to ride ‘the wrong way’ through the middle trails at your own pace during transitions made it feel like a different place.
I loved the Stage sections that you had put together, combining as much descending running as possible with the fun and flowy sections of the XC track thrown in as well – the trails were as technical as you wanted them to be based on your speed of attack, and there was nothing that was impossible for even the littlest of Riders – great to see all the youngsters out there giving it a go. I get that you need to have some climbs to gain elevation, and a bit of walking and pushing uphill was necessary to access the lower sections of the DH track, but given that you can do these transitions at your own pace and only really need to charge in the Stage sections (after an adequate rest I must add) all meant that you could just keep going for as long as you wanted – I managed 6 stage runs and left after about 2.5 hours – I’m sure others would have stayed well into the afternoon and smashed out more.
I hope that you get some good feedback about this type of event and can run them again in the future – they are a great alternative to the standard XC races and open up entries to Riders from all disciplines and ages, even old dogs like me! JB”

For more details about the event, including a report on the well attended Junior Race earlier in the day, please head to our Facebook Page at the following links:

HMBA Enduro Style Event

HMBA Club Junior Ride