“Faulk Line” Adaptive Junior DH Trail Opening

HMBA were disappointed that our event was cancelled last Sunday – not just because of the Presentation Day, AGM and Racing / riding that we missed out on, but also because we didn’t get to officially open our new gravity trail.
But it seems cruel to make you all wait for an official event until you are able to find it to ride it – so say hello to “Faulk Line”.
When your mountain bike park is located on the side of the Watagan Mountains range in a steeply wooded corner of the Olney State Forest it seems crazy not to have a few trails that go down the hill, and after our “Monkey” this new trail is the first in a network of new ‘flow-type’ trails destined for the HMBA home. We are so lucky to have the blessing of our landowner Visit NSW State Forests to develop these new trails on land that is really only on ‘loan’ to us.
“Faulk Line” is our Adaptive / Junior Downhill Gravity Trail that opens up the experience of steep, fast and flowing trail to a broad range of riders from the mountain bike community. It is a wide trail bed that follows the contours of the mountainside, swooping and dipping from its start location off Mount Faulk Rd all the way down to the main XC Trail Head Container – once you have ridden it you will appreciate the time it has taken to finish this trail given some of the challenging terrain that it needed to negotiate (let alone the weather). To ride it simply head back out of the park along our entrance road (Jenkins Rd) and make a right turn into Mount Faulk Road – ride up for about 1km and then turn right again into the access trail (signage to be installed soon) – head out to the platform and get ready to smile!
Trail like this don’t build themselves and thanks must go out to the multitude of people that volunteered their time to finish what was initially cut in by Synergy Trails under the watchful eye of our club stalwarts Coleen, Dallas and Rick. A big shout-out too to John and Megan from Tamaden Constructions for their work on the steel platforms and ramps – once you see this you will be impressed. Not to forget Andrew who helped to secure the grant to allow this all to happen.
✴✴✴️WARNING✴✴✴️ – HMBA hope we only need to say this once – “Faulk Line” is a DESCENDING ONLY trail and must not be ridden upwards at any time – it is a high speed trail and the possibility and potential seriousness of any crashes involving ascending riders is high – this applies to all riders, including those on eMTB’s – adhere to the trail warning signs.
Proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Lake Macquarie City Council and Hunter Mountain Biking Association.

Using Active Kids Vouchers with HMBA

It’s that time of year again – here’s a reminder of the Active Kids Voucher Program – NSW Office of Sport

The NSW Office of Sport’s Active Kids voucher program provides $100 vouchers to kids residing in NSW to cover the cost of sport and active recreation fees. Details on the program, including how to apply for the voucher, can be found here: https://sport.nsw.gov.au/sectordevelopment/activekids

The most effective method to redeem the Active Kids Vouchers for membership of HMBA and MTBA is via a paper membership form.
The form is available for download below –

MTBA-Membership-Application-Form-2019-20-V2-FORM

Any new or renewing members wanting to redeem a voucher will need to:

  1. Apply for the voucher at the above link and complete the paper membership form
  2. Forward the membership form and voucher details via email to presidenthmba@gmail.com
  3. Await an email response to confirm any additional monies to be payed to HMBA
  4. Once the club has submitted all the required documentation to MTBA you will receive written notification to confirm Membership (timeframe for this is not currently known).

Downhill Club 2019 series results

Yesterday kicked off 2020 Club racing & a new Club point score series.

In 2019 we had 6 possible rounds to gain series points with one round opted to be a social ride where all participants gained 100 points.

All series winners need to be a HMBA club member to receive series points for a club round & to have competed in at least 3 club rounds, including the club Rocky trail bonus points round.

The double points round June is class a single round.

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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? 🙂

GLENCORE SUPPORT FOR HMBA JUNIOR MOUNTAIN BIKERS

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

“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!

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Announcement of 2019 HMBA Annual General Meeting

Hunter Mountain Bike Association will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Awaba Mountain Bike Park on Sunday March 17th 2019 at 9.30am.  The AGM will be held on the combined DH and XC club race day, with the usual XC race start time to be delayed until 10.00am.

The AGM is important for all of us to ensure that there is an active and effective committee representing the wishes of the Club Members. We sometimes have an issue with getting enough members along to hold a “proper” AGM, so we encourage you to make the effort and be involved. As part of the meeting we will be speaking about what we have achieved over the past year and looking forward to what we want to achieve over the next 12 months. If you want to have a say in the future direction of the club, whether it be racing, trail development, social rides, other events, please come along and have a voice.

We’ll also be electing our executive committee for the new year, so if you want to get more involved, or have a say in who makes the decisions for the club, this is your chance!  Don’t worry, you wont be coerced into a role if you really don’t want to as most of the current committee are happy to continue in their current roles.

Apart from the executive positions, there are general committee positions that you don’t need to be elected into, just turn up at our monthly meetings.

In the event that you are unable to attend our Annual General Meeting on Sunday 17th March but would like to vote in the executive elections by Proxy, simply send an email to presidenthmba@gmail.com by 6pm on Friday 15nd March outlining your vote and attaching the proxy document linked below:
NOTE: This document is to be used by current HMBA members only to appoint a proxy. A proxy is allowed to vote on behalf of a member if a member cannot attend a meeting.

 

2019 AGM Proxy