“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

Awaba Mountain Bike Park Project – Car Park upgrade

So just why is the main car park closed – well the following pictures should answer that question.
 
As part of the overall Awaba Mountain Bike Park project the Club needs to deliver some important improvements to the infrastructure to better set up the venue for years to come. When the car park is finished it will be less prone to erosion problems, provide improved preservation and encouragement of the native foliage around it, and allow for a more structured parking plan. Future major events will also benefit from this upgrade, including increased (level) room for competitors to use as pit area, etc.
 
To help us achieve the best final outcome we really need people to stay off the area until the koppers logs and top dressing of gravel are done in the next two weeks. To help with this we have provided an alternate way to access the trail head – follow the bunting and arrows.
 
Along with the Down Hill finish area this upgraded car park will present well to new users visiting the Awaba trails, and will showcase what the ultimate goal is with the whole park. In the meantime we are also continuing work on the new trails – an update on these will be provided soon.
 

Using Active Kids Vouchers with HMBA

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 on the membership webpage – https://www.mtba.org.au/wp-content/uploads/MTBA-Membership-Application-Form-July-2018.pdf

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).

HMBA Club Merchandise Update – 29/11/18

With Christmas fast approaching now is the ideal time to line up the perfect gift for that special MTB rider in your life (which could actually be you!).  Here’s a bit of an update on where our next lot of club merch is up to:

Jerseys and Knicks have been ordered (i.e. no further orders can be taken) – production will commence shortly and a collection date will be announced as soon as we hear from our supplier.

T-Shirts – have been made and are ready for ordering / purchasing – this time we have gone with 3 colours – Red, Black and Grey as per the attached image – in a variety of male and female sizes – they will be sold on a first come first serve basis for $25 each – the first opportunity you will have to purchase them in person (with cash) is at the Build Day this Sunday 2/12/18 from 7.30am to 10.00am.  A second opportunity will be at the next XC / DH Race day at Awaba on 16/12/18 from about 8.00am.

Another purchase arrangement option is to send an email to hmbaweb@gmail.com with your colour and size so that we can confirm availability – you will then receive instructions to make a direct deposit payment to lock in your order for subsequent collection at one of the above events, or pick up from Valentine.

We will also be looking into postage of shirts for people outside of the HMBA catchment – pricing to be confirmed but estimated to be between $6 to $8.50.

HMBA Jerseys – Order now!

 

Have you seen Paul Monk, Polly Waffles or Dean Kozlik out on the trails and thought “they look cool – I wish I ordered a new style jersey last time”. Well you are in luck – HMBA are running another order window for our XC, GE and DH Jerseys and knicks through our good friends at Looney Parrot.
You have until 22 November 2018 to go to the following website and place your orders – there is a minimum order requirement of 10 for each style to ensure production so please get your orders in early so that we can keep an eye on how this is tracking. We are offering a Kids Jersey in the 3/4 sleeve GE/DH version – order a size up and you should get a couple of years out of it. Pick up will be at a future Club Race or Committee meeting (details tbc)
Pricing and Sizing:
XC Jersey Short Sleeve $76.95 (inc GST)
MTB (Trail GE/DH) Jersey Long or 3/4 Sleeve $76.95 (inc GST)
Bib Knicks $98.95 (inc GST)

So where to now with the $450k Grant?

Well now that the dust has settled from the big announcement (a $450k grant for Awaba MTB Park if you are only just waking up from your winter hibernation) we are sure that there are plenty of questions out there about what we will be building and when it will all be done. Rest assured that our volunteer Committee are now hard at work sorting out all the details and this will be communicated to all the eager Club members and riders out there as soon as possible. In fact we are hoping that we can provide a bit more detail of how this project will unfold in early November.

But for now we need everyone to be patient and enjoy the Park as it currently is – we even fixed up the worn-out old Murderhorn for you just to keep you excited about what lays in store.
And before everyone gets carried away with their own personal game of “Fantasy Bike Park Build” here are a few important things to consider about this grant:
– the project will be completed in stages – we will not be given all of the money up front but will need to achieve specific milestones along the way to receive “progress payments” to allow us to achieve the full vision
– we will be engaging professional contractors to assist with key components of the project but will still be needing a huge volunteer input to allow us to develop all of the proposed trails, which you might be glad to hear are predominantly “gravity” focussed with plenty of “flow”
– there will be a massive improvement in accessibility to allow more members of the broader community to access the trail network – this means further refinement of the access roads and Carparks, installation of shade shelters, tables and other amenities, and increased signage, as well as trails for junior development and Adaptive MTBs
– above all this project will open up a load of options for further future expansion of the Park – the Road Gap Rd that many of you have already assisted with clearing will provide multiple high access points for other descending trails
– on the flip side this project is not about chewing up every single cent to build just one machine-built flow trail with 6′ berms and massive tabletops – this is about building a more diverse park that is in line with the current trends of MTB’ing, provides a broad range of offroad experiences to an ever increasing crowd base and fits within the beauty of the natural environment we have at Awaba.
It is our intention to keep everyone regularly informed of our progress with this project – stay tuned for some exciting updates within the next few weeks.