Trail Jersey order update 30/06/20

Well we have just finalised the order with our supplier and been advised that it may take up to 6 weeks for these to be available for collection or posting – unfortunately the normal 4 week turnaround has blown out due to Covid-19.

Did you order one of our Trail Jerseys?

As soon as they arrive we will start the sorting process and put out further messaging to update everyone.

Did you miss out? Well we may have ordered some extras – we will confirm this after all pre-orders are processed.

Sponsor Opportunities at Awaba Mountain Bike Park

Hunter Mountain Bike Association is offering a limited number of opportunities for businesses from the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie regions and wider cycling industry to sponsor sections of the trail network at the Awaba Mountain Bike Park. Mountain Biking is growing significantly in popularity and this provides a great opportunity for interested businesses to increase their exposure to this segment of the population.

A Sponsorship Package has been developed that will allow selected businesses to have a sign placed at one of a limited number of predetermined locations (e.g. bridges, POI) around the trail network, with the Sponsorship Packages being effective for a 12 month period (running from July through to June of the following year).

The initial Sponsorship Package will include the costs for manufacture and installation of the signage at the designated location within the trail network. Businesses will be required to provide artwork that fits the approved dimensions of the signage (900 mm x 600 mm) – if you require assistance to design your artwork / logos to fit within this size then please contact us and we will provide you with the relevant contact details for our sign manufacturer.

The pricing for the initial Sponsorship Package will be $1000, with an ongoing Sponsorship Fee of $500 per annum.

Moving forward it is the club’s intention to issue invoices in May so that you can complete your sponsorship payment by the end of June of that year. If you choose not to renew your package, or fail to make the sponsorship fee payment by the designated time, your allocated sign location will be forfeited and offered to the next business on our waiting list.

A plan of signage locations will be developed and offered to shortlisted sponsor businesses to choose from on a “first come – first served” basis.

Please send an email to hmbaweb@gmail.com to register your interest, ideally before 1 July – we will be in contact with the shortlisted businesses soon after that, with the intention of having signage in place by the end of July.

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Commercial Operations in the Awaba Mountain Bike Park

There is no denying that Mountain Biking is growing in popularity, and with that comes the number of people that are looking to make a living from this sport.

With that in mind the Hunter Mountain Bike Association would like to provide this reminder to anyone that is thinking about running coaching sessions, tours, school groups or food/beverage services within a NSW State Forest, including the Awaba Mountain Bike Park, that there are specific approvals that need to be obtained and conditions that must be followed in relation to operating a business.

Please refer to the linked page and image below for further details:

Commercial Operations

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Awaba Mountain Bike Park Build Day – Sunday 21 June 2020

Don’t forget to “Reserve your spot” on the Facebook Event Post for the Build Day this coming Sunday to help us with planning (if you can) – if you had already done it for last Sunday this has been cancelled and you will need to go on and do it again.

As the Covid-19 restrictions start to ease HMBA have decided that it is time to put some love back into the Park – after all, it has given so many of us a welcome break from the indoors over the past few months of isolation. So we are going to tackle a few things that need fixing and put in something that has been long desired by many riders and long planned out in the minds of our lead trail coordinators. You don’t even have to be a HMBA member to come along and help out.

The projects are dependent on the weather in the lead-up to the event, but we hope to achieve the following:
– put in a B-line for “The Chute”
– repair the decking on the “Ground Effects Bridge”
– repair the decking on the timber bridge in the lead up to the tunnel
– repair / reshape / rejig “Rocky Corner” and “Skids for Kids”
– finish off some safety work around the Tunnel.

To help us with group planning we are asking that all volunteers wishing to attend complete the ‘confirmation’ section and answer the questions – we may need to look at limiting numbers and it would be great to know how many we can expect on the day – whilst we do encourage children to participate in our build days, and understand that there are times when you have to bring them with you, we do need to watch our numbers this time around so we would prefer to allocate spaces to persons capable of trail building, including raking of ground, digging of dirt, carrying of rocks and bridge decking, etc;

When: Sunday 21 June 2020 – arrive from 7.00am, build day to commence at 7.30am, concluding at approx. 12.00pm

Where: Awaba Mountain Bike Park – following a brief health screening at the main Park entrance gate participants will be directed to one of the carpark areas within the park

Special Provisions: HMBA will be adhering to the NSW State Government Regulations / Rules in relation to the current Covid-19 pandemic. As at 18/06/20, this will include allowing a maximum group size of 20 people gathering in outdoor areas. Other considerations will include:
• Health screening by HMBA Committee Member at the park entrance – Volunteers will not be allowed to participate if they report any signs or symptoms of flu or fever, or have been exposed to a know Covid-19 patient (please don’t turn up if this describes you).
• Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitiser – Project Leaders will be supplied with hand sanitiser to distribute if required
• Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own tools, including metal rakes, McCleods, chippers, etc. The Club has only a limited supply of tools.
• There will be no sharing of tools or equipment between volunteers (unless they are from the same household).
• Social distancing will be practiced when traveling to the project location or during completion of project tasks. Volunteers will be responsible for ensuring that they adhere to the relevant guidelines.
• Specific sections of the Trail Network may need to be closed to members of the general public for social mountain bike riding during the trail building event. This temporary track closures will be communicated via signage at the Park, Facebook, Email and Website in the fortnight leading up to the event.

WHAT TO BRING: Yourself, friends and family equipped with the following-
HMBA Trail Crew Shirt (if you have one)
Sturdy footwear and suitable clothing and gloves.
Water to drink.
Hat and Sun Screen

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HMBA Trail Shirts

You asked for it – and now we have it! (Orders Close 28 June 2020)

Trail Shirts are now available from HMBA for a limited time only. We have worked with our friends at Astro Visual (formerly Looney Parrot) to come up with a club design that reflects the motifs in our Logo and Race Jersey but in much more subdued colours – a shirt that can easily be worn when riding, racing or having the post-ride frothy (beer or cappuccino – whatever takes your fancy!)

These will be a “made to order” item and the whole purchase process with be completed through the Astro Visual Ordering Page at the link detailed below – the password is HMBA520

These Trail Shirts feature a V-neck, relaxed fit, breathable side panels, Cool PassTM wicking fabric for moisture evaporation, and a rear zip pocket. We have decided to do both short-sleeve ($60) and long-sleeve ($80) versions. Orders must be completed by 28 June 2020 – we anticipate an August delivery. Sizing charts are on the ordering page (we will try to get some samples for our upcoming build day on 14 June 2020 depending on Covid-19 rules).

When ordering you can choose to collect your shirt from the next Club Event / Race, Breakaway Cycles at Morisset, Bay Bike Co. at Warners Bay or select postage for an additional cost.

Purchasing one of these shirts will not only give you a cool piece of riding gear but will show your support for the Club – a small percentage of each sale will come back to HMBA to be put into the trails and facilities at Awaba so is a great way to buy yourself a little bit of Trail Karma.

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“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 –

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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).

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? 🙂