Awaba MTB Park – Updated Trail Maps

When work commenced at the Awaba Mountain Bike Park back in 2008 nobody truly considered at that time how big the place would grow to and how significant the popularity and diversity of mountain biking would become. In 2020 the Hunter Mountain Bike Association have realised that some of the ideas that were put in place over 10 years ago need a bit of an update, and it is with great excitement that we would like to announce the renaming of our main Cross-Country trails / loops within the Park.

Whilst it is likely that the colour-based loop names will remain in people’s minds for some time, HMBA have recognised that with the developing network of gravity-based trails and the proliferation of new Riders discovering our sport there is the need to adopt a more formalised Trail rating system and by choosing to implement the widely accepted IMBA standards of “Green – Blue – Black” there was potential for there to be some confusion.

As an acknowledgement of the local area we are blessed to be able to ride in, and with a grateful ‘nod’ to our Landowners, HMBA are proud to announce that the three main cross-country loops are to be renamed as follows:
– Red Loop (Trail 2) becomes the “Awaba Loop”
– Blue Loop (Trail 3) becomes the “Watagans Loop”
– Yellow Loop (Trail 4) becomes the “Olney Loop”

The Downhill Trail (Trail 1) remains lovingly referred to as the “Monkey”.

As part of this trail renaming process HMBA have again enlisted the assistance of Steve from Astro Visual to update our trail maps, which are available to view and download here: Awaba Mountain Bike Park

As you can see we have improved these maps to reflect the Trail Rating and Numbering System that exists within the Park and will become more evident on the signage installed as time rolls on. Hopefully this helps everyone to plan an appropriate ride at the Park and ensure that no-one gets too lost whilst out on the trails.

HMBA Constitution 2020

At the upcoming Hunter Mountain Bike Association AGM on 15/03/2020 we will be voting to adopt the new Constitution that has been compiled by the existing Committee over the past few months.

Please review the below document and provide any feedback to the HMBA President prior to 8/03/20 (, and then vote to accept the Constitution at the 2020 AGM.

HMBA Constitution – Revision 2 – 200220



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.

HMBA CLUB 2019 DH Point Score.xls

HMBA DH with Rockytrail NSW DH state points – 21/07/19

Round 5 of HMBA club Downhill, came with the extra bonus of the last chance to grab points towards the Rockytrail NSW Downhill State Series, being the third & final round, Rockytrail’s Martin & Juliana where there to award the series winners at the end of the event.

The weekend blessed us with beautiful weather, cool, crisp & dry

Saturday was kick off with our social shuttle day, with over 60 riders taking the advantage to have a roll to see what “The Monkey” hype was all about or suss your lines practice, ready for Sunday’s race day.

Sunday…. Wow! The Awaba Mountain Bike Park was a buzz, not only did we have our normal club XC & DH racing but the park was graced with official dignitaries for the grand opening of part 1, of the development of Awaba Mt Bike park. Car Park & “The Development Trail” a purpose built trail for Adaptive cyclists, juniors & beginners alike

but while this was all going on our gravity fed junkie’s where getting in their last practice before 12 noon, High noon, Race runs.

Race runs, the best of two, seen just short of 100 rides make their way to the top.

Home from the World Cup DH scene, local lad Jack Moir & Engadine’s U19 women Cassie Voysey, the whispers… bets… how fast…. can anyone get close! Would Jack break the 3min.30???? ( Good Luck in the up & coming World Cup Rounds)

Well he went extremely Close, putting down a 3:35.583 on his 1st run & then bettering with a 3:34.511 on his 2nd

Fellow Locals Joel Willis back from injury came in 2nd with a not to shabby 3:47.716 & 3:50.498 & Joshua Arcus  1st Under 19, 3rd fastest for the day 3:50.274

ACT rider Timothy Eaton 4th fastest & took out 3rd in Elite 3:56.087  & 3:53.158 behind Jack & Joel

Women’s U19’s Cassie took the honors & fastest of the day with a 4:48.450  & 4:45.473 followed by Kellie Weinert Elite Women 5:03.471 & 5:13.759 , Tahlia Richens U15 Women 6:00.301

Well Done to all the riders, the winners on the day & NSW DH Series Winners, Thank You for making the trip to Awaba & being part of an Awesome event.

The Volunteers… What An amazing group of peeps. Timing, Sign On, Shuttles drivers, shuttle marshal, on track marshals, 1st aid, the photographers you all helped make this event the success it was, THANK YOU <3 Col xx

below find links to FB pages with race & podium photos & NSW DH Series results


HMBA Club DH With Rockytrail NSW State DH Points Overall Event Ranking 

HMBA Club DH With Rockytrail NSW State DH Points Event Ranking

Will Have Club grade results & progress point score up soon when I get the data sorted

Cheers Col

Some of the Photos Used by “The voice photography” & “Jake Voysey photography” Thank you 🙂

HMBA joins “Break the Boundary”

HMBA is now a Club Member of Break the Boundary Inc.
Break the Boundary Inc. (BTB) is an Australian charity and benevolent institution which helps people with a disability lead a healthy and happy life by breaking physical, mental and social boundaries. Adaptive Mountain Biking (aMTB) is used as a tool to access the outdoors and provide opportunities to engage with the greater community.

As the sport and recreation continues to expand, so too does the demand for ‘whole of community’ services. The BTB ethos “Tools – Terrain – Attitude” embodies the spirit of the Charity’s objectives and encourages us to find accessible, comfortable and safe environments to deliver outdoor services to the public.

Mountain biking encompasses a wide diversity of styles which also translate to aMTB. Adaptive MTB maintains a respect for the spaces in which non-disabled riders recreate. BTB and HMBA aim to instil the attitude of mutual respect while pursuing fully inclusive initiatives that integrate both people with and without disabilities.

Over the last 5 years, Break the Boundary has gone from strength to strength, delivering a range of community demo days, school clinics and the award-winning 3-day aMTB Adventure Camps. One of the recent accomplishments is the publication of the Australian Adaptive MTB Guidelines, supported by the Queensland government and delivered through Mountain Bike Australia. HMBA has adopted these guidelines and refers to them in the construction of new Cross Country and downhill adaptive trails.

The success of the Charity wouldn’t be possible without the collaboration with Australian mountain biking clubs, associations, collectives, local governments and state departments. HMBA are excited to be part of this growing community and look forward to the establishment and expansion of our local aMTB trails at Awaba MTB Park. The completion of additional trails will provide the first-ever, fully-accessible space in NSW for people with disabilities and their families to take part in a range of mountain biking social, sporting and community events.

We believe that opportunities like this truly enhance the quality of life for those disadvantaged and HMBA Club members are invited to join Break the Boundary to show support and to further investigate this awesome initiative. Please visit the Break the Boundary website and sign up.

HMBA Club Downhill August 2018 Results


The sun was shining & riders where super keen to hit The Monkey. Cold, Dry, Damn Dusty & Windy, but this didn’t dampen the heat that was left on the trail.

Duke Millington was the fastest of the day.. So close to breaking the under Four with 4:00.004 Congrates

Shout Out… A really BIG Thank You, Rick, Tony, Nichole, the dad that walk the track as roving marshal & Landon last minute dash out to the track. Thank you Again! The riders Thank you Too!

Awesome Day

Today”s Results 🙂

August 2018 Club DH Results

August 2018 Club DH Overall Results