Safety is paramount for all HMBA riders at our events. Please see the excerpt below from the MTBA website regarding safety equipment required:
Just as in any other sport or activity the right clothing and safety gear can make all the difference to your enjoyment. For participating at any MTBA sanctioned activity you need:
• MTBA membership or the purchase of a MTBA day permit (or you can upgrade online from a social membership to competitive in your membership area)
• Australian certified bicycle helmet for any XC type activity. For DH you need a full-face helmet that is Australian certified helmet or one that has been certified by an International Standard organisation.
• Your feet need to be fully enclosed – ie no sandals or thongs. Proper bike racing shoes are best but any hard soled shoe will suffice. You may like to get clip-less pedals and shoes, but make sure that you are familiar with their use (getting your feet unclipped) well before your first race.
We recommend the following:
• Eye wear to prevent bugs and dust and leaves and such annoying your eyes. For DH most riders use race goggles.
• Cycling gloves – full or half finger ones for XC and full finger for DH
• Padded cycling shorts will aid your comfort and a cycling jersey has plenty of pockets to put your food and spares in. DH racers sometimes use BMX-style clothing.
• For DH we recommend body armor and additional protection for knees and elbows.
Before heading out on any of our tracks, HMBA recommend the following:
• Make sure your bike is in good working order
• Always wear an approved safety helmet
• Ride on designated OPEN trails ONLY
• Avoid riding in Wet or Muddy conditions
• Refrain from taking short cuts or making new trails
• Be courteous to all other users
• Report any noted acts of vandalism
• Take your rubbish with you
• Enjoy yourself & ride safety within your level of ability.
*All Riders Ride at your own risk*
There are often specific rules regarding these requirements for national and international level events that you should refer to the technical regulations listed for that event.
Not only does the club have access to the fantastic trails at Awaba Mountain Bike Park, but we also use some other great locations in the Hunter region. Please click on the below links to find out more information about any of these areas: