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A Boots and All account of Tim Butler's Euro Downhill Adventure - Leogang Austria

So, after two and a half days of driving from the Scottish Highland, passing through seven countries, we find ourselves in Leogang, in Austria.

Pat, Jack and Muddie had it easy, resting up and then flying, while the rest of had to drive.

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DHI International Riders - A boots and all Blog from Tim Butler in Europe! Fort William - Round 2

Tim Continues his European Adventure - living the dreams of boots around the world!

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A boots and all Blog from Tim Butler in Europe!Round #1 Lourdes France

This season HMBA have three riders in the club riding for Factory Teams in the UCI World Cup DHI events.

Graeme Mudd, Racing for the Trek Factory Team
Jack Moir, Intense Factory Team
Pat Butler, Bergamont Hayes Factory team

Since Pat is only sixteen, being his dad, I will be travelling most the circuit with the boys, so I thought I would keep you up to date with the results and the ups and downs of our boys throughout the season.

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HMBA Committee Meeting Minutes

The HMBA committee meets every month on the third Monday of the month at 7:15pm at Club Macquarie. All HMBA members are welcome to come along and just listen to what goes on, or to participate, or to bring specific items to the attention of the committee.

Minutes of the monthly meetings for 2017 are attached here. (Note - no meeting was held in January due to heavy commitments related to the DH National Round at Awaba).

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HMBA AGM Minutes - Jan 2017

Please see attached the minutes of the HMBA AGM held January 22nd 2017.

If you have any issues with the minutes, please send an email outlining the issues to

Steven Pryor

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Awaba DHI Nationals Round 1.. Spectators!

Not able to race? Well come along & watch the action. Free entry. Catering on site available Saturday and Sunday.
So if you are thinking of heading out Friday bring some tucker or head down to the Oak at Freemans Waterhole
Entry to the park Via Jenkins Road off Mount Faulk Road. Parking in the main car park. Spectators head to the downhill finish line and make your way up the spectator trail to watch some downhill action. Or catch a bus to the top. See you there!

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Awaba DHI Nationals Round 1

National Dowhill ONLINE ENTRIES CLOSE TONIGHT...Don't Miss Your Start!


Online Registrations Close: 11:59pm AEDT – Wednesday 11th January, 2017.
Late Entries: Late entries will be accepted at the event, however attract a $25 late fee. Late entries void all ability to redeem series discounts and/or series winner discounts from the previous year."

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Cycling Social, charity funding cancer research, TourdeCure

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Hi Hunter MTB Members
Please join three local cycling legends as they discuss their journey to the top of the podium. Sally McKenna for all you track tragics, Chris Aitken talks all things cx and Jason English - Cycling Australia's newly minted Elite MTB rider for 2016.
Tickets are limited. Supporting Tour de Cure - raising money for cancer research.
Great raffle prizes, including a stay at Crowne Plaza, Rocky trail entries and Velotec cycling kit!
Love to see you there!

The Edwards Bar
148 Parry Street, Newcastle 2302

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Downhill Track Section Closed "Scorpion Gap"

“SCORPION GAP Check point A”
We have had a report that over the weekend the timbers on the Scorpion gap jump have been broken. (Top of Track near Road).
The track has also had a barricade put up to stop riders from jumping the gap, We believe it is at the jump which can be to late if you come riding down at full pace unaware.
We will endeavor to get out there as soon as possible to fix the timber lander..
Or if there is anybody willing to go out and Fix the Timbers. Pls contact Coleen Or Rick

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HMBA Committee Meetings

HMBA Committee Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month at Club Macquarie at 7:15pm

All members are welcome to attend.

Minutes for the recent meetings are attached.

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XC Wednesday night 31st Aug - Still On!

The weather is warm and there has been no rain to speak of at Awaba so we are still racing tonight! (31/8/16)

See you out there - 6:15pm for registration, 7pm for racing.

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Trails Closed Due to events June July

Please be advised that Awaba mountain bike trails will be close to all public access unless you are an entrant in these events.
Up coming events. Trail Closed

25th & 26th June Ladies Diamonds'n'Dirt Social ride 9.30am onwards both days. XC trail ridden, some parts in reverse.
2nd July "Diamonds in the Dirt" Rocky Trail event. XC
16th & 17th July club DH Rocky Trails state points

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XC 19th June - Cancelled

We have made an early call - based on the rain so far this morning out near the track, and the forecast rain for tomorrow, we have decided to cancel tomorrow's XC race at Awaba.

Apologies to those who disagree with this decision, but we felt it best to make an early call .

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Wednesday Night Races at Killi

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Note: The road in to Killi is pretty bad at the moment. You can drive it in a 4WD, but if you are in a car, we would recommend you park out on the road and ride your bike in. (Leave yourself some extra time to ride in).

Keep an eye on the club website – if we have any rain between now and Wednesday afternoon, we might change the race to Awaba instead of Killingworth.


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HMBA Race 1 and AGM Re-scheduled

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The first round of racing and the HMBA Annual General Meeting that were washed out in January have been re-scheduled for Sunday 14th February 2016 at Awaba.

We will also be holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 8:30am, 14th February 2016 after the XC registrations have been closed and before the XC race starts.

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HMBA XC Race 1 and AGM - 17/1/16 - Cancelled due to Wet

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An XC track inspection has been carried out this morning at Awaba, and the track is just too wet to ride on. Therefore, the XC event for 17/1/16 has been cancelled. This includes both the race and the AGM.

It will probably be still too wet to move it to the following weekend, so we are not planning on doing that at this stage. Keep an eye on the website for further information.

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Club Racing this Sunday the 17th Jan AGM and Presentation

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HMBA would like to wish a Happy New Year to all our members and friends. We invite everyone to the first Hunter Mountain Bike Association (HMBA) race for the year this Sunday, 17/1/2016 at Awaba.

Read below for information on XC racing, DH Racing, The Annual General Meeting, Presentation and more.

** Note: We encourage all members to bring along a friend or family to try out our sport – follow the prompts at to join MTBA for a free trial period. With this free trial membership, you do not need a day licence where noted below.


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Due to the wet weather this weekend, the Killikaze event has been postponed to the 29th November 2015.

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Awaba - Workin Bee Sunday 11th Oct

Sorry for the late notice.....

Working Bee at Awaba - Sunday 11th October

Meet at carpark at 7:30am.

Working on the retaining wall at the new tunnel near the bottom of the downhill track. We have timber sleepers that need to be put in place. Bring mattock, crow bar, chain saw or whatever you can.

If you can spare a couple of hours, we would love to see you there.

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HMBA Build Day for Awaba Cancelled 20/09/15

Cancelled due to wet weather. To be rescheduled

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XC Racing is ON today 24/5/15

Racing is ON today. 24/5/15

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Awaba XC Open

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After an awesome effort Saturday morning by a trail crew of 12, Awaba xc trails are now open. It was a morning where chainsaws ruled and may have outnumbered the crew even!

Thanks to everyone that showed up to get involved. There is still a bit of litter on the trails and some of the downhill sections have changed due to water run off so take it easy on your first lap.

In particular a big shout out to Dallas and Dean who got everything organized and had already cleared much of the trail.

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Awaba MTB Park Closed Until Further Notice

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ALL HMBA Members and users of Awaba MTB Park

**ALL TRAILS CLOSED - both XC and DH**

Awaba MTB Park was inspected this morning after the storms earlier this week and has been deemed unsafe for both access and riding. There are a great many trees down, trail blockages and even the access road is currently blocked.

A sign has been placed at the entry to Jenkins Rd advising the closure.

State Forests report advise that the risk of potential injury or even death from tree/limb falls remains very real until the ground dries out a bit.

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XC Race at Killi Today CANCELLED

Due to the wet weather, the race at Killi today is CANCELLED.

We will look to re-schedule late if we can.

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Due to the construction on our new over/under pass at the last jump (Guts or Glory) before run into finish. 
The track will be CLOSED until further notice.
PLEASE Adhere to this Notice as HEAVY MACHINERY will be accessing the Downhill Finish & Surrounding areas...
Thank you
Club racing the 22 march is on at this stage. We will see how construction progresses.

Best Mountain Bike