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About HMBA

Hunter Mountain Bike Association (HMBA) History

HMBA is the oldest mountain bike club in NSW.

It was formed in 1985 when Lake Macquarie Canoe club core members Bruce James, Bruce Richardson and John Upton decided to ride mountain bikes. The first local mountain biking events were held near the Charlestown Golf Course.

The first major event was the Paterson Classic and it was run over many years. The HMBA was formed principally to promote the sport of recreational and competitive mountain biking through organised social rides, coaching and racing. Initially the club concentrated on learning skills for operating mountain bikes and holding adventure rides.
Later the club gained permission to access land west of Killingsworth and for many years held events on the famous "Killi" tracks.

Today HMBA aims to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle in the community and foster the best sporting attitudes among its members; from the youngest junior to the most experienced master.

In 2006 the Club entered into negotiations with Forests NSW to lease land known as the Awaba Mountain Bike Park (AMBP) for the purpose of providing riding trails for its members in both general trail or cross country (XC) and downhill (DH) disciplines. A formal agreement was reached and signed off in 2007.

Recently the club came to prominence through hosting the National Round of both Downhill and Cross Country disciplines.
The club continues to grow with club races held at Awaba Mountain Bike Park, Singleton and Dungog.

The club through these events contributes indirectly to the community with our riders visiting local merchants.
The HMBA is affiliated with Mountain Bike Australia and values the support of Forests NSW, the local community and our members in maintaining a sustainable and self supporting organisation.

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