Glad you asked! Members of the Hinton Mountain Bike Association, or HMBA (we like to pronounce it has 'him-bah'), have had a busy year! Below are some of the highlights for 2015.
IMBA Canada Trail Care Crew.
In August, the IMBA Canada Trail Care Crew (aka Justin Truelove) came out to teach us trail building techniques on how to build and maintain our trails.
Happy Creek boardwalk was revitilalized
At the end of August, the Hinton Participatory Budget Grant (2014) was used to revitalize Hinton's amazing signature trail, Happy Creek, which needed some major work done on two large sections of boardwalks. This project not only benefited mountain bikers, but runners, walkers, hikers, and visitors alike!
Another successful Beaver Bike Fest event!
Another fantastic fun-filled weekend led by the yellow brigade of volunteers! So great to see kids of all ages having fun!
Shawn Lee steps up as the club's new president!
Shawn brings a ton of experience from other clubs, racing, hardcore bmx'er and all around exposure to the scene.
Stacey steps down from the Board
It was very hard for HMBA to lose Stacey when she stepped down from her position as Director at Large. Her energy, enthusiasm and love of all things mountain biking have helped HMBA soar to new heights and adventures!
Fixit station installed at the Hinton Bike Park.
Daniel Duval of Assante Wealth Management generously donated a Dero Fixit Bike Repair Station to the Hinton Mountain Bike Association, now installed at the Hinton Bike Park. The Fixit repair station is Hinton's second - the first one was installed earlier this year by the Town of Hinton and is located at the Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre.
New skills feature in the Skills Area.
Dubbed Cripps' Canyon during the Beaver Bike Fest, but named 'Baja Canyon' by it's builder, Shawn Cripps, this new feature has added some fun challenges to the Skills Area! Shawn has also helped build the shed for storing our fuel and a tool shed that is accessible to our youth.
Another awesome Oxburger creation
For several years in a row, Oxburger Studios has created awesome videos of our signature event. Many treasured moments are captured!
Sprockids had an amazing but busy year! Close to 100, YES, ONE HUNDRED, kids were registered for the 10-week program.
Group rides continue to be a great way to meet other riders. There were so many new faces this year - we can't wait to see you all again next summer!!
On-going trail maintenance
Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring - there is always some kind of trail maintenance that needs to be done. HMBA relies on member volunteers to help keep our trails in tip top shape!
Re-route on Halloween Connector
Small changes, big impact! A re-route on Halloween Connector improved flow on this great trail. Another re-route occured on Gulley Trail in the Bike Park - part of the IMBA Trail Care Course in August.
New EVOC backpack for our tool-totting Trails Guru!
You can't imagine how happy our Trails Coordinator was to receive such an awesome and handy pack! This pack was donated by EVOC and is built to carry various large tools while riding a bike. HMBA was very lucky to receive such a generous gift!
Thanks for sharing in some of our best moments of 2015! Ride On!
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