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Hinton Mountain Bike Association.  Our goal is to develop, maintain and promote the best possible mountain biking opportunities around the Hinton area, while ensuring responsible and safe practices in environmental conservation, trail construction, trail maintenance and riding.

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Trans Mountain Expansion Project Underway

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Recent trail users will likely have noticed large signs on some sections of trails in the Hinton area. These have been installed by Trans Mountain to notify all trail users of upcoming pipeline clearing/construction. There are no set timelines, but work in these areas can be expected between now and late November 2018. For more information, please visit the Trans Mountain Expansion Project website at: https://www.transmountain.com/yellowhead

Trails and features in these areas will be disturbed or removed during clearing and construction. Trans Mountain has assured HMBA that identified bike trails will be salvaged and even improved upon after construction is completed.

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Trail Counts at the Hinton Bike Park

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We have some trail user counts for the Hinton Bike Park between May 15 and July 19 => 66 days! Both Flow Master and the Pembina Sprockids Trail (PST) average 18 counts/day, where Flow Master had a max count of 93 on May 27 and PST had a max count of 52 on May 20th.

We are happy to see that Flow Master had 0 counts for the 3 downpour days after the Canada Day Long Weekend! Thank you to all uses who use trails and park responsibly :)

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Bike Park Parking Lot Busy June 23/24

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Notice to all Hinton Bike Park (parking lot) users: Saturday June 23rd, HMBA is hosting a wind-up event for our Hinton Sprockids Program. For safety reasons, access to the parking lot will be closed between 9:30am and 2:30pm. Alternative parking options can be found along Eaton Drive. Please DO NOT park on the side of Robb Road as it is an active haul road and parking is not permitted.

On Sunday, June 24th, the Hinton Disc Golf Association is having their Grand Opening event at 1pm. The parking lot is open but will likely be very busy! Again, please consider alternative parking options, or bike/walk from home!

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Shred Sisters Weekend Workshop next Month!

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Registration still open

Registration for 2018 is still OPEN! Have you registered yet?

We can't wait to have you join us this year--we have so much fun planned! With some new coaches, new students, new courses, we've got lots of new, new, new to share!

Beginner Workshop

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2-day workshop: Learn How to Mountain Bike

This weekend workshop is for women who have little or no experience on a mountain bike and would like to learn the fundamentals of riding in a fun, safe, professional, and supportive environment.

Sign up for the Beginner Workshop!

 

 

Intermediate Workshop

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2-day workshop: Improve your Mountain Bike Skills.

This weekend course is for women who have taken the beginner program before or have been riding for few years and are interested in improving their mountain biking skills. It is also an amazing opportunity to meet like-minded riding buddies.

Sign up for the Intermediate Workshop!

 

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Still time to register for Shred Sisters!

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Shred Sisters 2-day Weekend Workshop in Hinton on July 28-29. Only a few spots remaining!!

Intermediate level: 
This is a weekend course for women who have taken the beginner program before or have been riding for few years and are interested in improving their mountain biking skills. It is also an amazing opportunity to meet like-minded riding buddies. https://shredsisters.ca/…/weekend-workshop-intermediate-hi…/

Beginner level:
This is a weekend workshop for women who have little or no experience on a mountain bike and would like to learn the fundamentals of riding in a fun, safe, professional, and supportive environment.
https://shredsisters.ca/…/beginners/weekend-workshop-begin…/

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Hinton Sprockids: Reminder for Parents

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Well hello everyone,

Finally it's that time of year where we get out kids out learning and having fun out on our beautiful trails and bike park.

Just a few reminders:

1. 1st session (tomorrow) will be at Mountain View School.
2. If you can, please be there at 5.45pm so all the coaches can hand out all of the goodies to the riders.
3. If you haven't purchased a HMBA member, PLEASE DO IT TODAY - its for insurance purposes.
You can purchase Online, at Vicious Cycle, Bike Boy or at Hinton Voice.
4. All bikes must be in working order. They will be checked.
5. DON'T FOGET HELMETS, All children and ADULTS must have helmet. If you forget to bring a helmet we can't let you ride!!!
6. Please make sure all kids and adults go to the bathroom before arriving at sprockids as there is NO bathroom facilities at the school grounds.
7. Make sure kids are wearing appropriate clothing, footwear, bring water
LAST ONE
8. Pray for the rain to go away for our first session.

I will send out an email if it rains to hard and we can't have our first session, so keep an eye out for it around 4pm-5pm tomorrow. If you don't get an email it will be still on, just dress for the weather condition.

I'm pretty excited to see everyone tomorrow

Thank You

Casey Hore
Sprockids Coordinator

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HMBA Maintenance Nights

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The HMBA has scheduled 4 maintenance nights in the upcoming weeks!

These maintenance nights will focus on the Hinton Bike Park (week 1), Happy Creek Trail Bridge (week 2), Rock Band Boardwalk (week 3) and Happy creek Trail Drainage and other bridges (week 4).

As things can be unpredictable, the work scheduled for these maintenance nights may be different than originally described.

Volunteers: Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing as we will be working in forested areas. Gloves, water and snacks highly recommended. Access to sites will be on foot, unless otherwise notified.

Meeting location for week 1 will be at the Hinton Bike Park, near seacans/parking lot. Weeks 2-4 will be determined at a later date.

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Donations for HMBA & Sprockids!

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Thank you!!

The Hinton Mountain Bike Association (HMBA) would like to thank the following Hinton businesses for their ongoing contributions!!


Daniel Duval at Hinton Wealth planning of Assante Financial Management Ltd. donated $300 towards the Hinton Sprockids program

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West Fraser Ltd., Hinton Division donated $300 towards the Hinton Sprockids program.


 

Talisman Logging donated $1000 to the HMBA!

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2018 HMBA AGM RECAP

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For those who missed it, here's the 2018 HMBA AGM Recap:

The following Board Members have been voted in where () shows # of years in that position:
President: Jay Hore (2nd year)
Vice-President: Colin Pratt (2nd year)
Treasurer: Julie Duval (2nd year)
Secretary: Casey MacKay (1st year)
Operations: Jesse Kirillo (2nd year)
Director at Large: Mike Langford (1st year)

Thank you, Jonathan Hayward - outgoing Secretary, for doing a great job this past year! Good luck in your new adventures!

Key points of the April 12th AGM:
- The operating budget allocated to the Hinton Bike Park via the Operating Agreement between the HMBA and the Town of Hinton has increased from $5,000 annually to $15,000 annually. 
- 2018 Hinton Bike Park spring maintenance (hired contractor) will occur mid to end of May/early June.
- No new builds planned for 2018
- Hinton Sprockids (with over 80 kids registered) will be trying a different format this year: 6 sessions in May/June with a fun day with BBQ planned on June 23rd. A big welcome and thanks to Casey Hore for stepping up as our new Sprockids Coordinator.
- Shred Sisters Skills Workshop happening on July 28-29. Register online!
- Tim Trahan was recognized for his many years (10+) of volunteering and service to HMBA. Check out his bike's headset next time you meet him on the trails :)

Other things you should know:
- Two styles of jerseys are available for pre-order (before April 30th!!) Check out the options at www.bikehinton.com/shop
- HMBA has an online survey. Fill it out now! https://goo.gl/aLvdMa
- HMBA will have some Trail Counters on some key trails this summer which will help provide trail statistics.
- Mountain Pine Beetle work will be happening in the Hinton Bike Park and surrounding areas.

Happy Trails!

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Tim Trahan Recognized at AGM

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Jay Hore, HMBA President, thanked Tim Trahan at the Hinton Mountain Bike Association AGM on April 12th, 2018.  Tim was a member of the HMBA Board of Directors (Operations/Trails) for 5 years, Sprockids Coordinator for 4 years, Sprockids Coach for 6 years and avid volunteer for over 10 years!

Thank you Tim for your commitment and energy.  It's members like yourself that have been the building blocks to our amazing mountain bike mecca!

 

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2018 Will be Pink!

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Mark your calendars and come to the Hinton Mountain Bike Association's Annual General Meeting and get your 2018 membership and stickers. New BIKE HINTON stickers also available this year!

WHEN: Thursday, April 12th. Doors open at 6:30pm. AGM starts at 7:15pm

WHERE: People's Centre at Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre

COST: $25 for individual membership / $75 for family membership. Pre-purchase online!! www.bikehinton.com

MEMBERSHIP SPONSORS: Bike Boy, Folding Mountain Brewing, Hinton DQ Grill & Chill, Intersport, Maximum Work Gear, Subway, The Hinton Voice Inc., The Old Grind, Vicious Cycle Hinton, Yukon Sausage (Hinton, AB), Zamas Health Foods, Coco's Cafe, Freewheel Cycle, Jasper Source For Sports, Patricia Street Deli, Vicious Cycle Jasper.

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HMBA AGM on April 12

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The Hinton Mountain Bike Association AGM is set for Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Location:  People's Centre at the Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre

Time: Doors open at 6:30 pm.  AGM starts at 7:15 pm

This is a great time to find out what HMBA has been up to and what the plans are for the upcoming year.   Buy your 2018 membership and support mountain biking in Hinton!

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New Sprockids Coordinator

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The Hinton Mountain Bike Association welcomes Casey Hore as our new Sprockids Coordinator!!! Casey, a parent with two young kids in the Sprockids program, brings a lot of energy and ideas and is looking forward to the upcoming Sprockids sessions this Spring.

Tim Trahan, the Sprockids Coordinator for the past 4 years, Sprockids Coach for the past 6 years, and the Operations/Trails Board Member between 2009 and 2013, has stepped down from his coordinator role, but will still be actively involved as a coach.

The HMBA is very excited for the continued involvement of our members in such a valued program as the Hinton Sprockids.

Thank you Tim for the great job and dedication you have provided and thank you Casey for accepting this new role!!

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Shred Sisters Back in Hinton On July 28th & 29th

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Registration now open

Registration for 2018 is officially OPEN! Have you registered yet?

We can't wait to have you join us this year--we have so much fun planned! With some new coaches, new students, new courses, we've got lots of new, new, new to share!

Beginner Workshop

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2-day workshop: Learn How to Mountain Bike

This weekend workshop is for women who have little or no experience on a mountain bike and would like to learn the fundamentals of riding in a fun, safe, professional, and supportive environment.

Sign up for the Beginner Workshop!

 

 

Intermediate Workshop

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2-day workshop: Improve your Mountain Bike Skills.

This weekend course is for women who have taken the beginner program before or have been riding for few years and are interested in improving their mountain biking skills. It is also an amazing opportunity to meet like-minded riding buddies.

Sign up for the Intermediate Workshop!

 

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Repsol Donates $1,000 to the Hinton Sprockids Program

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REPSOL has generously donated $1,000 to the Hinton Sprockids Program.  A cheque was presented to the program's coordinator at the last Sprockids session of the season.   The kids were excited to ride in a warm Fall night and to eat the burgers and hot dogs provided for the kids.   Food items were donated by McDonalds, Safeway, Freson Bros - Hinton Hill and Freson Bros - Hinton Valley.

 Jesse Kirillo, REPSOL, presents a cheque for $1,000 to Tim Trahan, Hinton Sprockids Coordinator.

Jesse Kirillo, REPSOL, presents a cheque for $1,000 to Tim Trahan, Hinton Sprockids Coordinator.

 Tim Trahan, Hinton Sprockids Coordinator, thanks Jesse Kirillo, representative of REPSOL, for donating the use of their mobile BBQ for the program's year-end session.

Tim Trahan, Hinton Sprockids Coordinator, thanks Jesse Kirillo, representative of REPSOL, for donating the use of their mobile BBQ for the program's year-end session.

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Behind the Hinton Bike Park

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Build it and they will come....but who will maintain it???

To help give Hinton Bike Park users and visitors an idea of what goes on behind the scenes, some information is provided below.   When the weather makes bike park conditions poor, there are many reasons why the HMBA reminds all users to stay out of the park, and the main one is the knowledge of all the hard work put into keeping the park in great shape for the enjoyment of all.

How it all started

When the Hinton Bike Park was in its first phase (2008), the goal was to build an outstanding mountain bike skills park that is fun, safe, free of charge, and accessible for all abilities and ages, thereby facilitating the promotion of skills development, active lifestyles and mountain culture.   It was the first of its kind in the Yellowhead region, a regional hub for activity.

 Grand Opening of the Hinton Bike Park

Grand Opening of the Hinton Bike Park

Partnerships

The Hinton Bike Park was made possible by the Hinton Mountain Bike Association (HMBA) - all volunteers!!!, the Town of Hinton, and the many, MANY, supporters over the years.  Check out our list of growing supporters!

The Stats

  • The Hinton Bike Park has 37 Acres of land with the possibility of future expansion.  
  • The cost to build the first two phases (2008-2009) was over $400,000 in cash, material and time.
  • Free of charge to users (donations are welcome!)
  • Central location to access Hinton's trail network (over 30 km!)
  • Visitors from all over Alberta, Canada, US, and many international countries have been to the park

Fast Forward to 2017

The Hinton Bike Park is almost 10 years old and was showing signs of aging and deterioration.  It was time to focus on refurbishing many areas within the park.  The HMBA applied for grants, made use of the annual maintenance fund provided by the Town of Hinton, and used funds accumulated from donations received from its wonderful sponsors.

The total value of the 2017 maintenance work was $25,500, and focused on these areas:

 
  • Skills Area
  • Mini Pump Track
  • Dirt Jumps
  • Drop Zone (part of the Hinton Community Grant)
  • Fo'Shore (part of the Hinton Community Grant)
  • Slope Wars (part of the Hinton Community Grant)
  • Midway Pump Track
  • Business Time
  • Jodoin's Journey (erosion/drainage issues)
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Dirt Jumps

 Midway Pump Track

Midway Pump Track

 Business Time

Business Time


New Trail

Earlier in the Spring, a representative from Pembina Pipeline Corporation contacted the HMBA about the opportunity to donate towards something Sprockids-related.  The Board of the HMBA suggested building a trail that was suited for the younger Sprockids group (dubbed the run-bikers).   With Hoots Inc. and Crew lined up for all this work, the new trail became a reality in mid-June!  The total value of this trail is $20,800, which includes $3,295 of services donated by Hoots Inc.  and $15,000 donated by Pembina Pipeline Corporation.

 New trail!

New trail!

 Thank you Pembina Pipeline Corporation!

Thank you Pembina Pipeline Corporation!

How you can help

  • Ride Dirt Not Mud.  If you are leaving visible ruts, it's too wet to ride!
  • Become a member!  It helps with grant applications.
  • Stay connected via the website, facebook or through our member emails.
  • Volunteer when maintenance days are announced.
  • Be a bike park and trail ambassador!  Educate others.
 Hoots Inc. Crew with their biggest fan

Hoots Inc. Crew with their biggest fan

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Pembina Pipeline Corp Investing in Hinton

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We are SUPER excited to announce the donation of $15,000 from Pembina Pipeline Corporation's Community Investment Program. This amazing donation has funded our newest trail in the Hinton Bike Park, unofficially named "Pembina Sprockids Trail".

This BIG cheque was presented by Clint Walker, of Pembina Pipeline, to Jay Hore (HMBA President) and Julie Duval (HMBA Treasurer). Jay Hoots from Hoots Inc., and his crew were hired to build this sweet new trail. Hoots Inc. has also donated over $3,000 of labour towards the building of the Pembina Sprockids Trail. Revenue accumulated from our Hinton Sprockids Program registrations and donations have also contributed to this trail build.

The trail is over 600m of gently sloped terrain and is suitable for younger bikers and novices.

Thank you Hoots Inc. and crew for this new addition and THANK YOU Pembina Pipeline for investing in our community!!!

A new trail well suited for riders of all abilities!

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Hinton Bike Park back in Great Shape!

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Hoots Inc. and crew have completed three weeks of maintenance and trail building work at the Hinton Bike Park!

Thanks!

 The HMBA would like to thank Jay, Alan, Dalan, Fraser and Ben for the awesome work done!!!

 

The HMBA would also like to thank the Town of Hinton for the Community Grant received in April. This grant ensured that the Drop Zone, Fo'Shore and Slope Wars skill areas got inspected, re-shaped, and buffed.

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Business Time

Other areas in the park that received similar maintenance include the Skills Area, Dirt Jumps, Business time, Midway Pump Track and Jodoin's Journey. Funds for this work was provided by the HMBA, the Town of Hinton's Bike Park Annual Maintenance Fund and from donated services/labour by Hoots Inc.

Dirt Jumps

Midway Pump Track

Lastly, the Hinton Bike Park now has a new trail!!! This trail is freshly built over approximately 600m of gently sloped terrain. It was designed with the younger bikers in mind, to allow easier access to the mid-areas of the park. This trail was funded by a generous benefactor which we hope to announce soon! Registration revenue and donations from the Hinton Sprockids program also contributed to this build!

New trail

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