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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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Winter Fat Bike Demo & Skills Challenge

Hinton Mountain Bike Assocation (HMBA)

FAT BIKE DEMO & SKILLS CHALLENGE

Wondering what all the fat bike excitement is about? Join HMBA at Maxwell and take one out for a spin. Try your skills at an obstacle course and earn fat biking bragging rights.

This event is part of the Hinton Winter Magic Festival.   There will be a fire pit & music also!

Event run by Hinton Mountain Bike Association
Where: Maxwell Lake
Time: Sunday, February 7th, 1-4pm

A post-demo ride is planned after the event (after 4pm) as well.

Many participated in the fun teamed race in the 2015 winter event.

Fat biking is definitely worth trying and so much fun!!

ALSO ON SAME DAY/PLACE:

LANTERN FESTIVAL 

Join us for an evening skate around Maxwell Lake where student decorated Lantern Bags will light your way.
Event run by YRAF & Maxwell Lake Skating Society
Where: Maxwell Lake
Time: 5-8pm

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Great winter riding conditions!

Hinton Mountain Bike Assocation (HMBA)

The groomed winter trails continue to be in great riding condition! Get out and get active! 

Winter signage has been posted up on our winter trails.  There are even a few extra trails that have been broken-in with fat bikes to create fun alternatives until the next big snowfall!  Vigilante and Happy Creek can be included in your fun winter adventures.

Check out our Winter Trails page for more information about winter trail grooming and a winter trail map.

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Great Fun at the Winter Magic Fat Bike Demo Day!

HMBA VP

The Winter Magic Fat Bike Demo Day was a great success!  Some fresh overnight snow, groomed tracks and lots of bikes to try out.  10 riders participated in a fun race - randomly paired with enthusiastic partners on a beautiful wintry day.

Thanks to HMBA's Sarah, Mike and Mike for putting time in organizing and prepping this fun event!  Thanks to Christopher Read for being a great MC! 

Thank you to the bike shops for bringing Fat Bikes to Hinton for folks to try out!!!

 

Thank you to local businesses that helped make it a great event!

 
 

Thanks to Sandra, Paul and Michelle for the use of these great shots!

Sarah staying in front of Colin on the final lap.

Fun Fat Bike Race Trophy - crafted by Mike Mahoney

The winning team.

Lots of people trying out fat bikes for the first time - and loving it!

Gals on Fat Bikes

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Winter Trail Pilot Project Underway

HMBA VP

Two of our local fat bike riding enthusiasts, Mike Mahoney and Mike Langford, have teamed up on this recent Winter Trail Pilot Project.  With the support of the Hinton Mountain Bike Association and the Town of Hinton, this project will allow the grooming of some of our favorite established backyard trails!

The grooming will be done with a small snowmobile which is handy for mobility and keeping our trails narrow.  Absolutely no trail work needs to be done in order to accommodate the grooming, nor will there be any erosion or damage to the existing trails.  

The groomer is towed behind the snowmobile and it is exactly the same type of groomer that is used by nordic centres to groom for cross country skiing.  The only difference is in the width of the groomer - only 30 inches (76 cm) wide, the ideal width for non-motorized winter activities such as cross country skiing, snowshoeing, bicycling, hiking, dog walking and trail running.

Grooming is a slow process, the snowmobile runs approximately 5 kms/hr towing the groomer as it rolls and packs the trail down. Once groomed, it takes a few hours to "set up" or harden, then it is ready for use. Grooming will be done mostly at night when there is less usage, and a better chance for the snow to set-up. 

There a several benefits from this pilot project:

  • There will be no cost to the town as Mike Mahoney has volunteered his time and money for this project. The HMBA has agreed to review progress in one years time, and if the project is a success, the association will become financially active with the project. 
  • A groomed winter trail will further promote healthy, "green", carbon neutral activities within our community.
  • There is a potential to draw more tourist dollars to our town.
  • The HMBA and the town of Hinton are pushing for Hinton to be a "Alberta's Mountain Bike Mecca". What better way then to make mountain biking a year-round sport?
  • Dead-fall will be removed throughout the winter thereby reducing the spring workload for the trail crews.

The area that would be groomed include a connection of several small trails in the Happy Creek zone.   Trails that will be part of the groomed loop:

  1. The J
  2. Ranger
  3. GS connector
  4. GS
  5. Halloween
  6. Phil's Thriller
  7. Bubba's
  8. Bighorn

Happy Trails!!

The J on February 7, 2015

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