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Rock up ‘n’ Ride

 

First Sunday of every month it’s  ‘Rock up ‘n’ Ride’ with HKMBA  - A chance for riders new and old to HK’s shores to join us for a regular group ride.  

*Get to experience firsthand the trails MTB magazines the world over are raving about*

Each month we will ride somewhere new based on seasonal conditions lead by experienced HK rider & qualified instructor Steve Coward as well as a host of other experienced HK riders.  Some routes will be challenging some a little easier though we do hope in most cases to split each ride into ‘sub’ groups based on ability levels.

If you don’t own a bike or are contemplating buying, ‘Crosscountry HK’are renting a range of Mountain bikes to try out from Hardtail  29’ers to full suss 26”ers for HK$400 each per ride.  To reserve one in your size that will be bought to the location on the day contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

August's Rock up ‘n’ Ride

Route Summary: Tai Mo Shan to Gold Coast Piazza

To get into the swing of things we’ll be starting with a couple of purpose built beginner trails half way up Tai Mo Shan. As we move into Tai Lam CP they’ll be ample opportunity to sample some of the recently built IMBA Flow trails on our way down to Tai Lam Reservoir. Probably the most popular of all trails in terms of traffic this 8km exit is mostly beginner friendly and flat whilst still providing challenge to advanced riders with its various ‘technical’ sections particularly towards the end.

 

Route Mileage:22-25km approx 4hours

Difficulty Level:

Moderate. By far the biggest factor between June and September even for experienced riders is ‘Handling HK’s Heat’.  If you can do four hours of hiking in summer then you should be able to handle four hours of biking that is mostly down or flat. The route itself is a mix of parks service road and depending on the ability group Intermediate Level Trail riding.

 

What to Bring:

Hydration pack  of at least 2-3 Litres of water, as with several trails in HK there are no shops on this route only freshwater streams! –Snack food including something salty as you will likely be sweating a fair amount.

Helmet & Gloves, If you’re a fairly novice rider knee, shin & elbow pads are well worth considering though can make things hot work in summer. Clear lens glasses are worth bringing on muddy days.

Sunscreen.  You can also bring a change of clothes/towel that can be left in the truck that will be meeting us near the finish point.

Those bringing your own bike please ensure it has been recently serviced and used paying particular attention to essentials such as effective brakes, steering and tires that are in good condition and pumped up. Please also bring at least one spare tube, pump and allen key tool.

 Your MTB Permit, these are free and a legal requirement on designated trails within HK Country Parks.

 

Start Time & Meeting Point:

We will meet at Tai Mo Shan main car park just inside Tai Mo Shan Rd at 9:00am.

By Car: If you have a car get there early as parking spots are limited. Parking is also available along the top of Route Twisk Rd.

By bus:  from Tsuen Wan the KMB 51 runs the Route Twisk rd in both directions. Alight at the top of the hill then walk up Tai Mo Shan Rd. *Buses generally do not allow Bikes*

By Taxi: From Tsuen Wan MTR it is approximately HK$50  –Taxis normally take up to two bikes once wheels are removed and charge around $5-$10 extra per bike.

By Taxi Van: Can take up to five riders and bikes and often work out a similar price to a taxi.

 

Finish Point:

Most riders opt to finish at the HK Gold Coast Piazza which has a varied selection of restaurants to replenish appetites. Taxis are plentiful, the Tuen Mun MTR is about another 20mins ride down the road and there are many bus options including the 962 which takes you directly back to HK Island.