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- Parent Category: News
- Published on 10 April 2013
Another year has passed and so too have many cyclists in Hong Kong and around the world. We hope you can join this solemn event to remember all those cyclists who have been injured or killed while riding.
Riders wishing to join can meet at the Clock Tower on the TST promenade at 7:15pm on Wed, May 15 2013.
For more details and discussion about this event please go to the Hong Kong Facebook event site at: https://www.facebook.com/events/354262888018514/
- Parent Category: News
- Published on 25 March 2013
Volunteers Wanted - Trail Maintenance Day - Ho Pui Trail - April 7
On April 7, 2013 HKMBA volunteers together with AFCD will perform trail maintenance work along the last section of Ho Pui Trail as it approached the reservoir. Work will involve trail armouring and clearing activities. In addition, we are looking for a few volunteers to act as trail steward to greet riders and tell them about the new Ho Pui entrance.
Here is the official rundown of the day from the AFCD:
1. Trail improvement works at the last section of Ho Pui Trail, near the Ho Pui Reservoir. Since the works mainly involves rock armouring and minor clearance of bamboo, experienced volunteers are preferred. However, new volunteers are also welcome.
2. Some volunteers can work as trail stewards who will help us to promote the new Ho Pui Trailhead and the Trail Difficulty Grading System (i.e. green circle, blue square, black diamond). The trail steward programme can last for around 1-2 hours in the morning and the volunteers who work as trail stewards can join the trail improvement works in late morning. Tentatively, we shall set up pull-up banners at both Ho Pui Trailhead and the end of Ho Pui Trail, and trail stewards will help us to talk to peer mountain bikers about the new Trailhead and the Difficulty Grading System.
On 7 April, we shall all meet at 9:15am at Twisk Management Centre (shuttle bus from Tsuen Wan MTR Station will be available at 8:45am), and there will be shuttle from Twisk Management Centre to the end of Ho Pui Section. The whole programme on 7 April will end at around 3:00pm and there will be shuttle bus to go back to Tsuen Wan MTR.
Please send me a list of HKMBA volunteers by 28 March (Thursday). In the list, please indicate whether they will take the Shuttle Bus from Tsuen Wan or come by themselves, and whether they would work as trail stewards.
For the volunteer group to work effectively, it would be much preferred to limit the number of volunteers from HKMBA to 20 people. Volunteers shall bring their own water and food.
If there is any Rainstorm Warning (Amber, Red or Black), Thunderstorm Warning or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal no. 3 or above being hoisted by the Hong Kong Observation at 7:30am on 7 April 2013, the whole event will be cancelled without further notice.
- Parent Category: News
- Published on 23 March 2013
UK Mountain Bike Magazine Features Hong Kong's MTB Scene
After a glowing story in the April 2013 edition of Mountain Biking UK Hong Kongers can expect to see even more tourists arriving with mega oversized luggage ready to plunder the jewels of HK. But dont expect these new visitors to be pushing and shoving their way through the streets of TST or Causeway Bay. No way! They will be flooding ours santuaries - the MTB trails where we seek solace!
Back in November, the HKMBA was contacted by Enrico Guala who manages the Life Cycle Team and organises many super enduro MTB races in Europe. He was planning to bring a pair of top enduro riders, Manuel Ducci and Valentina Macheda, and photojournalist, Matt Wragg. They would be here in few days to do a story featuring HK's MTB scene. Kenneth Lam, the HKMBA Vice Chairman, volunteered to guide them around HK and make them feel at home.
Seeing as they would only be here for three days, Kenneth assumed that they would want to explore HK's most popular trails in Tai Lam CP, but instead they wanted to hit the tight single track of Lamma Island. The timing was perfect. The guys had just finished the annual clearing the trails of the thick vegetation that had grown like lightening over the summer. The massive typhoon had brought down a few big trees at the bottom of Snakes Tail and these too were cleared. Better yet, the giant golden orb spiders that spin webs cabable of felliing riders had retreated for the winter. Lamma's trails were ready for visitors.
And what did they think of Lamma?
... Andrew and his friends have created one of the most amazing things I've ever experienced on a mountain bike --- an oasis of singletrack barely a stones throw from one of the busiest urban areas on our planet. A small, but perfect, santuary away from the chaos.
Nothing is better than reading the story for yourself. You can pick up a copy of Mountain Biking UK at some bike shops in HK or you can buy the magazine online via sites like Zinio.