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Make Trails Your New Years Resolution - Join  the TMS Trail Crew!

We hope that you have enjoyed the holidays and had a chance to enjoy the fantastic riding weather! The HKMBA Team will be kicking off  2014 with some sweet new and improved trails in  Tai Lam Country Park. We invite you to join the TMS Trail Crew in this effort and help make a real difference for mountain biking in Hong Kong.

So far, we've planned four dates in January:

Dates:

  • Jan 8 (Wed)  8am - 11am
    • Work Site: Ho Pui 
    • **NOW TV will be filming so bring your bike too!!
  • Jan 12 (Sun) 9am - 3pm
    • Work Site: Tin Man
  • Jan 15 (Wed) 8am - 11am
    • Work SIte: Ho Pui
  • Jan 19 (Sun) 9am - 3pm
    • Work Site: Tai Lam Reservoir

Meeting Location: As usual, we'll meet at Twisk Management Centre to pick up tools and/or hitch a ride to the site [for Ho Pui, we'll just walk]: http://goo.gl/maps/7Jqoz

RSVP: Mark your calendars, and do us a favour to help get organised by using Meetup to RSVP for each event as details get confirmed. Its a super-easy website / smartphone app that takes mere minutes to get set up on, and will help us focus less on admin and more on trail work. 

TMS Trail Crew Meetup link: http://www.meetup.com/Tai-Mo-Shan-Trail-Crew/

Public Transport to the Twisk Management Centre: Take KMB #51 from Tsuen Wan West Rail (or near Tsuen Wan MTR). Get off at the bus stop 26 "Country Park"  at the top. The Twisk management centre is on the southern side of the road. The frequency of the bus is every 30 minutes or so. Here is the KMB route map: http://www.kmb.hk/en/services/search.html  (plug in route 51). Get off at Stop 26 "Country Park"

Contact Person: Brandon Kirk (TMS Trail Co-ordinator / HKMBA Director, Public Affairs)  email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spread the word, and we hope to see you on the trail in the New Year!

 

Bikes @ 7.1 march 2013 

 

Bicycles will lead the 1 July rally.
Meet Moreton Terrace (next to main Library), 2.00pm.

Bring your own bike or RENTAL BIKES available with pre-payment ($100 + $100 deposit) by Thurs 27th, contact
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We call on the administration to recognise the popularity and diversity of cycling now, and support it to boost Hong Kong's livability, economy and health in the future.

Everyone who jumps on their bike to get to where they're going or to enjoy the ride deserves a government that plans and allows for their needs. All kinds of us use bikes for all kinds of reasons and we’re tired of being pushed to the side of policymaking and told "keep out of the way of the important people."

Why does Transport Dept still deny that lots of Hong Kong people ride bikes to go places, even as our neighbours and many other countries are developing the role of functional cycling in a modern city? Our government must look seriously at what cycling can do for Hong Kong.

Please join us to ride (slowly) or walk with your bike at the front of the rally on 1 July.

Important note: police will be checking equipment in Moreton Terrace. Please ensure your bike is fully legal, eg brakes, lights when it’s dark, reflectors.

Any fellow riders who wish to join this event or need more info, you can check out the facebook page:http://www.facebook.com/events/462908827132070/?ref=3

 

Event: Ride of Silence 2013 - Wed, May 15, 7:15pm

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/

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. 

Please let us know whether you would like to volunteer by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

Welcoming the New Ho Pui Entrance

an appeal to HKMBA readers and members to make good use of the new start...

As you may know by now, the old Tai Mo Shan contour trail entrance, which is accessible off Route Twisk via a lump of concrete up onto a curb and behind a guardrail, will be phased out in favor of the new, flowy, 4-minute-downhill full of jumps and berms that starts at the top of the green ‘beginner loop’ near the official entrance.

Nevertheless, a lot of people find this new trail a hassle when trying to cram in more shuttle runs in the morning [maybe we secretly enjoy sitting in a stinky van more than riding], and bemoan the loss of ‘the Big Rock,’ as it has affectionately become known over the years. 

It’s Hard  To Say  ‘Goodbye’

For many of us, this entrance conjures up nostalgic memories of mist-filled mornings slipping and sliding down its root-strewn slopes, reveling in the dare and danger that has landed even the most skilled of us in the hospital with cracked ribs, broken fingers, ripped-off ears [full-face helmets came later], and worse. 
 
It has also become a poster-child for erosion and how ‘bad’ mountain biking is for trails, as a few vocal and angry hikers have said in their letters to AFCD and in the press. Every season it gets worse – the International Mountain Bike Association evaluated it as an ‘unmanaged risk’ with a ‘bad fall zone’ and is an ‘impalement hazard’ … fun stuff! If left as is, it will soon be nothing but a spider-web of slippery, exposed roots and thru-axle-deep ruts. And yes, it does cross over a hiking path at 90 degrees [the stone steps, right at the start], rather than run parallel as the new entrance does. 
 
However endearingly this treacherous start may have honed our skills and got our blood pumping in years past, though, there are now other fish in the sea – fresher, faster, more exciting to chase – and like an annoying partner whose wont stop nagging you about your ever expanding bike collection, its time to let 'er go and move on to somenice nicer.
 
Why It Matters
 
HKMBA is currently in talks with AFCD about creating more DH-specific tracks on this side of the mountain, without any additional uphill involved, and it looks positive - to the point where funding has been set aside and recon work is in progress. However, we need your help in developing the trust and mutual respect necessary to keep the ball rolling, and keeping public opinion on our side is part of that. 
 
Without public support, one rabid complaint in the press about shuttling will force AFCD to take a position against Downhill riding so that they can cover their asses in the event of a lawsuit. Years ago, a cyclist riding around High Island Reservoir in Sai Kung slipped on some gravel and tried to sue - now the entire area is closed to bikes. Not something we want to see happen.
 
Most people in Hong Kong don’t understand cycling in general, mountain biking specifically, and undoubtedly find our Darth Vader-in-a-clownsuit attire while pinning it at 25 kph down Kap Lung the stuff of nightmares. As such, any good PR that we can generate is sorely, desperately needed – and supporting the closure of a badly-aligned, severely-eroded, and highly-visible trail is a huge step in the right direction. 
 
Of course, no trail is perfect – and in the final stages, IMBA and HKMBA have been listening to feedback from riders testing out the new entrance, particularly about the flow and positioning of jumps. As always, please do feel free to send feedback on this or any other trails to us at HKMBA and/or directly to AFCD, so we can improve what’s already there, and build even better trails in the future.
 

By The Numbers

NEW HO PUI ENTRANCE [DH]

Length – approx 1.1 km*
Average grade – 7%

Maximum grade – 15%
 
*Getting to this crest, near the helipad, requires a 300m-long ‘climb’ up a modest 3% grade. Most lift-serviced DH tracks around the world have similar ‘flat’ sections on them that require the odd bit of pedaling. This one just happens to be at the very start, and is nothing compared to the uphill slog leading to ‘The Push’…
 
OLD ‘BIG ROCK’ ENTRANCE
 
Length – approx  60 m
Average grade – 50%*
Minimum grade – 25-30%
 
*The track[s] at this ‘social’ entrance’ [that’s the Ag&Fish name for it] are as steep as 45 degrees in places, whereas the soil at this location has been evaluated by professional surveyors from IMBA to be able to sustain a maximum of 10-15% - not to mention it has the worst accident record in the entire park, and only lasts a few seconds. 
 
 … compare these to …
 
A-LINE, WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA 
 
Length – around 6.5 km
Average grade – 3.5%*

 
*This contour line trail is famous for multiple options and jump lines, and is HALF AS STEEP of a grade on average as the new entrance. 

“A-Line is arguably the most celebrated DH course in mountain biking, with nearly 50 jumps on the course. A-Line is the benchmark all DH courses strive to emulate.” – Evolution Whistler 
 

 

Please do hesitate to share you feedback either good or bad on the new trail. You can do it here via Facebook comments, in the HKMBA forum or even email the HKMBA volunteer team (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The AFCD also take feedback seriously and  should you wish to contact them directly then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
 
 

 

Event: New Ho Pui Trail Opening - Mar 17, 2013

The new  Ho Pui trail head will be opened on Mar 17. Volunteers are invited  to come and finish the last bit of trail and also plant trees! If you don't want to get dirt under your fingernails then come for the opening ceremony later in the day.

 

Ho Pui Trail Head

 

Most riders starting down the Ho Pui Trail have at some point had a moment a terror within those first 200m. Perhaps it had rained the night before and the track was as slippery as a bobsled run or maybe that coffee had not worked its way into your system yet and your reflexes were not primed for the ruts and roots only seconds into your ride... and it probably did not help that you were out celebrating into the wee hours the night before. Or maybe you are a novice rider entering Tai Lam CP for the first time. I think most of us will agree that this  trail head badly needs some TLC. And it did not help matters that no one was using the legal trail head to begin with --- we have been accessing Ho Pui from Route Twisk illegally all these years!

On Sunday Mar 17, The new Ho Pui Trailhead will be opened replacing the old (illegal) one. Those who have seen and sampled this new trail are already singing its praises. It adds distance and fun to Ho Pui while offering a far more welcoming experience to Hong Kong's most popular trail. The AFCD is inviting HKMBA members to put the final touches on the new trail head and help close off and kickstart off the rehabilitation of the old (illegal) entrance by planting trees on that eroded slope. The AFCD will be contacting participants from the Dec 2012 workshop directly but if you could not make it then, the HKMBA has 10 slots available for our members. 

Additionally, there will be the first of the volunteer trail maintenance days on April 7, where volunteers can help improve the lower sections of the Ho Pui trail (between the end of the downhill to the reservoir). More details about this will be available in the coming weeks as they become available to us. 

The HKMBA has always advocated for sustainable and safe trails for all levels of MTBers. And we have been pushing for changes to the old Ho Pui trail head for many years, even  drafting our own proposal for a trail re-routing. This time the AFCD and IMBA Trail Solutions have gone well beyond our expectations by designing and constructing a first class entrance that should put smiles on most riders faces, except for the stubborn few who cringe at the thought of sweet, flowing trail under their wheels. Once this new trail is opened, we kindly ask all MTBers to respect the very valid reasons why the current, illegal trail head to Ho Pui is being closed and to use the new one instead.  

Note: In the event that the weather is very poor the trail building and opening ceremony will be held on April 7.


Date:

  • 17 March, 2012 (Sun) (rain date - April 7)

Time: 9:15am -2:15pm
Registration :

  •  send email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  •  please include your name and  phone 
  • indicate if you will be requiring bus transport from either Tsuen Wan MTR
  • indicate if you have participated in previous workshops. Those with previous workshop experience will be spared the trailbuilding intoductory seminar and can go straight to the fun
  •  deadline: Fri  7 March
  • cost: FREE

Itinerary:

 

8:45am

Shuttle bus at Tsuen Wan MTR Station 

9:15am   

Gathering at Twisk Management Centre

(for those participants who get there on their own)

 

9:30am

Tree planting at a degraded slope near the social entrance

10:00am

Trailbuilding works at the new Ho Pui Trailhead

12:30pm  

Completion of trailbuilding works, group photos and opening of the new Ho Pui Trailhead

 

1:00pm

Gathering at Twisk Management Centre (with light refreshments)

(participants may go and ride on the new Ho Pui Trailhead)

 

2:15pm

Shuttle bus to leave for Tsuen Wan MTR Station

 

Registration Confirmation: We will send out a confirmation email after Mar 7 to all members who have registered for the
workshop but as usual feel free to contact the HKMBA if you have any questions and we will endeavour to get back to you ASAP.

Venue: meet at Route Twisk Management Centre at 9:15am, then we shall depart to the work site after a short seminar.

Materials and equipment
: to be provided by AFCD (but volunteers are expected to wear suitable clothing, and bring their own drinking water and lunch)


Food and Drinks:
Pack your own lunch and beverages as none will be provided. Clothing:Weather conditions at this time of year can change quickly from bright, warm sunshine and 20C to cold, wet, and windy conditions. Bring footwear that is suitable for hiking and that you dont mind getting muddy or dirty. Also bring some work gloves if you have any.


Public Transport to the Twisk Management Centre: Take KMB #51 from Tsuen Wan West Rail (or near Tsuen Wan MTR). Get off at the bus stop 26 "Country Park"  at the top. The Twisk management centre is on the southern side of the road. The frequency of the bus is every 30 minutes or so. Here is the KMB route map: http://www.kmb.hk/en/services/search.html  (plug in route 51). Get off at Stop 26 "Country Park"

AFCD Bus Transportation:

If you cannot make your own way to the AFCD  Route Twisk Management Centre, AFCD will supply a 24 seat coach to meet volunteers only at the Tsuen Wan. Look for the bus with the sign "AFCD Mountain Bike Trail-building Workshop" in the windscreen. No transport will be provided for those who bring their mountain bikes.

- Tsuen Wan MTR pickup at 8:45am (see blue pin on map below)
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Transportation within the country park will be provided by AFCD.

Want More Trails? Don't Forget  The 3Rs  

Our existing landfills are nearly maxed out... and the next landfill may cover your favorite trail.

Reduce, reuse, recycle. You’ve heard it before, but what has it got to do with riding? Well, in a place as small as Hong Kong, it means everything to the future of our sport, and our health.

Our landfills will be COMPLETELY FULL in six years, maybe less.

Yes, that’s right. The amount of waste we produce is accelerating. The EPD is most likely going to have to start burning our filth in a yet-to-be-built incinerator, which means we get to breathe it while we ride. That is, if our favourite trails are even open, given that land supply is shrinking – some of the areas where we ride and/or the HKMBA is evaluating for new trails are either on or near a landfill, or could possibly in the future become one. As the Government says, “If the waste loads continue to increase, there will be a need to allocate an additional 400 hectares of land to develop new landfill sites to meet our waste disposal needs up to 2030. Clearly, Hong Kong needs a more sustainable way to deal with waste.” No kidding, 400 hectares - that’s an area TEN TIMES the size of the new West Kowloon district, which will last us less than 20 years.

Where will all the rubbish go? Right next to your trails, if we don’t cut down.

DO YOUR PART

Here are some simple suggestions to keep your riding green and clean:

  • If and when you buy new gear, don’t chuck the old stuff – sell it or give it away on www.28bike.com, or leave it with a bike shop, to put in their spare parts bin.
  • Throwing away tubes, even ones that can’t be patched, is incredibly lame. It’s like throwing away a perfectly-good roll of duct-tape.
  • http://www.instructables.com/id/10-of-1000-Uses-for-Old-Bicycle-Tubes/
  • Pack your lunch in a reusable container, or eat out. Throw-away lunchboxes are one of the biggest sources of the 6 million tonnes of rubbish we throw out each year.
  • Think about what you throw away throughout the day, and consider a reusable alternative. Other than toilet paper, most disposable products don’t have to be so.
  • Buy less ‘stuff’ – and when you do purchase something, request less packaging.

More info: https://www.wastereduction.gov.hk/

 

And The World Keeps Spinning

so what is in store for MTB in HK for 2013?

Well they said that 2012 was the end of the world, or at least the end of a cycle … and maybe it was. One thing is for sure, 2013 is going to be a revolutionary year for Mountain Biking in Hong Kong. New trails have been opened with partnership of the IMBA and AFCD, which offer beginner and intermediate riders something other than the white-knuckle death-defying descents that typify local gravity trails, and progress continues to made on the trails at Tai Mo Shan in particular. A new entrance to the ever-popular Ho Pui contour trail will open in March, to be followed later in the year by a revisitation of the ‘Tai Mo Shan Classic’ in all its lung-busting, arm-pumping glory.

There’s never been a better time to ride a mountain bike in HK. There has been an explosion in the number of bike shops offering quality offroad bikes in the past year, and now more than ever there is a demand from trails as new riders venture out to get a taste for the trails. On the other end, expert riders have enjoyed ripping it on their favorite tracks, competing against one another virtually using smartphone programs like Strava. Although the HK Cycling Association has been experiencing some ‘technical difficulties’ when it comes to putting on races, other organizers have come along to fill the demand – and we will be sure to keep you posted. Several races have been held at the MX club in Fanling, for example, and more will follow.

In the fall, quite a few Hong Kong riders had the chance to ride with Steve Peat, Wyn Masters and Brook MacDonald in Chiang Mai, Thailand when a race was held there. If you missed out, don’t worry – Red Bull is planning to bring Gee Atherton to town this spring … details coming soon. Lastly, as more riders make their way to the trails, and hikers crawl away from the air-conditioned crevices they’ve been hiding in, user conflict can become more of a problem. So for the good of all, and to keep the good times rolling, PLEASE read and re-read our notes for ‘Sharing the Trail’ – and help us to keep opening more trails.

HKCA BMX Park Debacle

BMX Park is now closed to the general public after yet another monumental failure at promoting BMX. HKCA members are encouraged to join the HKCA Annual general meeting on Jan 15th

Story Update (Feb 8,2013): Note that the BMX Park remains open, however the hours are very limited. Check with the BMX Park for details. The recent Asian Games Champion in BMX, Steven Wong failed a drug test in the spring of 2012 and is now serving a two year ban..

Unfortunately, bad decisions get made. Raw deals get taken, sometimes without the consent of major stakeholders. Such is the case of the Jockey Club BMX Park, which is now closed to the public indefinitely due to an epic management fail on the part of the Hong Kong Cycling Association. Riders will be petitioning for the re-opening of the park at the association’s General Meeting on January 15th, and a new committee will be formed in the meantime. Those responsible for signing the original deal no longer work for HKCA, but it is unclear what will happen next, as the association is now taking legal advice.

But first, a bit of backstory, from this past Saturday’s meeting with the new, upcoming HKCA committee members …

When the park was opened, with HK$20 million in funding from the Jockey Club, the HKCA signed a deal with the Environmental Protection Department under which the HKCA would be responsible for managing the park, but the park itself, with staff chosen by the HKCA, would be ‘responsible for its own profit and loss’ – in other words, it had to be self-sustaining, and couldn’t receive funds from HKCA, which is supported by Home Affairs’ Sports Development Fund. Thus, with no experience in running a for-profit business, the orphan child of HKCA became a money pit that was costing HKD$200,000 per month, including $20,000 per month in rent to the government. Over the next three years, a private individual who held a position at the HKCA is said to have contributed something to the tune of HKD$7 million just to keep the gates open – but with the park continuing to bleed money, those gates are now locked.

The park, which has bred one  Asian Games champion and two world champions, is closed until someone figures out how to make this work. If you are an HKCA member – in other words, if you have filled out the forms you need to race with them – do your part and show up at the General Meeting on the 15th and ask questions. The association, which also puts on Downhill and Cross Country races, has not been the most transparent organization in the past, and we hope to see more community involvement in how races are run. That starts with you.

Details: 6:30 p.m., 15 January, 2013 Meeting Room, 1/f Olympic House, 1 Stadium Path, So Kon Po [near Happy Valley] http://www.cycling.org.hk/

Event: Trail Building Workshops - Tai Lam CP - Dec 2012

Digging Resumes in TAI LAM CP this DEC in and you are invited to join in the ON the fun.


The AFCD is inviting HKMBA members to participate in trailbuilding workshops to be held in Dec. IMBA trail specialists HM Lim from Singapore and Chris Kehmeier will conduct the workshops and supervise the work. The work location has not been determined yet but we will update page this as we know more. AFCD has reserved 15 spots on each of the days for  HKMBA members (but this is  likely to increase). These spots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The HKMBA will collect the names of interested volunteers and forward them onto the AFCD.

The last series of workshops were a big success with over 60 HKMBA members helping construct HK's most recent legal MTB track, the Tin Fu Tsai North MTB trail. Its hard but very satisfying work. You'll get a chance to learn trail building techniques from the very best around and  its all free courtesy of the AFCD. So act quickly and sign up!

Dates:

  • 9 December 2012 (Sun)
  • 15 December 2012 (Sat)
  • 16 December 2012  2012 (Sun) 

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Registration :

  •  send email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  •  please include your name and  phone
  •  indicate which  day(s) you want to help out on and  in order of preference so we can ensure all volunteers who are interested can be accommodated. 
  • indicate if you will be requiring bus transport from either Tsuen Wan MTR or Kowloon Tong MTR
  • indicate if you have participated in previous workshops. Those with previous workshop experience will be spared the trailbuilding intoductory seminar and can go straight to the fun
  •  deadline: Mon 26 Nov 2012
  • cost: FREE

Registration Confirmation: We will send out a confirmation email after Nov 26 to all members who have registered for the
workshop but as usual feel free to contact the HKMBA if you have any questions and we will endeavour to get back to you ASAP.

Venue: meet at Route Twisk Management Centre at 9:00am, then we shall depart to the work site after a short seminar.

Materials and equipment
: to be provided by AFCD (but volunteers are expected to wear suitable clothing, and bring their own drinking water and lunch)


Food and Drinks:
Pack your own lunch and beverages as none will be provided. Clothing:Weather conditions at this time of year can change quickly from bright, warm sunshine and 20C to cold, wet, and windy conditions. Bring footwear that is suitable for hiking and that you dont mind getting muddy or dirty. Also bring some work gloves if you have any.


Public Transport to the Twisk Management Centre: Take KMB #51 from Tsuen Wan West Rail (or near Tsuen Wan MTR). Get off at the bus stop 26 "Country Park"  at the top. The Twisk management centre is on the southern side of the road. The frequency of the bus is every 30 minutes or so. Here is the KMB route map: http://www.kmb.hk/en/services/search.html  (plug in route 51). Get off at Stop 26 "Country Park"

AFCD Bus Transportation:

If you cannot make your own way to the AFCD  Route Twisk Management Centre, AFCD will supply a 24 seat coach to meet volunteers at the Tsuen Wan and Kowloon Tong MTR stations. Look for the bus with the sign "AFCD Mountain Bike Trail-building Workshop" in the windscreen.

- Kowloon Tong MTR pickup at 8.30am (see blue pin on map below)
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- Tsuen Wan MTR pickup at 9:00am (see blue pin on map below)
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Transportation within the country park will be provided by AFCD.

2013 Green Power Hike for a Green Future

Its not mountain biking but its a worthy event no less.
For those of you who plan to ride the Dragon's Back on Feb 2nd 2013 perhaps give it pass and maybe hike it instead!


Green Power Hike is one of the largest charitable walkathons. Each year, around 3,000 participants walk for a green cause. Donation raised in the Hike is used for development of environmental education in Hong Kong. The 20th Green Power Hike is now open for entry; people of all ages are welcome to join.

Date: 2 February 2013 (Sat)
Quota: 3,000 (First come, first served)
Venue: Hong Kong Trail (50km / 25km / 10km)
Entry Deadline: 20 December 2012

* Applicants who enroll on or before 23 November 2012 will be entitled to The 20th Anniversary Green Power Hike T-shirt
Enquiries: 3961 0200

Details and Online Entry: Please visit Green Power Hike Website

Come and join The 20th Green Power Hike now!


Ride of Silence - May 16, 7:15 pm, TST 

This is one ride that we would rather not look forward to ...

An estimated 20 cyclists have perished on the roads on Hong Kong last year, a tragic record according to Martin Turner of the Hong Kong Cycling Alliance. One in six road fatalities are now cycling related and cycling related injuries are also at record levels. This is #%$@  crazy! The HKMBA have always advocated for safe cycling not just on trails but everywhere. Roads connect us to our trails and they should be just as safe but sadly they are not.

The seventh anual Ride of Silence will be held on May 16 at 7:15pm.
Meet at the Clock Tower on the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade. A short speech will made and then we will embark upon quiet and gentle ride to Sham Shui Po.

More details here:

EPD Proposing to Smoke Out Mountain Bikers

The EPD is Proposing to spoil the stunning views and waters ofF the Chi Ma Wan Peninsula and South Lantau with a super incinerator at Shek Kwu Chau.

The EPD have been struggling to cope with Hong Kong's solid waste and have already been blocked from expanding an existing landfill into a country park. With no one wanting a super sized incineration facility or landfill in their backyard, the EPD are seriously considering to locate Hong Kong's future waste handling facility as far away and out of sight as possible  --- on an island just  off the coast of scenic South Lantau and near one of HK's most scenic mountain bike trails, Chi Man Wan.


Naturally, many question why one of HK's most unspoilt and scenic areas would be selected as a potential super incinerator site. 25% of the year emissions will be blown over South Lantau and the Chi Man Wan MTB Trail. Even the kind of incineration technology is even regarded by many as outdated.

If you object to these plans then you can sign a petition or join a protest on March 18.

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Tin Fu Tsai North MTB Trail Now Open

On March 4 2012 The Tai Lam AFCD with the participation of Volunteers from the HKMBA and HKCA completed the last section of the Tin Fu Tsai North MTB Trail. This 2.1 km trail loop is now open to all mountain bikers.

For the past three months the AFCD, with participation of volunteers from the HKMBA and other groups, have been as busy as Canadian beavers building yet another IMBA standard, sustainable mountain bike trail in the forests of Tai Lam Country Park. Following the short beginner track constructed near  the Twisk Management Centre, this marks the second new trail opening in the past twelve months.

This trail section is hopefully a prelude to the more challenging project of refurbishing the illegal and popular "Tin Man" trail that starts at the Fire Lookout just 50m up the road from the trailhead.

Over 60 volunteers were trained and supervised by IMBA Trail Solution specialists Tony Boone (USA) and HM Lim (Singapore). Many volunteers returned for a second and third session of trail building which involved digging full bench cut trail along the entire trail together with burms and rock re-inforced features where needed.

The HKMBA and our volunteers would like to express our most sincere thanks and gratitude to the AFCD staff, especially those based in Tai Lam Country park, who in the past two years have put immense effort and energy into improving MTB trail network in Tai Lam Country Park by adopting the highest standards of sustainable MTB trail design available anywhere and puting these concepts into practice.

Tony Boone has writen a very interesting and  slighly exagerated account  about the challenges riding and building trails in Hong Kong. Read more here:  Tony's IMBA Blog

Kay Wong, one of the volunteers, posted this video of the days work, celebration, and first ride down the trail.
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More photos from the last trail building day can be found in the HKMBA Gallery. Other riders have posted trail reviews of the new trail in the HKMBA Forum too.

Note: the AFCD has updated its MTB trail map for Tai Lam to include the Tin Fu Tsai North MTB Trail. It can be downloaded here.

A recent video of the trail:
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The incomplete map (sorry, does not have the new trail on it yet) of Tai Lam can be found in our route finder download here:icon Trail Finder - Tai Lam Country Park (2.9 MB)
The road network map is here:
icon Route Finder - Tai lam (TMS) road network (2.44 MB)
* note that you must sign in to be able to download these maps

Event - March 4 2012: New Trail Opening Opening in Tai Lam CP

Mark March 4 2012 down in your riding and Trail Building calendar! You helped build so now its time to put the final touch on the Tin Fu Tsai North Mountain bike trail and ride it for the first time. It will be open for riding from 1pm onwards so plan to be there.


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