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HKMBA welcomes and supports any mountain bike initiatives but feel saddened that after so much time money and effort, the Government (CEDD & AFCD) aimed for mediocrity rather than excellence.


This is what the HKMBA was presented with

icon South Lantau MTB Proposal

What does it include:

  • refurbishment of Chi Ma Wan
  • new signage
  • training ground
  • ~3km of connector trails, mostly existing trails
  • 5km of railings along South Lantau Catchwater Road

User Crieria for the Study

  • Attractiveness
  • Looping
  • Accessibility
  • Safety, Emergency & Rescue

When is the Public Forum?

The public forum will held May 29, 2010 at 2:30pm at the Mui Sports Centre and the HKMBA has been invited by the consultant to attend. We will be there!
Contact Mr Alan Chan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    (before May 24)

Why South Lantau??

After years of waiting Hong Kong's first attempt at building a network of MTB trails will be presented for public consultation May 29 in Mui Wo. This comes at the behest of the Lantau Development Concept Plan which is looking to improve the economic and tourism potential of Lantau, enhance the recreational potential of the country parks and respect the conservation needs of the island. In regards to South Lantau the vision of the plan is to preserve the natural landscape and promote sustainable forms of recreational and visitor uses.

Mountain biking was identified as one of the key development proposals in the Concept Plan.The vision of the plan was to improve the overall MTB network on Lantau island making it more attractive to locals and tourists. This concept was endorsed at the time by locals including Islands District Council, Rural Committees, Heung Yee Kuk, the local community, and sports organizations like the Hong Kong Cycling Association.

The Incredible Opportunity for Mountain Biking Sports Development

Hong Kong is an extremely difficult place to start riding for people who are new to the sport. Access to beginner level trails is very difficult and demands that the riders already be very fit to climb hills or carry their bikes. A typical trail section will have features for all levels of riders and include steep climbs and descents, stairs, erosion and expert level challenges that often come without warning. Even the roads in Country Parks that are called "Mountain Bike Trails" are extremely hilly and demand that the riders be very fit.

The steep road/concrete descents easily lead to high speed cycling and potentially life threatening collisions with other park visitors or vehicles. Nothing here is family or beginner friendly nor do HK MTB trails welcome tourists wishing to try MTB in Hong Kong.

What has been lacking all along is a purpose-built, sustainable mountain bike trail network that utilizes the stacked looped design concept that is favoured everywhere else in the world. Stacked loop network design allows riders to progress from easy (gentle gradients and features) close in loops to more challenging remote loops (i.e., Chi Ma Wan + extension) South Lantau represents the first opportunity in Hong Kong's history to finally get a real MTB trail network.

Well, maybe...

How the plan stacks up...

The Good

  • This includes a long overdue renovation of Chi Ma Wan bringing it up to internatinal standards "as far as practicable".
  • A new training ground near Mui Wo (a former "disturbed" area, old quarry). The Concept Plan did not call for this MTB feature however it is welcome. Unfortunately there will not be any beginner friendly mountain bike trails leading from this facility so riders will either have to take the coastal eline path or the road to Chi Ma Wan. Situated just outside Mui Wo it will hopefully be popular with local children (provided they have their MTB permits and are accompanied by an adult).
  • Improved signage trail ratings will hopefully help riders better navigate and enjoy Lantau.
  • International MTB specialists were hired to investigate trail feasibility  and educate CEDD and AFCD about Mountain biking. Their proposed trails

The Bad

  • Concrete still features prominently in the planned network. The coastal pipeline trail is now mostly concrete with ugly concrete blocks placed every 3.5m at the edge of the path. The South Lantau Catchwater Road is very lightly used by MTB riders and still called a Mountain Bike Trail when the label "cycling path" is more appropriate. No connecting trails are planned at either end.pipes path The Coastal (Pipeline) Path
  • No new trails will be constructed in the "Initial" phase apart from a short access trails to the Training Ground.
  • The project will be staged and  MAY include two additional phases called "Follow Up" and "Further" depending on the success of the "Initial" phase. The "initial" phase is really a pilot project to gain knowledge, confidence and consensus. The rationelle behind the staged approach is to get quick results and avoid lengthly Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) that are required before building new trails. Why this work cannot be done in parallel with the initial phase is baffling.
  • There is no plan for the  management and maintenance of the overall trail network including trails that lie outside of the country parks.
  • No plans to resolve the infrequent ferry service (roughly every 2 hours + 1 hour journey) between Mui Wo and Central. This  often puts pressure on riders to ride  the shorter South Lantau Road rather than go back via the safer, yet longer coastal path to catch the next freight ferry otherwise they risk a wait of 2 hours in Mui Wo. This pressure puts cyclist in greater conflict with motorized vehicles.

The Ugly

pipe new
WSD enhancing Lantau's natural beauty
  • No implementation of the stacked loop network in the initial phase. This concept is key to ensure that riders of all levels will feel welcome. A beginner friendly loop should have been included in the initial phase and ideally it would go from the  training ground to Chi Ma Wan.
  • Apart from improved signage, access to/from the trails of Chi Ma Wan has not been addressed nor improved. Riders must access Chi Ma Wan via the difficult and hilly (mostly) concreted coastal pipeline path or risk collisions with vehicles on the very long climb up South Lantau Road. Most cycling deaths in Hong Kong (10 last year) have occurred on roads not trails.
  • Plans are for 5km of railings along South Lantau Water Catchement Road. This is a ROAD that is seldom used by riders and there are no provisions to connect it. It should not be included in the initial phase unless its properly connected to an MTB network.
  • $8 Million spent so far for a plan that does not meet many of the objectives stated in the original Concept Plan.

What could have been:

  • South Lantau could have become "Asia's Whistler" attracting XC and DH riders from all over the world to ride.
  • The first example of a proper MTB network design in HK that allows newcomers to progress gradually into the sport of mountain biking (The initial phase should have included at least one significant new trail to make a looping network --- see red trail marked in the picture below).
  • Hong Kong's first professionally designed Downhill including a 400m elevation drop. This would attract MTB tourists from all over Asia the same way the Whistler attracts bikers from all over North America. This is a huge tourism opportunity being missed out on.
  • A UCI qualified XC race circuit starting at the training area that would allow for HK to host international Crosscountry events. Note that the 2009 East Asian Games did not feature any mountain biking events because no suitable venues existed.
  • Solve existing trail problems including safe access, sharing, sustainability and safety.
  • Put HK on the map as a destiniation to come and mountain bike (Asia's Whistler)
The missing loop (in red) that should be included in the initial phasebeginner loop

South Lantau Feasibility Study - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The HKMBA finally cast its eyes on the long anticipated results from the South Lantau Mountain Bike Trail Feasibility study.  Six years and HK$8 million later, we asks is it acceptable



Earlier this month members of the HKMBA met with the South Lantau project teams from CEDD and Scott Wilson Ltd. informally presented their draft proposal  for the South Lantau MTB trail network. They will not be releasing any information prior to the public consultation so we felt it necessary to do so.

HKMBA welcomes and supports any mountain bike initiatives but feel saddened that after so much time money and effort, the Government (CEDD & AFCD) aimed for mediocrity rather than excellence.



This is what the HKMBA was presented with

icon South Lantau MTB Proposal

What does it include:

  • refurbishment of Chi Ma Wan
  • new signage
  • training ground
  • ~3km of connector trails, mostly existing trails
  • 5km of railings along South Lantau Catchwater Road

User Crieria for the Study

  • Attractiveness
  • Looping
  • Accessibility
  • Safety, Emergency & Rescue

When is the Public Forum?

The public forum will held May 29, 2010 at 2:30pm at the Mui Sports Centre and the HKMBA has been invited by the consultant to attend. We will be there!
Contact Mr Alan Chan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    (before May 24)

Why South Lantau??

After years of waiting Hong Kong's first attempt at building a network of MTB trails will be presented for public consultation May 29 in Mui Wo. This comes at the behest of the Lantau Development Concept Plan which is looking to improve the economic and tourism potential of Lantau, enhance the recreational potential of the country parks and respect the conservation needs of the island. In regards to South Lantau the vision of the plan is to preserve the natural landscape and promote sustainable forms of recreational and visitor uses.

Mountain biking was identified as one of the key development proposals in the Concept Plan.The vision of the plan was to improve the overall MTB network on Lantau island making it more attractive to locals and tourists. This concept was endorsed at the time by locals including Islands District Council, Rural Committees, Heung Yee Kuk, the local community, and sports organizations like the Hong Kong Cycling Association.

The Incredible Opportunity for Mountain Biking Sports Development

Hong Kong is an extremely difficult place to start riding for people who are new to the sport. Access to beginner level trails is very difficult and demands that the riders already be very fit to climb hills or carry their bikes. A typical trail section will have features for all levels of riders and include steep climbs and descents, stairs, erosion and expert level challenges that often come without warning. Even the roads in Country Parks that are called "Mountain Bike Trails" are extremely hilly and demand that the riders be very fit.

The steep road/concrete descents easily lead to high speed cycling and potentially life threatening collisions with other park visitors or vehicles. Nothing here is family or beginner friendly nor do HK MTB trails welcome tourists wishing to try MTB in Hong Kong.

What has been lacking all along is a purpose-built, sustainable mountain bike trail network that utilizes the stacked looped design concept that is favoured everywhere else in the world. Stacked loop network design allows riders to progress from easy (gentle gradients and features) close in loops to more challenging remote loops (i.e., Chi Ma Wan + extension) South Lantau represents the first opportunity in Hong Kong's history to finally get a real MTB trail network.

Well, maybe...

How the plan stacks up...

The Good

  • This includes a long overdue renovation of Chi Ma Wan bringing it up to internatinal standards "as far as practicable".
  • A new training ground near Mui Wo (a former "disturbed" area, old quarry). The Concept Plan did not call for this MTB feature however it is welcome. Unfortunately there will not be any beginner friendly mountain bike trails leading from this facility so riders will either have to take the coastal eline path or the road to Chi Ma Wan. Situated just outside Mui Wo it will hopefully be popular with local children (provided they have their MTB permits and are accompanied by an adult).
  • Improved signage trail ratings will hopefully help riders better navigate and enjoy Lantau.
  • International MTB specialists were hired to investigate trail feasibility  and educate CEDD and AFCD about Mountain biking. Their proposed trails

The Bad

  • Concrete still features prominently in the planned network. The coastal pipeline trail is now mostly concrete with ugly concrete blocks placed every 3.5m at the edge of the path. The South Lantau Catchwater Road is very lightly used by MTB riders and still called a Mountain Bike Trail when the label "cycling path" is more appropriate. No connecting trails are planned at either end.
  • No new trails will be constructed in the "Initial" phase apart from a short access trails to the Training Ground.
  • The project will be staged and  MAY include two additional phases called "Follow Up" and "Further" depending on the success of the "Initial" phase. The "initial" phase is really a pilot project to gain knowledge, confidence and consensus. The rationelle behind the staged approach is to get quick results and avoid lengthly Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) that are required before building new trails. Why this work cannot be done in parallel with the initial phase is baffling.
  • There is no plan for the  management and maintenance of the overall trail network including trails that lie outside of the country parks.
  • No plans to resolve the infrequent ferry service (roughly every 2 hours + 1 hour journey) between Mui Wo and Central. This  often puts pressure on riders to ride  the shorter South Lantau Road rather than go back via the safer, yet longer coastal path to catch the next freight ferry otherwise they risk a wait of 2 hours in Mui Wo. This pressure puts cyclist in greater conflict with motorized vehicles.

The Ugly

  • No implementation of the stacked loop network in the initial phase. This concept is key to ensure that riders of all levels will feel welcome. A beginner friendly loop should have been included in the initial phase and ideally it would go from the  training ground to Chi Ma Wan.
  • Apart from improved signage, access to/from the trails of Chi Ma Wan has not been addressed nor improved. Riders must access Chi Ma Wan via the difficult and hilly (mostly) concreted coastal pipeline path or risk collisions with vehicles on the very long climb up South Lantau Road. Most cycling deaths in Hong Kong (10 last year) have occurred on roads not trails.
  • Plans are for 5km of railings along South Lantau Water Catchement Road. This is a ROAD that is seldom used by riders and there are no provisions to connect it. It should not be included in the initial phase unless its properly connected to an MTB network.
  • $8 Million spent so far for a plan that does not meet many of the objectives stated in the original Concept Plan.

What could have been:

  • South Lantau could have become "Asia's Whistler" attracting XC and DH riders from all over the world to ride.
  • The first example of a proper MTB network design in HK that allows newcomers to progress gradually into the sport of mountain biking (The initial phase should have included at least one significant new trail to make a looping network --- see red trail marked in the picture below).
  • Hong Kong's first professionally designed Downhill including a 400m elevation drop. This would attract MTB tourists from all over Asia the same way the Whistler attracts bikers from all over North America. This is a huge tourism opportunity being missed out on.
  • A UCI qualified XC race circuit starting at the training area that would allow for HK to host international Crosscountry events. Note that the 2009 East Asian Games did not feature any mountain biking events because no suitable venues existed.
  • Solve existing trail problems including safe access, sharing, sustainability and safety.
  • Put HK on the map as a destiniation to come and mountain bike (Asia's Whistler

South Lantau Feasibility Study - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The HKMBA finally cast its eyes on the long anticipated results from the South Lantau Mountain Bike Trail Feasibility study.  Six years and HK$8 million later, we asks is it acceptable



Earlier this month members of the HKMBA met with the South Lantau project teams from CEDD and Scott Wilson Ltd. informally presented their draft proposal  for the South Lantau MTB trail network. They will not be releasing any information prior to the public consultation so we felt it necessary to do so.

HKMBA welcomes and supports any mountain bike initiatives but feel saddened that after so much time money and effort, the Government (CEDD & AFCD) aimed for mediocrity rather than excellence.



This is what the HKMBA was presented with

icon South Lantau MTB Proposal

What does it include:

  • refurbishment of Chi Ma Wan
  • new signage
  • training ground
  • ~3km of connector trails, mostly existing trails
  • 5km of railings along South Lantau Catchwater Road

User Crieria for the Study

  • Attractiveness
  • Looping
  • Accessibility
  • Safety, Emergency & Rescue

When is the Public Forum?

The public forum will held May 29, 2010 at 2:30pm at the Mui Sports Centre and the HKMBA has been invited by the consultant to attend. We will be there!
Contact Mr Alan Chan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    (before May 24)

Why South Lantau??

After years of waiting Hong Kong's first attempt at building a network of MTB trails will be presented for public consultation May 29 in Mui Wo. This comes at the behest of the Lantau Development Concept Plan which is looking to improve the economic and tourism potential of Lantau, enhance the recreational potential of the country parks and respect the conservation needs of the island. In regards to South Lantau the vision of the plan is to preserve the natural landscape and promote sustainable forms of recreational and visitor uses.

Mountain biking was identified as one of the key development proposals in the Concept Plan.The vision of the plan was to improve the overall MTB network on Lantau island making it more attractive to locals and tourists. This concept was endorsed at the time by locals including Islands District Council, Rural Committees, Heung Yee Kuk, the local community, and sports organizations like the Hong Kong Cycling Association.

The Incredible Opportunity for Mountain Biking Sports Development

Hong Kong is an extremely difficult place to start riding for people who are new to the sport. Access to beginner level trails is very difficult and demands that the riders already be very fit to climb hills or carry their bikes. A typical trail section will have features for all levels of riders and include steep climbs and descents, stairs, erosion and expert level challenges that often come without warning. Even the roads in Country Parks that are called "Mountain Bike Trails" are extremely hilly and demand that the riders be very fit.

The steep road/concrete descents easily lead to high speed cycling and potentially life threatening collisions with other park visitors or vehicles. Nothing here is family or beginner friendly nor do HK MTB trails welcome tourists wishing to try MTB in Hong Kong.

What has been lacking all along is a purpose-built, sustainable mountain bike trail network that utilizes the stacked looped design concept that is favoured everywhere else in the world. Stacked loop network design allows riders to progress from easy (gentle gradients and features) close in loops to more challenging remote loops (i.e., Chi Ma Wan + extension) South Lantau represents the first opportunity in Hong Kong's history to finally get a real MTB trail network.

Well, maybe...

How the plan stacks up...

The Good

  • This includes a long overdue renovation of Chi Ma Wan bringing it up to internatinal standards "as far as practicable".
  • A new training ground near Mui Wo (a former "disturbed" area, old quarry). The Concept Plan did not call for this MTB feature however it is welcome. Unfortunately there will not be any beginner friendly mountain bike trails leading from this facility so riders will either have to take the coastal eline path or the road to Chi Ma Wan. Situated just outside Mui Wo it will hopefully be popular with local children (provided they have their MTB permits and are accompanied by an adult).
  • Improved signage trail ratings will hopefully help riders better navigate and enjoy Lantau.
  • International MTB specialists were hired to investigate trail feasibility  and educate CEDD and AFCD about Mountain biking. Their proposed trails

The Bad

  • Concrete still features prominently in the planned network. The coastal pipeline trail is now mostly concrete with ugly concrete blocks placed every 3.5m at the edge of the path. The South Lantau Catchwater Road is very lightly used by MTB riders and still called a Mountain Bike Trail when the label "cycling path" is more appropriate. No connecting trails are planned at either end.
  • No new trails will be constructed in the "Initial" phase apart from a short access trails to the Training Ground.
  • The project will be staged and  MAY include two additional phases called "Follow Up" and "Further" depending on the success of the "Initial" phase. The "initial" phase is really a pilot project to gain knowledge, confidence and consensus. The rationelle behind the staged approach is to get quick results and avoid lengthly Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) that are required before building new trails. Why this work cannot be done in parallel with the initial phase is baffling.
  • There is no plan for the  management and maintenance of the overall trail network including trails that lie outside of the country parks.
  • No plans to resolve the infrequent ferry service (roughly every 2 hours + 1 hour journey) between Mui Wo and Central. This  often puts pressure on riders to ride  the shorter South Lantau Road rather than go back via the safer, yet longer coastal path to catch the next freight ferry otherwise they risk a wait of 2 hours in Mui Wo. This pressure puts cyclist in greater conflict with motorized vehicles.

The Ugly

  • No implementation of the stacked loop network in the initial phase. This concept is key to ensure that riders of all levels will feel welcome. A beginner friendly loop should have been included in the initial phase and ideally it would go from the  training ground to Chi Ma Wan.
  • Apart from improved signage, access to/from the trails of Chi Ma Wan has not been addressed nor improved. Riders must access Chi Ma Wan via the difficult and hilly (mostly) concreted coastal pipeline path or risk collisions with vehicles on the very long climb up South Lantau Road. Most cycling deaths in Hong Kong (10 last year) have occurred on roads not trails.
  • Plans are for 5km of railings along South Lantau Water Catchement Road. This is a ROAD that is seldom used by riders and there are no provisions to connect it. It should not be included in the initial phase unless its properly connected to an MTB network.
  • $8 Million spent so far for a plan that does not meet many of the objectives stated in the original Concept Plan.

What could have been:

  • South Lantau could have become "Asia's Whistler" attracting XC and DH riders from all over the world to ride.
  • The first example of a proper MTB network design in HK that allows newcomers to progress gradually into the sport of mountain biking (The initial phase should have included at least one significant new trail to make a looping network --- see red trail marked in the picture below).
  • Hong Kong's first professionally designed Downhill including a 400m elevation drop. This would attract MTB tourists from all over Asia the same way the Whistler attracts bikers from all over North America. This is a huge tourism opportunity being missed out on.
  • A UCI qualified XC race circuit starting at the training area that would allow for HK to host international Crosscountry events. Note that the 2009 East Asian Games did not feature any mountain biking events because no suitable venues existed.
  • Solve existing trail problems including safe access, sharing, sustainability and safety.
  • Put HK on the map as a destiniation to come and mountain bike (Asia's Whistler)

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