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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.