HMBA 2007 Review and 2008 highlights.
Brown County State Park RTP Grant
• Construction started on H.P. to Campground Trail. This segment is open and 95% complete. Grand opening spring 2008
• $68,308.42 of RTP funds spent (45.5% of RTP Grant Total)
• $22,121.80 of match funds through donated material and labor (59% of HMBA’s Matching requirements.
• RTP Cash Flow funded by
o HMBA Trail Fund $22,538
o Bikes Belong Grant $10,000
o BGI Loan $10,000
HMBA 2007 End of Year Finances
Bank and Pay Pal Balance: $37,947.94
Funds tied up in RTP grant: $17,526.12
HMBA Total (end of 2007): $55,474.06
BGI Loan $10,000.00
Trail Fund $22,538.19
2007 Total Available Funds $22,935.87
Events HMBA Hosted
HMBA Trail Fund Dinner
• Gary Fisher spoke about mountain biking and advocacy efforts.
HMBA Annual meeting
• Alex Stewart spoke about the trail building process at Brown County State Park
• 2008 board was elected
Discover Versailles Event
• Events hosted by HMBA to promote Versailles State Park
HMBA Road Century
• 108 mile road ride with 6500 feet of climbing,
• Fully supported with a lunch cookout.
• Opportunity for HMBA to get to know some road riders
HMBA Women’s Clinic
• 30+ women attended the clinic at Brown County State Park
Brown County Breakdown
• 261 Riders
• 11 riders completed the 100 mile options
• $5522 raised for HMBA
• Great Food, Great Weather, Great Course
HMBA Kids Clinic
• 30+ kids attended the Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day event at Town Run Trail Park
Town Run Time Trials
• Two Time trial with 100+ riders
• Senior Games Time Trial
Events HMBA Supported
• DNR’s Family Steps Outdoors Event at Fort Ben.
• Dino Kids Adventure Camp.
• Moon Dog Shot Track Series at Town Run
HMBA and NIMBA Supported Trails
State wide total of 6679 volunteer hours (worth $125,298)
Potato Creek (NIMBA)
• 2022 Volunteer Hours
• 6.7 mile trail opened On July 28th
Brown County State Park
• 1497 Volunteer Hours combined with $68,308.42 of labor and materials from the RTP grant
• Hesitation Point to Campground Trail built
• Existing trails maintained and improved
• Trail Work Events with cook outs and camping
Versailles State Park
• 917 volunteer hours.
• The Final Cut Project is 80% complete with Grandview Loop 60% completed.
• Duke Energy Grants Totaling $2000.
• HMBA worked with OMBA (CORA) .
Town Run Trail Park
• 724 volunteer hours
• Reroutes along creek and river moved the trail to higher ground
• Recovered from spring floods
• Hosted Town Run Time Trials, Senior Games Time Trial, and the Summer Short Track Series.
• IMBA / USACF Grant for $1000
Westwood Park (New Castle)
• 634 volunteer hours
• Reroutes eliminated a horse trail crossing
• Several wet areas were rock armored
• West Wood Weedwackers form to keep trails cleared
Ferdinand State Park
• 230 Volunteer hours
• Reroutes replaced fall line trail with bench cut contour trail.
Rangeline Park (Anderson)
• 184 volunteer hours
• Kona Free Ride Grant funds used to build an elevated wooden trail and teeter-tater
• 159 volunteer hours
• 4 new miles of trail
Avon Park (Washington Parks)
• 126 volunteer hours
• Add bridges, crib walls, and made some reroutes to keep the trails in good shape
HMBA in the News
• Indy Star Article on Brown County State Park: www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070703/SPORTS/707030367
2008 Look Forward
The completion of the RTP Grant Project at Brown County State Park will make BCSP a regional destination for mountain bikers. With over 20 miles of the best single track in the state, BCSP will become the model for mountain bike trail systems through out the Indiana State Parks System. HMBA expects to be building new or more trails in 6 State Parks in 2008. In addition to State Parks, a new trail is in the planning stages in Lafayette.
New Harmonie State Park (Evansville) is one of the parks were trail construction will start in 2008. The IMBA Trail Care will be visiting New Harmonie State Park April 18th – 20th. The Key day will be the Trail Building School on Saturday April 19th.
The week of April 21st HMBA will help host mountain biking events for the International Police Mountain Bike Associations Conference at Town Run and Westwood Park.
The HMBA Midwest Women’s Clinic will be Saturday June 7th. HMBA will also be hosting a Men’s trail building event that day to keep the boys out of trouble while their wives and girlfriends attend the clinic.
HMBA will help with and host several Kids events. The Dino Kid’s Adventure Camp is June 21st (Indianapolis) and HMBA will host an IMBA Take a Kid Mountain Biking Event (Indianapolis)
The Brown County Break Down will once again be HMBA show case event, providing riders the opportunity to link the Brown County State Park Trails to Nebo Ridge and Hickory Ridge. On October 12th, Riders can tackle routes between 30 and 100 miles while supported by live bands, and sag stops.
HMBA is currently working to stream line its membership process, to support a membership drive in 2008. Now that we have trail on the ground to prove what we can do, it is important that we continue to grow our membership base. While the membership fees do help HMBA, the key benefit in membership is the strength of numbers. The more people we have contributing (volunteer hours or financially), the more new trails we can build while maintaining the existing trails. A large membership, also help put numbers behind our advocacy efforts to gain more access for mountain bikes state wide.