HMBA History

1995:  The US Department of the Interior gave 1,700 acres of the former Fort Benjamin Harrison (closed in 1991) to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) for use as a state park.  Since Indiana state parks prohibited mountain biking at the time, mountain bike access was lost.

1990-2000:  Southwestway Park and Eagle Creek Park (IndyParks) prohibited mountain biking.  The trails off the north side of 96th Street along White River were bulldozed by a developer.

2002:  To satisfy the IDNR’s desire to work with a single statewide advocacy group, the Indy Spoke Breakers became the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association and became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group.

2003:  IDNR gives HMBA permission to build trails at Brown County State Park and Versailles State Park.  At Versailles, Creekside, Turtle, Center Loop and part of Grand View trails were built.

2004:  North Tower was constructed at Brown County State Park, followed by North Gate.

2005:  Aynes Loop was constructed at Brown County State Park, followed by Hesitation Point, which was completed in 2006.

2005:  HMBA hosts the first annual Brown County Breakdown mountain bike and bluegrass music festival as an annual fundraiser.  The event attracted 83 attendees from across Indiana and raised $1,000 for HMBA.

2005:  HMBA won a $150,000 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant for Brown County SP for Schooner Trace, Limekiln, and Pine Loop.  Success at Brown County SP resulted in other Park Managers asking for trails.

2006: Limekiln was constructed with a combination of volunteer labor and Professional labor with mechanized equipment, followed by Walnut.

2006: The Brown County Breakdown attracted 150 riders from IN, KY, and OH and raised $4,000 for HMBA.

2007:  The first Midwest Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic, hosted by Sub9 Promotions and sponsored by HMBA, is hosted at Brown County State Park.

2007: The Brown County Breakdown attracted 260 riders from IN, KY, OH, PA, IL, GA, and MI and raised $6,000 for HMBA.

2007-2008:  Schooner Trace, the most difficult trail at Brown County State Park, was constructed, followed by Pine Loop in 2008.

2008:  IDNR’s Division of Outdoor Recreation awarded $250,000 (of a $19,000,000 State Trail Grant) to HMBA.  Grant money was directed to Versailles State Park, O’Bannon Woods State Park, and Harmonie State Park.

2008: The Brown County Breakdown attracted 310 riders from IN, IL, KY, OH, GA, MI, WI, and MO and raised $10,000 for HMBA.

2009: The Brown County Breakdown attracted 530 riders from IN, IL, KY, OH, MI, WI, TN, IA, CO, PA, and NC and raised $16,000 for HMBA.

2009:  “Bike” Magazine includes Brown County State Park among the “33 Best Trails in North America.”

2010:  The Tenth Annual Brown County Breakdown attracted 570 riders from 15 US states (IN, IL, KY, OH, MI, MD, PA, NC, CO, GA, MO, WI, IA, NM, TN) and Canada (ON) and raised $18,000 for HMBA.

2011:  Green Valley opens at Brown County State Park.

2011:  The trails at Brown County State Park are named an IMBA Epic trail system.

2011: The Brown County Breakdown attracted 520 riders from 17 US states (IN, IL, KY, OH, MI, CO, WI, AZ, GA, IA, MO, TX, NM, FL, NC, TN, NH) and Canada (ON) and raised $23,000 for HMBA.

2012: The Brown County Breakdown attracted 530 riders from 16 US states (IN, IL, KY, OH, MI, TN, CO, IA, MO, VA, GA, NC, PA, VT, NY, WA) and Canada (ON) and raised $21,000 for HMBA.

2013: The Brown County Breakdown is named one of the Best Bike Fests in the US by Outside Magazine.

2013: The Brown County Breakdown attracted 560 riders from 21 US states (IN, IL, KY, OH, MI, CO, TN, CA, FL, GA, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NM, NY, PA, TN, VA, WA) and Canada (ON) and raised $27,000 for HMBA.

2013: HMBA is awarded a $127,000 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant for Southwestway Park in Indianapolis, and begin construction on new trails.  Mann Hill, Mann Loop, Big Fire North, and Big Fire South trails are built.

2013: HMBA is awarded a Transportation Equity (TE) grant for Versailles State Park to begin the Hasmer Hills expansion.

2013:  HMBA begins exploring the potential for trail development within Yellowwood State Forest.

2014: HMBA hires Tammy Mebane as its Executive Director.  Her duties are split 50/50 between serving as HMBA’s Executive Director and serving as IMBA’s Great Lakes Associate Region Director under Andy Williamson.

2014: HMBA launches its redesigned website, including a Trail Guide to assist Indiana residents and visitors to find trails where they can ride their mountain bikes.

2014: The Indiana DNR awards approval to begin Phase III work on trails at Brown County State Park.  Trails will include the Hobbs Hollow flow trail, HP Bowl expert trail, a Limekiln return leg for campground visitors to have a continuous beginner’s loop, an HP East leg, and the Weed Patch trail to connect HP, HP East, Limekiln, HP Bowl, and Aynes and will bring total mileage of trails at BCSP to 40+.

2014: HMBA submitted a proposal for 12-15 miles of trails on the West side of Eagle Creek Park through the Mayor’s Request for Proposals (RFP), which included a pay-for-play proposal for IndyParks to generate revenue from mountain bikers and other trail users at TRTP, SWW, and Eagle Creek.  This proposal was supported by the Marian University cycling team and SRAM.BestofIndiana

2014: VisitIndiana.com includes mountain biking at Brown County State Park in its 2014 “Honest-to-Goodness Indiana” tourism campaign.

2014: HMBA hosts IMBA’s Trail Care Crew at Southwestway Park May 15-17th.

2014:  VitalMTB includes Brown County State Park on its MTB Bucket List, 5 Places to Ride at Least Once in Your Life, by Michael Browne.

(Year):  HMBA joined the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) Chapter program.  IMBA hired a Regional Director (Andy Williamson), who traveled across the region working with clubs and land managers.

(Year):  HMBA hosts the first annual HMBA Century ride.