Diamonds in the Dirt

“A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.”

– Gina Carey

We reckon, those strong women have a certain sparkle in their eyes when they do!

In this spirit we are proudly hosting two Diamonds in the Dirt events in 2020! Originally founded as a mountain bike race, the 2020 events will also include trail running classifications. Be ready for events that are loaded with the kind of electrifying energy, which is created when strong women get together to race and let their female spirits soar!

Race 1 – Awaba MTB Park NSW

Race 2 – Majura Pines ACT

The mountain biking events will be lap-based races with adult and junior two and three hour categories – this is for women and girls who ride and maybe even already race a mountain bike, from first-time racer to podium chaser!

We are currently scouting trails and refining the concept for the trail running race – stay tuned for more updates to come! Cheers.

Highlights from the 2019 event. Photos:

The Colour – Who this event is for

Expect a friendly and encouraging event environment, where it doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, have kids or not, prefer riding in lycra or baggy shorts, whether you’re into pink or not at all. Whether you’ve just started trail running or riding or never participated in a timed event before.

This event is for you also, if you love racing – come and share your passion for trail running and riding and pass on that racing bug. The guys are welcome too, as long as they come along to support the girls and look after the kids!

The Carat – The Facts

MTB Race

  • Track: ~6 km, challenging yet fun
  • Format: 2 and 3 hours event

Blog: Meet Gwynn McLeod, our MTB Women’s Ambassador

Trail Running Race

  • Track: we are scouting the trails right now!
  • Format: tbc.

We are scouting the trails right now – watch this space for more updates soon!

The Clarity – Why a timed event?

Our founder Juliane keeps saying that when she rides with women, she is more motivated and keen to try out new sections and show others her favourite lines as well. There are so many fast and skilled women out there riding and racing that we meet through Rocky Trail Entertainment and they are an absolute inspiration! She says also, “I find when I do compete in a race, I enjoy the challenge I’m faced with and sometimes it’s a good thing to go out of your comfort zone – life’s too short to keep doing the same thing day in and day out.”

Which is why we added the trail running options to the Diamonds events too. We think to offer an event that has all these women who love outdoor sports compete alongside each other riding and trail running will be an amazing experience!

The Cuts – Categories

Mountain Biking:

  • Marquise – Experienced riders – 3 hrs Experienced in racing scene, you have your eyes set on the podium and will ride in the pointy end of the field
  • Classic – Confident riders – 3 hrs You’ve been riding for a while, have done a few races or have an intermediate level of fitness.
  • Radiant – Up and coming riders – 3 hrs You are a raw diamond when it comes to MTB or are looking for a non-pressured and friendly race experience. You want to challenge yourself to come, participate and do your best.
  • Princess – Junior Solo – U15 – 2hrs This is for the youngest diamonds among us. You like riding, are confident to ride on single trails and perhaps have been in a race before.
  • Princess -– Junior Solo – U18 – 3hrs This is for the young diamonds among us. You like riding, are confident to ride on single trails and perhaps have been in a race before.
  • Emerald – Pairs – 3 hrs Team of 2 – Don’t want to do it all by yourself, bring a friend and do it relay-style, you get to rest in between laps.
  • Hearts – Junior Pairs – 3 hrs Two little hearts beating for one team. Juniors Team of 2 U18 riders. Relay-style like the Emeralds.

Trail Running: tbc

Testimonials – The Sparkle

Here’s what some of our gems and #rockytrailracers are saying about Rocky Trail events:

What a great day! Juliane and the rest of the crew who made today possible… thank you. I’m a newbie and felt so supported the entire day. The encouragement from everyone, other riders, volunteers, supporters…was so appreciated. The fairy godmothers providing advice on how you tackle those challenges was what I needed to successfully complete the 1st lap. After that I had the confidence to go around again and again, getting faster,smoother and having a blast. A very well organised event and I definitely will do it again. Thank you!!!

>> Linda

I’ve been riding in Rocky Trail Entertainment races now for a couple of years as part of the Pedal 4 Pierce team and loving it. As a woman, I have always found Rocky Trail Racers to be respectful on the trails, but I am especially excited about a women’s only Rocky Trail Entertainment event because of the added feeling of camaraderie that it will bring, as well as potentially enticing more women to try mountain bike racing and hopefully catch ‘the racing bug’! It’d be great to share a podium, or even be knocked off it knowing that I’ve had a genuine race with other like-minded women giving it their best too. So I’ll look forward to seeing lots of girls at ‘Diamonds in the Dirt’ in June 2016!

>> Belinda

I’ve been a rockytrail racer for a number of years and have seen the events grow, and more so, more women and young girls race! It’s great! More comradery, more women to relate to, and great competition.
We’ve made so many friends racing through Rockytrail events and love the great array of individuals and family that come along to add to the excitement too! There’s nothing better than rocking up to a race knowing there’s going to be at least one person you know & seeing the always smiling crew from Rockytrail Entertainment!

>> Katie

I love to ride MTB with my friends, have lots of enjoyment and laughter. So when looking at a MTB event that incorporated all styles of racing, including my ‘merrymaking’ style, I couldn’t go past Rocky Trail events. I have raced in individual races and relay teams with my buddies, camped overnight in the bush with my family, singing ‘kumbayah’ around the camp fires, never taking life too seriously and just having plain old fun. Gotta love this sport and the people within it. From the support staff through to the owners Juliane and Martin, Rocky Trail has demonstrated they are competent, reliable, professional, well organised, and are passionate in what they do and have an attitude of safety first whilst providing an environment that encourages everyone. You will never feel you are just another number! Thanks Rocky Trail for making my racing experiences a blast!

>> Joanne

I love Rocky Trail events. I started as a spectator in 2008 watching my husband and eldest son compete in 24h racing as well as the Grand Prix series. Juliane and Martin always made my family feel welcome. They always made sure my young children had a marshall plate with their favourite number. My young son Rojo has an impressive Rocky Trail bidon collection as well as many trophies, medals and prizes for competing in the kids races. In late 2010 my husband Andrew had an idea that I should get my girlfriends together an enter the 24hour event at DelRio. He coached us for 4 months and 16 girls made it to the start line that year. For some it was their first race. It’s something I will never forget. From there for me came a solo 24h, Grand Prix series and for the past four years the JetBlack 12hour with my buddies. Recently while overseas riding I had an accident. I’m getting better everyday. I’m so excited that we can have our own women’s event in Newcastle. I have lost a bit of confidence, so I’m really looking forward to getting back on the bike and training. Diamonds in the Dirt! Can’t wait!

>> Paula