Awaba MTB Park
6 July 2019
Launched by one of our Directors, Juliane, this is a women’s only event that let’s our female racers sparkle! Its home is at Awaba MTB Park where amazing trails and big smiles are guaranteed! This will be a two to three hour event for any woman who rides and already races a mountain bike, from first-time racer to podium chaser.
Expect a friendly and encouraging event environment, where it doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, have kids or not, prefer lycra or baggy shorts, whether you’re into pink or not at all. Whether you’ve just started riding or never participated in a mountain bike event before. This is for you also, if you love racing – come and share your passion for 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 Colour – Who this event is for
This will be an event for any woman who rides and already races a mountain bike. Dreamt up by me, Rocky Trail’s Juliane Wisata, it will be run in a friendly and encouraging event environment, where it doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, have kids or not, prefer lycra or baggy shorts, whether you’re into pink or not at all. Whether you’ve just started riding or never participated in a mountain bike event before. I want you to come, if you love racing to share your passion for riding and pass on that racing bug. You should come if you want to give yourself a challenge, like me – I’ll be getting back on my bike after a baby break, so the more support (emotionally especially) that I can get the better!
And hey, let’s get the boys to come as well! Let them look after the kids – there’s great kids trails at Awaba and they can run a few fun kids races for them. They can help with mechanicals and timing and make sure we won’t have to worry about anything but staying upright on those bikes. Sounds like a plan?
The Carat – The Facts
Track: ~5 km of the most fun single and bush trails
Format: 2 and 3 hours event
The Clarity – Why a timed event?
I find when I ride with women, I’m more motivated and keen to try out new sections and show others my favourite lines as well. There are so many fast and skilled women out there riding and racing that I meet through Rocky Trail Entertainment and they are an absolute inspiration to me. And 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.
The Cuts – Categories
- 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.
Testimonials – The Sparkle
Here’s what some of our gems and #rockytrailracers are saying about Rocky Trail events:
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!
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!
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!
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!