JetBlack 24 Hour returns to Litghow for Grand Season Finale on ‘rocky trails’

The Jetblack 24 Hour is one of Australia’s most iconic endurance races, that ‘must-do’ for any mountain biker, and it will return to its home in Lithgow at Rydal Showgrounds on the weekend of 12+13 December.

Organisers from Rocky Trail say that they had been please with the so positive developments in the events industry over the last few weeks and that a solid Covid Safe Plan will allow local and visiting competitors enjoy cross-country racing at its best in Lithgow. The enthusiastic community of 24-hour racers, supporters and crew are in for an unforgettable racing experience.

“24-hour MTB racing is the ultimate test of endurance and Australia is the home of some of the most successful 24-hour Solo Mountain Bike Champions. At the Jetblack 24 Hour our racers will compete alongside them.”

Juliane Wisata, Co-Founder and Marketing Director at Rocky Trail Entertainment

Wisata thanked the team from the Lithgow City Council for their enthusiastic and hands-on support over these past few months, which had been a challenging environment for events.

“We were the very first private organiser in Australia to return to racing in July 2020 and with this weekend we delivered almost 30 events in the Covid19-recovery period across NSW, QLD and the ACT. We temporarily changed critical elements of all our racing formats, which we knew that we could replicate across all venues in a safe environment for competitors and the general public – including the Lithgow trails in Lidsdale State Forest”, said Rocky Trail’s founder and Marketing Director Juliane Wisata.

The business had been able to sustainably adapt to the new Covid-19 environment and had implemented a very strict and tight pandemic risk management plan, explained Wisata and that their customer base had been growing. “We have experienced exceptionally high growth rates across all event types”, she added.

24 hours of racing: the ultimate MTB weekend

The Jetblack 24 Hour has established itself on the Australian ultra-endurance calendar and yet has a reputation of being a very social event with a relaxed event and racing atmosphere – some call it the ultimate mountain biker’s weekend getaway! On the Rocky Trail calendar since 2009 this event offers the classic Solo categories as well as in teams of up to six riders, including junior classifications. The event’s 6+6 hour option lets competitors rest overnight and retreat to one of the cosy hotels nearby for a re-start on Sunday morning.

What our racers love most about the venue in Lithgow are the wide open meadows of the Rydal Showground where they can set up right next to the cars. The event centre is a stone-throw from the trail head of the racing circuit through the magnificent Lidsdale State Forest, which is the ideal setting for a 24 hour event.

Juliane Wisata about Lithgow’s trails at Lidsdale State Forest in Rydal

Online registrations are closing in on the participant limit of 500 and event competitors and visitors can still sign up to reserve their spot. All non-racers must get a Spectator Access Pass (free of charge) as part of the Covid Safe Plan.

Local businesses can benefit from the “Local Business Support Program” by Rocky Trail Entertainment, which offering local businesses in regions and councils that actively support a race with a free promotional platform – let us become a marketing channel to promote your business to our audience: the community of Rocky Trail racers. The FREE “Promotional Package” option allows businesses to showcase their products and services to event visitors in Lithgow and can be part of our targeted online and social media promotional campaign. There are also sales and sponsorship opportunities. Interested businesses can visit the Rocky Trail website for more information.

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JB24H Race Video from 2019

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