Race Format

Be a #rockytrailracer and enjoy cross-country racing at its best and join an enthusiastic community of 24-hour racers, supporters and crew for an unforgettable racing experience!

The Jetblack 24 Hour has been on the Rocky Trail calendar since 2009 – we’ve raced around the clock at a holiday resort, a botanic garden and a winery, the state forest of trance and for the next one we’re heading to Lithgow for a third year in a row. Race in the classic Solo categories or in teams of up to six riders. The event’s 6+6 hour option lets you rest overnight and retreat to one of the cosy hotels nearby for a re-start on Sunday morning.


We will continue to run the popular 6+6 Hour racing option for those who want to have break during the night. Plenty of time to have a shower, hearty dinner and a catch up with the team mates – race start is with the 24 Hour riders at 12pm on Saturday and you stop at 6pm. Then, you’ll go out again at 6am and finish with the crowds at 12pm on Sunday.

How it works

The race is a relay-style race. Team riders of the first lap (who start the race for their teams) can after 1 lap hand over to the next team member or keep riding – that’s up to the teams to decide. As soon as you ride 1 lap per solo rider, respectively per team, your time counts and is valid in the final results.

Mixed male/female teams: each team needs to record at least one female AND one male lap to be in the results.

The rider in the solo categories / the team with most laps (and shortest time thereafter) wins. If there are riders/teams in a category with the same number of laps, the fastest total lap time determines the ranking.

What 24-hour racing is like with us

Experience the unique 24-hour mountain bike event atmosphere at the Jetblack 24 Hour at the Rydal Showgrounds – wide open meadows to set up right next to the cars and a stone-throw from the trail head of the racing circuit through the magnificent Lidsdale State Forest!

This is the perfect event for a social mountain biking getaway – get your mates together and bring the whole family! There is lots to do in the region for them while you race, a beautiful park right next to the venue and and there are also free kids activities in the event centre. Check out our BLOG for information about our host region, Lithgow!

Resident DJ Mista Nige will be pumping out some funky choonz to kick of the night racing action! A team of caterers will serve up hearty food and healthy treats – and lots of steaming hot coffee!

Racing options and categories

  • 24H Solo
  • 24H Teams – Categories for male, female, mixed: Pairs, Teams of 3 and 4. We will also run an Open 6 Team category.
  • 6+6H – Categories for male, female, mixed: Solo, Pairs, Teams of 3 and 4.
  • Categoriescheck out more category information

2019 Race photo highlights

Highlights from the 2019 event. Photos: OuterImage.com.au

The official hashtag of the event is #jetblack24

Get in the groove by listening to the latest mix by our resident DJ Mista Nige.