Jetblack Wild Wombat returns to Mogo this weekend

The Jetblack Wild Wombat MTB Weekend returns to Mogo on the weekend of 14+15 May 2022. Supported by the Eurobodalla Shire Council, organisers from Rocky Trail Entertainment will put on the Shimano MTB GP 4 Hour and another edition of the Rocky Trail Run.

The Deep Creek Dam Loop in Mogo near Batemans Bay will host Rocky Trail’s Shimano MTB GP endurance race on Saturday 14 May and the Rocky Trail Running race on the Sunday. Local and visiting mountain bikers and trail runners from all over NSW and the ACT are expected to compete in the events.

Rocky Trail’s Juliane Wisata said that the event was most likely to be the last to be held on the Deep Creek Dam loop course in its current form as the trails were going to be revamped as part of the Mogo Trails project. The events promoter’s sister company Rocky Trail Destination had been making progress through the planning process of developing the 150km MTB trail network in the Eurobodalla region over the coming months, she said. Part of a major bushfire recovery project, planning was well underway and Rocky Trail Destination had been collaborating with the Eurobodalla Shire Council and the land managers, Forestry Corporation NSW and Crown Lands.

It is based on the masterplan approved in 2020 and will connect to Mogo and Batehaven.
The hub has the potential to attract 45,000 visitors to Eurobodalla in its first year of operation, resulting in an estimated $11.8 million injection to the local economy.

The $8 million project will be built using a $5 million grant from the NSW and Australian governments’ Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund and a $3 million grant from the NSW Government’s Growing Local Economies fund.

“Our events team has spent a lot of time over the last few years in the Eurobodalla and with Rocky Trail Destination we now have established a project office in Mogo as part of our consulting and construction engagement for the Mogo Trails project”, Wisata explained and that as destination builders their vision was for the Mogo Adventure Trail Hub to become a significant mountain bike destination in Australia, providing the quality and variety of trails that will inspire and excite a broad range of riders – local as well as on a national and international level – across all age groups and skill levels.”

Eurobodalla Shire Council Mayor Mathew Hatcher said the region was looking forward to welcoming the Rocky Trail racers back to Mogo:

“It is fantastic to see the Jetblack Wild Wombat MTB & Trail Running events returning to the Eurobodalla in 2022. After being postponed last year due to Covid, it will be great to see mountain bikers and trail runners visiting Mogo and using the Deep Creek Dam trails for this exciting event. We look forward to seeing more events like this one in the future with the development of the Mogo Trails.”

With Rocky Trail Entertainment Juliane and Martin Wisata have held competitions in Mogo since 2018, the NSW lockdown had prevented the 2020 race going ahead.

“This is an amazing holiday destination and the Mogo Trails will make any mountain biker and trail lover’s wildest dreams come true – our final trail network design will create a modern mountain bike centre that encourages social interaction and a nature-based activity asset for the local community and visitors alike”, Wisata said.

Competitors this weekend may choose to race either or both events. Racing will commence at 9am on Saturday and at 8am on the Sunday. Podium ceremonies are expected to be held at 2:30pm each day.

Destination: Eurobodalla

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