Rocky Trail Entertainment have just announced Kempsey on the NSW North Coast as the venue for Round 2 of their Rollercoaster Gravity Enduro NSW State Series in June 2014. Kempsey completes the four Rollercoaster race series, which will kick off in Ourimbah on 27th January with Round 1. The State Championship event will be held on the Flow Trail at Thredbo in April and the final race will round up the series at the Glenworth Valley Adventure Park on the Central Coast near Gosford.
Gravity enduro racing is the new kid on the block of mountain bike events and with its roots in the French Alps and North American high-country it has been gaining traction fast in Australia as well. Rocky Trail Entertainment have created a flagship series in answer to this latest mountain bike racing trend and in 2014 continue to take riders to some of the most popular mountain bike trails in NSW. Their Rollercoaster gravity enduro races have become overwhelmingly popular with cross-country and downhill riders alike in recent months, united by their passion for exploring trails, racing exhilarating and fast descents and spending a great day out on their bikes together. The events combine neutral uphills, shuttled or by bike, with fast and flowy timed descents.
Kempsey completing the venue map for 2014
The event organisers from Rocky Trail said that they had been scouting locations across NSW to complete their venues for the 2014 Rollercoaster series for some time and when the Kempsey Macleay Off Road Cyclists invited them to stage Round 2 on their home track about 45 minutes north of Port Macquarie on the North Coast, they gladly accepted.
“Our club trails at Kempsey are not downhill or XC tracks reworked to suit, but have been purpose-built for gravity enduro racing and ready to go for a state round”, said Kempsey club official Jason Shelley and that a lot of riders from the Newcastle, NSW North Coast and South East QLD regions had visited club events so far.
That the Rocky Trail crew have good noses for new venues they have proofed over the past five years by hosting inaugural events on new mountain bike trails across the state, including the Enduro Trail at The Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan, which is now home of their JetBlack 24 Hour race, the unique trails at James Estate Winery in the Upper Hunter Valley, where they will host their JetBlack 12 Hour event in July 2014 as well as the new Flow Trail at Thredbo, where the Rollercoaster Gravity Enduro State Championships were held earlier this year as the first race on the newly groomed trails.
“We are looking forward to putting another new venue on the map of Australian gravity enduro racing and we will offer a great variety of tracks – from North to South”, said Martin Wisata, race director at Rocky Trail. “We like to take our riders to new locations and will feature some favourites of course as well”, he added.
Rollercoaster Dates and Locations 2014
The Rollercoaster Gravity Enduro NSW State Series – powered by Flow Mountain Bike – will include the following venues and dates:
- Round 1: 27 January, Ourimbah MTB Park, Wyong (NSW)
- Champs: 12 April, Flow Trail, Thredbo (NSW)
- Round 2: 29 June, Kempsey (NSW)
- Round 3: 16 November, Glenworth Valley Adventure Park, Gosford West (NSW)
Australian Gravity Enduro Series Dates and Locations 2014
Rocky Trail Entertainment will also host two of the Australian Gravity Enduro Series events in 2014, which they have initiated together with the crew from Alpine Gravity in Victoria. “We identified hosting clubs across Australia and Rocky Trail will host the NSW Round at Glenworth Valley and the ACT Round whereelse but at Stromlo”, Wisata confirmed. He added that whilst series point scores and race rules would be aligned to a consolidated format based on the World Series, the main focus was for race participants to get the opportunity to explore the many exciting gravity enduro venues across Australia, adding that, “We want it to be a fun series, which offers great racing for elite and amateur racers.” Most dates and venues for the nation-wide series have already been set with final details to be confirmed the next few weeks.
- NSW: 9 March, Glenworth Valley Adventure Park, Gosford West – hosted by Rocky Trail
- VIC: 30 March, Mt Buller – hosted by Alpine Gravity
- SA: 25 May, Fox Creek – hosting club Inside Line
- WA: 22 June, venue tbc – hosting club WA Gravity Enduro
- ACT: 24 August, Stromlo Forest Park, Canberra – hosted by Rocky Trail
- QLD: date tbc, Smithfield, Cairns – hosting club Cairns MTB Club
- TAS: date and venue tbc – hosting club CCMBC