On 1 August 2020, and for the first time ever in Queensland, the Shimano Mountain Bike Grand Prix event will be held at the Daisy Hill MTB Trails, supported by the City of Logan and under the patronage of the local RATS Cycling Club. As the first event of its kind at the popular trail network, the competition will be a highlight on the race calendars of the active local mountain bike community and will attract elite and casual race competitors and visitors from across NSW and the ACT.
Below are links to the official Event Media Release and Online Portals followed by Statements by representatives from the organisation and host destination. We are also providing an overview of the “Riders to Watch”!
Rocky Trail Entertainment, Organiser
“In order to bring our riders and spectators the racing action that they love, we are introducing new rules and regulations which make sure we all adhere to social distancing and gathering laws currently in place.Juliane and Martin Wisata, Rocky Trail co-founder
“We still have very conservative self-imposed event participation limits in place, which are well below the Government and State Health authority regulations. As those laws tend to change quickly, and we will be constantly screening any developments – our racing rules will be a constant work in progress, and we will keep adapting them over the weeks and months.”
“The Shimano MTB GP series is known to be the most inclusive mountain bike series in Australia. From the first time between the tape to racers that have spent a lifetime training for power output, they will all enjoy lining up at our start line in Logan.”Bob Morris, Race Director
“As a local rider myself, I am proud of how Rocky Trail Entertainment involves the local riding community – and gives back to the people who maintain and build trails. I am looking forward to presenting the venue hire fee to the local Trail Care Group as an injection into their maintenance and building funds.”Jo Parker, Event Manager
Logan City Council, Hosting Destination
Logan City Council Mayor Darren Power said the event, the first of its kind for the popular Daisy Hill mountain biking track was hoped to be the first of many for the area.
“We have some wonderful natural assets here in Logan, Daisy Hill among them.Logan City Council Mayor Darren Power
“We are looking forward to welcoming the racers here in August and watching them enjoy the fantastic riding experience that is our Daisy Hill mountain biking trail.
Riders to watch out for!
Our Race Director Bob Morris has been browsed the rider list these last few days and is quite chuffed with the line up of podium chasers and and casual racers!
- Women to watch: We will have Holly Lubcke, former Junior National Champion racing with us as well as perennial XCM podium chaser and international stage race finisher Imogen Smith. The line-up will also include Sharon Heap, the local XCO World Champion.
- In the men’s we’ll keep an eye on Cameron Wright, the XCO Junior World Champion as well as Mike Blewitt, AMB Magazine and Marathon Mountain Bike editor and regular XCM podium chaser.
- Donna Dall / Bubsy Larssen – Donna is a 3x World Champion Coach and Bubbsy is her new prodigy and one to watch for sure.
- Robbie McEwen / Ewan McEwen – The former Australian BMX Champion … and oh yes, 3x Tour De France green jersey winner and 12x TdeF Stage winner Robbie will be racing in a father and son team with teenage Ewan.
- Sanden Carpenter/Caleb Dodds – A fast juniors and a pairs team to keep an eye on.
- Joel Dodds/Hayley Oakes – Current U17 Male and Female National Champions who are both “crazy fast”.
- Women Solo: Olivia Nendick will line up, she represented Australia as a Junior in Cyclocross and is coming back to racing. Rocky Trail veteran racer and multiple 24-hour and marathon race champion Catherine Wood will represent the Jetblack Racing Team in Logan.
- Men Solo: Max Hobson is a fast junior who is stepping up into Elite racing; Simon Nendick, an impressive racer also returning to racing from serious road competition and cycling injury.
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