More than 300 riders competed at the fifth and final round of the 2013 SHIMANO Mountain Bike Grand Prix at Stromlo Forest Park in Canberra on the weekend. The endurance event crowned series winners with Kyle Ward and Susanna Fasold, who took out the elite categories in the four hour competition and Grant Webster and Sarah Neumann claimed the seven hour titles. The big sensation of the day, however, was Australian Supersport Champion Troy Herfoss from Goulburn who won his first mountain bike race with a bang ahead of renowned Canberra riders Andrew Hall and Ed McDonald.
Goulburn’s Troy Herfoss has been one of Australia’s most talented and awarded motorcycle racers for the past five years, racing in the European-based IDM Superbike Championships in 2012. The Australian Supersport Champion from 2010 only recently decided to apply his racing talent to mountain biking, after coming in second in this year’s Mountain Bike National Eliminator competition behind none other than World Champion Paul Van Der Ploeg.
“I’m really surprised about my win today – I’m still fairly new to the sport and I really only knew Andrew [Hall] and Ed [McDonald] and that they are really good endurance riders. So I jumped on their wheels right from the start and then Ed unfortunately had a mechanical and I caught up to Andrew who was in the lead early on. I felt strong and noticed I could ride away from him on the descends and that he didn’t catch up. So I just kept chipping away”, said the down-to-earth newbie at the finish. “The thing I like about cycling compared to motorcycling, and the thing that probably dragged me into it was, that it’s not about the bike. It’s about the effort you put in and you don’t win a race if you don’t put effort in. The fittest guy wins on a pushbike”, Troy Herfoss added.
With plans to get used to training and nutrition regimes ahead of and during events, Herfoss said the goal was to compete in more mountain bike endurance events in future. With the upcoming 24 Hour Solo World Championships in Canberra in October and the JetBlack 24 Hour in Sydney at the end of November, this new mountain bike racer will be one to watch.
Consistent placings get Grant Webster seven-hour series title
The seven-hour series title in the elite men’s category goes to ex-pro road cyclist Grant Webster from Tea Gardens (NSW). With a consistent performance throughout the five-race series he defeated Ed McDonald from Canberra (ACT) and last year’s series winner Andrew Lloyd from Newcastle (NSW).
A recent training accident had Sarah Neumann miss the last two rounds of the SHIMANO MTB GP series, however, with three consecutive wins early on she still claims the overall elite female series title ahead of newcomer Eliza Kwan and Liz Smith from Mt Ousley (NSW).
Kyle Ward wins final round and claims series win
With a race win at Stromlo Forest Park, State Cross-Country Champion Kyle Ward from Wollongong (NSW) claimed the overall series title in the elite men’s four-hour racing division ahead of James Lamb (Bondi, NSW) and Jorge Barron Morris (Kensington, NSW). Susanna Fasold from Sydney’s South took out the elite female’s series title also with a win at the final round, ahead of Emily Cunningham (Kirrawee, NSW) and Laura Renshaw (Merewether, NSW).
Rocky Trail’s race director Martin Wisata confirmed another five events for the 2014 racing season together with major sponsor SHIMANO Cycling Australia. “This was the most successful SHIMANO MTB GP series yet and the final round at Stromlo Forest Park reflected the spirit of it perfectly – we get passionate mountain bikers from all over NSW and the ACT who race the entire series solo or in teams; we attract some of the most talented elite endurance racers who love the challenging and fun race tracks we put on and to see new athletes like Troy Herfoss catch the racing bug at our events is really rewarding.” Final dates and venues for the 2014 SHIMANO MTB GP endurance racing series will be confirmed in the coming weeks.For more event information and detailed results, visit www.rockytrailentertainment.com
Elite Results Round 5:
GP 4 Hour Male Solo Elite
1. Kyle Ward / Wollongong NSW / Rockstar Racing / 10 laps in 4:22.43
2. Andy Blair / Canberra ACT / Team Swell Specialized / 9 laps in 3:57.53
3. Shaun Lewis / Canberra ACT / Team Swell Specialized / 9 laps in 4:06.43
GP4 Hour Female Solo Elite
1. Susanna Fasold / Grays Point NSW / Bike Culture | Whyte Racing / 7 laps in 4:29.29
2. Emily Cunningham / Kirrawee NSW / Sneaky Bacon Racing / 7 laps in 4:35.37
3. Laura Renshaw / Merewether NSW / 7 laps in 4:18.34
GP7 Hour Male Solo Elite
1. Troy Herfoss / Goulburn NSW / 15 laps in 7:04.11
2. Andrew Hall / Canberra ACT / Cannondale-Sugoi Factory Racing / 15 laps in 7:06.13
3. Ed McDonald / Canberra ACT / Target Trek / 15 laps in 7:12.14
GP7 Hour Female Solo Elite
1. Eliza Kwan / Canberra NSW / 13 laps in 7:00.15
2. Liz Smith / Mt Ousley NSW / 12 laps in 6:49.42
3. Lana Moy / Collaroy NSW / 12 laps in 7:22.07
These cross-country events are normally run on an 8-10km circuit for solo racers and pairs. The solo rider or relay team in their respective categories/age groups with the most amount of laps completed in the least amount of time within the racing window, wins.
These events aim to reward as many riders as possible with prizes at each event and across the series. There are age-group and eBike category podiums. Racers receive a placing in their age category and the events present four specialty Awards including KOM/QOM, Fastest Laptimes for adults and juinior as well as an GC Title for the Male and Female Heroes. The races also offer eBike categories in the Adventure distance.
Who can race it?
Make this a smashfest, show off your sponsor logos, re-kindle your love for XC racing or catch the racing bug with us! From the first time between the tape to people that have spent a lifetime training for power output, we have you covered when you line up at the Rocky Trail start line! You will all enjoy the community spirit and classic XC racing thrill that Rocky Trail Entertainment delivers like no other – be a #rockytrailracer!
This is less of a winners-only-focused competition, but a positive and inclusive experience for all racers.
If you are at the pointy end of GP/XC/Enduro or sponsored, don't stress, we are building a overall points and ranking system to ensure if you are there to race, you can still have the fun you want. Each race is sure to test your endurance, skill and determination!
Your Shimano MTB GP® registration includes the following:
Personalised Race Plate with timing chip & results QR
Entry into your state Shimano MTB GP® series
Live Timing throughout the event
Free photos of you on track by professional crew of photographers
Professional First Aid
Race Starters on all stages
Event Village with music and race commentary
Food, Coffee & Drinks Vendors
Neutral Service / Repairs
Sponsor Expo & Demonstrations
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Always respect other riders no matter their skill, speed, age or gender
Start: There will be one mass start. Riders will be able to self-seed.
Duration: Riders have 4 hours to complete their laps. Riders will not be able to start another lap after the 4 hours of elapsed time but may finish the lap they are on.
Completion: If a rider fails to complete the number of laps signed up in the to do in 4 hours, they will be ranked based on the time taken and the number of laps they did complete and will be recorded in the results as “-n Laps”.
Transition: A transition lane will be provided for pairs racers after the finish line. The to transition to the next rider the teams’ wheels must cross on a plane perpendicular to the direction of the trace track. There is no need for physical touch.
Rider down procedure: probably the most important rule of all: if you come to an accident out on the track you MUST stop and make sure the rider is ok. If he/she is not, stay with him/her and send the next rider straight back to the event centre to let us know what happened. If you lose time while helping an injured rider we will adjust your lap time at the end of the race. The race directors phone number is on every race plate. We recommend you carry a mobile phone.
Passing: being friendly out on the track goes a long way. Let the rider you are about to pass know when and on which side. E.g. “rider coming up, passing on your right when you are ready”. Then say thanks and keep on smashing it. If you are riding in a train let the rider in front know how many people will pass him/her. If you are being passed, find the next best place to move to the side and let them pass.
PAIRS: Only one rider in a pair is allowed on the track at any one time. Pairs riders must complete equal or close to equal number of laps
If you leave the track you must return to the same point before continuing your race
Outside assistance is only allowed within the transition/pit area. Outside assistance can be provided by other riders whilst out on track.
No shortcutting or “local lines” outside the bunted track
All bikes and rider safety equipment must comply with the Australian Standards
eBikes must be unmodified and comply with current Australian standards. Read more about our eBike policy here…
All riders must agree to a Race Waiver when they sign up online or at the race on-site
All Shimano GP events are part of Rocky Trail’s cross-country racing line-up of events and in 2023 we are implementing our “Pace Points System”.
Competitors will be able to accumulate points across all our cross-country events, including our marathon and ultra-endurance events. A pace-based algorithm developed by Rocky Trail will produce an innovative ranking output and you may just score big with Pace Points!
You’ll be able not only to reach your goals but to earn Rocky Trail Rewards too!
All Rocky Trail events have the Ecotourism Australia Nature Certification status. This ECO Certification program is a world first and it has been developed to address the need to identify genuine nature and ecotourism operators. This means that with Rocky Trail you are guaranteed to be part of a genuine and authentic trail-based nature experience that looks after the environment.
Our Sustainability Pledge – We encourage our racers to follow some simple tips to ‘tread softly’ when visiting the bush and minimise damage to the natural environment. These guidelines are laid out in our Sustainability Policy and will be communicated and encouraged via Rider Briefings and at the events.