Rider Briefing Fox Superflow Championships 2018 – Stromlo Forest Park

Rider Briefing for Fox Superflow, sealed by Stan’s

Championships on 1+2 September February 2018

The Stromlo Forest Park event in the Fox Superflow Series sold out earlier this year, so we are returning to Canberra with the 2018 Champs. It’s going to be be a two-day event, with four different race tracks all up – two per day.


***Important Update THURSDAY, 30 August***

Our Race Director Martin wants to share this race track and venue access information with you:

> Link to Venue Access and Race Tracks


Here is what awaits you – check out our Fox Superflow, sealed by Stan’s Midseason Trailer, produced at Jolly Nose MTB Park in July!

Rocky Trail Links:

> Event website

> Online race registration

> Race track map and how to get to the event centre

The venue is Stromlo Forest Park and it is off Cotter Road in Canberra (ACT).
You get to Cotter Road via the Tuggeranong Parkway. Once on Cotter road, continue onto John Gorton Drive until you get to Opperman Avenue. Turn left at the traffic lights on Opperman Avenue and continue until you reach Stromlo Forest Park. There is a big round about at the entrance; you will see the car park where the main event centre is located.

More information about Stromlo Forest Park can be found here: www.stromloforestpark.com.au

It is a public MTB track and you can ride it in the lead up to the race.

Stromlo: One of the most popular destinations in the Fox Superflow series.


Race schedule and rules

This is the Championship event and it is a 2-day race! You race two race tracks on Saturday and two on Sunday, twice each. So there will be a whopping 8 timed race sections counting towards the final result!

We will once again run our new timing system and here is what we have in store for you for The Championships:

  • 4 tracks – 2 on Saturday (Fox & Stan’s), 2 on Sunday (Jetblack & Owayo). The plan is to have 4 different ones but we’ll see how we go.
  • You will need to do 2 runs per track. You have up to 5 tries per track, your 2 fastest runs will count.
  • U13 and U15 categories will only have to do 1 run per track but also have multiple tries where their fastest time will count.
  • The Championships are a standalone event and there are no points on offer towards the series.
  • No shuttles allowed on either race day.
  • Yes, you can race with your series number plates. Please let us know on the day.

Everyone is welcome to race – you do not need to qualify to be allowed to enter.

> Link to full weekend race schedule

> Link to preliminary trail map on our website


A note on race plate positioning

At the last race in July 2018 we had a few problems with plates that weren’t attached properly and our aim is always a 100% success rate when it comes to timing our races. Please help us achieve that!

In order to assure that the timing chips on the back of your number plates ‘fire’ when you cross the finish mat, please follow those rules when attaching it to your bike.

Please make sure that:

  • you attach it only onto the handlebar using the holes already in the plate
  • the chip on the back of the plate doesn’t touch any part of your frame or handlebar
  • you don’t cut, punch extra holes or alter the number plate




The Championship title reward

First of all, your race entry comes with the following:

  • Race plate and timing chip
  • Free rider photos for download by OuterImage.com.au
  • Free Bear Naked Energy Bar

If you score a Championship title in any of the categories of offer (see website for overview), you get this limited edition Dirtsurfer Championship Mudguard! These guys who also head up the Frameskin business, have come on board as supporters for the Fox Superflow and have designed this wicked piece of bike bling that will no doubt stand out!

> Link to the whole story behind our Dirtsurfer Mudguards on our blog



Accommodation near Stromlo Forest Park:

You can camp at the Stromlo car park and event centre on Saturday night but please note that the gates shut at around 7pm. Here are some more links for accommodation and what else is on:

> Canberra Visitor Information

> Discover what else is on in Canberra

Rocky Trail’s 2018 Accommodation partners:

Pacific Canberra

Pacific suites Canberra is delighted to offer the following accommodation offer for the
AMB100, Fox Superflow and Shimano MTB GP events in Stromlo:15% off the Best Available Rate for our spacious apartments Exclusive to Rocky Trail Racers!

“Pacific Suites Canberra is delighted to welcome participants and supporters to Canberra for the AMB Marathon, Fox Superflow and Shimano MTB GP in Canberra.
We offer huge apartments 1 and 2 bedroom. Free undercover parking. Free WiFi. Rocky Trail Big Buffet Breakfast just $15pp. Our 2 bedrooms can be shared comfortably as most have 2 bathrooms and we offer a range of bedding options. For the best deal and to get the best per person rate – please email reservations@pacificsuitescanberra.com.au or call us on 02 6262 6266 and quote your special code “RockyTrail” – or use the code to book online www.pacificsuitescanberra.com.au
see you in Canberra!”

Rates valid for Friday Feb 17, Sat Feb 18, Sun Feb 19  2018
Rates valid for Friday April 14, Sat Apruil 15, Sun April 16 2018
Rates Valid for Friday August 31, Sat September 1, Sun September 2018
Rates Valid for Friday September 7, Saturday September 8, Sun September 9 2018

Mantra MacArthur

The “Trail Canberra Package” offered by Mantra MacArthur offers the following inclusions –

  • Complimentary Late Checkout 1pm
  • Special washing area for bikes
  • Secured bike parking onsite
  • Map of trails throughout Canberra
  • Banana & Nespresso Coffee in the mornings.
  • 5% discount off rate.

How to book: Made direct at property or via Mantra Website, using the TRAILCBR promo code.


Event set up and facilities

Event centre

Located near pump track at the main car park at Stromlo Forest Park.

We will hand out number plates on Saturday from 8:30am; timing starts at 12pm. We will host a rider briefing at 10am.

On Sunday we will do a short rider briefing at 9am and race runs will start early at 10am.

> Link to full weekend race schedule

First aid

provided by Pink First Aid


tab water available on-site at event centre and at the top of the Stromlo climb (Observatory).

Catering – Food & Supplies

The Daily Espresso’s will be there again with coffee and snacks.


Plenty off-road parking available.

Technical Support

The crew from Flowbikes Australia / Mondraker Australia will be on-site to help.


About the Fox Superflow, sealed by Stan’s

What a “rollercoaster” ride it’s been to bring you our enduro-style events since 2012! For the 10-year anniversary season of 2018 we will bring you a completely re-loaded set of events. Same awesomeness, all your favourites, new trails, more ooomph and “superflowy”!!

Race the Fox Superflow sealed by Stan’s in 2018 – each race is a standalone event and you can collect points for the series ranking! We’ll kick it off at Stromlo Forest Park – launching the Fox Superflow with one of the most popular race tracks and destinations in …. like ever! Check out the website for all series venues and dates still coming up:

  • 29+30 Sept: 2-day Greenvalley’s Bonanza *this will blow your socks off*
  • 10-Nov… *drum roll* A-W-A-B-A!

Why Superflow?
Because the race tracks are picked by the Rocky Trail crew so that they give the riders that “super flowy” feeling! Each timed section demands different skill sets of the riders – from tricky sections around rocks and tight corners to flowy berms and quick stints that needed pedal power and endurance.

Almost all events require riders to ride to the starts on their bikes and it that way the series offers a big variety of trails. All our trails can be as tough as you want them to be – there are always different line choices and generally, the faster and the harder you go, the more challenging they get. We specifically pick our venues to meet those requirements.

No start order, no worries
They are unique Australia-wide in that we can offer an awesome day out to a wide range of riders – from elite to amateur racers to families, couples and groups of friends riding together. We have introduced a very flexible timing system so our events don’t require any start orders and riders can pick the sequence in which to complete the timed race stages themselves. That way, riders of different categories can spend all day riding and racing together.

> Visit our website for all destinations and race dates!


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#rockytraildestination: Canberra & Stromlo Forest Park

There is so much to do and so much to see – we’ve chatted to some of our local #rockytrailracers for their insider tips on this #rockytraildestination and hope we can tempt you to a weekend away!


Officially opened in 2007, Stromlo Forest Park is a world-class, multi-use recreational sporting facility available to both recreational and professional users. Stromlo Forest Park boasts a purpose built event pavilion, a 1.2km road criterium cycling circuit, a 2.5km grass cross country running track, a network of equestrian trails and over 40km or mountain bike trails suitable for riders of all abilities. Stromlo Forest Park also has various trails suitable for runners and walkers keen on exploring the Canberra countryside. It is located only ten minutes drive from the center of Canberra.


Dylan Cooper, Owner Ride Technics Skills Clinics

Dylan races for Trek Racing Australia and has nearly 20 years of racing experience. He’s won countless national series races and represented Australia at the World Championships 7 times, as well as many World Cups. As well as 10 years of skills coaching experience, Dylan has raced internationally for years and won across various disciplines, including cross country, marathon, short track, road, and enduro. Dylan has been a #rockytrailracer for many years and with his one-on-one skills clinics business Ride Technics has been coaching Martin whenever we are in Canberra.

Dylan Cooper at the 2017 Fox Superflow at Stromlo.

About Stromlo

“As one of our favourite places to ride, we are very lucky to consider Stromlo our ‘backyard’. The varied trails have a bit of everything for everyone, including rock gardens, rolling berms, tight skatey corners, tricky climbs and fast and flowy sections.”

About the race track

“My favourite trails are the steep, technical descents that involve tight corners, for example ‘Short n Sharp’ out the back of Stromlo. I enjoy riding back up to the top of the mountain on the steep and rocky ‘Black Snake Gully’ too”

Before and after the race

“My perfect weekend involves coffee, sunny outdoors activity and family time:…”

Lake Burleigh Griffin
Taking my girls in the bike trailer for a spin around Lake Burleigh Griffin and stopping at a café. My favourite local cafe is Bite to Eat in Chifley, but if I am over north, I love Sweet Bones in Braddon. These days my coaching business gets me outdoors and riding on the weekends too.

> More information about Lake Burleigh Griffin

> More information on Bite to Eat, Chifley

> More information Sweet Bones, Braddon

National Arboretum
The park at the Arboretum is a favourite family spot, as is the mini train at Weston Park.
Note from Juliane at Rocky Trail – one of our absolute favourite playgrounds in Canberra, caters for kids of all ages 🙂

> More information about National Arboretum

Centenary Trail
A hidden gem and also one of my favourite local trails to ride is the Kambah Pool to Point Hut scenic trail. It is part of the Centenary Trail and runs parallel to the Murrumbidgee River.

> More information about the Centenary Trail

Putting his home track advantage to good use at Stromlo: Dylan Cooper.


Di Gbel, #rockytrailracer and Pedal 4 Pierce ambassador

After an elbow injury in 2017, Di is getting back into riding and racing and loves to explore her home trails in Canberra. Here are her insider tips:

“There are lots of places, you can do the walks up Black Mountain and Mt Ainslie – the lookout is awesome. Take the kids to Questacon or even to the Dinosaur Museum at Gold Creek!”

Favourite Museums

> Dinosaur Museum

> National Portrait Gallery

> National Museum of Australia

Favourite Cafes along Centenary Trail

The Cupping Room is in the City and Two Before Ten is in Aranda, both a short ride from the Centenary Trail that encloses the entire city!

> The Cupping Room

> Two Before Ten

> Centenary Trail Map

Favourite Pubs

> The Duxton in O’Connor

> The Walt & Burley

> The Dock at Kingston in Ainslie

> Edgars in Ainslie

Favourite parks and playgrounds for the kidlets

Commonwealth Park Playground has to be the best kids playground in Canberra! Here is a link to the “5 Top Playgrounds along Lake Burley Griffin”!

> Link: Top 5 Playgrounds along Lake Burley Griffin

Best market

> Sunday Markets at Kingston Old Bus Depot

Women’s-specific “What’s on in Canberra”

> Link to “HerCanberra.com.au”


Don’t wanna miss this!

Some of our favourite spots and things and people in Canberra:


Dynamic Motivation shuttles & enduro clinics

The guys from Dynamic Motivation are regularly running shuttles and enduro clinics at Stromlo Forest Park!

> Check out their website


Bent Spoke Brewery

BentSpoke Brewing Co is the brainchild of Champion Australian brewer Richard Watkins and Tracy Margrain. The pair travelled the world drawing inspiration for their ideal brewpub. On June 6, 2014 BentSpoke threw its doors open to overwhelming support from the local community. On the back of this success and support from the community, BentSpoke has begun its next chapter with the construction of a production scale Brewery in Canberra’s northern suburb of Mitchell.

> Check out the Bent Spoke Brewery Pub – yum, Rocky Trail crew-approved!!


Pedal 4 Pierce Charity 

Pedal 4 Pierce is our charity of choice and these guys call Canberra and Stromlo home, riding and racing their bikes for kids who can’t and raising money and awareness to cure Congenital Muscular Dystrophy. You can help out by donating at our events – projects funded by Pedal 4 Pierce support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

> Donate to Pedal 4 Pierce

> Rocky Trail & Pedal 4 Pierce


Fox Special Offer

Before we let you go, here’s a huge shout out to our naming rights sponsor, Fox Australia! Don’t forget about their 2018 Season special offer (click for larger image):


All photos by OuterImage.com.au – included in your entry fee!