Rider Briefing: Jetblack 24 Hour | 2019 | Lithgow

Experience the unique 24-hour mountain bike event atmosphere at the Jetblack 24 Hour at the Rydal Showgrounds – wide open meadows to set up right next to the cars and a stone-throw from the trail head of the racing circuit through the magnificent Lidsdale State Forest!

Here we collated some important information for you to get race-ready!

Race registration

Online registration for the event will be open until Friday midday – sign up via our website!

>> Race categories and entry fee information

NSW State Elections on 23 March 2019

For all participating Australian Citizens from NSW, may we pass on the following information by the NSW Electoral Commission AEC regarding the election of the 57th Parliament of NSW this Saturday:

Applications are now open for postal and iVote online and telephone voting for the NSW State election being held on Saturday, 23 March 2019.
NSW Electoral Commissioner John Schmidt is encouraging any electors unable to vote in person on election day, to check their eligibility to use iVote or a postal vote.

> Link to resources

> Where to vote early

> iVote information

JB24H Venue information

The event centre of our race is at Rydal Showgrounds, just outside of Lithgow. We will be racing on the Central Tablelands MTB Club home track in Lidsdale State Forest. Camping is allowed and included in the entry fee. The length of the track is around 10km and ridden clockwise. A big thanks to our partners at the Forestry Corporation for supplying another great Rocky Trail Racing venue.

Information about our host region: Lithgow
Lithgow is located on the scenic Central Tablelands of New South Wales and the region says of itself that it is “Surprisingly Diverse”. As visitors and race organisers in and around Lithgow for almost 10 years, we have certainly experienced this diversity – from lookouts with stunning views to it friendly people that you meet in town, which offers a wide variety of food from all around the world. On our BLOG we collected our favourite Lithgow experiences and also asked our local #rockytrailracers for their ideas.

>> Blog: Lithgow Destination information

>> Race track map on our website

Parking and camping
We will have a dedicated area for caravans as well as a solo pit lane track-side. You will be able to setup right next to your car and we will route the track in a way so that it will be close to every camp spot. Please follow instructions of our crew as you arrive at the site – there is plenty of space.

The team of the Daily Espresso’s will be on site again

Will be provided on-site.

Toilets and showers will be on site for you.

Lights recharge station
We will have a spot for you where you can recharge your lights.

We will have the FIZO Cycling crew on-site who can do repairs and services; they have some basic spare parts, which you can buy and we recommend you bring any specific tools or parts your bike(s) require along.

First Aid
Pink First Aid will look after you.

Secret is out, 24hour racing at Rydal is popular come join the fun.

Race track information by Craig Flynn, President Central Tablelands MTB Club

Says Craig, “Formed in 1984, the Central Tableland Mountain Bike club has a long history of building trails and hosting races. Rydal has been our XC home since 2008 and offers an extensive trail network through the high country of Lidsdale State forest. The course for the 2019 Jetblack 24hr will once again use the main ridge top loop. Expect some fast, swooping trail with plenty of corners. The Rydal show ground will give you the perfect event center with plenty of room, proper toilets and big, starry skies.”

With support from government groups like forestry corp, we all get to enjoy the outdoors.


>> Event schedule

Race rules

>> Race rules and FAQ

6+6 Hour regulations

The event offers solo and team categories not only in the 24-hour race, but also a 6+6 hour option, which lets racers rest overnight. Basically you start with the mass start on Saturday at 12pm and finish your race at 6pm – you may start a new lap until 6pm and all those laps still count. You will be re-started on Sunday morning from 6am:

  • If you finished before 6pm on Saturday, you start at 6am.
  • If you finished at 6pm on Saturday, you start at 6am.
  • If you finished your lap at any time after 6pm on Saturday, you start with that time-delay on Sunday, e.g. – finish at 6:12pm = start at 6:12am. We will publish an official start list shortly after the 6+6 hour race finish on Saturday evening in the event centre and online via the results portal.
As the light fades and the air cools turn on the lights and roll into another world of night riding/racing.

Results LIVE!

Results will be streamed LIVE via the Rocky Trail Results Portal

>> Results Portal 24 H Race

Uhhh… Did I say you can race a world champ.

Weather forecast

So far all is looking really promising for a great weekend. After a dry spell we luckily got some rain in Lithgow over the last few days. The track desperately needs it. However, we do expect a dry race. A few more showers over the next few days and a dry weekend is the current forecast.

A track with challenges for all skill abilities.

Kids & visitor activities

We have kids colouring-in and a free kids race planned – there is a nice little loop in the forest right next to the event centre and last year everyone had a blast. We will have brand-new, bright-blue Rocky Trail kids bottles as “finisher prizes”! Depending on the weather, we plan to have the kids race at 4-5pm – we’ll keep you posted on the day. You can sign the kids up on the day, we just want to keep them out of any potential midday heat.

We’ll do a 24-minute lap race (about 200m long loop on open fire trail) for the older kids and a little time trial for the younger shredders. You can email us the kids’ details (name, DOB, guardian) or you can sign them up on the day.

We collated some information about activities and attractions in and around Litghow on our blog too:

>> Blog: Lithgow Visitor Information

>> Event schedule

Jetblack Twenty Four Hour XC race at Awaba, 2017

Race photos included in entry fee

All riders will receive a download link to access their FREE photos after the event, thanks to our photo sponsors, Jetblack Products and Bacci’s Fresh!

>> Sign up to get notified as soon as photos are online

>> Jetblack 24 Hour photo portal on OuterImage.com.au

>> Blog: Photo highlights from 2018

As the light fades and the air cools turn on the lights and roll into another world of night riding/racing.

Rocky Trail Radio

DJ Mista Nige, our “Entertainment Manager” has been working on the event playlists for weeks and he has some funky choooonz in store for you. We endeavour to deliver an exciting event atmosphere, yet being respectful of quiet and rest periods over night.

We believe in the ‘power of music’ to motivate our racers to keep going through the night – it is a 24-hour event after all – however, can point out camp spots that will be quieter. Generally, between 10pm and 5:30am the music is turned down and we plan to have speakers pointed towards the track, away from the event centre during that time, based on our venue experience from last year.

At 5:30am we will have the traditional “Rocky Trail” wake-up call with Austro-Australian music. Here some music to get you into the racing mood:

>> Groovy tunes for #rockytrailracers by DJ Mista Nige