Rider Briefing | Jetblack 24

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Key things to remember


As per current NSW health regulations in place, you need to be fully vaccinated in order to race unless you are under 16 years old or have a medical exemption. We are required to check vaccination status before we can hand out your race plate.

Those rules also apply to spectators and supporters.

We can only put on the event right now by adhering to those rules. Please refer to our “Return to Racing News” for more details.

Riders from previous rounds with transfers, please check the rider list that your name is on it. Click on this link to check the RIDER LIST.

  • Maintain social distancing at all times in the open air event hub and when purchasing food and drinks.
  • We are tracking all event participants – ANY competitor or visitor at the venue is required to Check-In by using the QR code posters available around the event hub.
  • RACE WAIVER: Please have a read through it. By entering and attending the event you agree to this Rocky Trail waiver.

Weather as per 30 Nov 2021

The race is going ahead. We have been in contact with the local club and the trails are holding up well – in fact, over the past few weeks the club has done some work on the trails, diverted some of the out of wet areas and added bridges/mesh that will make it more sustainable. Martin’s forecasting models predict a great weekend… each day, the forecast is improving…

Attention: Traffic due to Bathurst 1000

Please note that Bathurst 1000 Supercars event is being held this week (30 Nov-5 Dec). The Bathurst 1000 is a 1,000-kilometre touring car race held annually on the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst (about 60km further west from Lithgow) – please expect increased traffic and police presence from Sydney towards Lithgow and Bathurst. We recommend you watch your speed limits and make sure that your bike rack number plates are visible/as per regulation.

Attention: NSW State Election

Heads up, NSW residents at the Jetblack 24 Hour – there are NSW Elections on Saturday 4 December, this time to vote for your Local Government representatives. You can vote early, if you can’t make your local ballot box – click here for all the info.



The Rydal trails are located in parts of Lidsdale State Forest, nestled next to the small and unique village of Rydal. We are racing out of the Rydal Showgrounds, which

  • Event centre: Rydal Showground in Rydal. From the highway come into Rydal, cross the train tracks and take a left before the Pub, following the signs towards the Showground. The event centre is at the top of Market Street at the Rydal Showground.
  • Camping is allowed and included in the entry fee.
  • Race track: Lidsdale State Forest, home trails of the Central Tablelands MTB Club. The length of the track is around 10km and ridden clockwise. A big thanks to the local club and our partners at the Forestry Corporation NSW for supplying another great Rocky Trail Racing venue.
  • Parking and camping: We will have a dedicated area for caravans as well as a solo pit lane trackside. 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.

Event hub set-up

Jetblack 24 Hour Event Hub – there is a lot of space and based on the expected number of event participants we’ll comfortably fit everyone in. Our goal was to increase race track-side camping/set ups even more this year – click on image below or here to zoom in.

  • Blue line – main access road into showgrounds
  • Event logo – main pavilion for rego and info
  • Red line – race track
  • Dark blue/purple circle/area – transition zone (event catering and services will be located in this area too
  • Green area – main camping
  • Light-blue area – overflow car park and camping – if you want to come and go during the event, please pick a spot here. This is also perfect, if you are looking for a quieter spot.

Note, you can transition in the official spot in the centre of the event hub OR you can transition with your team at your tent spot too – be aware that if you do that BEFORE the race timing point, the times will be assigned to the next rider. Any questions – chat to one of our crew on the day! Whoop!

Race format

How it works

  • The race is a relay-style race. Team riders of the first lap (who start the race for their teams) can after 1 lap hand over to the next team member or keep riding – that’s up to the teams to decide. As soon as you ride 1 lap per solo rider, respectively per team, your time counts and is valid in the final results.
  • Mixed male/female teams: each team needs to record at least one female AND one male lap to be in the results.
  • The rider in the solo categories / the team with most laps (and shortest time thereafter) wins. If there are riders/teams in a category with the same number of laps, the fastest total lap time determines the ranking.

What 24-hour racing is like with us

  • 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!
  • This is the perfect event for a social mountain biking getaway – get your mates together and bring the whole family! There is lots to do in the region for them while you race, a beautiful park right next to the venue and and there are also free kids activities in the event centre. Check out our BLOG for information about our host region, Lithgow!
  • Resident DJ Mista Nige will be pumping out some funky choonz to kick of the night racing action! A team of caterers will serve up hearty food and healthy treats – and lots of steaming hot coffee!

Racing options and categories

  • 24H Solo
  • 24H Teams – Categories for male, female, mixed: Pairs, Teams of 3 and 4. We will also run an Open 6 Team category.
  • 6+6H – Categories for male, female, mixed: Solo, Pairs, Teams of 3 and 4.
  • Categories – check out more category information

What happens on the day

    • Everyone attending must come to the Registrations tent to check in and receive a race plate and confirm their non-racing visitor numbers.
    • Event centre opens on Friday at midday.
    • Race track will be marked from Friday at midday.
    • You can pick up your race plate
      • Friday, 4-7pm
      • Saturday, from 9am
    • If you (or some of y our team members) are late, don’t worry, come to see us at the rego tent and we will assist you. You can still have your race and we’ll explain it all to you then.
    • The official rider briefing usually held before the race start is replaced by this means of communication.
    • 11:30am All riders get race-ready; all solo riders plus all races who will complete the first lap for a team (note, this is a relay event, only ONE team rider per team may be out on track at any time).
    • 11:40am Rider call-up and assembly for race start, be race-ready
    • 11:45am Welcome address by the Hon. Mayor Thompson
    • 12pm RACE START
  4. 6+6 HOUR EVENT: rest overnight, restart in the morning
    • 6+6H racers may start their last Saturday lap by 6pm. This lap still counts.
    • Re-start procedure on Sunday morning:
      • Wake-up call at 5:30am
      • Rider line-up at 5:55am: please observe social distancing rules.
      • If you finished your Saturday race BEFORE or AT 6pm, you will re-start at 6am.
      • If you finished your Saturday race AFTER 6pm, you will re-start exactly 12 hours later.
      • Examples:
        • Sat finish: 5:45pm = re-start 6am
        • Sat finish: 6pm = re-start 6am
        • Sat finis: 6:15pm = re-start 6:15am
    • Last lap start is 12pm which means you may commence your last lap at 12pm.
    • Who wins? – The solo rider or team with the most laps in the least amount of time wins their category and we will display General Classification Results too.
    • Race results are LIVE online throughout the day.
    • We will do a prize ceremony under strict social distancing rules; please follow the instructions of the crew.
    • Est. start of ceremony 1:30pm
    • Water: There is a water tap with drinking water in the event centre and it will be clearly marked.
    • Catering:
      • will be provided all weekend by the crew from the Daily Espresso who have hot and cold drinks as well as sweet snacks, sandwiches and wraps.
      • a Mobile Food Truck – ELS Fried Chicken will serve hearty food, check out their dishes on their Instagram. They will also serve bacon and egg rolls on Sunday morning.
    • Toilets: toilets on-site and we will service them regularly. Disinfectant and wipes will be provided.
    • First Aid: will be based at the Event Hub and roaming out on track.
    • Mechanic: Fizo Cycling will be on-site
    • Kids Race: we will watch the weather, est. time around 4pm (making sure it’s not too hot for the little ones). There is a lovely firetrail loop right near the event centre, they will love it!
    • DJ & Entertainment – our very own resident DJ Mista Nige will ROCK the place and do even a LIVE recording on the Saturday night.
    • Lights recharge station: We will have a spot for you where you can recharge your lights.
    • Campfire: any campfires must be in a fire put/contained.

What else is happening on the day?

Tech Support & eBike Fleet: Renshaw’s Pedal Project

Huge thanks to Mark Renshaw and his crew from Renshaw’s Pedal Project who will be offering tech support and an eBike test fleet.

CROFTO Clothing Giveaway

Big shout-out to the Central Coast-based crew from Crofto. They are giving away the following goodies on the day:

1 x Riders package RRP $149.95
1 x Enduro Protection Package RRP $169.95
3 x pairs MTB Shorts RRP $79.95

How to get the chance to win one of these:

  • Say G’day to the crew at their stand in the event centre and put your name down for a raffle.
  • To qualify for a win, follow them on Instagram too.

Rocky Trail Radio powered by earSHOTS

DJ Nigel will be there to pump out some awesome tunes powered by earSHOTS.

Kids race

We’ll have a time trial kids race at 4pm – it’s held on a fun little short course near the event centre. Sign up the kids at the rego desk on Saturday, this is a free activity and eeeeeeveryone’s a winner. Kids will receive a certificate of achievement and water bottle.

Rider List and Results

From now on and all weekend you can find links to Rider List and LIVE Results via the drop-down menu from the EVENT PAGE on our website! You can check these now and throughout the weekend via your mobile devices – to reduce touch points we will not have any public display computers on-site.

General race regulations

  • Race etiquette – Important: you MUST adhere to social distancing rules.
  • Rude behaviour towards fellow racers, crew or volunteers out on track or in the event centre is not acceptable.
  • Please be kind to each other. We are all here to compete and to race and that is fine, but as owners of Rocky Trail Entertainment, Juliane and Martin Wisata EXPECT their competitors to be respectful of each other:
    • We have seen an exciting and amazing influx of new competitors at Rocky Trail events an especially as we move into new regions with our races, we want to be very clear about this: EVERY competitor has a right to be out on track.
    • We ask that the fast and semi-pro racers overtake slower riders in a repectful manner. As an experienced racer you would be aware that especially at a lap race, a podium position is not won by one or two seconds that you might loose by overtaking a slower rider in a respectful and friendly manner. Call out to the rider ahead of you, tell them you are there and that you will move past on which side.
    • For casual racers, please respect the fast guys too – sometimes the fast riders see a gap that you don’t and they have the confidence that they can overtake you safely. Trust in their judgement. – At the same time, stand your ground, no need to stop completely, move to the side and let them pass. You will find you’ll get into a flow and a rhythm.
    • We appreciate every racer and we have been building the Rocky Trail community for over a decade – we are grateful to have you all racing with us.
    • Chat to Martin, Juliane, or to our event Managers Jo or Bob, if you have any questions.
  • If you are the parent or carer of a junior racer you can ride or run with them, either as a racer or see rego to nominate as a marshal.
  • Our staff at rego and at the starts are there to help. Talk to them.
  • We are Covid Safe compliant, your briefing will be virtual, we’ll be social distancing, the medal ceremony will be virtual and we’ll make this the safest event you’ve ever been at!

If you feel sick – please don’t come,
you will get a refund.

If you feel the sniffles or something else coming on please don’t come to the race. Even if you find out in the morning let us know and we will refund you entry. No questions asked.

If you feel the sniffles or flu-like symptoms coming on, please don’t come to the race. Even if you find out in the morning let us know and we will be as forthcoming as possible with transferring your entry over to the next round. We reserve the right to deny entry if you have a fever or show flu-like symptoms.


Do you have any questions?

Talk to us via our online chat – click on the orange circle symbol on your bottom right screen corner and we’ll be right with you! (We always love talking bikes, racing and riding!)