We welcome you to the Majura MTB Trails this weekend!
25.11. Event update for Canberra:
With quite warm weather forecast for the weekend in Canberra we will try and ‘beat the heat’. The Diamonds MTB race will go ahead as planned on Sunday with start from 8am. We however, have decided to cancel the trail RUN, which would have commenced from 11:30am. That way all competitors will have finished before noon and can find a lake or pool in the afternoon.
We are confirming that the Shimano MTB GP on Saturday as well as the Diamonds in the Dirt MTB Race will all go ahead as planned but the Diamonds in the Dirt RUN will happen another time. Thanks for your understanding.
Event line-up Majura 2020
- Saturday, 28 Nov: Shimano MTB GP 4+7 hour endurance lap race
- Sunday, 29 Nov: Diamonds Women’s Only MTB Race (note, Trail Run cancelled due to hot weather forecast)
VIRTUAL RIDER BRIEFING
We have been hosting our mountain biking races in the Covid-19 environment since mid-July. Very challenging times to say the least, which require an additional set of event and racing rules in order to keep racing. We are drawing on the experiences we have gained over these last few weeks especially and as a competitor and spectator at the events you play an important role – so please take the time to watch or read through this entire rider briefing.
RIDER BRIEFING CONTENT IN WRITING
We remain of the few MTB organisers back running events post the Covid-19 outbreak and all eyes continue to be on us. We need your cooperation.
How are we running this event and how do we keep you safe? By limiting the rider field to 300 per day (events up to 500 are allowed at the moment in NSW) you can see right away that we will err on the side of caution. So please understand if some of the rules appear harsh, but we need to ensure that we can keep racing in this new world.
- Non-racing supporters and ANY visitor at the venue are required to sign in for an Event Access Pass ahead of the race as we are tracking all event participants! – Request your Access Pass AHEAD of the event via these links:
- Social Distancing: Our main request is that you follow the Covid-Safe rules and regulations as laid out by the ACT Government and observe strict Social Distancing Rules throughout your race day. A lot of thought has gone into this Rider Briefing and we expect all competitors and non-racing visitors to comply with how this event will be run. It is very challenging and a privilege to host this event and participate in this race – we appreciate your cooperation.
- IMPORTANT: we understand completely that these are difficult and complex times and therefore, if you feel anxious, unsure or not comfortable to participate in this event, please contact us via email@example.com and we WILL REFUND your entry, no questions asked.
- We will and are ready to shut down and postpone the event if direct Federal or State Health orders change in the event lead up until Friday.
ABOUT: EVENT FORMATS
Saturday: Shimano MTB Grand Prix
For those of you, for whom this will be the first Rocky Trail event, we differ from most other events by offering a much more relaxed format. For the Shimano MTB GP specifically the race format is as follows:
- Most laps per solo rider or team in the least amount of time wins.
- The race track is closed at 1pm for 4 hour racers and at 4pm for 7 hour racers – you may still start another lap before that cut-off and that lap still counts.
- There are age-group and eBike categories – eBikers: only eBikes that conform with the Australian standards are allowed at our events.
- Expect less of a winners-only-focused competition, but a positive and inclusive experience for all racers.
- Rider call up 8:45am, race start 9am
- Last lap start: 1pm for 4 hour, 4pm for 7 hour race – this lap still counts.
- Most laps per solo rider or team in the least amount of time wins.
All day The track is marked and you can practice on it but we won’t have any services (marshalls, first aid) in place.
7:30-8:45 am Registration open to pick up your number plate.
8:45am Rider call up, be race ready.
The official rider briefing usually held before the racestart will be available online before the race. 9:00am Race start
approx. 11:00am Kids race
1:00pm Race finish – GP4
4:00pm Race finish – GP7
approx 5:00pm Last Rider and Sweeper across the line and event finishes.
Ceremony – We will have a virutal ceremony for all categories online after the event
Sunday: Diamonds Women’s MTB Race
You can choose between the following different challenges:
- Track length: 7.4km, moderate elevation, predominantly singletrail.
- Challenges – your pick!
- MTB: 1, 3 or 5 laps (start your last lap by 11am, this still counts)
- Set up: Expect a racing circuit, short neutral ride/run to the start timing point, then timed circuit on singletrail through the Majura MTB trail network.
- 8am start for MTBers, start your last lap by 11am
How does timing work?
- Your total time out on the race track counts. This means, our timing system is set up with a start and finish point for each lap.
- So if you are keen and want to race not stop you may keep racing the laps back to back.
- If you want you can have a break in between laps for a snack, to grab a drink, have a chat and mingle, you can and that time off the track (in the ‘neutral’ zone or event centre) won’t count.
Important: The official rider briefing usually held before the race start will be available virtually online before the race.
7:00-2:00pm Registration open to pick up your number plate/race bib.
7:50am Mountain bikers, be race ready.
8:00am Roll out for race start – mat time start/finish
11:00am Time-cut off MTB, start your last lap before 11am, this still counts
11:20am Runners, be race ready.
11:30am RUN race start – mat time start/finish
3:00pm Time-cut off RUN, start your last lap before 3pm, this still counts
4:30pm Event finish
Ceremony – Pick up your finisher medal in the event centre when you completed your challenge. We will have a virtual ceremony for all categories online after the event
General race regulations
- Race etiquette – Important: you MUST adhere to social distancing rules AND rude behaviour out on track 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.
- The fast and semi-pro racers need to be (and would be from their experience) 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 or runner 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 or Juliane 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.
- Please note – 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!
We can wait to see you smashing it! – Remember, your race photos are included in your entry, be sure to download them after the race and share your stories using:
ABOUT: Racing Venue this weekend
- Racing: Majura Pines MTB Trails, ACT
- Event centre: Mount Majura Vineyard, 8 Lime Kiln Road, Majura ACT 2609
- Note about wine tasting: please register online with the Majura Vineyard directly to reserve a spot, Cellar Door is open 7 days, 10am to 5pm. Tastings are by booking.
- Saturday 28 Nov 2020: Coffee Van from 7am – 8.30am AND 11.30am – 1pm plus from 9am Old Town Smoke House and BBQ serving portions of cold as well as hot food such as cold noodle salad, sandwiches, baked potatoes, and ribs (still under consideration details might be amended) and cold beverages (i.e energy drinks, water and soft drinks).
- Sunday 29 November 2020: 7am – 11.00am with Pre-Packaged Banana Bread and Byron Bay Cookies
- Toilets portable toilets, serviced regularly as per our Covid-Safe Plan
- First Aid: will be based in the event centre and roaming out on track.
- Race photography – all race images included in your entry!
- Roaming race marshals on bikes to assist out on track
- Mechanic: Fizo Cycling will be on-site for tech support.
- Kids race: we will find a 100-200m trail and will do fun time-trials for the little visitors. Depending on their age they can run this trail multiple times and eeeeeveryone’s a winner – we will have little giveaways and Certificates of Achievement for them
Race Director – Martin Wisata 0403 090 952
IMPORTANT EVENT DETAILS YOU MUST KNOW
- If any of the following applies please contact us immediately.
We will transfer or refund your entry but you CAN NOT PARTICIPATE in the event:
- If you are showing any signs of the cold or flu
- If you have event the slightest fever (we have facilities on site to test and will send you home immediately if you have fever)
- Again, we understand completely that these are difficult and complex times and therefore, if you feel anxious, unsure or not comfortable to participate in this event, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org and we WILL REFUND your entry, no questions asked.
- There are a few important changes on how we run things on the day:
- if you are racing on your non racing day, please check in at the Rego tent as a supporter/visitor.
- You can practice on non-racing days (tracks are marked), but we won’t have any services (marshalls, first aid) in place.
- ARRIVAL & PARKING: When you arrive you will be directed to the car park areas.
- No parking in non-designate areas. Please follow signs and instructions by our crew.
- Event centre: if you are setting up a tent for riders you must respect social distancing guidelines.
- RACE PLATE: You can pick up your race plate with the timing chip from 7.00am
- This way we avoid queues near the registration area.
- If you 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.
- Saturday: 8:45am Rider call up, be race ready.
- Sunday: Timing starts from 8am – you can start anytime after that and only your time out on the race course counts (ie neutral zone in event centre/feed zone)
- The official rider briefing usually held before the race start is replaced by this means of communication.
- EVENT START SCHEDULE – changes due to COVID19-measures apply!
- GP: 9:00am Race start – all solo riders and one member of each relay team of 2 or 3
- DIAMONDST: 8:00am Timing start, follow socially distanced start procedures on-site
- EVENT FINISH MTB RACE:
- Finish time means the time when the race track is closed.
- You can start another until those cut-off race finish times.
- 1:00pm Race finish – GP4 Solo & Teams
- 4:00pm Race finish – GP7 Solo and Teams
- You can start a new lap before the cut-off time above and complete the lap you are on after the above stated finish time, it counts towards your result still.
- EVENT FINISH DIAMONDS RACE:
- Start the last lap by 11am, this still counts.
- RACING & ETIQUETTE: You MUST adhere to SOCIAL DISTANCING rules!
- If you queue up at the start line please do it in a single file leaving a bike length between each other.
- Overall we don’t expect much queuing as the field will spread quickly.
- When you finish your race please give each other as much space as possible.
- No hand-shaking permitted at event.
- Please understand that we need to be very strict on this . Non-compliance will result in revoking race access or disqualification.
- CHEERING: Keep 4m distance to the race track!
- If you ‘hackle’ or encourage other riders on their race run please do so at least 4m away from the race track.
- Shouting is a known source of virus transmission and we MUST minimise the risk there. Non-compliance will result in revoking race access or disqualification.
- RESULTS & CEREMONY:
- Race results are LIVE throughout the day.
- Access race results via the website.
- There won’t be an official CEREMONY to comply with social distancing laws. We will publish a virtual podium with winner photos as soon as we have those.
- IMPORTANT: CHECK YOUR RACE RESULTS with us or as soon as you cross the line! The top three podium getters in each age category will receive their series plate – pick those up from the rego tent, please!
- PERSONAL HYGIENE:
- No ‘snot rockets’ (blowing your nose without a tissue) in the vicinity of other people.
- Hand washing stations and sanitation stations are available at the venue.
- Please regularly clean your hands with an alcoholic-based hand rub or wash hands with soap and water (especially after going to bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing).
- Riders and visitors are encouraged to wear (cycling) gloves when picking up number plates.
- Unless from the same family, we discourage you from car-pooling to the venue.
- PARTICIPANT TRACKING:
- Every person at the event (including non-racers) need to register.
- Racers will be track with race plates.
- Non-competitors will be issued a Race Access pass.
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.
Enforcement of COVID Safe Plan
If we see blatant breaches of those rules we will ask you to leave the event. You are not only potentially endangering other racers, but also the future of our business.
We recommend but won’t enforce that all event participants use the Covid Safe App to assist health authorities with tracking potentially.
Please understand that the team won’t shake hands, hug, high five or fist bump anyone and will be trying keep some distance to all riders during registration, start and finish. There will be a lot socially distance elbow bumps from us, which is almost as good 🙂
Download the full Covid-19 Safety Plan below and here is a summary:
The usual race rules still apply as always. In summary:
- You need to stay on the race track. No cheating or ‘sneaky pro lines’ where you leave the track and reenter.
- Don’t litter – please take your rubbish back with you or throw it in the landfill or recycling bins we have near the registration tent.
- Toilets will be cleaned and disinfect during the day. Please let us know if they need a clean.
- Timing will be done with your timing chip – please ensure it is on your bike/attached to your chest and in the MTB that the plastic doesn’t touch any metal parts of your bike (e.g. don’t wrap the number plate around your handlebar).
- If you need to pass a rider/runner out on track please do it in a friendly and safe way. Keep in mind that you have multiple runs per track so if you get held up you can always have another go.
- You agreed to our RACE WAIVER when you registered online – here is a link to the RACE WAIVER again
- Click here for DETAILED RACE RULES
WHAT WILL NOT CHANGE
You will still have to get ready for the massive surge of adrenaline when you drop into your time race stages. When you rail those berms and fly across the trails, crossing the finish line with your heart pumping. You’re alive. You’re doing what you love. And that’s why Rocky Trail exist. So that you can RACE the way you RIDE.