Rider Briefing | Rocky Trail Academy Schools Comp | Mackay QLD

This event is part of the Rocky Trail Academy junior development programme, sponsored by Shingleback Off-Road and Sendy Gear. 

Following the great success of 2021 the crew are excited to be returning back to Rowallan Park Mackay for the 2nd Rocky Trail Academy for CQ regional schools and students to attend.  This popular schools comp with timed sections and multiple runs provides a fun racing experience for the next generations of Mountain Bikers. With over 12 schools being represented so far we are looking forward to welcoming the new schools to our Academy events and seeing our past racers. It is so good to see students from The Cathedral School of St Anne & St James – Townsville making the journey.

About the Rocky Trail Academy Schools events

The format was the brain-child of Bob Morris and Jo Parker, our National Event Managers, who looked to create a format that tested multiple skills of mountain biking, whilst challenging the skilled pinner and yet providing an opportunity for riders of all abilities to have a go. Courses are designed to have a flat pedal for XC riders to excel, a technical gravity track for the gravity pinners to shine, and a flow track for the funsters to speed down. The format duplicates our very popular Fox Superflow with 3 tracks, multiple runs, and live timing, in a social safe environment.

Watching the growth of schools offering Mountain Bike programs as a school sport just demonstrates the tremendous popularity of Mountain Biking in the community and the benefits to all. The Canberra Region is our next destination to develop the school concept – Jo Parker, strives to see #morekidsonbikes and #moregirlsonbikes



Key things to remember:

  • Maintain social distancing at all times in the open air event hub 
  • Three tracks on offer, to ride in any order, because it’s your adventure for the day!
  • Competition will consist of 3 timed sections – track names are Fox/Stan/Lazer.
  • Tracks have been designed to test a variety of skills, including endurance, speed and technical ability.
  • Riders may ride each timed section up to 5 times on each track with their fastest time counting.
  • Tip of the day, first run is a sighter run, check the track and conditions, pick your line then race to improve.
  • Combined best times will be tallied for the overall result for each rider.
  • Riders are representing their school and will be allocated 1 point for each timed section completed, bonus points awarded for top 5 on each track per category.  
  • Overall Champion school will be awarded plus podium in each category, male & female.

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 Rocky trail Academy:

  • Expect less of a winners-only-focused competition, but a positive and inclusive experience for all racers.
  • We allow marshall riders to support students on the track, so teachers grab your bike and support the students.
  • Our staff at rego and at the starts are there to help. Talk to them.

We can’t 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 our hashtags. Spread the word!



Did you know?

We have FIVE Rocky Trail Academy events scheduled in Queensland this year, with big plans to offer even more in 2023. 

If you know of a school or teacher interested in our events, please share our details with them or let Jo know at rego.

ABOUT the venue

Rowallan MTB Park – home track of the MAD MTB Club, Mackay QLD

Located approx 10 mins from the CBD this green recreational space is well maintained with good facilities and amazing rainforest MTB trails. Still a hidden gem for most riders.

Access to the park is via a dirt gravel road – Glendaragh Rd, Farleigh. Take it slow along this strip of road. 


Ample parking area is located just inside the entrance gate on the left hand side of the road, with overflow parking in the pine tree area.

The event hub will be located within the MAD MTB clubhouse and shelter area.

Look for the flags leading you up the hill.


We have handpicked three great stages for you, with something for everyone! Tracks may be subject to change, final details will be confirmed on the day prior to racing.


The Pedal Track. The “102” starts across the bridge and runs behind Camp Eagle. It runs flat across the back of the camp then pops up into the “101 Loop” before dropping into the skills park with the berms and features ending after the wall ride. 1.2km long. It has progressive technical challenges and fun fast turns. Winner will be the racer who can keep power on their pedals the best.

Length 1.2km


The Technical Track. “Dragon Back B Line,” “Pips Play Ground.” Drops, Rocks, Jumps, Berms and flat corners will test riders all-round skills whilst providing a fun and fast descent. Riders will finish at the event hub.

Length 1.2km


The Speed Track. “Dragon Back”, “Bee Line,” “Blue Metal.” The Speed Track winner will be the rider who can maintain speed around corners and over technical features. Track is approximately 1km long and drops 50m of vertical.

  • Un-timed Liaisons: up the mango alley fire road trail 

Schedule for the day:

  • 7.30am – Registration opens.
  • 8.45am – Rider call up – safety briefing.
  • 9.00am – all tracks open for racing.
  • 1.30pm – last race run.
  • 1.45pm – Presentation
  • 2.00pm – Event closed

What can you expect:

  • A well-marked course
  • Caution signs in technical areas
  • Gaps between riders
  • Professional medical contractors on site
  • Easy registration
  • And a supportive community

Event services and facilities:

  • Food and Cold Drinks:  A BBQ will be operating from the clubhouse with a range of burgers to keep everyone satisfied. Cash or Card welcome
  • Water: Please bring your own drinking water. LIMITED WATER AVAILABLE ON SITE 
  • Toilets: Two toilets blocks on site 
  • Medical will be based in the event centre and roaming out on track.
  • Registration will stay open until racing commences. Spread the word – tell your friends! 

Rocky Trail Merchandise:

  • Rocky Trail Jerseys designed by Dharco ($75-$85)
  • New in: Rocky Trail X Sendy Hoodies $65 and T-shirts $35
  • Socks $15
  • Mudguards $20
  • Rocky Trail hats made from recycled materials “eco-choice” – $30
  • Available from the Rocky Trail rego desk all weekend!

Dharco Jerseys

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Hoodies and T-shirts

Event Photos:

Outer Image Collective photographers will be on site to snap that action photo you have been dreaming about. School Managers gather your team before racing to capture the perfect shot for the Year Book and help promote Mountain Biking in your school.


Sunscreen will be required on the day – Sunny skies 14c to 25c


Especially for this event, we encourage volunteering and we need your help – parent/teacher volunteers required on the day. Roles are race starter or course marshall. Add your name to the list at registration, or register via https://rockytrailentertainment.com/home/volunteering/ and we will create a roster on the day. Bring a chair, jumper and sunscreen, wear walking shoes and prepare a loud cheering voice to encourage the kids out on track.  Come and have a great day in the outdoors!


Last-minute changes are communicated via:

Shout-out to our sponsors


Looking for a bike rack to get you out there? Need a bike trailer for the school? – The Rocky Trail Academy events are now sponsored by Shingleback Offroad!

Shingleback Off-Road is simply put a great fit with the Rocky Trail Academy programme – firstly, because it is an all-Australian company founded by a MTB riding and racing family. They are all about getting out there and having fun – just like we do and it’s what inspired the Rocky Trail Academy events.

The Shingleback racks are designed to be a simple tool to get you where you really want to be quickly – whether you travel with your family or school group – safely and with minimal fuss! Plus they offer bike trailers for schools or riding groups too! Find out more…

Sendy Gear

Sendy Gear is such a great fit with the programme because this is kid-specific mountain bike gear that is built tough and technical enough to endure all-mountain conditions, for kids who love to send it… just like our Rocky Trail shredders.

Sendy Gear is native to Australia’s Snowy Mountains and they’ve taken taken inspiration from their environment so that the designs are always on-point, pure and practical.

Did you know they also do custom-gear – get in touch with their team for information about school-specific garments. Find out more…

Rider List and Results

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.

Come along and join the team to make the Rocky trail Academy a great success for the Region!

Emergency contacts:

Race Director – Bob Morris 0458 299 558
Event Manager & Media Liaison – Jo Parker 0424 955 332

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 have fun. Chat to our Event Managers if you have any questions.
  • We love to help and chat! Our staff at rego and at the starts are there to help. Talk to them.
  • Don’t litter – please take your rubbish back with you or throw it in the bins/bags near the registration tent.
  • 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).
  • 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

COVID Event Guidelines

Rocky Trail Entertainment has all required Covid Safety plans and requirements in place.

We ask that if If you are showing any signs of the cold or flu or have a fever, that you please NOT come to the race. Please contact us immediately and we will transfer or refund your entry.

Now, get ready!

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!)

See. You. Soon.