Rider Briefing | Shimano GP | Haunted Hills GP

Welcome to the Shimano GP at Haunted Hills in Gippsland!

Rocky Trail Entertainment bring back classic lap racing with a refreshed Race Format for one of our first event brands, the Shimano Grand Prix. We’re looking forward to racing in the Gippsland region, which will test the best and create great memories.

Here’s the new Shimano GP for 2023:



This is your Rider Briefing for the event – check out the Virtual Rider Briefing from our Events Team and scroll down for important race-specific info. You will find links to all the important details and if you have any questions, always email us at ride@rockytrailentertainment.com (or click on the messaging button on your screen) and always happy to chat at rego too!

Important race info

About the venue

Venue and Entry – Haunted Hills Mountain Bike Park, Haunted Hills Road, Hernes Oak VIC, Australia


  • Limited parking will be available near the Event Hub and entrance road.
  • Overflow parking will be accessed from the top of the hill near the council depot. Plenty of space for cars with a short ride/walk down into the event hub.
  • Please make sure your vehicle is parked considerately and does not impact access to the event center, cemetery, council depot, driveways or mountain bike trails.

Race Track

Each lap will be 10.2km combining the best on offer in Stage 1 & 2

Race Classifications – The Laps

Hero – 8 Laps Male & 7 Laps Female

Adventure – 5 Laps Male & 5 Laps Female

Challenge – 3 Laps Male & 3 Laps Female

Please note, if you don’t complete your laps, you are still in the results. You will be ranked among fellow racers with the same lap number as you (the ranking will then still be determined by your finishing time).

Finisher Procedure:

  • Outright Male and Female Race winners (Hero, Adventure, Challenge) – get “Classification Plates” (see below).
  • Category FIRST place getters (age groups across Hero, Adventure Challenge) – get a custom series race plate and Finisher Prize from the Rocky Trail Bazaar.
    • How to Claim: At the the rego tent to pick your prize and a finisher wall photo/selfie
  • Category SECOND & THIRD place getters (age groups across Hero, Adventure Challenge) – get a custom series race plate.
    • How to Claim: At the the rego tent to pick your prize and a finisher wall photo/selfie
  • All finishers – take a selfie in front of the finisher wall near the rego tent, when you’re ready.

What you race for:

At every round there are four individual classification awards: your own re-usable and colour-coded “Classification Number Plate” (fitted with a timing chip already). Enter that race number at your next online registrations with Rocky Trail to race with it!

  • Yellow Plate – Outright Solo Male and Female Hero “Hero Classification”
  • Green Plate – Outright Solo Male and Female winners in “Adventure Classification”
  • White Plate – Outright Solo Male and Female winners in “Challenge Classification”
  • Free photos of you on track by professional crew of photographers
  • Free giveaways
  • Random prize draw among entire field, announced via results list online

Race Guide & Schedule

  • Mass start at 9am.
  • Solo riders complete your laps (time keeps counting if you take a rest in between); team riders – you’re doing a relay race, only one racer out on course, then tag.
  • The last lap possible must be started before the 4 Hour cut-off time. If you squeeze out before the cuto-off or are out on track at the 4H-mark, the lap still scounts.
  • eBikes must be unmodified and comply with current Australian standards. Read more about our eBike policy here…
  • Race etiquette – Important: 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


Saturday – The track is marked from mid-afternoon on the Saturday and you can practice on it but we won’t have any services (marshals or first aid).

Sunday – Registration from 7:30, Rider Call-Up at 8:45am for Race Start 9:00am.

What else is on the weekend?

Rocky Trail Entertainment will return to Haunted Hills MTB Park with a “spooky line-up” of mountain bike events at Latrobe’s Haunted Hills MTB Park.

There is something for everyone including the Rocky Trail Academy Schools MTB Comp on the Friday, a FREE Pump Track Social Ride and our Pump & Flow Race with National Champion Jayce Cunning on the Saturday, the Shimano MTB GP endurance lap race on the Sunday.

Course Marking

  • Course marking is a combination of our NEW Orange laminated A4 signs and Shimano (plus some Maxxis) bunting tape.
  • Entering and exiting from single track into fire road back into single track will be marked with a combination of signs, bunting streamers.
  • Riders are requested to study the map online and look ahead for signage.
  • Practice laps are welcome prior to race start. The course will be fully marked by mid afternoon the day prior to racing.

Event Services

  • Registration Tent with live timing, merch and race info
  • Come prepared as we have NO bike support on site. Emergency supplies may be available at the rego tent
  • Food / Drinks: The local Food Stop coffee and food vendor will be on site for the morning rush. Support the local businesses that support our events.
  • Music and live race updates
  • Professional First Aid
  • Toilet facilities
  • Water: Bring your own supplies

General Information

Rocky Trail Pace Points

This event is part of Rocky Trail’s cross-country racing line-up of events and in 2023 we are implementing our “Pace Points System”. Competitors will be able to accumulate points across all Rocky Trail cross-country events, including our marathon and ultra-endurance events. A pace-based algorithm developed by Rocky Trail will produce an innovative ranking output and you may just score big with Pace Points! You’ll be able not only to reach your goals but to earn Rocky Trail Rewards too!


You are responsible to cover yourself for the race.
Flip Insurance is a new Event Partner for Fox Superflow® and Rocky Trail cross-country events; you can find some more information here.

Weather Info

Perfect racing conditions – no rain predicted! Temps low 7c with a high of 24c

Emergency contacts:

Race Director – Bob Morris 0458 299 558
Event Director – Jo Parker 0424 955 332

Rocky Trail Merchandise

  • Rocky Trail Jerseys designed by Dharco ($75-$85)
  • Limited stock: Rocky Trail X Sendy Hoodies $65 and T-shirts $35
  • Socks $20
  • Mudguards $20
  • Available from the Rocky Trail rego desk all weekend!

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:

#rockytrailracer #shimanogp

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.