Rider Briefing | Shimano GP | Welby NSW

Welcome to the Shimano GP at Welby MTB Park on the Southern Highlands!

Rocky Trail Entertainment bring back classic lap racing with a refreshed Race Format for one of our first event brands, the Shimano Grand Prix. On offer a new venue in the beautiful Southern Highlands region which will test the best and create great memories.

Here’s the new Shimano GP for 2023:

read the full rider brief below;


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

Welby Mountain Bike Park, Meranie St, Welby NSW 2575

This is the home track for Highland Trails MTB club. The trails are mostly single track with a little bit of fire trails included. The trails are located on the edge of the township of Welby, just to the south of Mittagong and close enough to the Mittagong train station for a warm up ride to the trailhead.


On street parking will be available along Meranie Street and in the adjacent sporting fields. Ample on site parking is available and accessed from Cole Street with overflow near the sports fields in Meranie Street. It’s a short walk/ride into the Event Hub area, follow the signs.

Race Track

Each lap will be 10.5 km

Race Classifications – The Laps

Hero – 7 Laps Male & 6 Laps Female

Adventure – 4 Laps Male & 4 Laps Female

Challenge – 2 Laps Male & 2 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
  • Prize for 1st place getters in each category, sponsored by KRUSH and supported by Shredding Trails

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.

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
  • Neutral bike support in case of a mechanical – Fizo cycling
  • Food / Drinks: Daily Espresso will be on site with all the yummy treats and great coffee. Support Anthony who supports our events.
  • Mountain bike equipment displays and demonstrations
  • 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

Sunny skies with a winter chill. Low of 4c top of 18c.

Rocky Trailblazer Awards

This race qualifies competitors to enter the Rocky Trailblazer Awards. Find out more!

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)
  • New in: 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.