Rocky Trail Academy

Have a school day out on rocky trails! 🤘

The Rocky Trail Academy is all about fostering the grass-roots development of the cycling sport. These events are part of our junior rider development program.

Geared towards secondary school students these events are held on a Friday and not only engage youth in healthy social and active recreation but brings a heightened appreciation of nature, the environment, self-reliance , self-learning and independence, all as part of riding a bike in the outdoors. By extension, this program also engages and educates teachers and parents.

It is all about encouraging students of all abilities to come and race with their mates in a safe and social environment. They will have an exciting racing experience and enjoy a fun event atmosphere together – great memories to share! Students will have the opportunity to test their riding ability across three skill areas on some of the most popular mountain bike trails across QLD, NSW, ACT and in VIC – Endurance, Speed and Technical Skills.

Categories

Riders will be grouped by gender and categories

  • Juniors – Years 7 or 8,
  • Intermediate – Years 9 or 10,
  • Seniors – Years 11 or 12

Competition format

  • Competition will consist of 3 timed sections.
  • Depending on entry numbers, categories may be allocated to each track for set time then rotated.
  • Categories will progress to the next track after 1hr 20min.
  • 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. 
  • Combined best times will be combined for the overall result for each rider.

Podiums & Prizes

  • Junior Male
  • Junior Female
  • Intermediate Male
  • Intermediate Female
  • Senior Male
  • Senior Female

Awards/Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 riders in each category, and Champions school.

Volunteers

This is a great opportunity for parents to get involved in this sport! We ask that each school supplies a minimum of one Volunteer for the whole day but the more the merrier is welcome.
Volunteers may be asked to marshal the course, watch for injured riders and rule adherence, help organise riders at the start, assist timing, or assist at registrations.
Students that register independently of school need to nominate an adult to provide event support on the day.

Shingleback Offroad

The Rocky Trail Academy events are now sponsored by Shingleback Offroad!

Shingleback Off-Road is simply put a great fit with the 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…

Video by Pepper Productions on location at the 2021 Rocky Trail Academy Schools Comp on the Sunshine Coast.

Event Highlights

“Our recent partnership with Rocky Trail Entertainment is of great benefit for our students undertaking their Certificate III in Active Volunteering. This qualification encourages students to become active members of their community and develop their own leadership potential. The recent race allowed our students to demonstrate the qualities of an effective volunteer. They enjoyed their day assisting in the race and would definitely want to return next year! A partnership like this is crucial for Nerang as it provides students the opportunity to build their volunteering hours which are crucial in attaining the qualification. Thanks to Rocky Trail Entertainment for making this happen.“

Daniel Alarcon,

Nerang State High School, Head of Department- Humanities
Via Email, November 2019

“The Rocky Trail Academy Gold Coast Schools Competition provided a great opportunity for our students to race against each other in a friendly, fun and very social format. While students raced each stage individually, they were still racing together as a school for the overall school title. This was by far the most enjoyable school activity our students have participated in this year!”

Michael Cooper

Nerang State High School, Teacher & MTB coordinator
Via Email, November 2019

Latest News

Rocky Trail Academy News

Rocky TRail Academy Sunshine Coast 2021 | Results, Photos

A record field of over 300 competitors from 39 schools participated on the Sunshine Coast today in the biggest Rocky Trail Academy Schools MTB Comp since its launch in 2019. Girls competition Boys competition Champion School The Rocky Trail Academy programme is now supported by Shingleback Off-Road. For more Rocky Trail event dates and venues

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Rider Briefing | Rocky Trail Academy | Sugar Bag 2021

Rocky Trail Entertainment, in conjunction with CORCA MTB club, are super proud to launch the biggest Rocky Trail Academy event in history! With over 200+ students attending, the Sunshine Coast Schools Mountain Bike Comp is guaranteed to be an awesome ‘play’ school day out on rocky trails. We look forward to welcoming new and existing schools to the

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Welcome on board: Shingleback Off-Road

We proudly announce that Shingleback Off-Road has come on board as sponsor for the Rocky Trail Academy events! The Rocky Trail Academy junior development programme is quickly establishing itself as a major component of our events portfolio and has claimed an even bigger part of our hearts. For us it’s all about fostering the grass-roots development


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