Gold Coast Schools Mountain Bike Comp | Nerang QLD | 23.07.2021

Rocky Trail Entertainment in conjunction with Nerang State High School presents the second Gold Coast Schools Mountain Bike Comp at Nerang National Park.

This event 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 the popular Nerang mountain bike trails – Endurance, Speed and Technical Skills.

Location

Nerang National Park – Hope Street Nerang

Event Hub is located within the Gold Coast Cycle Centre, Hope Road Nerang

Parking – Internal parking is only allowed for official event vehicles or school team buses in the designated parking areas ie scouts hall and below the clubhouse. No parking is allowed on the criterium track ! Small designated parking are will be available on the grass. Please follow the instructions of volunteers at the gate or park on Hope Street.

Race tracks

  • FOX – The Pedal – Uses the Happy Valley Exit and Goanna Loop for a fun loop of approx. 2km. All energy will be needed for this track. Don’t underestimate – it is flat, technical, rooty and rocky.
  • STANS – The Tech – Three Hills to Comm Games Loop 2 rock drops and onto Comm Games Loop 1 Decent for 1.5km and 80m of descent. Due to the condition of the rock drop only the B line option will be opened for racing.
  • LAZER – The Flow – Petes from the road crossing to the finish. A descent for 1.5km.

Schedule

Friday
8 am – Event Village & Registration open
9 amRider call up – rider briefing will be available online
9.15 am – 1.30 pm Race runsdepending on rider numbers each category may be allocated a track and rotated during the day
1.20 pm Last Race Run

1.50 pm Podium Presentations

Entries

  • Open to all Secondary school students.
  • Entry cost – $50 per rider, individual registration online
  • Insurance – This is an Aus Cycling sanctioned event with all registered riders and volunteers covered under Public Liability/Personal Accident
  • Entry fee includes all rider photos (download post event)

Riders will be grouped by gender and categories

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

Important: All participants must have a guardian (teacher, parent) present at the event.

Awesome: All professional race photos are included in the entry!

Event format

  • Competition will consist of 3 timed sections.
  • Depending on registration numbers, each age category maybe allocated to a track and 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 totalled for the overall result for each rider.

Timing

Live timing will be available here

Event services

  • First aid services
  • Toilets
  • Food provided by Nerang High School – School BBQ

Podiums & Prizes

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

Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 riders in each category, and Champion School.

Champion School Point Score

We can’t wait to see which school will take out this year’s Champion School title – below are past point scores:

Team Manager

Schools must provide a Team Manager who who is requested to watch the virtual rider briefing video, communicate to the team course specific details, help identifying parent volunteers on the day and be the emergency contact point if no parent is on site. Nominated Team Manager are requested to email Jo Parker at jo@rockytrailenetrtainment.com to confirm role and best contact number.

May we ask that the nominated Team Managers contact our Event Manager Jo Parker via email at jo@rockytrailentertainment.com to confirm school, your contact details and mobile number before the event.

If your school would like to be invoiced for students registration please contact Jo to arrange a registration code. Students/Parents are encouraged to sign up online and throughout the process will be prompted to add their Team Managers name.

Student can register independently of school but need to nominate adult volunteer to support on the day.

Volunteers

Each school will need to supply a minimum of one Volunteer for the whole day but 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.

For more information about the Rocky Trail Volunteers Program, click here.

Competition Points

Riders in each category will accrue points towards an Overall Schools award.

  • 1 Point will be allocated for each timed section
  • “Bonus” points will be awarded to the fastest 5 riders on each track per category and for overall fastest 5 accumulated time.
  • 1st -10pts, 2nd – 7pts, 3rd – 4pts, 4th – 2pts and 5th – 1pt.

Rules

  • You ride up to the starts – this time does not count. Shuttling is not allowed.
  • You race down on a pre-determined track. Riders are required to stay on the designated marked track. No short cutting the track even if it is not bunted – this time does count.
  • Passing: being friendly out on the track goes a long way. Let the rider you are about to pass know when and on which side. E.g. “rider coming up, passing on your right when you are ready”. Then say thanks and keep on smashing it. If you are being passed find the next best place to move to the side and let them pass.
  • If a race is deemed unsafe because of storm, rain, fire etc we will pause it, assess the situation and if possible restart it again when safe.
  • Riders must register before they will be allowed to practice.
  • Race numbers must be displayed on the handlebars of the bicycle. The number plate must be readable, so it must be fastened as flat as possible. Altering, cutting or placing of unauthorised sponsors’ logos on numbers can result in a penalty. You can keep your number plate as a memento of your race.
  • All riders must wear a bike helmet that has been authorised by Australian Standards (or approved international standard) at all times when riding and racing. You will be required to wear fully enclosed foot wear and gloves are recommended.
  • Riders do not have to be a member of a cycling association or club to be allowed to race.
  • Riders are responsible to cover yourself for the race. If you have any questions, please contact Event Manager Jo Parker at Rocky Trail Entertainment.
  • No garbage policy: please don’t litter out on the track. We will penalise you if we see you do it.
  • Riders are not permitted outside assistance from spectators, officials or other riders except within designated feeding or technical assistance zones.
  • Riders are required to provide assistance to injured riders by staying with the injured rider until assistance arrives and notifying the next rider to inform the next track official. Riders providing assistance will be permitted to have a rerun even if the allocated time has elapsed.
  • Riders must be registered in their own name and not substitute for other riders without the prior consent of the race organiser.

For further details, please contact our Event Manager Jo Parker at jo@rockytrailentertainment.com or call her on 0424 955 332.


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“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

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Do you have questions?

For further details, please contact our Event Manager Jo Parker at jo@rockytrailentertainment.com or call her on 0424 955 332.