Sunshine Coast Schools Mountain Bike Comp | Sunshine Coast QLD | 06.11.2020

Rocky Trail Entertainment in conjunction with CORCA MTB Club presents the inaugural Sunshine Coast Schools Mountain Bike Comp at Sugarbag Mountain Bike Park, Caloundra.

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 – creating great memories to share! Students will have the opportunity to test their riding ability across three skill areas on the popular Sugarbag mountain bike trails – Endurance, Speed and Technical Skills.

School Point Score

Location

Sugar Bag MTB Trails – Sugar Bag Rd, Caloundra West QLD 4551

Situated in the middle of Caloundra the Sugarbag Mountain Bike Trails are a perfect location to stage Rocky Trail’s first Shimano MTB GP on the Sunshine Coast: an amazing array of trails, a dedicated local club with the Caloundra Off Road Cycling Association (CORCA) plus a council committed to ongoing investment into the sport of Mountain Biking – you will love it as much as we do, we’re sure!

Race track description

  • The tracks have been designed to test the students in three skills of Mountain Biking, Pedal, Flow and Technical.
  • The Pedal (LAZER) – Riders will start at the bottom of Milky Way and ride up to take the Party Mix loop for approximately 2.8km. Riders will need to maintain speed in corners and pedal hard when they can.
  • The Flow (STANS) – Starting at the top of Milky Way riders will travel the undulating track for approximately 500m before taking the Syrup bermed bliss. Riders will need to maintain speed and stay of the brakes as they corner and pump the syrup.
  • The Technical (FOX) – Sharing the start with the Flow riders will turn right onto Golden Rough which has rocky and rough corners and small drops. Technically proficient riders will be able to stay balanced and power through the rocky sections. Riders will finish on the apply named Rocky Road.
  • Riders will be able to return to the Event Hub via Willy Wonka and Sour Power.

https://www.trailforks.com/region/sugarbag-road-12396/

Schedule

Friday
8 am – Event Village & Registration open
9 amRider call up – rider briefing will be available online
9.15 am – 2.00 pm Race runs – depending on rider numbers each category may be allocated a track and rotated during the day
1.50 pm Last Race Run

Did you know?

Rocky Trail will also have one of their most popular events in QLD on the weekend – check out the Shimano MTB GP !

Entries

  • Open to all Secondary school students
  • Entry cost – $40 per rider, individual registration online
  • Registration closes at 5pm on 5th November 2020.

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 totalled for the overall result for each rider.

Event services

  • Live timing
  • Toilets
  • First Aid

Tech Support
A big shout-out to Hit Bikes for providing mechanical support on race day! is a Sunshine Coast based mountain bike specialist business that was originally established in Moffat Beach and is now located right next to the local Caloundra mountain bike trail network at Sugarbag Road.

Timing

Live timing will be available here

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.

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.

School Partnership opportunities

We welcome the opportunity to partner with a local school in the delivery of a Rocky Trail Academy event in your region. Partner schools have the opportunity to provide Perpetual Event plaque, operate bbq to raise funds for school, opportunity to engage community student services into the event. If you are interested please contact Jo Parker at jo@rockytrailentertainment.com for further information.

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.
Students that register independently of school need to nominate an adult to provide event support on the day.

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.

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Testimonials

“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.