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The venue is Stromlo Forest Park and it is off Cotter Road in Canberra (ACT).
You get to Cotter Road via the Tuggeranong Parkway. Once on Cotter road, continue onto John Gorton Drive until you get to Opperman Avenue. Turn left at the traffic lights on Opperman Avenue and continue until you reach Stromlo Forest Park. There is a big round about at the entrance; you will see the car park where the main event centre is located.
More information about Stromlo Forest Park can be found here: www.stromloforestpark.com.au
It is a public MTB track and you can ride it in the lead up to the race.
Officially opened in 2007, Stromlo Forest Park is a world-class, multi-use recreational sporting facility available to both recreational and professional users. Stromlo Forest Park boasts a purpose built event pavilion, a 1.2km road criterium cycling circuit, a 2.5km grass cross country running track, a network of equestrian trails and over 40km or mountain bike trails suitable for riders of all abilities. Stromlo Forest Park also has various trails suitable for runners and walkers keen on exploring the Canberra countryside. It is located only ten minutes drive from the center of Canberra.
Accommodation near Stromlo Forest Park
You can camp at the Stromlo car park and event centre on the night before the race but please note that the gates shut at around 7pm. Here are some more links for accommodation and what else is on:
Rocky Trail’s 2018 Accommodation partner:
|Pacific suites Canberra is delighted to offer the following accommodation offer for the
AMB100, Fox Superflow and Shimano MTB GP events in Stromlo:15% off the Best Available Rate for our spacious apartments Exclusive to Rocky Trail Racers!
“Pacific Suites Canberra is delighted to welcome participants and supporters to Canberra for the AMB Marathon, Fox Superflow and Shimano MTB GP in Canberra.
We offer huge apartments 1 and 2 bedroom. Free undercover parking. Free WiFi. Rocky Trail Big Buffet Breakfast just $15pp. Our 2 bedrooms can be shared comfortably as most have 2 bathrooms and we offer a range of bedding options. For the best deal and to get the best per person rate – please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 02 6262 6266 and quote your special code “RockyTrail” – or use the code to book online www.pacificsuitescanberra.com.au
see you in Canberra!”
Rates valid for Friday Feb 17, Sat Feb 18, Sun Feb 19 2018
Rates valid for Friday April 14, Sat Apruil 15, Sun April 16 2018
Rates Valid for Friday August 31, Sat September 1, Sun September 2018
Rates Valid for Friday September 7, Saturday September 8, Sun September 9 2018
What the local #rockytrailracers say
There is so much to do and so much to see – we’ve chatted to some of our local #rockytrailracers for their insider tips on this #rockytraildestination and hope we can tempt you to a weekend away!
Dylan Cooper, Owner Ride Technics Skills Clinics
Dylan races for Trek Racing Australia and has nearly 20 years of racing experience. He’s won countless national series races and represented Australia at the World Championships 7 times, as well as many World Cups. As well as 10 years of skills coaching experience, Dylan has raced internationally for years and won across various disciplines, including cross country, marathon, short track, road, and enduro. Dylan has been a #rockytrailracer for many years and with his one-on-one skills clinics business Ride Technics has been coaching Martin whenever we are in Canberra.
“As one of our favourite places to ride, we are very lucky to consider Stromlo our ‘backyard’. The varied trails have a bit of everything for everyone, including rock gardens, rolling berms, tight skatey corners, tricky climbs and fast and flowy sections.”
About the race track
“My favourite trails are the steep, technical descents that involve tight corners, for example ‘Short n Sharp’ out the back of Stromlo. I enjoy riding back up to the top of the mountain on the steep and rocky ‘Black Snake Gully’ too”
Before and after the race
“My perfect weekend involves coffee, sunny outdoors activity and family time:…”
Lake Burleigh Griffin
Taking my girls in the bike trailer for a spin around Lake Burleigh Griffin and stopping at a café. My favourite local cafe is Bite to Eat in Chifley, but if I am over north, I love Sweet Bones in Braddon. These days my coaching business gets me outdoors and riding on the weekends too.
The park at the Arboretum is a favourite family spot, as is the mini train at Weston Park.
Note from Juliane at Rocky Trail – one of our absolute favourite playgrounds in Canberra, caters for kids of all ages 🙂
A hidden gem and also one of my favourite local trails to ride is the Kambah Pool to Point Hut scenic trail. It is part of the Centenary Trail and runs parallel to the Murrumbidgee River.
Putting his home track advantage to good use at Stromlo: Dylan Cooper.
Di Gbel, #rockytrailracer and Pedal 4 Pierce ambassador
After an elbow injury in 2017, Di is getting back into riding and racing and loves to explore her home trails in Canberra. Here are her insider tips:
“There are lots of places, you can do the walks up Black Mountain and Mt Ainslie – the lookout is awesome. Take the kids to Questacon or even to the Dinosaur Museum at Gold Creek!”
Favourite Cafes along Centenary Trail
The Cupping Room is in the City and Two Before Ten is in Aranda, both a short ride from the Centenary Trail that encloses the entire city!
Favourite parks and playgrounds for the kidlets
Commonwealth Park Playground has to be the best kids playground in Canberra! Here is a link to the “5 Top Playgrounds along Lake Burley Griffin”!
Women’s-specific “What’s on in Canberra”
Don’t wanna miss this!
Some of our favourite spots and things and people in Canberra:
The guys from Dynamic Motivation are running shuttles and enduro clinics on the Saturday before the Fox Superflow race day at Stromlo Forest Park! They have 2 options available to make sure you get the most out of your weekend and your days racing!
BentSpoke Brewing Co is the brainchild of Champion Australian brewer Richard Watkins and Tracy Margrain. The pair travelled the world drawing inspiration for their ideal brewpub. On June 6, 2014 BentSpoke threw its doors open to overwhelming support from the local community. On the back of this success and support from the community, BentSpoke has begun its next chapter with the construction of a production scale Brewery in Canberra’s northern suburb of Mitchell.
Pedal 4 Pierce is our charity of choice and these guys call Canberra and Stromlo home, riding and racing their bikes for kids who can’t and raising money and awareness to cure Congenital Muscular Dystrophy. You can help out by donating at our events – projects funded by Pedal 4 Pierce support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The annual National Multicultural Festival happens in the centre of town between 16-18 February and is a fun, free, family-friendly event that includes activities, shows, food stalls, dancing, and celebrations. Stallholders sell food and drink, and entry is free. There are also some ticketed concerts. Check out the programme below:
…to be continued…
About the Fox Superflow, sealed by Stan’s
What a “rollercoaster” ride it’s been to bring you our enduro-style events since 2012! For the 10-year anniversary season of 2018 we will bring you a completely re-loaded set of events. Same awesomeness, all your favourites, new trails, more ooomph and “superflowy”!!
Race the Fox Superflow sealed by Stan’s in 2018 – each race is a standalone event and you can collect points for the series ranking! We’ll kick it off at Stromlo Forest Park – launching the Fox Superflow with one of the most popular race tracks and destinations in …. like ever! Check out the website for all series venues and dates:
- 18-Feb: Stromlo Forest Park *boom*
- 7-Apr: Thredbo *alpine goodness*
- 1-Jul: Ourimbah/Wyong *classic*
- 5-Aug: Jolly Nose/Port Macquarie *new*
- 2-Sept: Canberra for the Champs *waitforit*ohyeah*
- 29+30 Sept: 2-day Greenvalley’s Bonanza *this will blow your socks off*
- 10-Nov… and one final event, that is so hot, we can’t even talk about it…yet! 🙂
Because the race tracks are picked by the Rocky Trail crew so that they give the riders that “super flowy” feeling! Each timed section demands different skill sets of the riders – from tricky sections around rocks and tight corners to flowy berms and quick stints that needed pedal power and endurance.
Almost all events require riders to ride to the starts on their bikes and it that way the series offers a big variety of trails. All our trails can be as tough as you want them to be – there are always different line choices and generally, the faster and the harder you go, the more challenging they get. We specifically pick our venues to meet those requirements.
No start order, no worries
They are unique Australia-wide in that we can offer an awesome day out to a wide range of riders – from elite to amateur racers to families, couples and groups of friends riding together. We have introduced a very flexible timing system so our events don’t require any start orders and riders can pick the sequence in which to complete the timed race stages themselves. That way, riders of different categories can spend all day riding and racing together.
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