Shimano Grand Prix re-launches with distance racing format

Season 2023: “The thrill of the climb, the rush of the descent.”

This 2023 Rocky Trail Season, get ready for a fresh mountain bike racing format in Australia!

With series events across NSW, ACT, QLD and VIC, each race will offer distance challenges that are completely tailored to the individual race track we’re on. Because after all, it’s in our name, it’s in our DNA – it’s always been about the rocky trails!

Shimano Grand Prix: XC racing on rocky trails since 2009

Shimano Grand Prix mountain bike racing is all be about the thrill of the climb and the rush of the descents. We just want our racers to have fun, and realise that bikes rule, and riding bikes might be the best days of your life!

Here’s what’s new in 2023

In 2023, Shimano Grand Prix mountain bike races will be offering a set of distance challenges on short-course circuits. We aim to create 8-10km cross-country circuits and three different distance classifications will be set around the 25, 50 and 75km mark.

We will set the number of laps that have to be completed based on the terrain and conditions of each racetrack. Each race is sure to test your endurance, skill and determination.

The races have a General Classification and Age Group Categories for solos and pairs teams. You will get to experience the exhilaration of the mass start, standing shoulder to shoulder with fellow #rockytrailracers in the grid, getting the countdown before the adrenaline kicks in as you start heading out on course. The clock starts ticking.

Rocky Trail Pace Points: the reward for pushing yourself

All Shimano GP events are 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 our cross-country events, including our marathon and ultra-endurance – and some partner events too. 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! The first set of Pace Points can be collected with the system’s launch on 5 March at our Willo Marathon.

The Shimano GP Series 2023 launches at Stromlo Forest Park on 25 March, registration opens soon. Dates for the NSW/ACT Series with Awaba MTB Park and Coondoo in Nowra as well as more series venues across the East Coast to be confirmed in the next few weeks.

The “revamped” Shimano Grand Prix will offer more excitement, more room for race strategies, more stories, more data, more statistics and will be open to riders of all skill levels.
Juniors or adults, noobs or experienced racers, whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, there’s a place for you on the GP track. It will be an opportunity to test your determination and grit, push your limits and be part of an unforgettable experience.

Join us for a day of exciting Rocky Trail racing, camaraderie and an adrenaline-fueled adventure at the Shimano MTB GP’s this year!

Do you have any questions?

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