Be a #rockytrailracer at the Shimano MTB Grand Prix and join fellow mountain bikers for a ‘seriously fun’ racing experience!
This is classic cross-country lap racing at its best – race solo or in teams for four or seven hours! The SHIMANO MTB Grand Prix Series is in its eleventh year in 2019. Under the patronage of SHIMANO Cycling Australia and with its host of major sponsors and supporters it has grown to one of the major cross-country endurance racing series in Australia.
Our GP philosophy: With this series we deliver a set of events that is less of an elite- and winners-only-focused competition, but a positive and inclusive experience for all participants – on awesome trails at fun and exciting destinations that will make it worthwhile for your whole group of riding mates and for taking the family to! Race on Saturday, explore on Sunday! Every race is a stand-alone event and offers points for a series ranking.
About the series: In 2019 the six events will be spread across half a year with one race per month starting in April with one of the ‘staple Rocky Trail venues’: Stromlo Forest Park in Canberra kicks off the series with its abundance of trails ahead of the crowd pleaser that will be the amazing trail network in Wingello State Forest in the Southern Highlands in May. Glenrock State Conservation Reserve near Newcastle will host the third race in June promising beautiful ocean views out on track before the series will head for one of the newest series venues in Nowra State Forest at the end of July. The relatively flat Coondoo course, it was one of the most-talked about in 2018 with trails that dictated an incredibly fast pace for an exciting finish in every category. The August race will be held at the Central Coast’s Ourimbah State Forest and in a first since the inception of the series a Championship event will conclude the series at Awaba MTB Park in October.
About the racing experience: The series aims to reward as many riders as possible with prizes at each event and across the series. At the centre of the race results is the General Classification (GC) determining the major winners of each race. There are also age-group and eBike category podiums. Racers receive a placing in both GC as well as one category.
What you race for:
Prizes are handed out before the race start via the ‘Rocky Trail Bazaar’ – a selection of major prizes is raffled off and the remaining sponsored and local products are spread across the entire racing field. Included in each entry: all race photos from the crew at OuterImage.com.au – riders cand download their photos from an online portal after each event FOR FREE.
- GC podium places will receive a special race plate
- Category podium places will receive a certificate
- Series GC podium places will receive a special trophy and certificate
- Series Category podium places will receive a special trophy and certificate
We will again bring you the popular 4-hour “FAST” and the “FURIOUS” 7-hour racing options across all five series races. Race “fast” for half a day or “furiously” for a full day, but have a little bit more time to pack up and get home safely.
FAST GP – the popular 4 Hour endurance race if you only have time for or want to spend half the day on your bike.
FURIOUS GP – 7 Hour race duration for all the endurance enthusiasts out there.
Race format and who wins
The race is a relay-style race. Team riders of the first lap (who start the race for their teams) can after 1 lap hand over to the next team member or keep riding – that’s up to the teams to decide. As soon as you ride 1 lap per solo rider, respectively per team, your time counts and is valid in the final results.
Mixed male/female teams: each team needs to record at least one female AND one male lap to be in the results.
The rider in the solo categories / the team with most laps (and shortest time thereafter) wins. If there are riders/teams in a category with the same number of laps, the fastest total lap time determines the ranking.
Racing the whole series
To qualify for overall series points & wins, riders need to complete at least 2 races in their category. After the second round we will publish the teams with the accumulated points. You must race under the same team name in all the races. If you are in a team of 2 or 3 riders at least 1 original member must be in all races riding under that team name. The best 4 out of the 5 races will count towards the overall series title. Points scored in one category can’t be transferred to another.