Racing is a matter of spirit not strength.
From the first time between the tape to people that have spent a lifetime training for power output, we have you covered when you line up at the Rocky Trail start line!
It is in this spirit that in Logan we are launching Shimano MTB Grand Prix cross-country racing in Queensland!
This will be the first time that cross-country racing will be happening at the Daisy Hill Mountain Bike Trails! For the first Rocky Trail XC event we are teaming up with one of the country’s best and most active mountain bike clubs – the RATS Cycling Club. If you haven’t raced a Shimano MTB GP and you are about to have you’re first #rockytrailracer experience… it won’t be your last, we’re sure!
What is Shimano MTB GP racing?
Racing is a matter of spirit not strength.
This is cross-country racing at its best!
What’s the challenge? These cross-country events are normally run on an 8-10km circuit for solo racers, pairs and in teams of three and offer four or seven hour options. The solo rider or relay team in their respective categories/age groups with the most amount of laps completed in the least amount of time within the racing window, wins.
These events aim to reward as many riders as possible with prizes at each event and across the series. There are age-group and eBike category podiums. Racers receive a placing in their age category and in an online General Classification (GC).
Who can race it?
Less of a winners-only-focused competition, but a positive and inclusive experience for all racers.
Line up with Australia’s elites and experienced endurance racers – we’ll put you to the test!
Catch the racing bug with us – slapping on a Rocky Trail race plate can be addictive!
What are the racing options? To re-start the season in 2020 we are implementing COVID-19 risk mitigating measures that will change the format slightly. Please check the events portal for the latest updates!
How does it work?
All Shimano MTB GP’s are stand-alone races and all riders are welcome. You can also collect points for an overall series ranking throughout the season – details will be sent out via the Rider Briefing ahead of each race.
About the series
At the core of all our efforts to put together the annual racing calendar have and will always be the trails. We are working very closely with property managers and organisations, local councils and clubs and our aim is to deliver a versatile selection of terrain, regions and mountain bike trails.
There are quite a few regional trail networks on the calendar for 2020 – this will give more #rockytrailracers the chance to race at their local trails and let visiting riders compete with the growing Rocky Trail community, discovering favourite and brand new trails.
We use a state-of-the art live timing system that will allow you to check results instantly and remotely.
Our COVID-19 Response
We love a ‘gun start’ but social distancing must restrict the number of people massing on a start grid, so we will have several wave starts. Check the schedule for your exact start times.
There are age-group and eBike category podiums. Racers receive a placing in their age category and in an online General Classification (GC).
Rider Briefing and Podium Cermonies will be done online.
IMPORTANT: Event accreditation is mandatory for any spectator, supporter or media. You must sign up via the race portal (free admission, but limited spots)!
Why you will love it!
We created Rocky Trail Entertainment so that you can RACE THE WAY YOU RIDE!
We want our events to spark and feed your love for racing. With the Shimano MTB GP’s we deliver events where podium chasers can line up with Australia’s elites and experienced amateur endurance racers and were casual racers have a blast, all feeling safe and part of our community.
The SHIMANO MTB Grand Prix Series is in its twelfth year in 2020. 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 events are less of an elite- and winnersonly-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!
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.
Included in each entry: $60 race photo package from the crew at OuterImage.com.au – competitors can download their photos from an online portal after each event.
Important: Special COVID-19 Race Rules in place!
We are adapting our original MTB GP schedule and format slightly to comply with COVID-19 regulations and manage event participant traffic. – All competitors please sign up online and please note that event accreditation is mandatory for any spectator, supporter or media. You must sign up via the race portal (free admission for visitor accreditation, but limited spots)!
Event centre and parking location: Cnr Ford Road and Avalon Roads – Sheldon QLD 4157
Important: This event features the awesome Daisy Hill MTB Trails – please take note of the event centre location, which is based at the trail head on the corner of Ford and Avalon Roads (near Karreman Quarry). – See map for details.
INFO: Parking & Event Centre
Rocky trail has secured the use of private land owned by the Karreman Quarries to provide safe parking option for competitors and supporters.
- Access to parking: This area is immediately to the north of the entrance to the existing Ford Rd Carpark and trail head on the corner of Ford and Avalon Roads.
- Event centre access: Walk in to the Event Hub is approximately 200m from the Ford Rd Carpark
DETAILS: Race Track
- Start will be on Quarry Road with riders heading south about 300m before a right turn onto the Grass Tree East single track for another 200m before joining the track properly and heading back through the Event Hub for the first time.
- Riders will traverse fire trail for 300m before dropping into Wiry Panic single track for a flowy decent.
- Trail breaks out on to Buhot Creek Circuit fire road to turn left onto Jimmys Fire Trail for about 600m before getting back into the single track called Ripleys for a gradual climb over 2km.
- Track crosses into Glider single track and undulates for about another 2km before a short fire road.
- Cicuit finishes via the Grass Tree trails back to Quarry Rd and the event hub.
All day The track is marked and you can practice on it but we won’t have any services (marshalls, first aid) in place.
7:30-8:45 am Registration open to pick up your number plate.
8:45am Rider call up, be race ready.
The official rider briefing usually held before the racestart will be available online before the race.
9:00am Race start – GP7 Solo and Teams
9:20am Race start – GP4 Solo
9:40am Race start – GP4 Teams
approx. 11:00am Kids race
1:20pm Race finish – GP4 Solo
1:40pm Race finish – GP4 Teams
4:00pm Race finish – GP7 Solo and Teams
approx 5:00pm Last Rider and Sweeper across the line and event finishes.
Ceremony – We will have a virutal ceremony for all categories online after the event
Destination & Plan your trip
We invite you to explore the beautiful City of Logan while you’re in the region for our event – the City of Logan has so much to offer! From manicured riverside parks and natural bushland reserves, to weekend farmer’s markets, adrenaline-charged adventures, unique shopping experiences and cultural encounters – the variety will surprise you!
We would like to thank the Logan City Council for their event support.
We would also like to acknowledge the support of the following local partners:
Do you have any questions?
Talk to us via our online chat – click on the orange circle symbol on your bottom right screen corner and we’ll be right with you! (We always love talking bikes, racing and riding!)