Racing is a matter of spirit not strength.
Race for four (GP4) or seven (GP7) hours solo, in relay pairs or teams of three. There are age-group and eBike categories. Expect less of a winners-only-focused competition, but a positive and inclusive experience for all racers. 👇 Find more details about the event format, categories and entry fees in the drop-down menus and scroll down for track maps and destination information!
The Shimano MTB GP’s events are all about ‘seriously fun racing’! Podium chasers can line up with Australia’s elites and experienced amateur endurance racers plus casual racers will have a blast, all feeling safe and part of an inspiring community.
For this event we will have exclusive access to the Tyamolum Scout Park MTB Trails in Mt Crosby – a hidden little gem located 30 mins from the CBD are located near the Moggill Conservation Park. The network of raw trails located within Tyamolum Scout campsite is unknown to most. We selected these trails to host the next Shimano MTB GP in the South East Corner of Queensland, because they have become hugely popular recently.
We’d like to thank the local Kenmore Cycle Club to support the event to get us exclusive use of this amazing venue! Together with the committed working group, the BORRA-Brisbane Off Road Riders Alliance, the club has the vision for trails to be opened up for daily use under a user pay system in future – we can’t wait to showcase them with our event!
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)!
Tyamolum Scout Park MTB Trails – 31 Bunya Street (off Mt Crosby Road), Mt Crosby
Race track map to follow soon. – Please note, these trails may only be ridden during approved events at this stage and are not open to the public (yet).
About the race tracks
With limited wheels on trails for the past year we are sure riders are going to find many new a challenge to test their skills. From ungroomed fire roads to multiple creek crossings the final course is still to be decided. Race Director Bob Morris has indicated the course might be short but it will be challenging with a good climbing challenge. The terrain has huge potential and with the combined vision of the working group, Rocky Trail is committed to bring events to the network providing revenue and data to support funding applications to expand these trails in the future.
All day The track is marked and you can practice on it but we won’t have any services (marshalls, first aid) in place.
7:15-8:45 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
approx. 11:00am Kids race
1:00pm Race finish – GP4 Solo and 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
Tyamolum Scout Park and camping ground access to Tyamolum Scout Park is at 31 Bunya Street (off Mt Crosby Road), Mt Crosby. It is about 13 kilometers by road west of the Brisbane suburb of Kenmore and is part of the City of Brisbane. Tyamolum Scout Park has been owned by Scouts Queensland for 60 years. The property covers 55 hectares and is situated in the foothills of the southern tip of the D’Aguilar Range. Tyamolum shares a common boundary with Moggill Conservation Park and provides an uninterrupted stretch of natural wildlife corridor through into D’Aguilar National Park.
- Campsite 2 will be available for the weekend. It is adjacent to Bunya Street and next to the Amenities Block.
- Cost $10 pp per night.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your spot
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Do you have any questions?
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