This is classic cross-country lap racing at its best.
This is cross-country endurance lap racing at its best! 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!
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. 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!
We. can. not. wait! Jolly Nose Mountain Bike Park is located in Queens Lake State Forest Bonny Hills and boasts a good 50km of single track mountain bike trails for both enduro & cross country mountain bike riding. We are teaming up with the local Hastings Valley MTB Riders and are supported by Port Macquarie Hasting Valley Council for his event. Port Macquarie and its amazing beaches are just around the corner, definitely worth making it a weekend! We will!
With this Shimano MTB GP we are taking you to Jolly Nose MTB Park in the beautiful Port Macquarie Hastings Valley on the SATURDAY – and are putting up another race the following day on SUNDAY at Kempsey, just 45 min north!
The idea for a double-header was born during our COVID-recovery planning sessions, which included drafting of several scenarios to address rider limits. As health regulations in NSW and measures are slowly lifting we have been adjusting our response and can now offer two stand-alone races, back to back, only a 45min drive apart. We hope not only will the local mountain bikers love to race their own trails, but riders from further away will make it a whole XC racing weekend with us! Twice the racing, twice the exploring of two amazing NSW regions, double the fun.show less
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 different ways of starting depending on the venue. Listen to the rider briefing to find out all the details.
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)!
Jolly Nose MTB Park at Queens Lake State Forest – Spring Creek Rd, Bonny Hills
These are the home trails of the Hastings Valley MTB Riders, Jolly Nose MTB Park is located just 25min south of Port Macquarie. Managed by the Forestry Corporation those trails are everything Superflow trails should be.
Parking: Main Jolly Nose MTB Park car park – drive along Spring Creek Road, go through cause way and follow signs to main car park on your left.
Camping is allowed at this venue. We are in a NSW State Forest, so you can camp and we will be using the Main Car Park on the left of Spring Creek Road as the base – this is where you park and camp. The event centre will be a few 100 m further towards the West – the access is along a fire road, which is cleaned up this week, however, it is a bit of a wet area and we want to avoid any cars getting bogged. All details in the rider briefing.
About the tracks:
- The XC tracks have been expanding fast at Jolly Nose MTB Park – this is the very first big cross-country event here!
- Relatively flat with fun corners and flow in the so typical coastal bushland of the NSW North Coast.
This race is a double header event together with Kempsey. Meaning you can choose to race in Jollynose on Saturday and in Kempsey on Sunday.
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 – GP4 + GP7
approx. 11:00am Kids race
1:00pm Race finish – GP4
4:00pm Race finish – GP7
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
Check out the Rocky Trail blog about Jolly Nose MTB Park and the Port Macquarie Region with lots of ideas of what to do off the race track with the mates when you finish riding and racing! Lots of ideas for the fambam too!
WINTER HOT DEALS & TRIP IDEAS! You’ll be surprised what’s on offer in Port Macquarie – riverfront luxury, boutique hinterland retreats and oceanside holiday parks are just some of the experiences on offer. Combine your trip with a must-do Jetboat whale watching experience and you’ve got yourself an unforgettable getaway. Need a side of inspo to go with your hot deal?
Jolly Nose is in an amazing region escape the daily grind, especially in winter! You’ll find a vibrant vibe with lots on in the area around Jolly Nose!
We would like to thank the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council for their event support.
The Shimano MTB GP was the first of its kind at Kalateenee State Forest in Kempsey on 16 August 2020. Catch up on the Race
The Shimano MTB GP was the first of its kind at Jolly Nose MTB Park near Port Macquarie on 15 August 2020. Catch up on
by Bob Morris Thanks Kempsey for the dance! It is known as the hometown of the late great Australian Country Star Slim Dusty, but this
Fantastic, well run events with character!
Well run event, friendly service, good course markings and priced reasonably. Thanks for a good day out.
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!)