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!
Supported by Central Coast Council this race features an ‘old-school’ race track at the Ourimbah State Forest on the home trails of the Central Coast MTB Club. We race through dense bushland with fun singletrails! ‘Have a little adventure on the Central Coast‘ and bring the whole family for the perfect riding and racing weekend getaway! There are lots of things to do – beaches, bushwalking, playgrounds, cafes and culinary experiences await!
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.
Ourimbah MTB Park, Ourimbah State Forest – Red Hill Road, Yarramalong, Wyong
INFO: How to get there
Take the F3 from Sydney, take the Wyong turnoff, turn left and follow the road to the T junction. Turn left towards Yarramalong for a couple of km’s and Red Hill road will be on your left as you come down the first hill.
From the North take the F3 and exit at the Sparks Rd / Toukley off ramp and turn right. After 300 metres at the T junction turn left onto Hue Hue Rd. Follow this to the T junction. Turn right towards Yarramalong. Red Hill Rd is a couple of Km’s on your left as you come down the first hill.
DETAILS: Race tracks
The local Central Coast MTB Club has been investing the majority amount of fees accumulated from Rocky Trail events over the past few years and a considerable local community grant not only into trail maintenance, but also building.
More details on trails used for this event coming soon.
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
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
For more information about accommodation on the Central Coast and What’s On, visit the Central Coast Visitor Information page.
Because the Rocky Trail founders have been living on the Central Coast, they have put together some visitor information for cyclists – check out the Destination blogs!
Central Coast Visitor Information for #rockytrailracers
Hiya, Rocky Trail Mates! This is for you, if you are keen to race at one – or both – of our back to back
Hiya, Rocky Trail Families! This is for you, if you are keen to race at one – or both – of our back to back
Hiya, Rocky Trail Lovers! This is for you, if you are keen to race at one – or both – of our back to back
The final Shimano MTB Grand Prix event for 2020 was held at Majura Pines in Canberra and was an endurance test for riders and organisers
We welcome you to the Majura MTB Trails this weekend! 25.11. Event update for Canberra: With quite warm weather forecast for the weekend in Canberra
25.11. Event update for Canberra: With quite warm weather forecast for the weekend in Canberra we will try and ‘beat the heat’. The Diamonds MTB race
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!)