Race 2 | Townsville QLD | 19.06.2021

With the Shimano MTB Grand Prix we are bringing back the spirit of Hot Rock cross-country racing to Townsville!

This is cross-country endurance lap racing at its best in Townsville! 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 six (GP6) hours solo or in relay pairs. 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.

This event is supported by the Townsville Enterprise (TEL) and will be run endorsed by the local Rockwheelers MTB Club in the spirit of the original Hot Rock event! The Hot Rock used to be a staple on the Rockwheelers events calendar and the club has engaged Rocky Trail to bring it back to life. We will race the Mount Douglas Reserve – with heaps of vertical and a ton of rocky trails this will no doubt be the start of a new chapter in the “Hot Rock” racing history in Townsville!

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?

GP racing

Less of a winners-only-focused competition, but a positive and inclusive experience for all racers.

Podium chasers

Line up with Australia’s elites and experienced endurance racers – we’ll put you to the test!

Casual racers

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!

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.

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!

All competitors need to sign up online and please note that event Check-In is mandatory for any non-racer incl. spectators and supporter. Media representatives please get your event accreditation by contacting us ahead or get it on the day at the registration desk. Everyone must CHECK IN via the relevant Covid Check-In App with the QR Code displayed at the registration desk in the Rocky Trail event centre. Find App download and state/territory-specific information via our Covid Check-In portal!


Mount Douglas Reserve – Angus Smith Dr, Douglas QLD 4814

What’s better than having hills with picturesque views within 15 minutes of a CBD? Being able to ride 30km of single track on those hills 24/7 – and to race an awesome circuit on some of the most spectacular parts of those trails for 4 and 6 hours with Rocky Trail!

Event centre

The event centre is very well set up at the bottom of the hill with a skills park – a great local community of mountain bikers is ready for rocky trail racing with you!

Race tracks used in 2021

This course has been designed with the assistance of locals and should thrill with the more quality descending and the cooler temperatures predicted for this year’s Hotrock will surely be appreciated. We will be hoping to keep all the A Lines on “Rock and Roll” open (unlike 2020) but will wait and see the track conditions to make the final call.

The 2021 version of the Shimano GP -Hotrock will use the following course:

  • Leaving the Event Hub we will roll down together to the start area on the Fruit Loop fire trail. A mass start at 9am heads up the “Fruit Loop” track which is wide for approximately 800m.
  • From “Fruit Loop’ we will utilise the “Creeks” track to get across to “Easy Street” for approximately 1km before cutting out right to the “Back End” to get to the “Tower Link Hub”.
  • Riders will then climb “Up the Backside” all the way before dropping into the “Ridgeline” for some descending fun relief. A traverse across “Beefwood” to “Haydens Hump” until again descending “Rock n Roll 2&3” and “Jump Street” will surely have smiles on faces entering the event hub and transition area.
  • Course length is approximately 8km, it has 170m elevation change and approximately 260m climbing in total.
Skep coffee will keep you fueled throughout the day.

What can you expect:

  • A well-marked course
  • A & B line options in the more technical sections
  • Caution signs in technical areas
  • Passing opportunities
  • A large transition area
  • Online rider briefing prior to event
  • Music, food and medical service in case something doesn’t go to plan
  • Easy registration
  • And a supportive community

Come along and join the team to make the inaugural Shimano MTB GP Hotrock a great success for the Region.


All day The track is marked and you can practice on it but we won’t have any services (marshals, first aid) in place.

7:30-8:45 am Registration open to pick up your number plate
8.45 am Rider call up, be race ready.
The official rider briefing usually held before the race start will be available online before the race.
9 am Race start
10 am Kids race
1.00pm Race finish – GP4 hour
2.00pm Est. Ceremony GP4 hour
3.00pm Race finish – GP6 hour
4.00pm Est. Ceremony GP6 hour

approx. 4.00pm Last Rider and Sweeper across the line and event finishes.

Destination & Plan your trip

We invite you to explore beautiful Townsville with us on an off the ‘rocky trails’! We’ve got two back-to-back event weekends for you!

Boasting more than 300 days of sunshine each year and surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, Townsville North Queensland is just the place to ignite your sense of wonder.
From the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef to the vast landscapes of the outback and stunning Heritage-listed rainforest, Townsville North Queensland has something for everyone – on and off the rocky (mountain bike) trails!

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Event News


My kids and I did the 4 hour GP today just want to let you know that we loved it well organised great racing with great people running it so thank you guys.

Chris, Townsville event

Via Facebook Messenger, September 2020

Well run event, friendly service, good course markings and priced reasonably. Thanks for a good day out.


Via Facebook Review, 17 April 2018

2021 Line-Up

Do you have any questions?

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