Race 2 | Awaba NSW | 08.05.2021

Racing isn’t (just) about how long it takes you to get from the start to the finish.
It’s (also) about the adventure you have along the way, the people you meet and the unique moments you share.

16.03. Weather UpdateRACE POSTPONED AGAIN! New date May 8.

Here we go again….again: with the current weather forecast there is no chance that we can race this weekend so we can at least make the call very early. New date is May 8.

Once again your options are:

Option a: transfer your entry to the new date (you don’t have to do anything)

For all other options please send an email to cycle@rockytrailentertainment.com and you can choose to:
b. transfer the entry to the Stromlo Shimano MTB GP
c. transfer the entry to the Glenrock Shimano MTB GP
d. get a full refund
e. if you have requested a transfer to either Stromlo or Glenrock but wish to race on May 8 you can let us know and we can quite easily undo the transfer.

In order to keep on track with all the changes we kindly ask you to let us know no later than next Wednesday (March 24). If we don’t hear from you by then we assume that you are happy with transferring your entry to the new date on May 8.

Thanks for your patience and we look forward to welcoming you at the GP soon.

Martin (Race Director)

15.03. Weather Update

As always we are keeping a close eye on the weather and the forecast for this weekend isn’t looking great. The good news is that the weather forecast patterns do change quite significantly and frequently on the coastal areas so with a bit of luck they are wrong for this weekend.
Just in case we have secured yet another date with the HMBA club. With plans A-D used up this makes it the E-date for the Awaba MTB GP. So if we can’t race on Saturday we will postpone again to May 8.
We hope to know one way or the other by Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning.

Martin (Race Director)

17.02. Weather Update at 2.00pmRACE POSTPONED AGAIN! New date March 20.

We don’t seem to have any luck with Round 1 this year. Awaba is currently pretty wet and we expect rain every day now including raceday. As it would be a long shot that we are able to race in fun conditions we are making the call early. The new date is Saturday March 20. At this stage I want to thank the Hunter MTB Club for making all those changes as easy as possible.

Once again your options are:

Option a: transfer your entry to the new date (you don’t have to do anything)

For all other options please send an email to cycle@rockytrailentertainment.com and you can choose to:
b. transfer the entry to the Stromlo Shimano MTB GP
c. transfer the entry to the Glenrock Shimano MTB GP
d. get a full refund
e. if you have requested a transfer to either Stromlo or Glenrock but wish to race on March 20 you can let us know and we can quite easily undo the transfer.

In order to keep on track with all the changes we kindly ask you to let us know no later than next Wednesday (Feb. 24). If we don’t hear from you by then we assume that you are happy with transferring your entry to the new date on March 20.

Martin (Race Director)
Juliane (Event Manager)


30.01. Weather Update at 11.20am – RACE POSTPONED to February 20.

Unfortunately we have bad news: we won’t be able to race tomorrow as planned. The weather forecast has changed again and we now expect more rain this afternoon and tomorrow morning.

Below are your options as well as Martin’s video statement; read the full statement here.

Option a: transfer your entry to the new date (you don’t have to do anything)

For all other options (and even if you contacted us yesterday already, we ask you to confirm and/or advise again), please send an email to cycle@rockytrailentertainment.com and you can choose to:
b. transfer the entry to the Stromlo Shimano MTB GP
c. transfer the entry to the Glenrock Shimano MTB GP
d. get a full refund

Once again apologies for the late notice.
Martin (Race Director)
Juliane (Event Manager)

29.01. Weather Update at 11.40am – RACE POSTPONED by 24 hours

In the last hour we kept looking at the various forecasting models, spoke to the president and several trail fairies of the Hunter MTB club, our suppliers and had Graham do a lap of the track. After all that we made the decision to push the event back by 24 hours and will race this Sunday instead.
The current forecast is for rain the rest of the day and a dry weekend with possible storms late each day.
We hoped that this has the least impact of riders planning to race this weekend. If you can’t make it on Sunday let us know by 6pm on Saturday 30.01. – please send an email to cycle@rockytrailentertainment.com and you can choose to:
a. transfer the entry to the Stromlo Shimano MTB GP
b. transfer the entry to the Glenrock Shimano MTB GP
c. get a full refund
We apologise about the late notice – this has been a hard one to make as we were confident until yesterday evening that the weather would be in our favour.
Martin (Race Director)

29.01. Weather Update at 10.45am

With the weather being slightly worse than forecast yesterday we are currently assessing the track to see first hand how conditions are. We expect the rain to ease later this afternoon and dry conditions tomorrow morning, but the forecast models keep changing constantly so we will keep a close eye on it.
The trails in Awaba are very well built and generally hold up well after rain, but if we think that conditions don’t allow racing then we will push the event back to either Sunday (a day later) or Saturday 20 February.
We will make a call no later than 3pm today. Sorry for the late notice.
Martin (Race Director)


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 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.

At Awaba MTB Park singletrack fun and exciting racing action is guaranteed for everyone! We are teaming up with one of the country’s best and most active mountain bike clubs – the Hunter Mountain Bike Association. 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!

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 accreditation is mandatory for any spectator, supporter or media. You must sign up via the spectator registration portal (free admission for visitor accreditation, but limited spots)!

Location

Olney State Forest – Jenkins Rd, Freemans Waterhole NSW

The Awaba race circuit will take you through many different terrains as we will be using the biggest loop in the park. You’ll start in the rocky bushland and traverse into lush and moist rainforest vegetation that’s so unique to this track! Big berms, big descents, big smiles guaranteed! If you are bringing the little shredders along that there are awesome kids and junior trails at Awaba that they will enjoy.

The trails are managed by the Forestry Corporation and built and maintained by the Hunter MTB Association. Camping is allowed at this venue.

INFO: How to get there

How to get there coming from Sydney:
Head up the F3 freeway towards Newcastle (Highway 1).
After about 100 km take the exit toward Freemans Dr.
Turn right at Freemans Dr and drive for 4.6 km.
Turn right at Mount Faulk Rd and continue for 2.4 km.
From there you can see the MTB Park signs.

Not far from Newcastle and right near Lake Macquarie, these are the home trails of the Hunter Mountain Bike Association. Awaba MTB Park has an abundance of gravity and cross-country trails. If you have little shredders come along who are too young for the big Superflow trails, know that there are great tracks to explore with kids and junior and adaptive trails at Awaba MTB Park – the Fox Superflow schedule is very flexible, so if the family comes along you can hop on the junior trails with the kids in between race runs for the perfect riding and racing weekend getaway!

Schedule

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

Saturday
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
approx. 11 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

Camping: There are permanent toilets at Awaba MTB Park and you can camp on-site for free as it is a NSW State Forest. 

Accommodation: The closest tourism destinations are Newcastle, as well as the Lake Macquarie, Hunter Valley and Central Coast Regions.

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Testimonials

Fantastic, well run events with character!

Susan

Via Facebook Review, April 2020

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

Minter

Via Facebook Review, 17 April 2018

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