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. 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!
The Coondoo trails at Nowra are such a treat and massive kudos to the local South Coast United MTB Inc. club for restoring these amazing trails after the bushfires in 2019-20! The race track we picked truly adds to the variety of trails we have in the whole series – seriously fast and we can’t wait to see this year’s finish sprints. In the past 4 hour solo racers have absolutely smashed themselves, which provided for such an exciting racing atmosphere! The team racers will enjoy each lap and you’ll find this is a track where you can really dial those lines, each lap is more fun than the previous one… until the legs start screaming that is.
Bring the whole family for the perfect riding and racing weekend getaway close to the beaches of the South Coast for a perfect long weekend riding getaway!
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.
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.
Coondoo State Forest – Comberton, Nowra NSW 2540
Event centre: Coondoo Road in Nowra State Forest, to enter turn off Pacific Hwy onto Forest Rd, then right onto Western Rd until event center at intersection with Coondoo Road.
With a couple of small changes in altitude and plenty of course variation this is one of the jewels in the local club’s crown. Here is a map of the 2019 trails (likely to change in 2021 – see note below):
About the track
We are racing at Coondoo with thanks to the local SCUM South Coast United Mountain Bikers. Located just south of Nowra this trail is fast and flowy with little climbing per lap. The area is managed by the Forestry Corporation. Camping is allowed at this venue.
The trails we used in 2019-20 have been badly damaged by the recent bush fires. Luckily there are other trails in the same forest that were not affected by the fires and we are currently exploring all options together with the SCUM club. We will have an updated map for you a few weeks before the event.
Turn onto Forest Road from the Princes Highway (A1); continue 200m along Forest Rd.
Turn Right into Western Road.
Continue approx. 1km along Western Road until a major junction with Coondoo Road (un-signposted). The trail head is 30m along Coondoo Road on the Left.
All day The track is marked and you can practice on it but we won’t have any services (marshalls, first aid) in place.
7:30-8:45am Registration open to pick up your number plate.
8:50am Rider call up, be race ready. The official rider briefing be available online before the race.
9:00am Race start
approx. 11:00am Kids race
1:00pm Race finish – GP4
2:00pm Podium ceremony – GP4
3:00pm Race finish – GP6
4:00pm Podium ceremony – GP6
4:30pm Event finish
Destination & Plan your trip
Camping: you can camp on-site for free as it is a NSW State Forest.
Accommodation: The closest tourism destination is the Shoalhaven region around Nowra with Jervis Bay just around the corner.
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Well run event, friendly service, good course markings and priced reasonably. Thanks for a good day out.