Awaba Shimano MTB GP










The Shimano Grand Prix mountain bike races bring back classic lap racing in 2023 with a set of distance challenges on short-course circuits. This round will be held at a classic Rocky Trail venue at Awaba MTB Park. We’ll pick a race track based on the Red Loop with 3 race distances – The Hero (longest), The Adventure (middle) and The Challenge (shortest).

Distances will be approximately 75km, 50 kms and 25kms with riders completing a set number of laps within the 4 hour time limit.

The races have Age Group Categories for solos and pairs teams depending on the distance challenges. There will also be four specialty Classification Awards including KOM/QOM, Fastest Lap Time for adults and the Loan Market Junior Sprint as well as an “Hero Title” for the Male and Female Heroes.

View Event Guide for categories & entry or Venue Guide for directions and track info. With the local skills clinic Momentum Is Your Friend we are offering 2x 2H Kids Fast Track Sessions while we race. Click for all infos here.

Three XC races In One!

The Challenge

Total Distance ~25km

Get a taste for mountain bike racing! This classification is designed to be not all about fitness, but rewards overall bike skills and determination to make it a fun day out on rocky trails.

The Adventure

Total Distance ~50km

Looking for a more challenging ride? Our Adventure Distance is the way to go. Do more laps and push your limits to the next level! Make this a smashfest or a fun day out, the choice is yours!

The Hero

Total Distance ~75km

This is where pros, semi-pros and weekend warriors race. Hard. It will put your endurance and skills to the test and make your mark in the Hero Distance results. 

Olney State Forest

This event is held at Awaba MTB Park in Olney State Forest, managed by the Hunter MTB Association and the NSW Forestry Corporation.

venue guide

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The Laps (Confirmed)

Hero – Male 8 laps, Female 7 laps.

Adventure – Male and Female 5 laps

Challenge – Male and Female 3 laps

Please note, if you don’t complete your laps, you are still in the results. You will be ranked among fellow racers with the same lap number as you (the ranking will then still be determined by your finishing time).

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The track will be a 8.8km circuit.



Awaba MTB Park, Mount Faulk Road, Cooranbong NSW, Australia

You can camp at the Awaba car park and event centre on the Friday night.

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 is a kids/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 trail with the kids in between race runs for the perfect riding and racing weekend getaway!

Event Services

  • Camping allowed Friday night – see rocky trail crew before setting up in the car park
  • Plenty of space for team & competitor marquees at race transition – see event staff on arrival
  • Registration Tent with live timing, merch and race info
  • We’ll have a coffee van from 8am for food & drinks
  • Redbull Tent and giveaways for racers incl. merch sponsored by Forestry Corporation NSW (as long as stocks last)
  • Neutral bike support in case of a mechanical will be provided by FIZO Cycling (Saturday)
  • Music and live race updates
  • Professional First Aid
  • Toilets

Rocky Trail Rewards

At every round there is four individual classification awards that include your own colour coded “Classification Plate”.

  • Yellow Plate – Outright Solo Male and Female Hero “Hero Classification”
  • Polka Dot Plate – “Hill Climb Classification” awarded to fastest Male and Female on the KOM / QOM segment.
  • White Plate – Outright Solo Male and Female winners in “Challenge Classification”
  • Green Plate – Outright Solo Male and Female winners in “Adventure Classification”
  • Juniors: Fastest Lap Times Male and Female “Loan Market Junior Classification” awarded race entry for future event.
  • Free photos of you on track by professional crew of photographers
  • Free giveaways
  • Random prize draw among entire field, announced via results list online
  • Prize for 1st place getters in each category, incl. $1,400 worth of entry vouchers to the AMB100 Marathon in Canberra


Our Sustainability Pledge is that we encourage our racers to follow some simple tips to ‘tread softly’ when visiting the bush and minimise damage to the natural environment. In summary, when you attend our events, please take only memories, immerse yourself into nature, enjoy spending time with like-minded people on ‘rocky trails’ and please, leave only footprints and tyre marks on the sanctioned trails and in the event perimeter marked out, if you’re a racer.

Race Guide

Everything you need to know about racing at this event & more

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What is Shimano GP Racing?

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Eco Certified

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How does it work?

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Series Info

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categories & Entry

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What’s Included

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The Rules


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