Race 4 | Jolly Nose NSW | CANCELLED

This is classic cross-country lap racing at its best.

Unfortunately we have no other option than to cancel the event. There is simply too much rain falling right now – currently around 100mm and counting. This means the trails have no chance of drying out in time for a race this weekend.
All entries that have not been transferred already by request to the Nowra round will be refunded. If you want your entry to be transferred to the Nowra GP please reply to this email right away (before 12pm) and we will do that instead of issuing the refund.
Thanks for your patience and hanging in there with us. We run a lot of events every year and with some you are simply unlucky when it comes to the weather.
See you soon,
Martin and the Rocky Trail Team

05.07 – 10am Weather update
For the last 10 days we have been checking the weather updates on multiple forecasting models for both Kempsey and Port Macquarie. We take multiple factors into consideration when deciding on wether or not we can race: ground saturation, forecasted rain the leadup, forecasted rain on raceday, trail conditions, soil type, track access etc.
We have done this for years and get it right most of the time. This current weather pattern is throwing a spanner in the works because the forecasting changes often twice a day.
As it stands we expect a lot of rain on Wednesday and dry conditions from Thursday and a sunny weekend ahead. If we can race depends on 2 things:
1 – how much rain will we actually get on Wednesday
2 – is the forecast correct in that it’s dry from Thursday onwards
After a lot of discussions we have decided that we can only make that call on Wednesday evening. So please bear with us until then. My hunch is that it will be dry and the trail conditions will be wet in areas but overall herodirt status. That is why I don’t want to call off an event too soon when there is a chance for a really great race to happen.
Martin and the Rocky Trail Team


Unfortunately we had to make the decision to postpone the race by 1 week due to a substantial wet weather front hitting the east coast over the weekend. While we can’t predict the exact amount of rain we are pretty certain at this stage that it will be wet, cold and miserable. Usually we wait until mid-week with the decision but in this instance we are able to make it on Monday already as by now all different weather forecasting models that we are monitoring are pointing to the same outcome.
All entries are automatically transferred over to the new date and if you can race then there is no need to do anything.
If you would like to transfer your entry over to another MTB GP round or receive a refund please email: ride@rockytrailentertainment.com
We know that those changes are a big interruption to existing travel plans but hope to see you all in nice weather on the new date.
Martin and the Rocky Trail Team

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 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!

Double-header Alert!
With this Shimano MTB GP we are taking you to Jolly Nose MTB Park in the beautiful Port Macquarie Hastings Valley on the SATURDAY – and are putting up another race the following day on SUNDAY at Kempsey, just 45 min north!

The idea for a double-header was born during our COVID-recovery planning sessions, which included drafting of several scenarios to address rider limits. As health regulations in NSW and measures are slowly lifting we have been adjusting our response and can now offer two stand-alone races, back to back, only a 45min drive apart. We hope not only will the local mountain bikers love to race their own trails, but riders from further away will make it a whole XC racing weekend with us! Twice the racing, twice the exploring of two amazing NSW regions, double the fun.

We. can. not. wait! Jolly Nose Mountain Bike Park is located in Queens Lake State Forest Bonny Hills and boasts a good 50km of single track mountain bike trails for both enduro & cross country mountain bike riding. We are teaming up with the local Hastings Valley MTB Riders and are supported by Port Macquarie Hasting Valley Council for his event. Port Macquarie and its amazing beaches are just around the corner, definitely worth making it a weekend! We will!

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 and pairs. 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!

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 – 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 14th year in 2022. 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 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!

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.


Jolly Nose MTB Park at Queens Lake State Forest

Spring Creek Rd, Bonny Hills

These are the home trails of the Hastings Valley MTB Riders, Jolly Nose MTB Park is located just 25min south of Port Macquarie. Managed by the Forestry Corporation those trails are everything MTB trails should be.


Main Jolly Nose MTB Park car park – drive along Spring Creek Road, go through cause way and follow signs to main car park on your left.

Camping is allowed at this venue

We are in a NSW State Forest, so you can camp and we will be using the Main Car Park on the left of Spring Creek Road as the base – this is where you park and camp. The event centre will be a few 100 m further towards the West – the access is along a fire road, which is cleaned up this week, however, it is a bit of a wet area and we want to avoid any cars getting bogged. All details in the rider briefing.

About the tracks:

  • The XC tracks have been expanding fast at Jolly Nose MTB Park – this is the very first big cross-country event here!
  • Relatively flat with fun corners and flow in the so typical coastal bushland of the NSW North Coast.

The Track

Shimano MTB GP – NSW – Jolly Nose on Trailforks.com


This race is a double header event together with Kempsey. Meaning you can choose to race in Jollynose on Saturday and in Kempsey on Sunday.

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
1.00 pm Race finish – you finish the lap you are on but can’t start a new one.
approx. 1.45pm Last Rider and Sweeper across the line and event finishes.
2.00 pm Ceremony

Destination & Plan your trip

Check out the Rocky Trail blog about Jolly Nose MTB Park and the Port Macquarie Region with lots of ideas of what to do off the race track with the mates when you finish riding and racing! Lots of ideas for the fambam too!

WINTER HOT DEALS & TRIP IDEAS! You’ll be surprised what’s on offer in Port Macquarie – riverfront luxury, boutique hinterland retreats and oceanside holiday parks are just some of the experiences on offer. Combine your trip with a must-do Jetboat whale watching experience and you’ve got yourself an unforgettable getaway. Need a side of inspo to go with your hot deal?

Jolly Nose is in an amazing region escape the daily grind, especially in winter! You’ll find a vibrant vibe with lots on in the area around Jolly Nose!

We would like to thank the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council for their event support.

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Just a 30 minute drive from Jolly Nose, these fantastic apartments are located opposite the beautiful Flynns Beach in Port Macquarie, and Rocky Trail riders are being offered an amazing 25% discount off the standard rates!

To access this secret deal, just call direct and mention ‘Rockytrail’ when booking (offer not available for online bookings).

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


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