Race 1 | Stromlo ACT | 19.02.2022

The Shimano MTB GP Series returns to Stromlo Forest Park with Rocky Trail’s Season 15!

This Season will transform the 4+6 Hour events from previous years into the most expansive 4-Hour XC Series in the country. We are taking a more focused approach to our XC lap racing events, which will challenge the pros and rewards the personal bests of ambitious and passionate Rocky Trail racers.

Make this a smashfest, show off your sponsor logos, re-kindle your love for XC racing or catch the racing bug with us! 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! You will all enjoy the community spirit and classic XC racing thrill that Rocky Trail Entertainment delivers like no other – be a #rockytrailracer!

The ACT round will be held at Stromlo Forest Park and we’ll pick a blinder of a race track from the 60+ km goodness of trails! Race for series points and the brand-new race accolades, which is a set of additional classifications rewarding KOM/QOM and Fastest Lap times as well as Solo Junior and Solo Outright GC winners.

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.

Location

Stromlo Forest Park, Dave McInnes Rd, Stromlo ACT 2611

We always get some local intel to put together an awesome racing circuit with some of the most popular trail sections and always aim to feature some hidden gems that will make any mountain biker’s heart skip a beat! Bring the family along for a perfect weekend riding getaway in the Capital!

Tracks used are:

Wattle Happen, Blackberry Climb, Slant Six, Willo Link, Double Dissolution, Crim Track, Afterparty, Dingo, White Gums, Ringtail, Breakout, Old Duffy Descent.

Stromlo Forest Park

More information about Stromlo Forest Park can be found here: www.stromloforestpark.com.au

It is a public MTB track and you can ride it in the lead up to the race. You can camp at the Stromlo car park and event centre on the Friday night.

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
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


Après Racing: Pumptrack Shootout

From 3pm be ready for a new kind of Pump Track Challenge as Rocky Trail Entertainment introduces a revolutionary new racing format with LIVE timing throughout the event!

Venue: Stromlo Pumptrack
What: Pumptrack Shootout
How: Quali & Racing Heats
When: From 3pm

Destination & Plan your Trip

This event is supported by Visit Canberra and ACT Events – we encourage you race these iconic trails with us if you’re a local and travel with us from out of town! Come early, stay longer and “Race and Play”. Great to bring partners and the family along, race on the Saturday and explore the region on the Sunday.

Click here for the #rockytrailracer Destination Guide in Canberra with lots of ideas for activities off the race track in and around the City plus two accommodation offers from the Abode Hotel Group as well as the Statesman Hotel.

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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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RACE ACCOLADES & SERIES:

With the 4-hour, we are taking a more focused approach to our XC lap racing events, which will challenge the pros and rewards the personal bests of ambitious and passionate Rocky Trail racers. Top 3 podiums across all solo and pairs age groups receive podium race plates and accodales (1-2-3 stickers).

We will deliver the most expansive 4-Hour XC Series with events in NSW, ACT, QLD and VIC. Each race offers cool winners race plates, which is a set of special additional classifications: KOM/QOM with a polka dot race plate, Junior Solo Winner (male/female) in white, Best Sprinter for the fastest lap time (male/female) and a Solo GC Winner plate in yellow for male and female outright solo winners.

More info:

Podium race plates come with a unique race number and timing chip, yours to keep and race with.

Do you have any questions?

Talk to us via our online chat – click on the orange circle symbol on your bottom right screen corner and we’ll be right with you! (We always love talking bikes, racing and riding!)