Race Format

Be a #rockytrailracer at the Shimano MTB Grand Prix and join fellow mountain bikers for a ‘seriously fun’ racing experience!

In 2022 we are having yet again an evolution in this race series – the races are spread across NSW, QLD, VIC and the ACT! With the positive and inclusive atmosphere we’re known for, this is ideal for keen XC riders, pros and hobby riders alike. It’s for thriving mountain bikers of all ages, who seek the community spirit and thrill of classic XC racing – those who take their racing ‘seriously’ and the ones who enjoy an awesome personal challenge or day out with the mates.

Founded in 2009

The SHIMANO MTB Grand Prix Series is in its fourteenth 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.

There are quite a few regional trail networks on the calendar for 2022. 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 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.

We love trails.

At the core of all our efforts to put together the annual racing calendar have and will always be the trails and supporting local clubs wherever possible.

Race tracks

We pick 8-10km circuits on undulating terrain and are proud that we can offer a huge variety of race tracks all along the Australian East Coast.

Live timing.

We use a state-of-the art live timing system that will allow you to check results instantly and remotely.

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! We are really proud that our events and our #rockytrailracers make a real difference in the regions we visit. Your day or overnight visits contribute to the hosting region’s local economy and a part of your race entry goes back into trail building, maintenance via our donations and trail fees to the local clubs and track custodians. Every race is a stand-alone event and offers points for a series ranking.

Race format and who wins

Generally, the events aims 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 there will also be a General Classification (GC) online.


The rider in the solo categories with most laps (and shortest time thereafter) wins. If there are riders in a category with the same number of laps, the fastest total lap time determines the ranking.

Pairs Teams

Each race is a relay-style race. The team with most laps (and shortest time thereafter) wins. If there are teams in a category with the same number of laps, the fastest total lap time determines the ranking.

Mixed Pairs

Each team needs to record at least one female AND one male lap to be in the results.

Team riders of the first lap (who start the race for their teams) can after 1 lap hand over to the next team member or keep riding – that’s up to the teams to decide. As soon as you ride 1 lap per solo rider, respectively per team, your time counts and is valid in the final results.


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).

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

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:

  • Solo GC Winner plate in yellow for male and female outright solo winners
  • Junior Sprint Winner (male/female U18 fastest lap time) in white
  • Best Sprinter for the fastest adult lap time (male/female)
  • KOM/QOM with a polka dot race plate


  • e-bikes are not eligible for the special classifications
  • If riders win multiple race accolades they will only be awarded the highest one with the other(s) going to the runner up(s) – meaning every rider will only receive one plate per race and they are ranked in the following order: Yellow, White, Green, Polka dot

Here is the the way we will calculate points: you will get points against your name in the category you are racing in. Meaning that if you swap teams, which is likely to happen with such a big line up of events, you will not loose your hard earned points but keep accumulating them.

  • Each event offers a stand-alone race and race winners in the age categories are awarded with trophy number plates and accolade plaques, which can be collected and displayed on the number plates.
  • Each race also offers the opportunity to accumulate points to go into the overall series ranking and a new points classification across all Rocky Trail events, which will form the “league of extraordinary #rockytrailracers”.
  • Each race result and the relevant points count towards a rider’s series rankings.

The series will be split into: NSW/ACT, Queensland, Victoria and additionally we will crown the overall Australian Shimano MTB GP Champions.

  • Riders need to complete at least 2 races in one category to be eligible for an individual series podium ranking.
  • Every race counts.

Race photos included

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.

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!)