Race Format

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

In 2021 we are having yet again an evolution in this race series – the races are spread across NSW, QLD, VIC and the ACT!

Founded in 2009

The SHIMANO MTB Grand Prix Series is in its thirteenth year in 2021. 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 2021. 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! Every race is a stand-alone event and offers points for a series ranking.

Important: Special COVID-19 Race Rules in place!

All competitors need to sign up online and please note that event Check-In is mandatory for any non-racer incl. spectators and supporter. Media representatives please get your event accreditation by contacting us ahead or get it on the day at the registration desk. Everyone must CHECK IN via the relevant Covid Check-In App with the QR Code displayed at the registration desk in the Rocky Trail event centre. Find App download and state/territory-specific information via our Covid Check-In portal!

For more information about categories and age group calculations, please visit the Category/Series Info page.

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.

Here is the the way we will calculate points since 2020: rather than gaining points in a team like the previous years you will get them 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 lineup 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”.

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!)