Race 3 | Sunshine Coast QLD | 20.08.2022

Racing isn’t (just) about how long it takes you to get from the start to the finish.
It’s (also) about the adventure you have along the way, the people you meet and the unique moments you share.

This is cross-country endurance lap racing at its best on the Sunshine Coast! 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.

The Sugarbag Mountain Bike Trails right in the middle of Caloundra are the perfect GP venue: an amazing array of trails, a dedicated local club with the Coloundra Off Road Cycling Association (CORCA) plus a council committed to ongoing investment into the sport of Mountain Biking – you will love it as much as we do, we’re sure! We would like to thank the Sunshine Coast Council for their support.

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!Get in quick when registrations open as we believe the event will sell out fast!

What Is Shimano 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.

Location

Sugar Bag MTB Trails – Sugar Bag Rd, Caloundra West QLD 4551

Rider Briefing

The Track

From the Event Hub onto “Milky Way’ to the start of “Syrup”.

On “Syrup” after about 200m break out left onto “Milky Way” to climb to the start of “Sweet Sugar” (an excellent passing opportunity). We will use the full “Sweet Sugar” and when complete cross back over to the second section of “Syrup” before again climbing the “Milky Way” (another good passing opp) to the start of “Party Mix”. Cruise “Party Mix” to break out onto “Willy Wonka”. Flow the descent of Willy Wonka out onto the “Bottom Power Line Track”.

The KOM will be up “Honeycomb” at 4.8km and will be about 400m in length of technical climbing.

Climbing “Sour Power” will get you back to the Event Hub.

The course maybe subject to change.

Parking

The new redevelopment has limited onsite parking, therefore we have created a Stop, Drop and Go zone for all riders to utilise. Arrive early to allow enough time to park and return to the event hub for registration and racing.

Offsite Parking areas available are:

  • Caloundra High School Carpark
  • Power Line easement access from Mark Road East (lower industrial area)
  • Street parking Mark Road & Enterprise Road
  • Note – Sugarbag Road is a no parking zone

Event Services

  • Food and Cold Drinks: Mexican Tucka will be on site all day. Bring cash or card
  • Coffee: Grab your first coffee of the day from Johnno at Groupset Coffee
  • Bike Support: HitBikes has you covered with any last minute bike issues
  • Toilet facilities
  • First Aid services

Tech Support
A big shout-out to Hit Bikes for providing mechanical support on race day! is a Sunshine Coast based mountain bike specialist business that was originally established in Moffat Beach and is now located right next to the local Caloundra mountain bike trail network at Sugarbag Road.

Schedule

FridayTIME
Track Closed
The race tracks used will be closed for the Rocky Trail Academy event, the Sunshine Coast Schools MTB Comp.
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Track open for practice.
The track is marked and you can practice on it but we wont have any services (marshals or first aid)
From 3:00 PM
SaturdayTIME
Registration Open7:30 – 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.
8:45 AM
Race Start9:00 AM
Race Finish
Finish the lap you are on but can’t start a new one.
1:00 PM
Last Rider and Sweeper across the line and event finishes.1:45 PM
Presentation Ceremony2:00 PM
Rocky Trail ShootoutFrom 3:00 PM

Destination & Plan your Trip

This race is supported by Sunshine Coast Regional Council and we would like to thank the local CORCA Club for their endorsement! Check out our Destination Guide for #rockytrailracers with great accommodation deals and experiences that await off the race track!

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