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 (GP4) or six (GP6) 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 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, pairs and in teams of three and offer four or seven hour options. 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?
Less of a winners-only-focused competition, but a positive and inclusive experience for all racers.
Line up with Australia’s elites and experienced endurance racers – we’ll put you to the test!
Catch the racing bug with us – slapping on a Rocky Trail race plate can be addictive!
What are the racing options? To re-start the season in 2020 we are implementing COVID-19 risk mitigating measures that will change the format slightly. Please check the events portal for the latest updates!
How does it work?
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 on the calendar for 2020 – 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.
Why you will love it!
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 twelfth year in 2020. 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 winnersonly-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.
Sugar Bag MTB Trails – Sugar Bag Rd, Caloundra West QLD 4551
With a busy trail network featuring lots of timber features, log roll overs, sweeping berms and surprising pinchy climbs riders will need to be on their game. Course has been designed to provide key overtaking sections but you will need to be quick and strategic. This location will be extremely popular as the trail network is well known but has had minimal racing before now.
The Start will be on the “Bottom Power Line Track” and climb up “Sour Power” to the Event Hub.
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”. Complete all of “Party Mix” proceed onto “Fantales” to the “Bottom Power Line Track”. From the “Bottom Power Line Track” cut onto” Willy Wonka” and you will join “Sour Power” under the bridge called “The Gateway”. Climbing “Sour Power” will get you back to the Event Hub.
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
- 4wd power easement adjacent to event hub
- Power Line easement access from Mark Road East (lower industrial area)
- Street parking Mark Road & Enterprise Road
- Coffee & Food
- Toilet facilities
- First Aid services
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.
All day The race tracks used will be closed from 8am-3pm for the Rocky Trail Academy event, the Sunshine Coast Schools MTB Comp. The track is marked and you can practice after that, but we won’t have any services (marshalls, first aid) in place.
7:30-8:45am Registration open to pick up your number plate.
8:50am Rider call up, be race ready. The official rider briefing be available online before the race.
9:00am Race start
approx. 11:00am Kids race
1:00pm Race finish – GP4
2:00pm Podium ceremony – GP4
3:00pm Race finish – GP6
4:00pm Podium ceremony – GP6
4:30pm Event finish
3.30pm Rocky Trail Shootout
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!
LATEST GP NEWS
[race report & series wrap-up coming soon] Race photos: Photos from the race are now online on the Outer Image Collective portal! Remember, they are included in your entry, so download them now! Use #rockytrailracer and #shimanomtbgp so we can follow your race stories! — RESULTS Check out detailed results via the link below –
Welcome to the Shimano MTB Grand Prix at Coondoo State Forest near Nowra! What awaits you: cross-country racing at its best! The Coondoo MTB Trails are home of South Coast United MTB Inc. (SCUM) Club. After being almost entirely burnt out during the 2019/2020 bushfires, Coondoo is now fully restored and we are truly stoked
We are prepping the events for November and December and aim to offer: the final 2021 NSW/ACT Series round of the Shimano MTB GP in Nowra, the final 2021 NSW/ACT Series round of the Fox Superflow at Awaba MTB Park near Newcastle and the JetBlack 24 in Rydal in Lithgow NSW. Scroll down for information
Fantastic, well run events with character!
Well run event, friendly service, good course markings and priced reasonably. Thanks for a good day out.
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!)