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.
Victoria! Polish the shoes, dust off the kits, lube those chains! Rocky Trail is coming to YOU with our 4 hour endurance racing event, the Shimano MTB Grand Prix!
This is cross-country endurance lap racing at its best! 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.
It is in this spirit that in Wellington we are launching Shimano MTB Grand Prix cross-country racing season 2022 in Victoria! For this Rocky Trail XC event we are teaming up with one of the country’s best and most active mountain bike clubs – the Gippsland MTB Inc and a huge shout-out to the Wellington Shire Council for their support.
Race Saturday, explore on the Sunday! 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! So much to do off the race tracks in “The Middle of Everywhere”, all the details in our Destination Guide for #rockytrailracers!
What Is Shimano MTB GP Racing?
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 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?
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!
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 – 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 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.
The TrackShimano MTB GP – Blores Hill 2022 on Trailforks.com
Shimano MTB GP tracks are designed to allowing riders to complete an average lap in around 30 minutes or less. This is perfect for teams as you can potentially get an equal number of laps each and the distance caters to a range of ages and abilities.
Tracks can change prior to the event due to environmental and adverse weather conditions. All changes will be confirmed prior to the event in the rider briefing.
The vibe in the event village is what Rocky Trail Events are famous for!
Our legendary event team are on hand to make sure you and your team have an epic Shimano MTB GP.
We have live DJ’s, local food & coffee trucks, neutral bike support, redbull tent, trade expos and race commentary to support our live electronic timing.
Coffee will be provided by “Quick Cuppa“
Food and neutral bike support will be confirmed closer to the event.
|The track is marked and you can practice on it but we wont have any services (marshals or first aid).||All Day|
|Registration Open||7:30 – 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.
|Race Start||9:00 AM|
|Race Finish |
Finish the lap you are on but can’t start a new one.
|Last Rider and Sweeper across the line and event finishes.||1:45 PM|
|Presentation Ceremony||2:00 PM|
Be a #rockytrailracer!
Destination & Plan your trip
Just 2.5hrs East of Melbourne, enjoy an awesome MTB racing venue at Blores Hill with us! Race on the Saturday and then explore this beautiful region on the Sunday to experience some of Victoria’s finest offerings. From scenic mountain ranges, pristine beaches, beautiful wetlands, temperate rainforests, and many other beautiful places, the best of everything is right at your fingertips in the heart of Gippsland.
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We invite you to explore the beautiful Port Macquarie-Hastings Region while you’re in the region for our event – Port Macquarie has so much to offer! Boasting 17 gorgeous beaches, a lush hinterland, and a diverse variety of attractions (including a Koala Hospital!), not to mention one of the best year-round climates and a busy
Central Gippsland and Latrobe City is the perfect place for a getaway with cool, temperate rainforests, amazing walking and cycling tracks, 90 miles of unspoiled beaches, an abundance of lakes and rivers, spectacular views and a myriad of heritage to sink yourself into. Covering an expanse that reaches from the rugged high country right down
Looking for the perfect combination of all of life’s treasures? Just 2.5km East of Melbourne, enjoy some of Victoria’s finest offerings – from scenic mountain ranges, pristine beaches, beautiful wetlands, temperate rainforests, and many other beautiful places, the best of everything is right at your fingertips in the heart of Gippsland – the Middle of
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!)