Race 2 | Haunted Hills VIC | 29.10.2022

Join us for a spooky weekend of mountain biking at Haunted Hills MTB Park!

This event is Round 2 of an epic 3-Race XC Series showcasing the best of Gippsland mountain biking! Join us on the 28-29 October Halloween weekend for an epic weekend of mountain bike racing at Haunted Hills Mountain Bike Park. There is something for everyone including spooky night rides, pump track racing, Schools MTB Comp and this Shimano MTB GP XC 4-hour lap race for solos and pairs.

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.

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!

Destination Partners

Gippsland Cross-Country MTB Series

This event is part of a 3-Race Series in Gippsland in 2022! Rocky Trail have put together three epic cross country mountain bike events over three weekends across Central Gippsland in October and November this year. Race all events and win a pair of Rocky Trail Racing Socks! Find out more!

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?

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.

Rider Briefing

Location

Haunted Hills MTB Park VIC

The newest dedicated Mountain bike park to be built in Victoria over the past two years.  This is sure to draw a crowd.  Machine built XC flow trails with ample fire roads for passing and great valley views. Spectators will be in for a treat with clear viewing of racers descending down the winding hill slope into the event hub.

Plan your family Halloween Mountain Bike weekend away now, with something for everyone including the Rocky Trail Academy and Pumptrack Shootout and scary night ride!

The Track

Shimano MTB GP – Haunted Hills 2022 on Trailforks.com

All registered riders are required to attend the compulsory safety briefing on site at 8.45am.

Course update, Thu 27/10/22 at 8pm:
The Shimano MTB GP track is 6.3 km with 130 vertical meters, 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.

  • Race start will commence on Vertebrae, an open fire road for approx 400mtr before turning right onto conveyor 150 descending down into the event hub and transition area.
  • Riders proceed into Conveyor 350 designated climbing trail into last rights which has plenty of passing opportunities along the cemetery fence line. Make sure you say hello to the locals.
  • At the top of the hill turn right into Turbine descend approx 1km before busting out onto dredger a flat swampy area that is being revamped currently, a spooky surprise.
  • Electric nightmare will have you wondering why a 55mtr climb over 1.4km – perfect spot for the KOM!
  • Drop into MAD cow then flick across into Swayze for a flowy fun descent hook left into Bogeyman up the vertebrae back to the conveyor 150 into the event cauldron.

Parking

  • Event parking will be located offsite with a shuttle service operating in the morning and at the end of competition. A designated drop zone will operate from the Event Hub. We recommend car pooling if possible. Schools with buses will be asked to unload and park at the Bryants Park Hill climb centre.
  • We have two offsite parking areas –
    • PRIMARY SITE – Bryants Park Hill Climb venue located along Bill Schultz drive. A shuttle bus will be operating to and from this site only.
    • A limited 4wd parking area is available at the top of the hill above the cemetery entrance. Please note this area is wet and care must be taken. Walking access to the event hub is available follow the yellow signs.
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Event Village

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 music, local food & coffee trucks, neutral bike support, trade expos and race commentary to support our live electronic timing.

Food & Coffee will be provided on the day by the amazing team at Wheelie Good Pizza

Schedule

FridayTIME
The track is marked and you can practice on it but we wont have any services (marshals or first aid).All Day
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

Destination & Getting Here

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 to the second longest beach in the world, this region has a staggering array of landscapes.

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Via Facebook Review, April 2020

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