Unfortunately we have to cancel the Shoalhaven Gravel Ride this coming Sunday. There are some likely changes to the running and cycling course due to a landslide which won’t allow anymore for two-way traffic on one of the major roads we were going to use.
While the runners can most likely run on an alternate track this won’t be possible for gravel riders.
It is a shame as we were massively looking forward to our first venture into Gravel Riding but this won’t be our last attempt.
All entries will be refunded over the coming days.
Hope to see you out on the trails soon,
Martin and the Rocky Trail Crew
“It’s by riding a bike that you learn the contours of a country the best.” – E. Hemingway
This is not a race, it’s a journey through the Kangaroo Valley, one of the only seven closed valleys in the world! The Summit Shoalhaven Gravel Ride is part of the re-launch of one of Australia’s most iconic off-road trail events, the Shoalhaven King of the Mountain to the Summit of Mt Scanzi. You’re in for an awesome back-road adventure in lush rolling farmland, exploring the beautiful Upper Shoalhaven Riverland and then return back to Kangaroo Valley.
Summit Shoalhaven Gravel Ride supported by:
Event Format Gravel Ride
The Summit Shoalhaven is a cooperation between Rocky Trail Entertainment and Elite Energy Events. We are teaming up two highly experienced outdoor event crews, each doing what they do best:
- Elite Energy will host a Trail Run featuring 4 distances and
- Rocky Trail organises the 51km Gravel Ride on the same day, Sunday – note this ride takes place after their cross-country 4-hour MTB race at Nowra (Shimano MTB Grand Prix at Coondoo State Forest on Saturday – scroll down for details).
The 51km Gravel Ride takes you on a scenic route through the magnificent Kangaroo Valley and the Upper Shoalhaven Riverlands. After a neutral section, you will be unleashed minutes before the first wave of runners and you will be sharing portions of the fire roads. Encourage each other! This is not a race, but you will get a KOM / QOM finisher time on top of Mt Scanzi when you cross it for the second time that day. This event is a first cooperation between Elite Energy and Rocky Trail Entertainment – be a part of when something new started!
Event base: Osbourne Park, Kangaroo Valley Showground, 179 Moss Vale Rd.
Kangaroo Valley is located 2 hours south of Sydney – please check access routes! The quickest and most direct route is the Kangaroo Valley Rd exit at the A1 Princes Highway, Berry. Access is also available over Cambewarra Mountain on Moss Vale Road with managed traffic. Moss Vale Road from Fitzroy Falls is closed.
Parking: will be available on site – please pay attention to any parking marshal directing you on
Event start: 30 Tallowa Dam Road.
For supporters, there is the option of seeing your runner off and then going to explore all that Kangaroo Valley has to offer (see website here), and then getting back in time to see them finish. A win win!
There is a mixture of well-maintained dirt road, less maintained fire trail, and a little bit of single
track. Nothing too technical.
The first 5km are neutral behind a service vehicle. Then the course begins with 20km of fire trail, followed by 5km of single track, finishing with 15km of fire trail.
You head upwards at the start, over Mt Scanzi and head steeply down to Duffys corner. Turning left here, winding down towards the gorgeous Bugong Creek Crossing (may get wet feet, depending on water levels!), and along the dirt Bugong Road in it’s entirety, before heading off to the right and down the escarpment and along some beautiful verdant upper Shoalhaven River land, before climbing sharply back out of there. Lots of beautiful sandstone to admire along the way. Once at the top, you have a lovely gentle downhill before rejoining Bugong Road to head back the way you came, with of course the spectre of Mt Scanzi rising to greet you. Once you have reached the Mt Scanzi saddle, you will test the quads on the downhill to the finish. 1005m of elevation gain.
Gravel riders will pass an aid station at the following points: 4km, 11km, 19km, 29km and 36km. You will need to have enough fluids/nutrition to allow for the gaps between aid stations.
The refill stations will have water, KIND bars and salt packets available. Participants will need to
be self sufficient with race food and electrolytes.
6.30am-4.30pm Health & Lifestyle Expo Osbourne Park, KV Showground
6.30-7.15am Registration – GRAVEL RIDE Osbourne Park, KV Showground
7.20-7.30am GRAVEL RIDE- Neutral Zone ride to Mt Scanzi Osbourne Park, KV Showground
approx 7.30 RIDE START – 51KM GRAVEL BIKE – Mt Scanzi Rd
$89 per person
You don’t need to be a member of any cycling association to race with Rocky Trail. Some offer great insurance packages which are worthwhile checking out and you are in charge of your own health insurance when racing with us.
Recommended gear and supplies
- Capacity for 1-1.5L water
- Space blanket
- Mobile phone (we recommend downloading an app called Emergency+ beforehand)
- Your own race nutrition – refill stations are water only.
- Food and electrolytes
- Emergency snack (above and beyond your nutritional requirements)
- Please dress according to weather conditions (we will give you a heads up in the rider briefing in the week before the event)
What you get
With Rocky Trail you’re in good hands and together with Elite energy we will try our best to give each participant the best possible sporting event experience. Here is a list of the benefits that you will receive with your race entry.
- FINISHERS MEDAL
- EVENT SOUVENIR
- BEAUTIFUL RACE VENUE
- SAFE AND PROFESSIONALLY MANAGED EVENT
- AID STATIONS ON THE COURSE
What else is on?
Summit Shoalhaven Trail Run by Elite Energy
Shimano MTB Grand Prix 4 hour race in Nowra by Rocky Trail – 30min drive from Kangaroo Valley
The Summit Shoalhaven event is brought to you by Elite Energy and Rocky Trail Entertainment.
Rocky Trail and Elite Energy present:
Information provided with thanks to the team at Elite Energy:
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