Welcome to the Shimano MTB Grand Prix in Kempsey! If you raced the trails with us last year, you know how flowy and fast and
Your Age group will automatically be assigned during the registration process based on your Year of Birth.
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 the events present four specialty Awards including KOM/QOM, Fastest Laptimes for adults and juinior as well as an GC Title for the Male and Female Heroes. The races also offer eBike categories in the Adventure distance.
Make this a smashfest, show off your sponsor logos, re-kindle your love for XC racing or catch the racing bug with us! 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! You will all enjoy the community spirit and classic XC racing thrill that Rocky Trail Entertainment delivers like no other – be a #rockytrailracer!
This is less of a winners-only-focused competition, but a positive and inclusive experience for all racers.
If you are at the pointy end of GP/XC/Enduro or sponsored, don't stress, we are building a overall points and ranking system to ensure if you are there to race, you can still have the fun you want. Each race is sure to test your endurance, skill and determination!
Your Shimano MTB GP® registration includes the following:
The Rocky Trail MTB events provide a perfect option for people who love to be outdoors and part of a friendly happy community. Many roles are available and we can find a match for you!
If you want to become part of the crew as a volunteer at some (or many) of our events let us know by filling out the form below and our Volunteers Coordinator and Event Manager Jo Parker will be in touch.
|Day Before Event||TIME|
|The track is marked and you can practice on it but we wont have any services (marshals or first aid). Please respect any trail closures if there is an Academy Event in progress.||From 3:00 PM|
|On The Day||TIME|
|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|
Finish the lap you are on but can't start a new one.
|Last Rider and Sweeper across the line and event finishes.||1:30 PM|
|Presentation Ceremony||From 1:30 PM|
(This is not compulsory to attend - rolling presentations will be held throughout the event with podium wall photos and rewards.)
We will be aiming for 25km (Challenge), 50km (Adventure) and 75km (Hero) for the event to still be concluding around the 4-hour cut-off time.
We aim to create 8-10km cross-country circuits and three different distance classifications: Challenge (shortest), Adventure (middle) and Hero (longest) distance classifications.
Its the famous Shimano GP mass start with solo and pairs riders going bar to bar before the single track. E-bikers will start in a second wave and our eBike Policy applies.
Ride solo for the ultimate challenge or hit the trails as a pair (hero) and have double the fun, the choice is yours!
The number of laps required to be completed in each distance classification will be based on the terrain and conditions of each race track – therefore vary per event!
Podiums are awarded to first, second and third place in ALL age group categories including ebike specific categories.
Our much coveted "Classification Award Plates" are awarded at every round.
The rules are relatively simple:
All Shimano GP events are part of Rocky Trail’s cross-country racing line-up of events and in 2023 we are implementing our “Pace Points System”.
Competitors will be able to accumulate points across all our cross-country events, including our marathon and ultra-endurance events. A pace-based algorithm developed by Rocky Trail will produce an innovative ranking output and you may just score big with Pace Points!
You’ll be able not only to reach your goals but to earn Rocky Trail Rewards too!
All Rocky Trail events have the Ecotourism Australia Nature Certification status. This ECO Certification program is a world first and it has been developed to address the need to identify genuine nature and ecotourism operators. This means that with Rocky Trail you are guaranteed to be part of a genuine and authentic trail-based nature experience that looks after the environment.
Our Sustainability Pledge – We encourage our racers to follow some simple tips to ‘tread softly’ when visiting the bush and minimise damage to the natural environment. These guidelines are laid out in our Sustainability Policy and will be communicated and encouraged via Rider Briefings and at the events.