Round 5 update - 20.07. 10am

SHIMANO MTB Grand Prix Series Finale
Venue changed to: Awaba MTB Park, Cooranbong NSW - 23 July 2016

We are offering a contingency plan as we were just informed by the Mt Annan team that the MTB trails are closed and our wet-weather option cannot be confirmed at this stage. So we decided to make an early call and are moving the series finale to Awaba MTB Park where awesome singletrails and an enthusiastic hosting club await our #rockytrailracers. Thanks to the Hunter MTB Association for the continued support! With the current rain today, Wednesday, and plenty of time for the trails to dry up we expect them to be in prime condition on Saturday.

We do understand, of course, that this change of plans won't work out for everyone and we do apologise - we're offering to refund your entry, if you can't make it. But please, do send us an email to notify us no later than Friday, 22 July 2016, 12pm.

Online registration is still open and please help spread the word - maybe this venue change will suit some racers and they decide to come last-minute. Remember, for this final round you'll again receive all your race pics by for free thanks to our major sponsor, Shimano Cycling Australia.

Thanks for your understanding.

Juliane and Martin

  Race Date Location  
Shimano MTB GP Round 1 5. March 2016 Glenrock / NSW SOLD OUT !
Shimano MTB GP Round 2 9. April 2016 Singleton / NSW  
Shimano MTB GP Round 3 7. May 2016 Stromlo / ACT  
Shimano MTB GP Round 4
supported by
25. June 2016 Ourimbah MTB Park / NSW
Shimano MTB GP Round 5 23. July 2016 Change of venue: Awaba MTB Park / NSW  

The Endurance Series for #rockytrailracers!

Rocky Trail Season 9 will rock!

The SHIMANO MTB Grand Prix Series is in its eigth year in 2016. 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.

We are proud that Rocky Trail events enjoy the great reputation that they are challenging yet doable, serious yet fun, professional yet friendly - all driven by its Directors' commitment to run a business that promotes fair races that are exceptionally well run. Our SHIMANO MTB GP events continue to receive respectable coverage across a wide variety of online and print media and what we, Juliane and Martin, hold in the highest regard is that particular human touch-factor that we both thrive to instill into all aspects of our business, especially in the way our events are run. It's an authenticity, we're told, that comes through in the way our entire crew works together to deliver great races.

We want to reward as many riders as possible with prizes across the series. We want to deliver a series that is less of an elite- and winners-only-focused competition, but a positive and inclusive experience for all participants. At the centre of the race results will be that General Classification (GC) determining the major winners of a race. A further measure will be a wider variety of age groups, which will determine the Category podiums. You will receive a placing in both GC as well as one category.

Similar to the 2015 races will be the way we hand out prizes: we will hand out the prizes BEFORE the race start!
Rather than handing out the prizes we get from our fantastic sponsors to the winning riders only, we are introducing a streamlined GC product-reward winning, fixed podium structure and then to spread more spot prizes across the entire field.

We will issue as many raffle giveaway tickets as we receive prizes from our sponsors at each race and they will be categorised according to item value. Each rider with a "winning ticket" will be able to pick a prize from the "Rocky Trail Bazaar" of spot prizes. Additional tickets go into the draw for a selected number of major prizes, which will differ from race to race.

What you race for:

  • GC podium places will receive a certificate
  • Category podium places will receive a certificate

Series rewards:

  • Series GC podium places will receive a special trophy and certificate
  • Series Category podium places will receive a special trophy and certificate
Rocky Trail partnership with the University of Newcastle
All solo entrants of the Shimano MTB GP Round 4 (Ourimbah) hosted by Rocky Trail Entertainment will be eligible to receive a free performance testing session with the University of Newcastle (UoN) sport science department. This opportunity is available to male and female entrants aged between 18-50yo who enter a solo category of this event. However, to ensure safety, athletes will be required to complete a health screening form prior to testing. The testing session includes power profiling, VO2 assessment and other tests (normally costing approximately $200-300 at institutes), providing participants with valuable information. For athletes who choose to also participate in future tests with UoN and Rocky Trail, it will be a great way to monitor how your training is impacting on your performance. Following completion of entry, participants will simply need to contact Andrew Novak at the University of Newcastle Ourimbah campus to organise a day/time for the session. No cost or future commitment is required from athletes and they will be provided with all of their individual data. Participants will be asked if they would like to contribute their anonymised data to research studies that are aiming to improve the training methods of cross-country athletes. While the testing is being provided free of charge, places will be limited so be sure to contact Andrew as soon as you have completed your race entry to secure a place.
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News and race updates
Remember to check out our brand new "NEWS" section on the website. We will post all the last minute race updates for you there.
Racing options

We will again bring you the popular 4-hour “FAST” and the “FURIOUS” 7-hour racing options across all five series races. Race “fast” for half a day or “furiously” for a full day, but have a little bit more time to pack up and get home safely.

  • FAST GP – the popular 4 Hour endurance race if you only have time for or want to spend half the day on your bike.
  • FURIOUS GP – 7 Hour race duration for all the endurance enthusiasts out there.
Race format and who wins

The race is a relay-style race. Team riders of the first lap (who start the race for their teams) can after 1 lap hand over to the next team member or keep riding – that's up to the teams to decide. As soon as you ride 1 lap per solo rider, respectively per team, your time counts and is valid in the final results.

Mixed male/female teams: each team needs to record at least one female AND one male lap to be in the results.
The rider in the solo categories / the team with most laps (and shortest time thereafter) wins. If there are riders/teams in a category with the same number of laps, the fastest total lap time determines the ranking.

Racing the whole series

To qualify for overall series points & wins, riders need to complete at least 2 races in their category. After the second round we will publish the teams with the accumulated points. You must race under the same team name in all the races. If you are in a team of 2 or 3 riders at least 1 original member must be in all races riding under that team name.

NSW/ACT Bike Shop Trophy

What is this all about for the local bike shops? Get as many staff members and customers to ride at the SHIMANO MTB Grand Prix Series with Rocky Trail and officially become the “fastest bike shop in NSW/ACT” . The more riders race under your name, the more points they will collect.
Win the official Rocky Trail SHIMANO MTB Grand Prix JetBlack Bike Shop Trophy for display on the shop floor

  • Bike Shop Trophy riders can participate in the 7-hour or 4-hour elite solo or team categories
  • The more riders and teams ride for the shop, the more series points you collect
  • Riders must enter the bike shop name when registering (there is a specific field for it)

So if you want your local shop to support you when racing the series talk to them, offer to ride in their name and we are sure they will look after you and your bike!

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2015 Lifestyle & Leisure rankings after each round
2014 Blackman Bicycles rankings after each round
2013 Blackman Bicycles rankings after each round
2012 Ashfield Cycles rankings after each round
2011 Gordon Street Cycles Final Ranking 2011

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