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Come on ‘Gong Schools, Rocky Trail Elementary is coming to Cringila Hills Mountain Bike Park and we’re ready to shred some trails!

Update 14 June 2024 | Attention Rippers: DATE CHANGE
Recent rain events locally have severely damaged the Cringila trails over the last few months and the MTB Park has been closed. Unfortunately we have been informed today by the venue manager that the trails cannot be opened by the originally scheduled date.
The new date is 5th September 2024. Click below for your refund and transfer options.

This new “Elementary Edition” of our Rocky Trail Academy program will provide a fun and accessible introduction to mountain biking, fostering participation and nurturing future riders. It is open to Y3-6 primary school kids, regardless of experience or skill level.

The focus is on enjoying the sport, exploring nature, and making new friends. The three tracks selected will be short, engaging, and designed for maximum fun. 

Participating schools and parents play a crucial role in supervising and cheering on young riders, fostering a supportive community atmosphere.

New to Rocky Trail Academy, check out the Event Guide for everything you need to know. Jump on our Venue Guide for location and parking info. Hit the Stages Guide for info on all the tracks.

Rider briefings are posted 1-2 days prior to the event and event photos are uploaded 24-48 hours after event.

DESTINATION WOLLONGONG

You’ll find us just 80km south of Sydney – with an escape-worthy collection of world-class beaches, playful adventures, eats, arts and iconic attractions. So, are you ready? Let’s GO!

Trail Guide

Our 3 Tracks have been designed to test a variety of skills, including endurance, speed and technical ability

Got a question, check out our FAQ’s or send us a message on the chat at the bottom of the page

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Venue Details

Rocky Trail Entertainment works closely with the local clubs and land owners or venue managers to make sure each event has the lowest environment impact as possible.

Address

Cringila Hills Mountain Bike Park, Lackawanna Street, Cringila NSW, Australia

Parking

Please follow the directions of event staff when entering the venue and park as directed.

Event parking will be detailed in the rider brief. School buses/trailers please email jo@rockytrailentertainment.com to secure your spot.

Event Services

  • Registration Tent with live timing, merch and race info
  • Giveaways
  • Space for team/school tents
  • Music and live race updates
  • Professional First Aid
  • Toilets onsite

Food & Refreshments

No event is complete without awesome coffee, epic food and plenty of cold refreshments!

The local Baseball club will be open and operating the canteen. Lots of snacks, cold drinks and hot food on offer.

Local operator Chloe-eve-coffee will be onsite serving the best hot/cold drinks in town. Support the businesses that support our events.

Where the adventure begins!

We hear you, Rippers! That’s why we are launching a special Elementary Edition just for primary schools! This is for the younger riders to join the fun and explore the ‘rocky trails’ – because everyone deserves a taste of mountain bike adventures with us!

What is the Format?

Rocky Trail Elementary is all about having fun and participation is encouraged over competition.

  • Three short trails (1-3 minutes each) with minimal technical challenges.
  • Focus on flat pedaling and some descending for a fun and manageable experience.
  • Three trails can be ridden in any order (like in Academy and Superflow® events). 
  • Riders are not timed to the starts.
  • Results will be published, but no official timing or rankings to encourage participation over competition.
  • Riders who do each track at least once are “finishers” and get a fun little reward prize.
  • All young riders receive a participation giveaway as a little reward for the day.

Our Sustainability Pledge

All Rocky Trail events are Ecotourism Certified in the Nature Tourism category by Ecotourism Australia. 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 is that we encourage our racers to follow some simple tips to ‘tread softly’ when visiting the bush and minimise damage to the natural environment. In summary, when you attend our events, please take only memories, immerse yourself into nature, enjoy spending time with like-minded people on ‘rocky trails’ and please, leave only footprints and tyre marks on the sanctioned trails and in the event perimeter marked out, if you’re a racer.

The Elementary Format

Click on the guides below to learn everything about this event

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Event Rules

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The Schedule

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Elementary categories

FAQ's

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Team Manager

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How To Enter

What's Included

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Insurance

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What is the Format?

Rocky Trail Elementary is all about having fun and participation is encouraged over competition.

  • Three short trails (1-3 minutes each) with minimal technical challenges.
  • Focus on flat pedaling and some descending for a fun and manageable experience.
  • Three trails can be ridden in any order (like in Academy and Superflow® events). 
  • Riders are not timed to the starts.
  • Results will be published, but no official timing or rankings to encourage participation over competition.
  • Riders who do each track at least once are "finishers" and get a fun little reward prize.
  • All young riders receive a participation giveaway as a little reward for the day.

Event Rules

  • You ride up to the starts – this time does not count. Shuttling or towing is not allowed.
  • You ride down on a pre-determined track. Riders are required to stay on the designated marked track. No short cutting the track even if it is not bunted – this time does count.
  • Passing: being friendly out on the track goes a long way. Let the rider you are about to pass know when and on which side. E.g. “rider coming up, passing on your right when you are ready”. Then say thanks and keep on smashing it. If you are being passed find the next best place to move to the side and let them pass.
  • If a race is deemed unsafe because of storm, rain, fire etc we will pause it, assess the situation and if possible restart it again when safe.
  • Riders must register before they will be allowed to practice.
  • Race numbers must be displayed on the handlebars of the bicycle. The number plate must be readable, so it must be fastened as flat as possible. Altering, cutting or placing of unauthorised sponsors’ logos on numbers can result in a penalty. You can keep your number plate as a memento of your race.
  • All riders must wear a bike helmet that has been authorised by Australian Standards (or approved international standard) at all times when riding and racing. You will be required to wear fully enclosed foot wear and gloves are recommended.
  • Riders do not have to be a member of a cycling association or club to be allowed to race.
  • Riders are covered under Aus Cycling event insurance. If you have any questions, please contact Event Manager Jo Parker at Rocky Trail Entertainment.
  • No garbage policy: please don’t litter out on the track. We will penalise you if we see you do it.
  • Riders are required to provide assistance to injured riders by staying with the injured rider until assistance arrives and notifying the next rider to inform the next track official. Riders providing assistance will be permitted to have a rerun even if the allocated time has elapsed.
  • Riders must be registered in their own name and not substitute for other riders without the prior consent of the race organiser.
  • Riders must not permit another rider to ride their bike with the numberplate attached. If sharing a bike you must remove the numberplate.
  • E-bikes are not permitted other than for support riders & roving marshals. All E-bikes used during the event (including practice) must comply with our E-bikes Policy.

Event Schedule

Elementary events are half day events allowing easy for easy timetabling:

  • Rego from 7:30am
  • Rider briefing 8:45am
  • Timed rides 9am-12pm (3hrs)
  • Presentations 12:15pm

Participation Requirements:

  • Open to all primary school students Years 3-6
  • Schools and parents provide marshals and supervision.
  • Bikes must be in good working order and appropriate for the trails.
  • Participation in a safety briefing is mandatory.

FAQ's

Below are some of the common questions we get, if you cant find what you're after jump on our FAQ page here

Do we need to provide a Team Manager

Schools must provide a Team Manager who who is requested to watch the virtual rider briefing video, communicate to the team course specific details, help identifying parent volunteers on the day and be the emergency contact point if no parent is on site.

Do parents need to be present?

All participants must have a guardian present at the event, however this can be a teacher or nominated team manager.

Can we register students in bulk?

Group student registration is available – contact jo@rockytrailentertainment.com to arrange

What's the schedule of the day?

Below is the standard schedule for a Rocky Trail Academy; it will always be confirmed via the Rider Briefing, which is sent out on Wednesday (Thursday the latest) before the event.

  • 7.30am – Registration opens
  • 8.45am – Rider call up – COMPULSORY safety briefing
  • 9.00am – All tracks open for racing
  • 1.30pm – Last race run
  • 1.45pm – Presentation – all students and schools to attend. NEW TEAM AWARD’s
  • 2.00pm – Event closed

Are we allowed to shuttle?

Shuttling is not allowed at Academy events unless it is specified as a shuttled event.

You can assist other riders by pushing them or walking thier bike up. Towing with a rope is not allowed but we do sometimes grant exemptions for very young (and tired) riders.

Do I need insurance?

This is an Auscycling sanctioned event with all registered riders and volunteers covered under Public Liability/Personal Accident Insurance.

Can I restart my run if I have an issue?

Yes you can restart your run as long as you do not cross the finish line.

DO NOT walk back up the trail under any circumstance, please exit the trail and return to the start via the designated liaison.

Can we ride in pairs or in a train?

You can ride in a train if you like, just allow space between each rider at the start, during technical sections and at the finish line.

How does timing work?

Your race plate has a timing chip unique to you and your time starts as soon as you cross the start map (usually 20-30m from start gate) and finishes when you cross the finish line.

How much time do you give between riders

We have start marshal's on all our stages to make sure that everyone gets a clean run at the track. If you think you'll need a bigger gap either before or after you just let them know.

Is a full face helmet and protection mandatory?

Full Face helmets and protection are not mandatory however it is highly recommend that all riders wear one at all times.

Can students use E-bikes?

E-bikes are not permitted other than for support riders & roving marshals. All E-bikes used during the event (including practice) must comply with our E-bikes Policy.

Team Manager

Schools must provide a Team Manager who who is requested to watch the virtual rider briefing video, communicate to the students course specific details, help identifying parent volunteers on the day and be the emergency contact point if no parent is on site.

Nominated Team Manager are requested to email Jo Parker at jo@rockytrailentertainment.com to confirm role and best contact number.

May we ask that the nominated Team Managers contact our Event Manager Jo Parker via email at jo@rockytrailentertainment.com to confirm school, your contact details and mobile number before the event.

If your school would like to be invoiced for students registration please contact Jo to arrange a registration code. Students/Parents are encouraged to sign up online and throughout the process will be prompted to add their Team Managers name.

Student can register independently of school but need to nominate adult volunteer to support on the day.

Registration for the School-Based Mountain Bike Competition: Team Challenge is a simple and convenient process. Here's an overview of the registration process:

Online Registration:

Students interested in participating in the competition will need to register online through the designated registration platform and advise school team manager.  Students are welcome to attend independently as well; the Graduation Cup is an additional team classification. The event will still show the classic Rocky Trail Academy Results for individual riders IN ADDITION to those team classification results. Riders who are nominated in this form in the correct team configuration (see below), will show up in the Graduation Cup Team classification.

Team Manager Nomination:

Each school will have a designated team manager who will coordinate the registration process.

The team manager, typically a teacher or faculty member, will gather the necessary information from the students and complete the team nomination process on their behalf.

Team Nomination:

The School team manager is responsible for nominating the final team 

To nominate the makeup of your team for the Challenge Cup: Team Challenge, please follow these steps:

  1. Team Manager Responsibility:
  • As the team manager, it is your responsibility to coordinate the team nomination process.
  • Communicate with the students who are interested in participating and gather the necessary information from them.
  • Check all students have registered prior to submitting the team form
  1. Determine Team Size:
  • Determine the appropriate team size based on the competition rules and guidelines.
  • For male teams, the team should consist of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 male riders - per category
  • For female teams, the team should consist of a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 female riders - per category
  1. Gather Rider Information:
  • Collect the following information from each rider: full name, gender, category, and contact details.
  1. Submit the Team Nomination:
  • Submit Google Form - click here
  • Fill in the required information for each rider, including their full name, category, gender, and contact details.
  • Follow the instructions provided on the registration platform to submit the team nomination.
  1. Double-Check the Information
  • Before submitting the team nomination, double-check all the information to ensure accuracy and completeness.
  1. Submission Deadline:
  • Submit the team nomination before the close of business on the 6th of August, as specified in the competition guidelines.
  • Be mindful of the deadline to secure your team's participation in the competition.

Once the team nomination is successfully submitted, monitor the online rider list to ensure team listing is correct.

Remember, as the team manager, you play a vital role in organizing and nominating the team makeup. Encourage teamwork, support your riders, and ensure all necessary information is provided for a successful participation in the School-Based Mountain Bike Competition: Team Challenge.

Whats Included?

Your registration includes the following:

  • NEW Live Results race portal
  • NEW Scan your race plate for results
  • NEW multiple new venues added to NSW & VIC series
  • Personalised Race Plate with Timing Chip
  • Live Timing throughout the event
  • Free giveaways
  • Professional First Aid
  • Event Marshalls
  • Food, Coffee & Drinks Vendors
  • Neutral Service / Repairs

Insurance

This is an Auscycling sanctioned event with all registered riders and volunteers covered under Public Liability/Personal Accident