Rider Briefing | Rocky Trail Academy | Brisbane QLD

Building resilience and life skills on rocky trails!

This event is part of the Rocky Trail Academy junior development programme, sponsored by Shimano, Marzocchi and Sendy Gear and endorsed by AusCycling.


Read the full rider brief information below. Important NEW update on tracks.


The Rocky Trail Academy is returning to Eastern Escarpment with a record event – close to 350 students will hit the trails with us this Friday! We’ve been able to extend some of the trails to accommodate the rider numbers and are looking forward to a cracker of a day! Now in the 6th year this event is always super popular with school teams travelling from the Northern NSW, Sunshine Coast and down the range from Toowoomba. Arrive early as it is going to be an epic day of racing.

New to Academy racing? Check out the Event Guide for everything you need to know. Jump on our Venue Guide for location and parking info. Hit the Track Guide for info on all the tracks. Our team has been on-site and have provided some more information about the race day – scroll down for the detailed Rider Briefing.

Key things to remember:

  • EVENT FORMAT: 3 timed race tracks from 9am – 1:30pm offering a balanced skillset challenge and a rewarding experience for all – from “park rats” to inexperienced riders and already racing kids. Competition will consist of 3 timed stages and neutral liaison rides: Endurance, Speed and Technical Skills. Parent and teacher marshalling and volunteering welcome! Please see Jo at registration to offer your assistance.
  • Podiums will be awarded for the top 3 riders in each category, and Champions school.

Event services and facilities:

  • The Moreton Bay College club will be hosting the BBQ and ready from 8am – Bacon and rolls, Burgers, Snacks and drinks available.
  • Start the day with the best coffee on the Coast. Johnno from Groupset Coffee will be ready and waiting.
  • Bike support from The Pedal Inn Garage team.
  • Learn how to setup your Suspension – NSDynamics hosting clinics on the day
  • School marquees are welcome to be setup in the Event Hub area. Email jo@rockytrailentertainment.com and arrive early to secure a spot
  • Unisex Public toilets are available behind the rego area


Slight chance of a shower. Temps 17- 20c


We encourage volunteering and we need your help! – Parent/teacher volunteers required on the day. Roles include PARKING and course marshal. Add your name to the list at registration, or register via https://rockytrailentertainment.com/home/volunteering/ and we will create a roster on the day. Bring a Bike or chair, jumper and sunscreen, wear walking shoes and prepare a loud cheering voice to encourage the kids out on track.  Come and have a great day in the outdoors!

We need 6 marshal spots for each time slot (9am until 10.30, 10:30 to Midday, Midday to 1.30pm)

Venue Information:

Address: 1 Karingal Rd, Mount Cotton QLD 4165

  • Event Hub will be located in the Karingal Scouts Camps near the Rob’s Kitchen area.
  • Access to Karingal Scounts is via Mt Cotton Rd and Karingal Rd. Follow the arrows.


  • There is ample parking in the event hub. Follow the instructions from the volunteers and staff so we can maximise space.
  • Coaches should show caution descending the hill after the entry gate as the road is narrow and has steep water bars. Schools sending coaches should contact Jo via email. jo@rockytrailentertainment.com
  • Please do not park or drop off on West Mount Cotton Road.
  • The road into the Scout Park is single lane with limited passing areas, no exiting will be allowed between 7.30am until 9.15am to allow ease of access. A DROP OFF area is available at the entry gate. Riders will need to ride approx 600mtr to the Event Hub.
  • Please follow the directions of event staff when entering the venue and park as directed.
  • Please make sure your vehicle is parked considerately and does not impact access to the event center or trails.

Race Course Description:

  • SHIMANO – “Shenanigans” the full length includes some blown-out but fast corners. There is a narrow shoot that sneaks up on the unsuspecting. Jumps if you want, Pumps if you can. The trail is just long enough to test your upper bodies endurance. 1.3km and 105m vertical.
  • BOMBER – Drop into “Powerful Howl” which is great fun. Designed for adaptive cycles means the track is wide but this deceives the inexperienced to believing lines aren’t still important for fast. 900m and 50m vertical drop.
  • SENDY – Pedal track this year will be “Leo Land” from the top of the first fire road crossing. 1.9km long descending 50m and only climbing 15m.

Schedule for the day:


  • 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
  • 2.00pm – Event closed

Course Marking:

  • Course marking is a combination of Orange laminated A4 signs and bunting tape.
  • Liaison stages (=untimed “up” to start trails) are marked with “Neutral to Start” and arrows signage
  • On track riders must stay within the designated trail and are not allowed to cross bunting tape.
  • Riders who are seen to shortcut race tracks will have timed runs removed from the result.

We can’t wait to see you smashing it! –



We can’t wait to see you smashing it! After the event we will provide links for you to access content from the race. Be sure to download them after the race and share your stories with eeeeeveryone using:


We are guaranteed a great weekend and look forward to seeing you all here!

Emergency contacts:

Race Director – Bob Morris 0458 299 558
Event Director – Jo Parker – 0424 955 332

What else is happening at Mt Cotton/Eastern Escarpment this weekend?

Join in the Fox Superflow® action with an exciting gravity smash fest, challenging enduro liaison climbs, and beautiful nature all around.

5 race runs possible on each, fastest on each counts – times are combined for the results! Elite racer, grom or noob, any age, will have a blast: there are no harsh cut-off times or start orders, which means whatever category you’re in, you can ride together and each lock your own best race run in!

Accommodation Partner

We welcome NRMA Parks and Resorts as a Rocky Trail Accommodation Partner. So many of our event venues are close to one of their many beautiful properties! Camping, glamping, cabins – great for families, groups of friends and couples getaways… that’s our #rockytrailracers, what a match!

Our event venue at Mt Cotton/Eastern Escarpment Conservation Area is only a 45min drive from the NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Park on the Gold Coast. Perfect for those coming from the South – plus you can ride Nerang MTB Park that’s about 30min South from the property on your non-race day!

  • Address Batemans Bay: 117 Brisbane Rd, Biggera Waters, QLD 4216
  • The Holiday Park is offering Rocky Trail Racers and Visitors a 10% discount from 19-21 April 2024.
  • To book, call or email the Holiday Park directly and quote the Reservation #220118Click here for contact details.

About the Rocky Trail Academy Schools events

This popular schools comp with timed sections and multiple runs provides a fun racing experience for the next generations of mountain bikers. The Queensland season of Academies has been huge with over 300+ riders at each round. Chat to Jo at rego if you are interested to have your school involved in the planning.

The format was the brain-child of Bob Morris and Jo Parker, our National Event Managers, who looked to create a format that tested multiple skills of mountain biking, whilst challenging the skilled pinner and yet providing an opportunity for riders of all abilities to have a go. Courses are designed to have a flat pedal for XC riders to excel, a technical gravity track for the gravity pinners to shine, and a flow track for the funsters to speed down. The format duplicates our very popular Fox Superflow with 3 tracks, multiple runs, and live timing, in a social safe environment.

Watching the growth of schools offering Mountain Bike programs as a school sport just demonstrates the tremendous popularity of Mountain Biking in the community and the benefits to all. Jo Parker, strives to see #morekidsonbikes and #moregirlsonbikes.

With 20 Academies planned for 2024 it is going to be an epic year of school events. Subscribe now to our newsletter to stay up to date with all of our announcements.


Last-minute changes are communicated via:

Rocky Trail Merchandise

  • Rocky Trail Jerseys designed by Dharco ($75-$85)
  • Limited stock: Rocky Trail X Sendy Hoodies $65 and T-shirts $35
  • Socks $20
  • Mudguards $20
  • Available from the Rocky Trail rego desk all weekend!

Event Content

We can’t wait to see you smashing it! After the event we will provide links for you to access content from the race. Be sure to download them after the race and share your stories with eeeeeveryone using:


We are guaranteed a great weekend and look forward to seeing you all here!

General race regulations

  • Race etiquette – Important: you MUST adhere to social distancing rules AND rude behaviour out on track is not acceptable. Please be kind to each other. We are all here to have fun. Chat to our Event Managers if you have any questions.
  • We love to help and chat! Our staff at rego and at the starts are there to help. Talk to them.
  • Don’t litter – please take your rubbish back with you or throw it in the bins/bags near the registration tent.
  • Timing will be done with your timing chip – please ensure it is on your bike/attached to your chest and in the MTB that the plastic doesn’t touch any metal parts of your bike (e.g. don’t wrap the number plate around your handlebar).
  • You agreed to our RACE WAIVER when you registered online – here is a link to the RACE WAIVER again
  • Click here for DETAILED RACE RULES

Any questions?

Talk to us via our online chat – click on the orange circle symbol on your bottom right screen corner and we’ll be right with you! (We always love talking bikes, racing and riding!)

See you soon.

See. You. Soon.

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