Rider Briefing | Rocky Trail Academy | Darling Downs | Toowoomba QLD

Building resilience and life skills on rocky trails!

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


VIRTUAL RIDER BRIEFING

Read the full rider brief information below.


RIDER BRIEFING CONTENT IN WRITING

Look out another record has been smashed! Following on from two years of great events in the Darling Down region we have just hit 300 registrations for this Friday. The venue of Jubilee Park is well renowned for hosting National events and with the dedication of the local club and council it is exciting to see the interest and attendance of so many local schools and students competing against a spread of schools across the SEQ region including the western school of Goondiwindi . We’ve got a big weekend of racing with the Fox Superflow and a range of exhibitors coming to town.

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 are needed to help on the day. Come prepared, bring a bike if you ride or pack the hiking shoes for a great day in the bush.
  • Podiums will be awarded for the top 3 riders in each category, and Champions school.

Event services and facilities:

  • Toowoomba Mountain Bike Club will be be running a Fund raising BBQ. Click here for the menu. ( NO vegetarian or gluten options available)
  • Local coffee vendor Pinkys Coffee Dreams will be onsite both days ready to take your 1st coffee order on this winter weekend.
  • No bike support available on site.  Please bring your own spare tubes and tools to keep your wheels rolling.
  • School marquees are welcome to be setup in the Event Hub area. Email jo@rockytrailentertainment.com to secure a spot. Bus and Trailer parking available near the event hub. We will also have a drop and go area set up.
  • Two unisex composite toilets available onsite

Weather:

Trails are in mint condition after a couple of showers during the week. Sunny skies expected with a low of 5c and high of 14c. Bring plenty of layers until the warmth of the sun arrives.

Volunteers:

We encourage volunteering and we need your help! – Parent/teacher volunteers required on the day. Roles include bike and course marshalling. 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 5-6 marshal spots for each time slot (9am until 10.30, 10:30 to Midday, Midday to 1.30pm)

Venue Information:

Address: Amos Road Trailhead, Amos Rd, Mount Lofty QLD 4350, Australia

Event Hub:

  • Amos Rd is at the bottom of the range.
  • Turn off the old highway (Toowoomba Connection Rd) at Withcott onto Jones Rd.
  • At approximately 4km turn left onto Amos Rd.
  • Event Hub is 400m further up Amos Rd.

Parking – Important: CARPOOL IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  • Offsite parking is available on a private property approximately 800m up Amos Rd on the left. Please follow the direction of our CREW and help us maximise the space. A limited drop and go area has been established near the event hub. If you have a marquee or the team equipment please proceed towards the event hub and unload before returning back to the parking area. School Buses and trailers will be parked at the event hub only. Arrive early to give yourself time.

Race Course Description:

  • SHIMANO – The Flow track will be “Highline” which is one of the classic Jubilee tracks with excellent flow and speed. 1.7km long and dropping 130m.
  • BOMBER – The Technical track known as Caliber includes some rock gardens and off camber corners. Maintaining speed through these technical sections will be determinate. 2km long and dropping 130m
  • SENDY – The pedal track is short and fun. From the event hub riders will climb “Centrelink” and descend the lower “Reaper”. 900m long

Schedule for the day:

Friday

  • 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! –

#rockytrailracer

#rockytrailacademy

What else is happening on race day?

Fox Superflow® on the weekend

Trails are open from 1:30pm; trail marking will be adjusted in the afternoon for the Superflow® event. Click below to find out more about the race and to sign up!

Local business cooperation

A huge shout-out to Toowoomba MPE who is supporting our Superflow® weekend by loaning us a SxS to do trail marking and race-prep.
Toowoomba MPE is a family-owned and operated business selling Honda Motorcycles in Water Street, Toowoomba since 1970. Over this time, the business has grown and now incorporates a range of products to get you started on your outdoor adventure.

Currently located at 305 Taylor Street, Toowoomba, Qld, we have an extensive range of Honda Motorcycles, Beta Motorbikes, YCF kids/pit bikes, Sea-Doo’s, Can-Am’s, Honda Side by Sides TGB Quads and Honda Power Equipment.

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:

#ROCKYTRAILRACER #ROCKYTRAILACADEMY

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 Jubilee Mtb Park 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!

Spots still available!


Don’t forget – get your entry into the Focus comp via Flow MTB!

Competition open until end of June.


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.


News

Last-minute changes are communicated via:

Rocky Trail Merchandise (limited stock)

  • 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:

#ROCKYTRAILRACER #FOXSUPERFLOW

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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