Rider Briefing | Rocky Trail Academy Graduation Cup | Gold Coast | Nerang QLD

Building resilience and life skills on rocky trails!

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


VIRTUAL RIDER BRIEFING

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RIDER BRIEFING CONTENT IN WRITING

The Rocky Trail Academy returns to the Nerang MTB Trails and this time its the big one: the Graduation Cup. This Special Edition schools competition brings together the best riders from across the region to compete for the Rocky Trail Academy Championship Titles across male and female age divisions. Introducing a new TEAM format into the regular Academy. Check out more details and the track guide below.

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:

Venue and Parking

  • Event Hub is located at Nerang National Park – Hope Street Nerang QLD (click for directions)
  • Parking:
    • Limited onsite Vehicle parking is allowed along the outside edge of the crit track. Please follow the directions of the event crew when arriving.
    • School buses/trailers can be parked onsite in the scout hall area and lower grandstand parking bay. Entry is via the gate opposite Scout Hall and Sims Metal works.
    • Overflow parking is along Hope Street and local streets. Please ensure you park legally and don’t block any driveways. Parking inspectors are known to visit the area.
    • Please make sure your vehicle is parked considerately and does not impact access to the event center or trails.
    • See details below for parking.

Exhibitors and Marquees

Food and Coffee

  • Nerang State High School Community program bbq is back with lots of yummy burgers and sausage sandwiches on offer. Bring cash or card
  • Grab your favourite hot drink from Johnno at Groupset Coffee – onsite all morning
  • Special treat check out OMG Donuts stand
  • Summer is coming, need a cold drink – Fruit Slushie is onsite and ready to serve

Bike Support

  • come prepared as we have no onsite support at this stage. Emergency items available at the rego tent.

Weather:

Late afternoon showers are expected – low of 17c with a high of 26c

Volunteers: Bring your bike if you ride!

We encourage volunteering and we need your help – parent/teacher volunteers required on the day. Roles are race starter or course marshall. 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 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! DONT FORGET YOUR BIKE IF YOU RIDE!

Marshall spots on course can be found on the track map.

Recycle – Reduce Waste 

Rocky Trail is committed to reduce land waste from events. We ask all participants to take home your waste and sort into your household bins. Limited bins will be on site.

10centtom bins will be onsite to collect all the cans and plastic bottles. Please support this great program.

Race Course Description:

  • FOX – FOX is the Technical. “Three Hills” into “Comm Games”. 2km long and dropping 130m.
  • STAN – STANS is the pedal challenge. “Casuarina” loop including the extra 800m. 2.6km and only 25m of change of elevation.
  • LAZER – The speed test will be LAZER. Running “Pete’s” from the top cutting onto the “Comm Games” to finish. 2.5km long and dropping 100m

Tip of the day, first run is a sighter run, check the track and conditions, pick your line then race to improve.

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 – all students and schools to attend. NEW TEAM AWARD’s
  • 2.00pm – Event closed

Event Format:

  • The tracks can be completed in any order, because it’s your adventure for the day!
  • Competition will consist of 3 timed sections – track names are Fox/Stan/Lazer/Maxxis
  • Tracks have been designed to test a variety of skills, including endurance, speed and technical ability.
  • To be in the results, each track has to be completed at least once!
  • Riders may ride each timed section up to 5 times on each track with their fastest time counting.
  • Combined best times will be tallied for the overall result for each rider.
  • Riders are representing their school and will be allocated 1 point for each timed section completed, bonus points awarded for top 5 on each track per category.  
  • Overall Champion school will be awarded plus podium in each category, male & female.

For those of you for whom this will be the first Rocky Trail event, we differ from most other events by offering a much more relaxed format. For the Rocky trail Academy:

  • Expect less of a winners-only-focused competition, but a positive and inclusive experience for all racers.
  • We allow marshall riders to support students on the track, so teachers grab your bike and support the students.
  • Our staff at rego and at the starts are there to help. Talk to them.

Course Marking:

  • Course marking is a combination of Orange laminated A4 signs and Aus Cycling 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! – Remember, your race photos are included in your entry, be sure to download them after the race and share your stories using our hashtags. Spread the word!

#rockytrailracer

#rockytrailacademy

Rider List and Results

All weekend you can find links to Rider List and LIVE Results via the drop-down menu from the event page on our website! You can check these now and throughout the weekend via your mobile devices – to reduce touch points we will not have any public display computers on-site.

Come along and join the team to make the Rocky trail Academy a great success for the Region!

Event Photos –

Official photographers will be on site to snap that action photo you have been dreaming about. School Managers gather your team before racing to capture the perfect shot for the Year Book and help promote Mountain Biking in your school. You will receive an email after the race with the direct download link; click below for the photo portal where the photos will be available:

Emergency contacts:

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


Don’t forget – Fox Superflow® on the weekend!


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 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.


News

Last-minute changes are communicated via:

Rocky Trail Merchandise

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

Rocky Trail Rewards – dont forget check out our the cool reward discounts from our sponsors

Shout-out to our main sponsors

Marzocchi

Marzocchi suspension forks are a reliable and cost-effective option for those looking to upgrade their mountain bike’s suspension. With their simple design and easy-to-follow setup instructions, even novice riders can quickly and easily tune their suspension to their liking. Additionally, Marzocchi forks are known for their durability and require minimal maintenance, making them an excellent choice for riders who want to spend more time on the trails and less time in the garage. Overall, Marzocchi suspension forks offer great value for their performance, ease of use, and low maintenance requirements. Find out more…

Sendy Gear

Sendy Gear is such a great fit with the programme because this is kid-specific mountain bike gear that is built tough and technical enough to endure all-mountain conditions, for kids who love to send it… just like our Rocky Trail shredders.

Sendy Gear is native to Australia’s Snowy Mountains and they’ve taken taken inspiration from their environment so that the designs are always on-point, pure and practical.

Did you know they also do custom-gear – get in touch with their team for information about school-specific garments. Find out more…

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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