Rider Briefing | Rocky Trail Academy | Melbourne VIC

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.


The Rocky Trail Academy is launching into Red Hill MTB Park. This inaugural event is sure to become a cornerstone of school events in Victoria. We have a great line-up of supporters attending, incl. Shimano with their brand ambassador Paul van der Ploeg – scroll down to find out more about all the action! Plus the Fox Superflow® is happening on the weekend – all details and links 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:

  • 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:

  • We will have Falafel Off The Truck on site from 7.30am with coffee and breakfast options plus many lunch and drink options. Checkout the full menu
  • Chainbrain bike shop will be on hand for all those last minute bike issues!
  • Learn from the best as mountain bike superstar and Shimano brand ambassador Paul van der Ploeg – find out more
  • Registration Tent with live timing, merch and race info
  • Podium presentations presented by Sendy Gear
  • Music and live race updates
  • Professional First Aid
  • Trailer mounted port a loos will be located near the Event Hub.


Cloudy skies with a low chance of light rain. Bring the layers a low of 9c to high of 18c


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

Venue Information:

Address: Boundary Rd &, Lombardy Ave, Dromana VIC 3936, Australia

Parking – The event hub and parking is accessed from Boundary Road and located near the Dromana Pump Track.  The entry gate is approximately 100mtr West from the shops.  Look for the Rocky Trail flags when approaching the area.  The north entrance carpark is small and has limited parking.  Travel further down the road and enter into the large open paddock.  This area is closer to the Event Hub.  Plenty of room for School Buses and Trailers (see image below)

Please follow the direction of staff on the day.

Race Course Description:

  • SHIMANO – “Wombat” is long and flowy then take the “Link” to avoid most of the climbing and to return to the event hub. 1.5km long and descending 110m.
  • BOMBER – “High Roller” will test riders ability to maintain speed with some flat corners. 1km long and drops 100m.
  • SENDY – “East Link” provides a flat fast fun track to riders. 1.1km long and only rising and falling 20m.

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! –



What else is happening on race day?

Rocky Trail Entertainment with the Shimano Crew!

Learn from a World Champ! MTB legend and Shimano brand ambassador Paul van der Ploeg joins the fun at the Rocky Trail Academy at Red Hill! Find out more about how to pick the brain of a World Champion, picking his brain about racing strategies, technical skills, and the mental game – an opportunity not to be missed!

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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 Red Hill 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!

Event Expo on the weekend

We’re also super excited to have our Event partners showcasing their amazing products and services:

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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