Rider Briefing | Rocky Trail Academy | Private Event – NCIS Schools | Woolgoolga NSW

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.



Read the full rider brief information 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 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:

  • The great crew from Woolgoolga MTB club will be onsite running a BBQ and selling cold drinks and lolly bags. Please come and support the club. Cash or card payments welcome.
  • Local coffee vendor Mr G’s coffee van will be onsite ready from 8am
  • Water – Limited water – please bring sufficient personal supplies
  • Port a loos on site
  • 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 up the quarry road passed the event hub.


Great weather for racing – 11 to 22c during the day


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

Venue Information:


Wedding Bells State Forest Trails, Stuarts Road, Woolgoolga NSW 2456

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.

Event Hub:

    Parking – see map below or click here

    • The Event Hub and Parking is located at the top of Stuarts Road.
    • Stuarts Road is two way with NO PARKING allowed and caution around cyclist.
    • Parking will be located in the large quarry area due West of the Event Hub, approx. 500m.
    • 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:

    A description of the race tracks is online:

    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 at Woolgoolga?

    Rocky Trail returns with Academy & Fox Superflow® in August!

    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

    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 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 (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:


    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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