Awaba MTB Park announced as 2017 venue

… race in a state forest of trance …

The Jetblack 24 Hour has been on the Rocky Trail calendar since 2009 – we’ve raced around the clock at a holiday resort, a botanic garden and a winery and for the next one we’re going bush.

 

The 2017 edition of the JetBlack 24 Hour will be held at Awaba MTB in the Olney State Forest, on the home trails of the Hunter MTB Association! Race for 24 hours solo or in teams or pick one of the 6+6 hour categories where you get to rest overnight.

This will be the first time that such a long mountain bike race will be held at Awaba and all its best trail sections will be linked up to an awesome 24-hour circuit – the race will be on good-old bush singletrails, the kind that will make your heart sing and your legs burn. It will take you deep into the rainforest on the foothills of the Watagans – the the cool and moist air will bring respite as the salad bowl spins you around and back onto those flowy Awaba trails that make it one of the most-loved mountain bike destinations on the East Coast.

Online registration will open on October 3 at 3pm.

There will be a rider cap of 350 so please don’t wait too long if you would like to race. It is very likely that the race will fill up.

Be a #rockytrailracer and enjoy cross-country racing at its best.

 

JetBlack 24 Hour - 18+19 February 2017 at Awaba MTB Park!

JetBlack 24 Hour – 18+19 February 2017 at Awaba MTB Park!

Rocky Trail's 24 Hour mountain bike event.

Rocky Trail’s 24 Hour mountain bike event.

Rock Awaba with us around the clock, just 1 hour south of Newcastle.

Rock Awaba with us around the clock, just 1 hour south of Newcastle.

Race solo or in teams, 24H and 6+6H options!

Race solo or in teams, 24H and 6+6H options!

Race in a state forest of trance - take on the challenge and be a #rockytrailracer!

Race in a state forest of trance – take on the challenge and be a #rockytrailracer!

 

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SHIMANO Mountain Bike Grand Prix 2016 wraps up at Awaba

The final round of the SHIMANO Mountain Bike Grand Prix Series was held on the weekend at Awaba MTB Park near Newcastle and riders were awarded their series titles. Andrew Lloyd from Newcastle took out the overall four-hour solo men’s title and Natalie Anderson from Sydney’s South won the women’s series division. In the seven-hour series Jason Hewitt from Singleton and Dalene Pretorius were the overall winners after five races that took more than 1000 Rocky Trail racers to some of the most popular mountain bike trails in NSW and the ACT.
As one of the past decade’s longest-standing NSW/ACT cross-country series, the SHIMANO Mountain Bike Grand Prix Series wrapped up it’s 2016 season at Awaba MTB Park near Newcastle on the weekend. Race Director Martin Wisata from event promoter Rocky Trail Entertainment said that it had been another successful series under the patronage of Shimano Cycling Australia. “Together with our major sponsor, our goal has been to run this series for all kinds of mountain bikers and looking at the start lines we get a very wide range of male and female riders – from elite racers to weekend warriors to up and coming juniors,” he said.
Wisata added that the series had been geared towards the everyday rider and that a big focus had been on offering a fun and challenging variety of venues. “We wanted to put less emphasis on the winning aspect of the races, but rather create memorable experiences for all event participants”, Wisata explained. With the prize pool from major sponsor Shimano and series supporters being distributed ahead of the races through lucky draws and stunning race photos by a professional crew of sports photographers included in the entry, the event participants were sure not to go home empty handed.
“We like working closely together with land managers, property owners and support local clubs”, continued Wisata. For the first time, the series had kicked off at Glenrock State Conservation Area in Newcastle, which rewarded the racers with magnificent ocean views for their riding efforts and Singleton had been another new addition for Round 2. Next, the series travelled to the Capital’s Stromlo Forest Park before taking the riders to a real old-school track near Wyong for Round four, which was supported by the local Central Coast Council and offered free performance testing by the Newcastle University’s Ourimbah Campus to the athletes.
At Awaba MTB Park, Newcastle’s Andrew Lloyd won the four-hour series ahead of former motorbike World Enduro Champion Stefan Merriman and Michael Clark from Sydney. The 33-year old Natalie Anderson from Barden Ridge won the women’s series ahead of Sydney’s Sara Mills (19-23 age group) and 40+ master racer Claudia Fiess.
“It’s just exciting to release a pack of racers that includes so many different types of riders”, said Martin Wisata. “At Awaba we had elite racer and National Champion Cameron Ivory with Trenton Day at the start line and their smiles across the finish were just as wide as everyone else’s”, he said and added that many amateur racing teams chose this series for its versatile trails and the fun yet professional racing atmosphere.
With a win on his home track, Jason Hewitt from Singleton laid the corner stone for his win in the seven-hour general men’s classification for the JetBlack Racing Team. Fellow JetBlack racer Dalene Pretorius took out the women’s division. Hewitt won ahead of Quantum Racing’s Alex Kooijman from Sydney. Brad Leach from Port Macquarie came in third.
JetBlack Bikeshop Trophy rewards local bike shops
The JetBlack Racing Team also claimed the official JetBlack Bikeshop Trophy for their nominated store, the Lifestyle & Leisure shop near Windsor. Riders could nominate a bike shop for their series points to create some publicity and the runner up was The Odd Spokes shop in Dural with the Quantum Racing Team around Andrew Lloyd and in third was the Onya Bike Canberra group of stores, thanks to the Pedal 4 Pierce Charity riders and fellow Canberran racers in the series.
Wisata confirmed that the Shimano MTB GP Series would return in 2017. For full race results, visit www.rockytrailentertainment.com
Andrew Lloyd at race pace at the Shimano MTB Grand Prix.

Andrew Lloyd at race pace at the Shimano MTB Grand Prix.

Jason Hewitt (far right) among the JetBlack Racing Team, one of the largest amateur racing teams in Australia.

Jason Hewitt (far right) among the JetBlack Racing Team, one of the largest amateur racing teams in Australia.

Pedal4Pierce Charity founder Chris Jefferys (centre) at the Rocky Trail prize bazaar with his team mates.

Pedal4Pierce Charity founder Chris Jefferys (centre) at the Rocky Trail prize bazaar with his team mates.

A hands-on sponsor: the Shimano Cycling Australia races the series with Rocky Trail and supports grassroots development in mountain biking.

A hands-on sponsor: the Shimano Cycling Australia races the series with Rocky Trail and supports grassroots development in mountain biking.

    It's a wrap: the 2016 Shimano MTB GP Series comes to a close at Awaba.

It’s a wrap: the 2016 Shimano MTB GP Series comes to a close at Awaba.

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OuterImage rider images now online

The rider images by Outer Image are now online – grab yours now!

The Outer Image crew with Gil and Richard always pick the best spot, this time there are some really cool action shots in the mud and beautifully scenic images of our #rockytrailracers among the mix.

>> Follow this link to check out the online gallery.

 

Photos: OuterImage

Night racing.

Night racing.

Jason English - 7th JetBlack 12 Hour title with Rocky Trail Entertainment.

Jason English – 7th JetBlack 12 Hour title with Rocky Trail Entertainment.

Charlie McCabe crossing the creek at Mowbray Park Farm, team manager Jason Moxham right behind her.

Charlie McCabe crossing the creek at Mowbray Park Farm, team manager Jason Moxham right behind her.

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Photo story: English and McCabe defend Elite titles at JetBlack 12 Hour at Mowbray Park Farm

No change of reign on the Elite top steps of the JetBlack 12 Hour race as school teachers Jason English and Charlie McCabe claim the 2016 race wins at Mowbray Park Farm. For the first time the iconic event was held in Picton where 250 mountain bikers from all over NSW and the ACT assembled for a gruelling 12 hours of racing across on the lush grounds of the picturesque farm. The overall line honours went to the Quantum Racing Team with 37 laps on the 7.5km course.

 

Not only did Jason English, the 24 Hour Solo World Champion from Port Macquarie, complete 32 laps in 11:28:06 hours, but he also raced into the top ten overall among all competing teams as a solo racer. As such, Jason English added a seventh JetBlack 12 Hour title to his collection.

“This is one of my staple races of the year”, English said. “I had great support by my crew this weekend, the Pivot 429 bike rolled perfectly and I kept up the energy food and hydration to fend off the strong competition out there.” Sam Moffitt came in second place with a gap of just under an hour to English and on 32 laps as well; fellow Canberran endurance race Aaron Thompson finished in third with 30 laps in 11:51:56 hours.

The trails at Mowbray Park Farm are open to visitors of the farm only and many of the race participants stayed in the farm houses on-site. The trails were in great condition, considering the wet weather leading up to the event said Race Director Martin Wisata from events promoter Rocky Trail Entertainment, who have been running this event since 2009. “The trails here lend themselves well to such a long endurance race as riders do get a few flat sections to recover across the paddocks. It’s still a challenging course with a fair bit of climbing though. We kept monitoring the trail conditions throughout the race and made slight amendments to the course and fixed up sections that were getting too muddy – we had a great marshalling crew out there”, he added.

The race atmosphere was very social with the teams of four the biggest category and a good number of junior riders at the start. Again, the Rocky Trail crew proofed that they like to shake things up – for the first time they challenged the riders to a “mega avalanche-style” mass race start. All riders were released down a meadow towards the entry into a narrow singletrail and onto the race track.

“We had to go around some very muddy and wet sections and let the riders choose a direct line towards the entry to the section of singletrail that was dry on the high side of the paddock”, explained Wisata. “We had the idea when setting up the track and it gave the race start an exciting twist”, he concluded.

 

Elite Female title defended

Charlie McCabe from the Central Coast added a second JetBlack 12 Hour win to her racing achievements. The 30-year old school teacher from Wamberal clocked in 23 laps in 11:43:07 hours, this year racing under a new sponsor with the MacArthur Design and Drafting Team by Jason Moxham who runs Fizo Cycling, supporting Jason English as well.

“While wrenching and racing, I was also looking after our team, which also kept me busy. Thankfully the day went smoothly. [..] The biggest thanks goes to our team of dedicated, hard working, awesome riders”, said a content team manager Moxham. Four category first places including English and McCabe as well as a third and fifth place round up a successful weekend for the team.

“Nothing beats a race weekend away with good friends! It was a super mud fest, thick gluey mud, slippery mud, wet mud and more mud. I took out first in elite female whilst my partner Max [Richardson] got 5th in elite male. We both gave it everything we had and are now one step closer to the National 24 solo event in October [in Canberra]”, said an excited McCabe.

In second place was Leah Childs from Wingello with 21 laps in 11:35:21 hours and in her first 12-hour endurance event, Claudia Fiess from the Northern Beaches raced onto the third place with a gap of about 40 minutes to Childs.

The JetBlack 12 Hour was Rocky Trail’s final cross-country racing event for 2016. Two more gravity events will finalise the season with the RedAss Downhill Enduro Series finale in Lithgow mid-October as well as the Fox Rollercoaster Superflow Championships at Ourimbah MTB Park in Wyong on 20 November. With a venue yet to be confirmed the first cross-country event in 2017 will be the JetBlack 24 Hour event mid-February.

For detailed results and event information visit www.rockytrailentertainment.com

Link: JetBlack 12 Hour Results Portal

Link: JetBlack 12 Hour race pics by Outer Image Collective 

 

Photos: OuterImageCollective

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Rider briefing.

Rider briefing.

Getting ready to start!

Getting ready to start!

Race start "mega avalange-style" - unleashing the racers out onto the track.

Race start “mega avalange-style” – unleashing the racers out onto the track.

Charlie McCabe crossing the creek at Mowbray Park Farm, team manager Jason Moxham right behind her.

Charlie McCabe crossing the creek at Mowbray Park Farm, team manager Jason Moxham right behind her.

Jason English racing into the night at the JetBlack 12 Hour 2016.

Jason English racing into the night at the JetBlack 12 Hour 2016.

Jason English - 7th JetBlack 12 Hour title with Rocky Trail Entertainment.

Jason English – 7th JetBlack 12 Hour title with Rocky Trail Entertainment.

Craig Gordon (right) with nephew and up and coming endurance racer and fellow BH Bikes JetBlack team rider, Owen Gordon.

Craig Gordon (right) with nephew and up and coming endurance racer and fellow BH Bikes JetBlack team rider, Owen Gordon.

Race Director Martin Wisata with young Cosmo.

Race Director Martin Wisata with young Cosmo.

Quantum racing team (l-r): Andrew Lloyd, Blake Shergold, Jacob van Egmond, Michal Kafka.

Quantum racing team (l-r): Andrew Lloyd, Blake Shergold, Jacob van Egmond, Michal Kafka.

Night racing.

Night racing.

Night racing.

Night racing.

Team Podium from Rocky Trail Entertainment's Jetblack 12hr at Mowbray Farm - the winning Quantum Racing Team takes out the overall line honours.

Team Podium from Rocky Trail Entertainment’s Jetblack 12hr at Mowbray Farm – the winning Quantum Racing Team takes out the overall line honours.

Elite Female Podium Jetblack 12hr at Mowbray Farm (l-r): Leah Childs, Charlie McCabe, Claudie Fiess.

Elite Female Podium Jetblack 12hr at Mowbray Farm (l-r): Leah Childs, Charlie McCabe, Claudie Fiess.

Elite Male Podium Jetblack 12hr at Mowbray Farm (l-r): Sam Moffitt, Jason English, Aaron Thompson.

Elite Male Podium Jetblack 12hr at Mowbray Farm (l-r): Sam Moffitt, Jason English, Aaron Thompson.

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JB12H amenities update

Hiya,

We’re setting up and things are running smoothly – here’s a quick update regarding amenities:

Water – we have some canisters to refill bottles, if you can, bring your own supplies, especially if you’re camping overnight.

Camping – please arrange this with Mowbray Park Farm directly, you can camp at the event centre.

Bike wash – the farm guys will set up a hose.

Showers – no proper showers for campers, but you can use the bike was hose.

Toilets – we will have portable toilets and there are public toilets on the farm.

Fire – allowed, yes, but please bring your own fire wood.

See you soon!

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Jetblack 12 Hour track update

​JetBlack 12 Hour track is marked: most of it is dry but there will be a few boggy sections. We can go around most of them. On another note which will make many riders happy: the final climb is gone.  Once you cross the road you’re at the finish line. The lower sections there are too wet. Also the event centre and all camping will be at the top (same as the GP last year) and not as originally planned at the sportsground.

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Joel Willis and Ellie Smith take the Elite reigns as RedAss Downhill Enduro Champions

More than 130 riders from all over NSW and the ACT raced at Greenvalleys MTB Park near Shellharbour on the weekend. They competed for the RedAss Downhill Enduro Championship titles and experienced elite racer Joel Willis from Lithgow won with the fastest time of the day on the challenging track. With a premiere in the elite category, Ellie Smith from Wyong is the 2016 women’s Champion at only 16 years of age. 
The challenging course at Greenvalleys MTB Park demanded everything of the racers summoned by events promoter Rocky Trail Entertainment. Newly groomed and in great condition on race day after a wet practice on Saturday, it offered the crowds spectacular action. The participants had two runs of the track each and the faster time clocked in counted towards the final result.
Ellie Smith from Wyong raced her first elite category event and in 2:20.343 min her first race run was the fastest female time of the day. After two runs, the only 16-year old won ahead of seasoned riders Kellie Weinert (+0.067) from Kearns and Joanne Fox (+9.062) from Emu Heights. “I decided in the last minute to race in elite”, the up and coming downhiller form the Central Coast admitted. “I’ve been training really hard the last few months and I want to race at World Cup level one day – these are the types of events that will get me ready for it”, she added.
One who has overseas experience and a notable number of state titles under his belt, even though he’s only 19 years old, is Joel Willis from Lithgow, who claimed the elite men’s title in 1:58.048, the fastest of the day. “It was fun to race at Greenvalleys and I’m looking forward to the RedAss series finale on my home track in October”, he said. Second was Brent Smith (+0.545)  from Woronora Heights ahead of Patrick Butler (+2.67) from Brunkerville who also raced his first elite event in the RedAss Downhill series. Fourth and fifth were Josh Lea from Helensburgh (+3.822) and Keiran Volk (+4.49), both local club members and builders of the track.
“Downhill racing is a niche sport and a very tough one to get into, because the skills required are so specific and hard to acquire”, said Race Director Martin Wisata from Rocky Trail Entertainment. “This weekend we had record fields in the Junior U15 and Junior U17 categories – over 50 young athletes competed with us at Greenvalleys, which is a promising sign for the sport”, Wisata concluded.
The RedAss Downhill Enduro Series will have its annual final event in Lithgow on 15+16 October. For more information and detailed results, visit www.rockytrailentertainment.com
Photos: OuterImage.com.au
Joel Willis fighting for every hundredths of a second, winning by 0.545 seconds.

Joel Willis fighting for every hundredths of a second, winning by 0.545 seconds.

Ellie Smith leaving nothing out on track at Greenvalleys MTB Park at her elite category racing premiere.

Ellie Smith leaving nothing out on track at Greenvalleys MTB Park at her elite category racing premiere.

Elite Male podium (l-r): Josh Lea, Brent Smith, Joel Willis, Pat Butler, Keiran Volk.

Elite Male podium (l-r): Josh Lea, Brent Smith, Joel Willis, Pat Butler, Keiran Volk.

Elite Female podium (l-r): Kellie Weinert, Ellie Smith, Jo Fox.

Elite Female podium (l-r): Kellie Weinert, Ellie Smith, Jo Fox.

 

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