Kempsey to Host Shimano MTB Grand Prix Events | The Macleay Argus

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In June, one of Australia’s leading private mountain biking organizers, Rocky Trail Entertainment, will return to Kempsey with their cross-country endurance mountain biking event. The 4 and 6 hour Shimano MTB Grand Prix event for solo riders and relay pairs will take place on the Kalateenee mountain bike trails next weekend on Sunday June 27. With a 13-year history, the series now features regular events across NSW, in ACT as well as QLD and VIC. SHIMANO Cycling Australia has been the main sponsor since the inception of the series and, with strong support from the cycling industry, has grown into one of the premier cross country endurance racing series in Australia. “From the first time between the gang to runners who have spent a lifetime training for power, they will all enjoy lining up on our start line,” said Martin Wisata, one of the founders of Rocky. Trail. “In the current recovery phase of the COVID-19 event, registration models for the 2021 Rocky Trail season have indicated that their events will continue to grow after a record year in 2020.“ With a Covid-19 security plan tight in place, the team will provide a safe and enjoyable event for Kempsey. “The race will feature 4 and 6 hour competitions for solo and pair relay competitors in the elite and age categories, as well as the junior and eBike categories.” The support of Macleay Valley Coast, the Kempsey Shire Council’s destination brand, was key in attracting the event to the area and Kempsey Shire Council Mayor Liz Campbell said the region was eager to host the new event. “It is a pleasure to welcome the Shimano Mountain Bike Grand Prix to our beautiful region,” she said. “I love that fantastic athletes from near and far are enjoying Macleay’s natural playgrounds, such as our precious Kalateenee mountain bike trails in South Kempsey. “Good luck to all the runners. The local Macleay Valley ATV Club is endorsing the race and will proudly present the popular trail system to local cyclists and visitors. In return, the active local club will receive trail rental fees from the organizers, which will be invested in trail construction and maintenance activities. Local businesses are encouraged to take advantage of the free business listing offered as part of the destination’s promotional campaign ahead of the event. Organizers also host local showcases at the event for catering and event supplies and promotional booths. Rocky Trail website and contact Event Manager Juliane Wisata for more information.Race competitors can now register online through the Rocky Trail website. Entry is free and the Covid-19 rules will be communicated via the runners’ briefing before the race. All event participants must check-in at the Rocky Trail Event Center on race day. The Shimano MTB Grand Prix is ​​part of a double weekend with another race in Port Macquarie on Saturday, June 26, with the aim of encouraging regional and interstate visitors to come to the region. Our journalists work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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