Rolling into the Ourimbah Mountain bike area and it is busy, wall to wall team tents and bikes going every which way. There is a large line-up at registration, this isn’t unfamiliar though, Rocky Trail Entertainment have built on their Grand Prix Series since 2009 and it is now one of the most popular events on the mountain bike calendar. I reach the rego table and Juliane from RTE confirms the big number of rider entries, it is around 300.
There is the usual scurry around to get prepared for the next four hours of racing, finding a clear patch of dirt beside the trail I place my bottles next to other riders from WSMTB. I pull out the chosen bike for the day and now that I’m here I second guess the choice of a hard-tail. While the Ourimbah trail has plenty of flow, it is technically demanding with rocks and roots to bounce off, hopefully the 29er wheels can just do their thing. I scuff the dirt with my shoe, it looks pretty dry up in the transition area, there were a few questions leading up to the weekend, re the weather but it looks the goods for at least the top sections of trail. …View More