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“𝐼𝑡 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑎 𝑡𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑑𝑎𝑦 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑠𝑜 𝑚𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑓𝑢𝑛… 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡’𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑣𝑒𝑙, 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑓 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑡’𝑠 𝑎 𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑡𝑙𝑒 𝑏𝑖𝑡 𝑠𝑜𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝑎𝑠 𝑤𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑎𝑠 𝑎 𝑏𝑖𝑔 𝑝𝑢𝑠ℎ”

– 𝐒𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐚 𝐒𝐡𝐞𝐩𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐝,
GOGG champion – AND – "Queen of the Otways" in 2024

We couldn’t have summed the day up better ourselves Samara!

Gravelling really is as much about the good times, good food and connection with like-minded riders as it is about smashing yourself up hills! And that's something you all demonstrated today.

A big congratulation to all riders (GOGG & Odyssey) who participated. Whether you were leading the charge out front in the GOGG, padding out the middle-of-the-pack in the 30KM MTB event, or bringing up the rear in the 10km – you made it look easy!

More importantly, thanks to EVERYONE (riders, spectators, vendors etc) for keeping the good times rollin’ all day. There were a few comments that the event village felt like a endorphin-fuelled music festival at about 1PM – and it’s hard to disagree! It was a pleasure just being around the buzz and soaking it all in.

For a full list of results, go here: otwayodyssey.rapidascent.com.au/results/2024-results/

The first few professional photos are dripping through now from Photos4sale (see highlights in this post).

Please stay tuned to your inbox for more (personalised) photos and race report in the coming days.

In the meantime, rest up, recuperate and keep riding that post race high.

Thanks again,
The (very satisfied grateful) Rapid Ascent Team

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“𝐼𝑡 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑎 𝑡𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑑𝑎𝑦 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑠𝑜 𝑚𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑓𝑢𝑛… 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡’𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑣𝑒𝑙, 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑓 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑡’𝑠 𝑎 𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑡𝑙𝑒 𝑏𝑖𝑡 𝑠𝑜𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝑎𝑠 𝑤𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑎𝑠 𝑎 𝑏𝑖𝑔 𝑝𝑢𝑠ℎ” 

– 𝐒𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐚 𝐒𝐡𝐞𝐩𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐝, 
GOGG champion – AND – Queen of the Otways in 2024

We couldn’t have summed the day up better ourselves Samara! 

Gravelling really is as much about the good times, good food and connection with like-minded riders as it is about smashing yourself up hills! And thats something you all demonstrated today.

A big congratulation to all riders (GOGG & Odyssey) who participated. Whether you were leading the charge out front in the GOGG, padding out the middle-of-the-pack in the 30KM MTB event, or bringing up the rear in the 10km – you made it look easy! 

More importantly, thanks to EVERYONE (riders, spectators, vendors etc) for keeping the good times rollin’ all day. There were a few comments that the event village felt like a endorphin-fuelled music festival at about 1PM – and it’s hard to disagree! It was a pleasure just being around the buzz and soaking it all in. 

For a full list of results, go here: https://otwayodyssey.rapidascent.com.au/results/2024-results/

The first few professional photos are dripping through now from Photos4sale (see  highlights in this post). 

Please stay tuned to your inbox for more (personalised) photos and race report in the coming days. 

In the meantime, rest up, recuperate and keep riding that post race high. 

Thanks again,
The (very satisfied  grateful) Rapid Ascent Team

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One of my top three events! Well done team! had a great ride

One of the better events on the calendar. The time out zones are a brilliant idea 💯

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Sunday, fun day, and things are off to a fast start!

The sun is shining and there are hundreds of riders – gravellers and MTBers – out on course already.

Here’s the morning in numbers:

291 – GOGG “Big Ring” 97KM racers…
190 – GOGG “Little Ring”, 47km riders…
229 – 30KM “Rookie” MTB shredders…
164 – 10KM “Pioneers”...
6 – the number of times Chris “J-blood” Jongewaard seems to win most races…
5 – the number of times @tasmannankervis has won the 97KM GOGG!
4 – the number of KM left for leading 30km MTB rider!

Time to get to the finishing chute to watch them flood in.

Yeeew!
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Sunday, fun day, and things are off to a fast start!
 
The sun is shining and there are hundreds of riders – gravellers and MTBers – out on course already.

Here’s the morning in numbers:
 
291 – GOGG “Big Ring” 97KM racers…
190 – GOGG “Little Ring”, 47km riders…
229 – 30KM “Rookie” MTB shredders…
164 – 10KM “Pioneers”...
6 – the number of times Chris “J-blood” Jongewaard seems to win most races…
5 – the number of times @tasmannankervis has won the 97KM GOGG!
4 – the number of KM left for leading 30km MTB rider!
 
Time to get to the finishing chute to watch them flood in.

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Massive thank you to all the volunteers, police, traffic management and sponsors who gave up their time this weekend to enable us to ride. First time Otway-er here and what a remarkable weekend it is, helped by the stunning weather. Special mention to the Skratch boys who were churning out the filled tortillas on the gravel course this morning - if they aren’t awarded a Michelin hat for their culinary expertise, there’s something wrong somewhere 👨‍🍳

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Well, the record books have been updated and sealed. Another Otway Odyssey is in the can.

It’s hard to summarise in words the awesome grit, determination and stoke you riders demonstrated out on the tracks today.

From international superstars to weekend warriors and age-groupers, every rider gave everything they had – all in your own personal battle against man, machine and/or clock. (Turns out, elites & e-bikers don’t suffer any less, they just go faster!)

A HUGE congratulations to everyone who participated. We say it often, but it really is uplifting to see the best of humanity demonstrated in this small town of Forrest each year. Yes, we all love mountain biking and endurance sport, but it’s you PEOPLE that make the Odyssey such a popular race year after year. THANK YOU for your continued support and good vibes.

A special mention to all placegetters, in all categories – if you found yourself on any of the podium steps today, you are in rarefied air! (The competition here today was an extremely high calibre.)

Also, a shout out to Damien O'Dea. It was truly awe-inspiring to see how deep you dug to cross the 100km finish line. They say that course is “where legends are forged”, and you are a genuine legend!

Full results here: otwayodyssey.rapidascent.com.au/results/2024-results/

Tomorrow we’re back at it with the Great Otway Gravel Grind and 10km and 30km MTB races. If you haven’t entered yet, it’s not too late (enter here: bit.ly/49taWNK).

Get some rest, eat some pasta and we’ll see you bright and early.

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Well, the record books have been updated and sealed. Another Otway Odyssey is in the can. 

It’s hard to summarise in words the awesome grit, determination and stoke you riders demonstrated out on the tracks today. 

From international superstars to weekend warriors and age-groupers, every rider gave everything they had – all in your own personal battle against man, machine and/or clock. (Turns out, elites & e-bikers don’t suffer any less, they just go faster!) 

A HUGE congratulations to everyone who participated. We say it often, but it really is uplifting to see the best of humanity demonstrated in this small town of Forrest each year. Yes, we all love mountain biking and endurance sport, but it’s you PEOPLE that make the Odyssey such a popular race year after year. THANK YOU for your continued support and good vibes.

A special mention to all placegetters, in all categories – if you found yourself on any of the podium steps today, you are in rarefied air! (The competition here today was an extremely high calibre.)

Also, a shout out to Damien ODea. It was truly awe-inspiring to see how deep you dug to cross the 100km finish line. They say that course is “where legends are forged”, and you are a genuine legend!

Full results here: https://otwayodyssey.rapidascent.com.au/results/2024-results/

Tomorrow we’re back at it with the Great Otway Gravel Grind and 10km and 30km MTB races. If you haven’t entered yet, it’s not too late (enter here: https://bit.ly/49taWNK).

Get some rest, eat some pasta and we’ll see you bright and early.

#otwayodyssey #theGOGG Focus Bikes  Skratch Labs  Bikecorp  KRUSH    #clifbaraus Michelin  Topbike Tours   Forrest Brewery  @Colac Otway Shire Council   SportsBeer   Velo Therapy VIC  knog  Forrest Mountain Bike & Cycling Club   #forrest #otwaynationalpark Gravel World Tour series     #rideforrest #visitotways #IAMotways #OtwayOdyssey #theGOGG Premax   #WEAREGRANFONDO Maxiblock   CLIF BarImage attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

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It was a great event. A sign of the calibre of attendees was my leaving the toolbox on my ute unlocked and wide open. Not a thing out of place when I returned three hours later after doing the small ring. Great people, thanks for the weekend

Looks amazing 😍

Marco Rudari do you miss it ? 😂

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And just like that it’s done! The dust is settling on the 18th Otway Odyssey 50KM & 100KM MTB races, and the riding was nothing short of awe-inspiring.

Tali Lane-Welsh & Bec Henderson took out the elite 100km male and female races with extraordinarily speedy performances. Bec broke away early and never looked catchable. While Tali set (and maintained!) a record-breaking pace from the gun (he caught us off guard coming into the last 25km a good 18 minutes quicker than expected!).

Here's what the two champs had to say post race:

“It's a hard day out there on your own from 30k’s… in that last loop I really had to nurture myself and listen to my legs.”
– Bec Henderson (3 time Odyssey winner!)

“Honestly I'm stoked; I'm so shocked with the win… I just rode it like an XCO, only it went for 4 hours!”
– Tali Lane-Welsh

In the 50KM male race, world-cup enduro pro Ryan Gilchrist showed us he’s got plenty of watts as he hammered home in first (wearing baggy pants, mind you!). While in the female field, young-gun Ruby Taylor continued her recent purple-patch to bringing home the top prize.

“I had so much fun and that’s what I set out to do today. I guess you can take the boy out of XC but you can’t take the XC out of the boy”
– Ryan Gilchrist

“That first set of single track has a lot of weaving between trees which I love; it was so much fun. Thanks to the Forrest mountain bike club for their maintenance of the tracks which were in really great condition.”
– Ruby Taylor

100KM Results

Elite male:
1 Tali LANE WELSH (04:27:38 NEW COURSE RECORD!)
2 Daniel MCCONNELL (04:29:16)
3 Brendan JOHNSTON (04:29:39)

Elite Female:
1 Rebecca HENDERSON (05:16:34)
2 Courtney SHERWELL (05:24:08)
3 Zoe CUTHBERT (05:25:46)

50KM Results

Male
1 Ryan GILCHRIST (02:16:02)
2 Ben MAY (02:19:40)
3 Emmanuel HOVETTE (02:21:59)

Female
1 Ruby TAYLOR (02:31:42)
2 Elizabeth NUSPAN (02:38:03)
3 Katriina DOWER (02:41:53)

Full results here: otwayodyssey.rapidascent.com.au/results/2024-results/

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And just like that it’s done! The dust is settling on the 18th Otway Odyssey 50KM & 100KM MTB races, and the riding was nothing short of awe-inspiring. 

Tali Lane-Welsh & Bec Henderson took out the elite 100km male and female races with extraordinarily speedy performances. Bec broke away early and never looked catchable. While Tali set (and maintained!) a record-breaking pace from the gun (he caught us off guard coming into the last 25km a good 18 minutes quicker than expected!). 

Heres what the two champs had to say post race: 

“Its a hard day out there on your own from 30k’s… in that last loop I really had to nurture myself and listen to my legs.”
– Bec Henderson (3 time Odyssey winner!)

“Honestly Im stoked; Im so shocked with the win… I just rode it like an XCO, only it went for 4 hours!”
– Tali Lane-Welsh

In the 50KM male race, world-cup enduro pro Ryan Gilchrist showed us he’s got plenty of watts as he hammered home in first (wearing baggy pants, mind you!). While in the female field, young-gun Ruby Taylor continued her recent purple-patch to bringing home the top prize. 

“I had so much fun and that’s what I set out to do today. I guess you can take the boy out of XC but you can’t take the XC out of the boy”
– Ryan Gilchrist

“That first set of single track has a lot of weaving between trees which I love; it was so much fun. Thanks to the Forrest mountain bike club for their maintenance of the tracks which were in really great condition.”
– Ruby Taylor 

100KM Results

Elite male: 
1 Tali LANE WELSH (04:27:38 NEW COURSE RECORD!)
2 Daniel MCCONNELL (04:29:16)
3 Brendan JOHNSTON (04:29:39)

Elite Female: 
1 Rebecca HENDERSON (05:16:34)
2 Courtney SHERWELL (05:24:08)
3 Zoe CUTHBERT (05:25:46)

50KM Results

Male
1 Ryan GILCHRIST (02:16:02)
2 Ben MAY (02:19:40)
3 Emmanuel HOVETTE (02:21:59)

Female
1 Ruby TAYLOR (02:31:42)
2 Elizabeth NUSPAN (02:38:03)
3 Katriina DOWER (02:41:53)

Full results here: https://otwayodyssey.rapidascent.com.au/results/2024-results/

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Amazing event guys 🙌🏼

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Alby failed to mention he drank beer and ate cheese for all of December and January which may have had something to do with his lack of form.

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