what is 'the g.o.g.g.'?
Great Otway Gravel Grind = 'The GOGG'
- GOGG 'Big Ring' - 97km
- GOGG ‘Small Ring’ – 49km
- Held as part of the Otway Odyssey MTB weekend
The Otway Ranges served up one of Australia's first gravel grinding courses at the GOGG's inception last year and Rapid Ascent is excited to see The GOGG return for 2018 having proven just how good the dirt roads of the Otways are!
The GOGG is designed for those who don’t necessary mountain bike to enjoy a cycling journey through pure wilderness - with no cars - allowing you to take in the beautiful terrain (with a difference - see below)! Offering a spectacular course along 2WD and 4WD dirt roads that permeate the Otway rainforest. The event is open to all cyclists (road, MTB, gravel and cyclo-cross riders) and further expands the event’s reputation as one of the Australia’s greatest races.
The Otway Ranges surrounding Forrest have a near endless network of quality dirt roads emanating in all directions and these two races will lead you on an incredible journey under the supervision of a coordinated race environment.
If this resonates with you – even if you’ve never ridden on dirt before – then you are going to love this Great Ocean Gravel Grind!
Date: Sunday 25th February 2018
Location: Forrest, Otway National Park, Victoria
Finish: Forrest Football Ground, Forrest, amidst a massive bike, food and entertainment expo
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Type of Bikes: Both GOGG events are designed for all riders on all types of bikes - ridden most comfortably on a gravel grinder or cyclocross bike, they can easily be completed on a mountain bikes and hybrids. You do not need any specific mountain biking skills to complete the course as the entire thing is on easily ridden dirt roads that weave through the wilderness. Racers can race whilst those less time focussed can ride with their friends and enjoy the journey.
So if you’ve never ridden on dirt before never fear, this is as much for you as for those mud covered cyclocross riders who roll around in the mud… either way you’ll enjoy an incredible race through a beautiful part of the world.
GOGG big ring – 97km
This 'big ring' starts and finishes at the Forrest Football ground, taking riders on an incredible journey on 2WD dirt roads through the mighty Otway Ranges to the coast (think Great Ocean Road!) and back again. These smooth dirt roads make for some magical riding through a timeless landscape with tall trees, massive tree ferns and a great sense of journey as you power through the hills. As is the case with all Odyssey events, the course will include plenty of climbing with some sizable ascents spread across the course to keep your lungs working.
You do not need any specific mountain biking skills to complete the course as the entire thing is on easily ridden dirt roads but you will need to pack your thunder thighs because there are a few climbs that will keep you honest along the way.
It's already building a reputation as a riding classic, make sure you sign up for year 2!
GOGG small ring – 49km
A shorter version of the 97km GOGG Big Ring, the 49km race will include a similar mix of smooth rolling dirt roads through the Otway rainforest that opens up this off-road cycling paradise to those who might normally stick to the asphalt. The roads are basically traffic free and the vistas along the way provide the wow-factor riding you don’t get when sticking to the main roads.
Ideal for those who may be new to cycling, not as fit as they’d like to be or who like to sleep in, the 49km Small Ring is also designed for riders on all styles of bikes ranging from gravel grinder or cyclo-cross bikes to road bikes (the thicker your tyres the better) as well as mountain bikes and hybrids. No special bike skills are required although a solid set of legs or a can-do attitude will help you conquer the hills and feel on top of the world when you reach the top.
THE GOGG DIFFERENCE...
We know that coffee (and cake?) is crucial to the cycling community so once again, both the 97km and 49km races will include a time-out zone where you can enjoy a coffee and cake with your mates before remounting your bike and racing on to the finish. Use the time out to wait for your friends and add to the social scene knowing that your race clock has paused for you to catch up. There will still be finish times, winners and grinners but having a pause in the middle is the gravel grinder style and you’ll love it.
Time-out zones: the clock stops as you enter the zone, and restarts again once you leave! Great hey?