Meet the Team

Behind every great event is the dedicated and very enthusiastic Rapid Ascent team.

Rapid Ascent Pty Ltd was established in November 2004 and is owned by:

  • John Jacoby – founder of Rapid Ascent (with two other adventure buffs)
  • Sam Maffett – joined Rapid Ascent in 2006 and loved what the company was about so much, he bought into it.

As a couple of experienced athletes themselves, John and Sam are committed to bringing you a series of races by competitors, for competitors.

John Jacoby - Race Director

John is one of the most experienced and accomplished adventure racers in the world, having been involved in the sport since its inception (remember Eco Challenge?). John was awarded the Keys to the City of Melbourne in 1987 after being crowned World Marathon Kayak Champion for the 3rd year in a row, going on to win the title four times. He has completed 30 major international adventure races in 16 countries and was the first Australian to win the coveted Coast to Coast title in NZ.

For a copy of John's sporting CV, click here.

Since retiring from full on competitive racing (he still sneaks into the odd adventure race every now and then, winning the last one alongside Sam), John has developed a reputation as a designer of ‘very challenging’ but interesting courses covering adventure racing, mountain biking and trail running courses.

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Sam Maffett - General Manager AND SPONSORSHIP

Sam loves mixing his fitness with some good outdoor adventures as often as he can and is often seen in different corners of the Otway Ranges enjoying some exercise.

Sam probably calls himself a mountain biker firstly and then lists just about every other sport as his number two, with recent passions including trail running, windsurfing, surfing, white water kayaking, road riding, swimming and hanging out the family on the beach amongst many other interests.

Sam lives in Anglesea with his wife Kate on the Great Ocean Road and has two young sons Tom and Ollie (4yr and 2yr) who are already in training for mountain bike and adventure races in the very near future.

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Other team members

And supporting the two Directors is the rest of the Rapid Ascent team:

Annie Knight - Competitor Services Coordinator
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Ben Hucker - Media & Communications Manager
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Adele Worner - Event Marketing
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Rapid Ascent's values

The Rapid Ascent team embraces the following values:

  • Integrity
  • Respect for the environment
  • Respect for the community
  • Respect for participants

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