Rules & Cut-Off Times

The EVENT PROGRAM for 2020 Great Otway Gravel Grind (GOGG) is now available and is essential reading for all gravel riders with schedule, course details, maps and more. READ IT HERE.

Rapid Ascent has sole discretion to alter or amend the race format or the rules in order to increase the safety of participants or for any other reason deemed appropriate.

The following race rules apply to all competitors in the GOGG 97km and GOGG 49km races:

  • Competitors must start and finish the full course on a non-motorised bicycle.
  • Competitors must ride the complete course as marked and directed, passing through all checkpoints on your course. Taking shortcuts or using any unfair means of obtaining an advantage over other competitors will result in disqualification. It is the rider’s responsibility to ensure that the correct course is followed
  • All competitors must wear a certified bike helmet at ALL times.
  • GOGG races only: Individual competitors must use only one bike frame for the entire ride, although wheel changes are permissible in the designated time out zone.
  • If female competitors in the MTB 100km race wish to be eligible for cash prize money (including the Queen of the Mountain and Timed Descent) they MUST start in the elite womens field start. Competitors wishing to race in this category must notify Rapid Ascent at registration.
  • In order to win either the King or Queen of the Mountain or Timed Descent, a rider must also complete the entire distance of the race entered .
  • All competitors must carry the listed compulsory equipment for the entire race.
  • Riders who withdraw at any time after the start must advise a marshal of their withdrawal immediately.
  • Race numbers must be displayed on the handlebars at all times and cannot be modified or cut down in size in any way.
  • Riders may accept mechanical assistance on the course only by other registered racers, designated race officials and the specified race mechanic as long as it does not result in assisted forward progression. Outside assistance from anyone else may only be provided in the designated time out zones (GOGG riders only).
  • One competitor cannot provide assistance in forward progression (pushing / pulling / towing) or food or drinks to another competitor in another category except in emergency circumstances.
  • For the GOGG Big Ring race, cut-off times at two key points will be strictly enforced as listed below.
  • Pedal assisted e-bikes may be used provided they do not have a power output greater than 250watts or a powered speed faster than 25km/hr. E-bikes will have their own category and will not be eligible for age group or overall prizes or prize money.
  • Australian Road Rules apply at all times on all roads, tracks and trails.
  • Only registered riders, marshals or officials may ride on the course.
  • Failure to abide by these rules may result in a time penalty or disqualification.
  • Rapid Ascent has sole discretion to alter or amend the race format or the rules in order to increase the safety of participants or for any other reason deemed appropriate.
  • All protests must be lodged with the Race Director within 15 minutes of the official results being posted. A judging panel of three (including the race director) will adjudicate on all protests and other contentious matters, and their decision will be final.
  • If the race is cancelled or called off after it has started, it is each rider’s responsibility to get themselves back to either the Start or Finish areas as soon as you have been notified of the cancellation.

Cut off times

97km GOGG Big Ring race – the following cut-off times will be strictly enforced:

  • All riders must have departed the Kaangalang Rd/Mt Sabine Rd time out zone (33km point) by 11.00am on their outward journey. Those that do not make this cut off will be moved onto the 49km Small Ring Race and descend Kaangalang Rd to the finish.
  • All riders must have restarted your ride after the Wye River / Kennet River time out zone by 12:30pm. This point is located soon as you turn off Great Ocean Road onto Wye River Rd at approx 64km point.

Time-out zones on the GOGG courses

Both GOGG races have some time-out section(s) on the course where your race time is no longer ticking over! These are included because it’s in the style of gravel grinding, allowing you to stop and have a drink – order a coffee, regroup with your friends perhaps, and then set off again.

“Time outs” will be recorded by the electronic timing hardware set up at these locations:

  • 33km point at Mt Sabine Rd / Kaangalang Rd junction. (97km and 49km riders)
  • 57km point at the Grey River Rd / Great Ocean Road junction. (97km riders only)
  • 66km point at the Wye Rd / Great Ocean Road junction. (97km riders only)
  • 83km point at Mt Sabine Rd / Kaangalang Rd junction (same point as above – 97km riders only)

Points to note:

  • Limit of 1hr maximum to be used during the “time out”. Riders stopping for longer than 1hr will be given a time penalty. Note, it is not compulsory to stop, just an option as it’s an ‘untimed’ section of the course.
  • Riders crossing any time point with less than 1 second apart will be given the time of the first rider to cross the point (as per the Tour de France). This is to help ensure that riders know they are on the same race time if they entered / exited all timing points together.