Self-Propelled Expedition Holidays
By Adventurers. For Adventurers.
12th-17th March 2024
Great Ocean Road Gravel Tour
6 Days | Gravel Riding | Otways, VIC
Want to Get Really Wild?
Any Duration | Any Discipline | Anywhere
Welcome to Rapid Ascent Journeys
‘Normal’ tourists Need Not Apply
If you like the idea of ‘fly and flop’ holidays or cocktails by the pool, please close this page immediately. You won’t find anything of interest here.
This site is for adventurers.
It’s for the rare breed who want some hardship on their holiday…
For those who aren’t afraid to puff & sweat for their views knowing that the reward is always worth the effort…
And the hardened heros who know a good dose of challenge leads to greater satisfaction, better stories, stronger friendships and sweeter tasting food.
You must be one of the crazy ones (like us) – and we’ve created Rapid Ascent Journeys for people just like YOU.
If you want a real adventure journey… a trip to tell your grandkids about… but don’t have the time, the mates, or the know how to organsie it yourself, then we’ll do it for you.
Whether you want to join a pre-planned mission, or engage us to organise a bespoke trip just for you, we’ll take you on a journey to match your wildest dreams.
Welcome to the wild side.
Who are we?
Hi, we’re John, Sam and Jez from Rapid Ascent. You probably know us from the off-road events we’ve been organising around Australia for the last 18 years. Events like the Surf Coast Century, The Margaret River Ultra Marathon, The Otway Odyssey, The GOGG, Run Larapinta, The Anaconda Adventure Race (back in the day!) and many many more.
What you might not know is that our love for adventure goes much deeper than competitive events… Our personal lives have always been punctuated by multi-day odysseys into “the wild”.
Between us, we’ve organised and lead our own trips like ski-mountaineering in Kamchatka Russia, sea-kayaking around South Georgia Island, climbing in Nepal and Bolivia, white water kayaking in Patagonia, gravel grinding in Montana, mountain biking in NZL, paddling Bass Strait and much much more.
The thing is…
We’ve done our fair share of adventuring and now we will combine our event management skills and knowledge of the great outdoors to allow others to go adventuring as well.
We know that people return from exertions in the wilderness as a completely new person… with a refreshed perspective on life and work and their priorities. There is something about sharing a journey with others, of moving through a magnificent landscape under your own steam, of struggling hard to get to the top of a climb and the supreme satisfaction that overcoming adversity brings.
Somehow it puts life into technicolour.
There are plenty ‘adventure tours’ out there where all you have to do is be strapped into a seat belt and hold on – this is something completely different. This is using your love of adventure sport and pushing your body to visit new heights in a coordinated, guided environment.
You could call it a hardship holiday.
This style of travel has the power to change lives and we’ve created Rapid Ascent Journeys so we can share these transformative experiences with even more like minded adventurers (like you).
So, you coming?
Here’s what past adventurers have said
“An amazing way to see a beautiful part of Outback Australia. The trail is tough, but the beauty of the area, its vastness and majesty made every step worthwhile. I feel privileged to have seen a special part of our country and met some lovely people along way.”Karen, 2019 (Trail Run, East MacDonnell Ranges NT)
“This fantastic event challenged me greatly, but also provided so much enjoyment and amazing scenery… I met some amazing people, including the event staff! I still don’t think it has sunk in yet what I achieved…” 🙂Afy Afrouz (Trail Run, East MacDonnell Ranges NT)
“Each time I talk about this to friends it is with the biggest smile on my face, lots of great memories that will last a lifetime.”Sarah B (MTB, East MacDonnell Ranges NT)
“I wanted to experience gravel and I certainly did!! It was tough but so enjoyable!“Wayne D (Gravel Riding, Otways VIC)
“Across mountain ridge lines, through dry sandy river beds and over endlessssss rocks in the heat of the sun – we overcame all these challenges on our way to the finish line! But what was an even greater standout for me was sharing the experience with everyone else. I’ve formed life long friendships for years to come!“Mary, 2022 (Trail Run, East MacDonnell Ranges NT)
“That was an amazing and unbelievable experience for me; I’ve never been here before and I just couldn’t believe how nice (and tough!) it is!“Corey Milner (Trail Run, East MacDonnell Ranges NT)
“Thank you for another incredible weekend! Even us roadies who like to dabble in the dirt had a fantastic time. Put it on your bucket list folks!“CyclingTips (Gravel Riding, Otways VIC)