The popular and revolutionary ODZ Goats & Bears is a race format designed to extract your best performance from the start.  The race is designed to allow lower classifications an earlier start with the goal of finishing before higher classifications.  If our statisticians have completed their calculations correctly the end result is a sprint at the finish between As, Bs, Cs and Ds.  All riders have a chance to win!

Warm-up on your own time before your category rides off from the start line. Goats and Bears Ride is intended to be high intensity from the start through the entire race.

*** COURSE SELECTION ***

The course will be automatically selected by the event module.  For the Goats and Bears races, a course with significant amounts of climbing is selected, to see if the Bears can stay away from the Goats.

*** RACE STRATEGY ***

Your objective is to WORK WITH YOUR GROUP (pulling them while dropping the least amount of people possible) and ride away from the chase group(s) whilst try to catch the group(s) ahead.

For example, if you are a C rider, your goal is to not be caught by the B and A groups while catching the D group. If you are dropped from your group or miss the start, try to recover and then hang on to the next group to finish the remaining distance.

*** RULES ***

Race instructions are given via text/Discord.  The designated ride leader will announce in the event chat (and in discord) when each group is supposed to leave.  If you leave before the ride leader releases you, you will be disqualified in the results.

If you are consistently able to lead or are being dropped by your group week after week, you should re-evaluate which group you belong in for the ODZ Goats & Bears format. Consider going into a higher or lower category, respectively. At times, a member of the ODZ Planning Committee may contact you to suggest a category change based on your ride results.

*** RIDER TAG ***

It is mandatory for riders to correctly identify themselves during the ride.  Each rider must tag his/her last name with ODZ and Rider Classification as determined above.

ex: J. Doe – ODZ (A)

*** JERSEY SELECTION ***

It is also mandatory for riders to correctly wear the jersey kit selected for each category.  This would allow riders to identify others in the group more easily.

CAT A - Basic 5 Kit (Red/Black)

CAT B - Basic 1 Kit (Yellow)

CAT C - Basic 2 Kit (Green)

CAT D - Basic 3 Kit (Blue)

*** RIDE SAVE FORMAT ***

To be included in the Race Report, riders must save their rides to Strava using the following format:

Add ODZ and (Category) to the ride name.

ex: ODZ (A) Goats and Bears

*** RIDE COMMUNICATION ***

ODZ encourages use of voice communication during all ODZ organized event.  To enhance your ride experience and be able to better work with your group, set up Discord and log into the “ODZ” server. Use the link below for setup.