Muddy and slippery conditions made for big fun on Saturday at the mountain biking event - The Brackenbury.
One-hundred-and-seventy riders descended on Creswick for the annual racing showcase.
The day featured seven races over two distances, with winners earning points towards the Mountain Bike Australia National Cup.
VOGA Cycling president Chris Chatham said the event was a big hit despite having received two inches of rain the day before.
"I think people loved the fact it was a tough course and they were slipping and sliding, it was a lot of fun," he said.
"There was some big grins behind the mud when they got back."
This year marked the first time the race was open to interstate competitors in an attempt to grow the event.
The day featured a number of participants, as well as elite competitors including world cup rider Sarah Riley who won the 50km open women's event in front of Ballarat woman Jess Egan.
"We had a few Australian reps turn up which was nice," Chatham said.
Ballarat and Sebastopol Cycling Club rider Dan Braunsteins produced an impressive home-track effort by taking out the 50km men's open.
Creswick woman Jude Jonnason emerged victorious in the 25km women's open, while youngster Xanthia Chatham finished second in the under-18 25km open event.
Chatham said feedback had been brilliant.
"We aimed to do a low cost grass-roots event that has high quality racing and we think we nailed it," he said.