On Saturday, the main 100km race commences at 7.00am for the elite women’s field and then the main
bunch starts at 7.30am with over 500 riders. Both races will start on Yaugher Rd near the Recreation Reserve.
The 50km and 30km riders will start on Yaugher Rd at 8.00am and 9.20am respectively and will ride on Yaugher
Rd and Kaangalang Rd. There will be approx. 500 riders in these groups, and thus Yaugher Rd between
the recreation reserve and Hennigan Cres. Will be closed between 7.55am and 8.15am and again between
9.15am and 9.35am
On Sunday, the 97km “gravel grind” event commences at 0800 on Yaugher Rd near the recreation reserve.
The 49km “gravel grind” event commences at 0900 on Yaugher Rd near the recreation reserve.
We thank you for taking extra care during these times when many cyclists will be traveling in the area
Copies of all the various course maps can be found here;
Rapid Ascent are maintaining communication with CFA and DELWP regarding the fire danger rating over the
event weekend. Note, NO camping will be permitted in the Forrest horse riding club paddock over the event
Should you require further information about this event please call Rapid Ascent on 03 5261 5511, visit www.
OtwayOdyssey.com.au or call John Jacoby, Race Director, on 0408 035 261.
Entries have opened for Australia’s most respected mountain bike marathon, The Otway Odyssey presented by Focus which will see two new gravel road races added in 2017 line-up over the weekend of 24th-25th February.
For ten years, riders have travelled to the famous Otway rainforest of Forrest in south-western Victoria to take on the region’s iconic single track, but in 2017 even more riders can be part of the action with the addition of the Great Otway Gravel Grind (The GOGG) to the schedule of events.
A Gravel Grind is an event held on unsealed 2WD roads and the Otway Ranges around Forrest are infused with these, making for some superb riding on traffic free roads through the wilderness. The GOGG will include 49km and 97km options that make them achievable for all styles of rider on either road bikes, cyclocross, mountain or hybrid bikes.
The action gets underway on Saturday 24th February with the principle mountain bike races; the 100km Odyssey, the 50km Shorty and the 30km Rookie, all starting and finishing amidst a huge bike expo and food festival at the Forrest Football Ground. The GOGG races and the kids 10km Pioneer MTB will be held on Sunday 25th February.
The Otway Odyssey MTB Marathons have been held for the last 10 years and have grown to become the pre-eminent mountain bike races in Australia and on the bucket list for many cyclists. The courses are well known for their tough climbs and technical trails, but also for the friendliness on course and the race atmosphere around the Forrest Football Ground expo area.
All courses of the Otway Odyssey take advantage of the extensive network of single track and 2WD roads of Forrest and the Otways. Combined with the beauty on offer in the Great Otway National Park, the electrifying race atmosphere and sense of satisfaction you get when you finish in the middle of the massive event festival, it’s an event not to be missed.