OFFICIAL EVENT PROGRAM: The event program is essential reading for all event attendees and covers details like event schedule, course descriptions, car parking and more. Read it HERE.
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100KM Course – Forrest To Forrest
In 2022 we present a NEW COURSE for the 100km Otway Odyssey, starting and finishing in Forrest it provides a breathtaking journey over the ranges and along the single track that has made Forrest a MTB mecca for so long
100km Course Description
The 100km Otway Odyssey has a solid reputation… this is the ultimate mountain bike marathon – a heroic mountain bike journey through a range of wild landscapes and cranking single track. This is a TOUGH COURSE allowing you to show us what you’re truly made of… are you up for the challenge?
Date: Saturday 26 February, 2022
Start: at Forrest Football Ground
- 7:00am Saturday – 100km Elite female race start
- 7:25am Saturday – 100km E-bike race start
- 7:30am Saturday – 100km Odyssey race start
Finish: Forrest Football Ground
Elevation (total): ~2,500m ascending and ~2,500m descending
- 41.5km Stage 1 – The Thule Loop, Forrest Football Ground to the top of No.1 Spur Tk and then descending and climbing Noonday Tk then on to Red Carpet Tk and the awesome West Forrest singletrack network and returning to Football Ground!
- 33.5km (75km total) Stage 2 – The Cycle Closet Hampton Super Loop, Yaugher Loop including Marriners Run, J2, Super Loops = Still plenty of undulations but some amazing and long sections of singletrack. Happy days!
- 23km (Total 98km) Stage 3 – The DT Swiss Loop, Forrest Football Oval to Kents Rd, Thompsons Tk (big climb) and return on a fast Newcombs Spur Tk descent. Make sure you leave some juice in the tank for this section!
“A true mix of varied terrain; the best riding possibly Australia all over – open road, climbing, bombing, creek crossings, berms, sand, mud, open fast single, tight single, in lush rainforest, in arrid sand… 100 Ks of a mix you won’t forget!” – Hugh Moll, 2021 100km Odyssey rider
The 2022 race starts on Yaugher Rd and gets straight into action with an 11km gradual climb up Kaanglang Rd, past Lake Elizabeth and past the ‘quarry’ to ultimately turn right down No.1 Spur Tk and Noonday Tk to cross the clear stream at the bottom. After which its a fairly savage climb up Noonday Tk back to the ‘quarry’ and the top of the KOM.
Back down Kaanglang Rd, a fun descent to Lake Elizabeth and soon after its the timed (and super fun) descent on the famed Michelin Tyres Red Carpet Tk – YEW! (see video preview of the track here). Riders then enter more singletrack heaven to complete the West Forrest singletrack network – including a full circuit of Follow The Dog – before returning to the footy oval at the 41km pt.
Riders then enter Yaugher trail network for 33+km of near continuous single track, ticking off trails like The Super Loop, Grasstrees, Marriners Run, Foxtail, J2 and plenty more. Re-fuel back the the footy oval at the 74km pt before embarking on the “sting in the tail” section of the race.
Exiting the footy ground a final time riders tackle a big climb up Thompsons Tk to the top of the Otways before a steep and fast descent on Newcombs Spur Tk that will truly leave you grining. The final climb up the “Sledgehammer” is back with it appearing just a couple of kms from the finish line. It will be sure to bring even our strongest riders to tears at this stage of the race.
Conquer that and you’re happy-days-rolling into the triumphant finish chute on the Forrest Footy Ground.
Remember, there is a lot of single track in this ride and a lot of climbing, so it is a true test of skill and endurance!
CLICK HERE or the map below for an interactive course map on Trail Forks
CLICK HERE to view the course map on Google Maps:
CLIF Bar Fuel Stations and water points
Listed below are the water point locations on the 100km course. Further details about the Football Ground water point, on course and water points and transfer services is online HERE.
- 30km point (junction of West Barwon Dam Access Rd and Skenes Ck Rd): Water bottle/food bag drop off pt
- 42km point (Forrest Football Oval): Full support feed zone and water bottle/food bag drop off point
- 62.5km point (in Yaugher Forest at base of Yo Yo track): Water and 32gi only – not a drop off point
- 76km point (Forrest Football Oval): Full support feed zone and water bottle/food bag drop off point
- 87km point (Top of the Thompsons Track climb): Water bottle/food bag drop off point
The Michelin Tyres Red Carpet Track
The famed Red Carpet track was renovated in 2021 and here’s a video that shows what the new track is like.
Passing etiquette – TAKE NOTE!
With a large number of riders a narrow trails there are a few points of common etiquette when it comes to passing a rider that we ask ALL RIDERS to be aware of. (Seriously – being passed by a fast rider is an incredibly intimidating thing for some riders so please be aware of these points).
If you are a faster rider who wants to pass a slower rider:
- Let the slower rider know you are there and want to pass. Say something like, “Can I go past when there’s a chance…” or even “Track please” if you’re short of breath. Then wait for a wider section of track – don’t just barge on through
- The slower rider can then say, “OK, go past on the right” or “just up here it’s a bit wider, go there”. But it’s good to acknowledge that you heard them and give direction for when they can go past
- The faster rider should not and does not expect to go past the moment they catch you, slower riders should stick to their line and call them through when it suits both of you
- If you are going to pass then make sure you are actually faster, don’t pass if you are pushing 120% effort to get around them and then slow down afterwards
Both riders should leave your ego in the car park and simply communicate that you want to pass and agree a point when it suits to pass. Happy riding!