Course Description & Maps 100km

The EVENT PROGRAM for 2021 Otway Odyssey is now available and is essential reading for all event attendees (competitors and supporters) with schedule, course details, parking info and more. READ IT HERE.

100KM Course – Apollo Bay To Forrest

The 2021 Otway Odyssey 100km course is returning to its roots and will START IN APOLLO BAY and cross the Otway Ranges to FINISH AT FORREST once again.

This ‘original’ Otway Odyssey 100km course is the stuff of legends and had a reputation as a hardman / women’s event where only the strongest succeeded. The hills climbed to the clouds and smashed your legs while the descents pulverised your arms and left you quaking on the corners… and that was just en-route to the single track mecca in Forrest.

Show us what you are made of…

I have fond memories of the Apollo Bay Otway Odyssey course and I can’t wait to race it again. There’s something about a point to point event which really gives a sense of adventure and camaraderie amongst the people you find yourself with on the day.” – WADE WALLACE, Cycling Tips

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. Are you as tough as concrete?

Date: Saturday 20 February 2021
Start: 7:30am in Apollo Bay, Victoria
Finish: Forrest Football Ground, Forrest, Victoria
Length: 100km
Elevation (total): ~2,063m ascending and ~1,898m descending

  • 40km Stage 1, Apollo Bay to the top of Noonday Tk = Bulk of climbing is done in this section. More up than down!
  • 23km (63km total) Stage 2, Top of Noonday to Forrest Football Oval including the West Forrest Trails = Still plenty of undulations but more down than up. Happy days!
  • 24km (Total 87km) Stage 3, Forrest Football Oval to Caspers Access Tk = Constant singletrack with constant undulations. No big climbs.
  • 10km (total 97km) Stage 5 Caspers to Forrest Football Oval = More singletrack and more undulations. The hands, wrists and arms will be as tired as your legs by this point!

DESCRIPTION: This year’s race starts on the main street in Apollo Bay before heading inland and upwards with some steep climbs and spectacular views overlooking the coast and open farmland. The course continues to climb to the highpoint of the Otways at Mt Sabine (nearly 600m above sea level) before a massive long descent through temperate rainforest deep in the Otways.

This is an incredible and tough journey from Apollo Bay past towering tree-ferns, through tall timber forests and along 4WD racks, roads and flowing single tracks that will make your eyes water. See the COURSE PREVIEW VIDEO for th efirst 40km below.

At the 40km mark rider emerge onto more familiar terrain with the descent to the old Quarry and not long after the famous Red Carpet Track. Riders next head into the West Forrest Trails for a leg sapping blitz around these popular trails that will truly test your concentration before finally hitting the Forrest Footy Ground at the 63km pt.

Riders then head into an almost non-stop section of single track for the final 34km through the Yaugher trail network. Although the elevation profile of this section looks relatively easy, don’t be fooled, as the single track requires utmost attention and concentration that will see both legs and brain fried as you cross the finish line, exhausted but elated at completing one of the toughest 100km MTB marathon in the country!!!

Remember, there is a lot of single track in this ride and it is all in the final 60km of the course so it is a true test of skill and endurance.

Course preview video 0km – 40km.

Course Map

For interactive course map on Trail Forks, click map image below or CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to download a GPX file of the 100km route.

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Elevation Profile

CLIF Bar Fuel Stations and water points

Forrest Football Ground water point (for 100km, 50km and 30km riders):

The water point at the Forrest Football Ground will have the following items available for riders:

  • 32gi sports drink powder – you mix to your preferred strength
  • CLIF bars
  • Water – available from either drums or taps

Riders can pre-place your own hydration / nutrition in the race chute in the football ground ready for you to collect during the race. Items must be:

  • placed in number order according to the numbered signs
  • limited to water bottles and some food in a small bag only – no deck chairs, eskies or umbrellas!
  • items can be dropped off on Friday evening and on Saturday morning
  • 100km riders unable to place their own items at Forrest (because they start at Apollo Bay) may give us your items for the Forrest Water point at the start line in Apollo Bay

Riders can also exit the race chute and receive support from non-riders (even buy an ice-cream!) provided you remain on the playing surface of the Football Ground.

100km riders: remote water points at 40km, 50km and 84km pts.

The following items will be available at remote water points:

  • 32gi sports drink powder – you mix to your preferred strength
  • Water – available from either drums or taps

We will provide a hydration / nutrition transport service to take your items to the remote water points. Items to be transported to remote water points must be:

  • in a sealed bag clearly marked with your name, race number and the water point to be transported to
  • bags must be no heavier than 5kg and have essentials only (we recommend those blue, supermarket cooler bags that zip shut). Plastic boxes will not be accepted
  • bags must be dropped off at registration at Forrest on Friday evening before 7:30pm
  • bags will be lined up in number order at the remote water point – riders find their own bags
  • we will collect a limited number of water drop items at the start at Apollo Bay on Saturday morning. NOTE: we will only be able to transport these to the 50km, 64km and 84km pts (not the 40km pt) and even still we provide no guarantees that items dropped off at Apollo Bay will make it to these water points due to race circumstances. We distinctly prefer you to drop them at registration at Forrest on Friday

Riders cannot receive any assistance from non-riders or supporters anywhere along the course or at any of the remote water points.

Rider Etiquette

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!