The 30km Rookie course is designed equally for novice mountain bikers, first time racers or capable junior riders who are looking for a race to match their skills and help them set up to bigger challenges.
NEW for 2022:
- We have rescheduled the 30km event to SUNDAY to provide a clearer race course with zero congestion from other racers – this will make for a smoother race for all!
30KM Course Description
Date: Sunday 27 February, 2022
Start: 9:30am (mixed gender start)
OR 9:45am (Odyssey Angels) in Forrest, Victoria.
Total elevation gain / loss: 472m ascending and 481m descending
“As my first race experience on my MTB, I could not have asked for a better experience. From the track, the crew, the after-race entertainment and location were all on point. I will be back.” – Rowan Mickan, 2021 first-time participant.
The 30km course has been tweaked compared to previous years, flattening out a few hills, removing the Sandy Climb (!!!) and adding in more flowing single track. And with the course all to yourselves YOU’LL LOVE IT!
The 30km Rookie also incorporates separate starts with a mixed gender start at 9:30am and female only start at 9:45am to provide a less intimidating experience for all riders. This is part of a range of initiatives to welcome women to the event as documented on our Odyssey Angels pages.
The Rookie course basically includes 2 separate loops and comes back past the start / finish at the 12.6km pt. It kicks off with a gradual climb on the 2WD Kaangalang Rd to where the Red Carpet Tk crosses Kaangalang Rd (4.3km pt). Riders turn right then race down the lower half of the popular Red Carpet single track descent that will have you wooping with joy.
Riders then do a small loop below the West Barwon Dam Wall before returning through the Footy Ground at the 12.6km point where you can see your friends and family before heading into Yaugher’s for the Super Loop with great flowing single track and a blast of fun in the bush before returning to the footy ground to finish.
The Yaugher loop has some different sections compared with previous years, it starts with a tough climb beside the fence but then settles into some fun and fast flowing trails including the Superloop, Foxtail and Barre Warre that’ll see you riding plenty of buff trail through the bush. The course ends with a fun descent down to the Footy Oval and plenty of the smiles of satisfaction as you roll across the finish line at the footy ground.
Course Stats (Approx.)
- Michelin Leg 1 (Start – Kaanglang Rd – Red Carpet – Barwon Water tracks below dam wall – Footy Ground): 12.6km.
- Super Loop – Leg 2 (Footy Ground – Yaugher – Footy Ground): 17.3km,
“The Rookie (30km) was a fantastic introduction to MTB. Just the right length, good level of technical stuff so it felt like an achievement to finish but not too intimidating. Love the women only start.” Angela Johnson, 2020 30km Participant
COURSE MAP – Sunday 27 February 2022
CLICK HERE or the map below for an interactive course map on Trail Forks
COURSE VIDEOS AND INDEX MAP – 30KM COURSE
We have produced 4 little video clips on the 30km course to show you what it looks like and to dispel any concerns about the course so you know what you are getting yourself in for. The map to the right provides an index for each clip or watch them all for the whole picture! Note, the course map here is NOT current. See map above for 2022 course
- Video #1: The start / finish venue at the Forrest Footy Ground.
- Video #2: The first 5km of 30km (and 50km) course.
- Video #3: The Red Carpet single track descent.
- Video #4: The Yaugher single track..
MTB: DESIGNATED FEED ZONE
Competitors may only receive external support from support crew within the confines of the Forrest Football Ground at the 12.6km point for the 30km race (approximate distances). This area is defined as any section along the course that is within the playing surface of the Forrest Football Ground.
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
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.
Note, there will also be water available (no drop bag service) at the 22km point in Yaugher.
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!