Course Description & Maps 50km

In 2022 we present a new and improved 50km race course (if that was possible?!) that includes even more of Forrest’s most popular trails like: like Marriners Run, Grass Trees, J2 and others. The single track is now in the middle of the course – when you’ve got more energy?! – and biggest climbs saved for the end (ouch!).

NEW for 2022:

  • The 30km MTB event has been rescheduled to Sunday to avoid double up and minimize any congestion. This will make for a smoother 50km MTB race for all!

50KM Course Description

Date: Saturday 26 February, 2022
Start: 8:00am on Yaugher Rd 300m from the Forrest Footy Oval, Victoria
Length: 50km 
Total elevation gain / loss: 944m ascending and 954m descending

“This day showed me how much punishment I could take – another level of discomfort and misery, which as cyclists I know we adore. See you next year.” – Gordon Kenneway, 2021 Odyssey rider.

The 50km race is one of the most popular, mid-distance races in Australia and is designed to be enjoyable and achievable for riders of all abilities whilst providing an incredible mix of single track, bite sized hills and superb race atmosphere in a half distance challenge.

Course Description

Riders commence with a loop around Forrest township that spreads the field whilst leading you on a fast lap around town before heading into the Yaugher trails.

In 2022 the 50km riders tackle the most popular trails in Yaugher, riding something of a ‘greatest hits’ course that including the Superloop, Grasstrees, Marriners Run and J2 that see you racing at warp speed wityh a grin from ear to ear…. until you coem to the infamous Sandy Climb that’ll suck some punch from your legs and set you up for the hills to come.

Riders come through the Footy Ground at the 31km pt and then ‘head for the hills’ with a long climb up Kaanglang Rd before a fast descent to Lake Elizabeth and a top to bottom run down the famed Michelin Tyres Red Carpet single track descent. The course then heads over the dam wall and up to Skenes Ck Rd before a fast descent back to the finish line.

This is a course that really has it all – plenty of blitzing single track, challenging climbs and wooping descents.

Course Stages:

  • 31km Leg 1 – The Cycle Closet Hampton Super Loop : (Footy Ground – Forrest Town – Yaugher – Footy Ground): 31km
  • 19km (50km total) Leg 2 – The DT Swiss Loop : (Footy Ground – Kang Rd – Lake Elizabeth – Red Carpet – West Barwon Dam wall – Footy Ground); 19.4km (Cumulative Dist = 50km)


CLICK HERE or the map below for interactive course map on Trail Forks.



Competitors may only receive external support from support crew within the confines of the Forrest Football Ground at the 31km point on the 50km race. This area is defined as any section along the course that is within the playing surface of the Forrest Football Ground.

The CLIF Bar Fuel Station 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 a water point (no bag drop service) in the Yaugher Loop at approx 23km mark


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!