Course Description & Maps 50km

The below information relates to the 2022 event. 2023 course confirmation and maps will be updated shortly.

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!).

50KM Course Description

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.

Date: Saturday 26 February, 2022
Start: on Yaugher Rd 300m from the Forrest Footy Oval, Victoria

  • 7:55am Saturday – 50km E-bike race start – Yaugher Rd
  • 8:00am Saturday – 50km Otway Shorty race start

Length: 50km 
Total elevation gain / loss: 944m ascending and 954m descending

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)

“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.

Detailed 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.


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


CLIF Bar Fuel Station

Listed below are the water point locations on the 50km course. Further details about the Football Ground water point, on course and water points is online HERE.

  • 23km point (in Yaugher Forest at base of Yo Yo track): Water and 32gi only – not a drop off point
  • 31km point (Forrest Football Oval): Full support feed zone and water bottle/food bag drop off point
  • 46km point (junction of West Barwon Dam Access Rd and Skenes Ck Rd): Water and 32gi only – not a 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!