Course Description & Maps 50km

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.

The 50km race is fast becoming known as one of the most popular mid-distance races in Australia with a large field conquering this spectacular course each year. The 50km Shorty is designed to be enjoyable and achievable for riders of all abilities as it includes an incredible mix of single track, bite sized hills and superb race atmosphere in a half distance challenge.

NEW for 2021:

  • We have rescheduled the 50km and 30km events to avoid double up and minimize any congestion. This will make for a smoother race for all.

50KM Course Description

Date: Saturday 20 February
Start: 7:30am in Forrest, Victoria
Length: 50km 
Total elevation gain / loss: 1210m

The 50km Shorty is an easier / shorter version of the 100km course that includes a great mix of single track, climbs and descents. The 2021 course will be the same as in previous years and basically features 2 separate loops with riders coming back past the start / finish at the 33km pt.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Riders commence with a sizable hill that spreads the field whilst leading you through some awe inspiring tall timber forest to the top (and bottom) of the famed Red Carpet single track descent. The course then heads over to the popular West Forrest trails with all 50km riders enjoying trails 4, 5 and 6 including the incredible Follow the Dog berm run.

Riders will pass race HQ at the football ground at the 33km pt and then head into the Yaugher trail network for the Super Loop and your next blast around many of the region’s best trails. Then it’s back to the footy ground and into the celebratory finish chute and the end of another phenomenal Shorty 50km. A more detailed description of the 50km course can be found here.

Course Stages:

  • Michelin Leg 1 (Start – Kaanglang Rd – West Forrest trails – Footy Ground): 33km, 1,000m elevation gain / loss.
  • Super Loop – Leg 2 (Footy Ground – Yaugher – Footy Ground): 17km, 410m elevation gain / loss


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

CLICK HERE for a GPX file of the course route



Competitors may only receive external support from support crew within the confines of the Forrest Football Ground at the 33km 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 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.


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!