FAQs

HERE ARE THE ANSWERS TO SOME COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT THE OTWAY ODYSSEY.

If you cannot find the answer to your question below please email [email protected]

Will I receive my plate in the mail?

If you paid for Race Plate Postage when you completed your entry it will be posted out to you on Monday 8 February 2021. Otherwise, race plates will be available for collection at Race Registration on Friday 19 February and Saturday 20 February 2021. Cut-off to pay for plate postage is 8:00am AEDT Thursday 4 February 2021.

If you did not pay for postage but would like your plate posted, please email [email protected] to arrange for posting.

Please note this will be an additional cost of $10 per person 


I am doing the 100km Odyssey, how do I get to Apollo Bay for race start and back to Apollo Bay after the race?

Shuttle bus tickets to the start line and back to Apollo Bay after you finish. Visit the merchandise store to grab a ticket. CLICK HERE for more on shuttle times.


What happens at registration?

You will collect your race plate with timing chip attached to the back of the plate/ seat post sticker for the GOGG events, along with any merchandise you may have ordered from the Merchandise Store. You do not need to bring anything – just a smile πŸ™‚

Are there any road closures on Saturday?

The Great Ocean Rd will have a very short closure between 0725 and 0750 between Apollo Bay town Centre and Wild Dog Road.

There will also be riders on Skenes Ck – Forrest Rd between northern end of Wild Dog Rd and Mt Sabine between approx. 0800 and 0945 but the Skenes Ck – Forrest Rd will remain open to traffic in both directions during this time, but you may experience some minor delays.


Can I swap my entry between the different races – say from the 100km to 50km or vice versa?

Yes – as long as we have not reached our field capacity we are happy to arrange this swap prior to the event. Please email [email protected] prior 3:00pm AEDT on Thursday 18th February, 2021.

Please note: swapping from 100km to 50km, the difference in entry fee will not be refunded. Swapping from 50km to 100km you will be required to pay the difference in entry fee. Any changes at race registration incur an additional $10 fee.


Can I order event merchandise?

Yes – you can order merchandise when you complete your entry online. If you missed this in the entry process, please visit our Merchandise page.


Am I able to pull out of the event and get a refund?

Yes – if you email [email protected] prior to 17:00 (AEDT), Sunday 7 February 2021 you are eligible to receive your entry fee refunded minus a 20% admin fee (min $10 and max of $40) OR we can arrange a Rapid Ascent credit minus a 15% (min $10 and max of $40) administration fee.

After this cut-off, we will not be issuing refunds or credits.


Are you allowed to receive external help?

Mechanical assistance can only be received by other riders or the designated event mechanic.

Competitors in the MTB events may only receive external support from support crew at:

  • 40km point (Top of Noonday Tk) – 100km race
  • 50km point (West Barwon Dam Rd) – 100km and 50km races
  • 64km point (Yaugher Oval) – 30km, 50km and 100km races
  • 83km point (Western end of Yaugher forest) – 30km, 50km and 100km races

Competitors in the GOGG events only receive external support from support crew in the time-out zones between the timing mats.

Any riders seen to be receiving any external support outside of this designated area will be given a 30 minute penalty – this includes collecting water bottles or other hydration or nutrition from spectators as well as items that have been β€˜pre-placed’ on the course for collection during the race. This will be strongly enforced in 2018.


Will there be hydration available on the course?

Otway Odyssey MTB races: Yes. Each distance has at least CLIF Fuel Station on course – please refer to the Course Description page for details.

GOGG races: Yes, there will be CLIF Fuel Stations and a time-out zone with coffee, cakes and other supplies on each race course.


My family is coming along, are they able to help out on the day?

Yes – we appreciate all of the help we can get and volunteering is a great way to be involved. Check out the Volunteers page for more information.


I was too late in getting accommodation at the Forrest Caravan Park, what should I do?

We suggest calling the Apollo Bay and Colac Visitor Information Centres. They will be able to assist with any accommodation available in the area.

Apollo Day Visitor Information Centre – 03 5237 6529
Colac Visitor Information Centre – 03 5231 3730.


Can I camp at the event expo area?

No – We do not allow camping at the event expo area. Please call the Visitor Information Centres listed above for further information.


Is there any compulsory equipment I need to take?

It is compulsory to carry a basic first aid kit for 100km Odyssey, 50km Shorty and 30km Rookie events. First Aids kits must contain at least:

  • 2 x crepe bandages
  • 6 x wound closure strips
  • 1 x triangular bandage
  • 2 x non-stick wound dressing pads
  • A pair of surgical gloves.

These are available to purchase at registration for $15 and online via the Merchandise Store.

GOGG races: There is no compulsory equipment required to be carried.

For more information on mandatory and recommended gear check out the Equipment and Safety page.


What is the Fire Safety and Extreme Weather policy?

Click here for more information on Fire Safety procedures.


Where are the results for this event?

Results can be viewed on the Results page of this website.


How can I view the photos from the event?

All images can be viewed at photos4sale


What date are the categories for this event determined on?

Age categories will be determined by your age on Saturday 20 February 2021.


Where can I park?

Parking is available in the pony club next door to the event expo. Entry is by gold coin donation.