Competitor Race Day Info

Index to information below:

Event location

Forrest Football Ground, Forrest VIC – Event Expo

The Forrest Football Ground is located on Yaugher Road, 1.5km north of the township of Forrest (VIC) and hosts the following features of the event:

  • Race Registration 
  • Start and Finish line for 50km, 30km, 10km and Groms events
    • Note, 100km start line at Apollo Bay for 2021 – shuttles available
  • Event and Bike Industry Expo (for riders, their families and spectators!) – food, drinks, kids entertainment, live music and much more
  • Intermediary points on the 100km, 50km and 30km MTB races – great for spectating as riders come through

Forrest (VIC) is located approximately 2hrs from Melbourne with the quickest route is via Geelong and Winchelsea. Forrest is a 40 minute drive from Apollo Bay and 25 minutes from Colac.

Apollo Bay VIC – 100km Start line

Apollo Bay is a coastal town located on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria (about 2hrs40mins from Melbourne). Forrest is a 40min drive to Apollo Bay and hosts the following features of the event:

  • Last minute registration for the 100km
  • 100km Otway Odyssey Start Line
  • Shuttles will be available between Forrest and Apollo Bay

Event and Bike Industry Expo and Festival

The Forrest Football Ground will host an array of excitement throughout race registration on Friday afternoon and during racing on the Saturday and Sunday, including:

  • Race registration and plate collection
  • Sponsors displays and demo gear
  • Coffee, food, drinks and other sustenance
  • Silver Bullet Bar from the Forrest Brewery
  • Kids entertainment (eg, face painting, jumping castle)
  • Live music and MC commentary
  • On site bike shop for repairs and last minute needs
  • CLIF BAR Fuel Station

Competitor Registration

Friday 21 February 2020 – all riders in all races:

  • 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday 22 February 2020

  • 6:00am – 6:45am: 100km riders
  • 6:45am – 7:45am: 50km riders
  • 8:30am – 9:00am: 30km riders

Saturday 22 February 2020

  • 12:00pm – 1:15pm: Grommet Riders (Kids 3-8years)
  • 2:00pm – 3:30pm: 10km riders

Shuttle Bus Information

Shuttle buses with bike trailers will be provided for 100km riders on Saturday for transport between Forrest and Apollo Bay. Shuttle Buses will be at an additional cost to the entry fee and must be pre-booked. However we recommend that you use your own support crew or arrange your own car shuffle; if not, then these buses are available for competitors.

Bus Departure Times

Morning (pre-race): Forrest to Apollo Bay Start line – 1 bus with bike trailer will be provided on race day morning should it be required.

  • Time: 5:45 AM (exact time confirmed 2 weeks prior)
  • Cost: approx $20 – exact price TBC

Afternoon (post-race): Forrest (Finish line) to Apollo Bay – multiple buses with bike trailers will be running. If you haven’t already pre-arranged a friend or support crew to drive you back, then please book your post-race shuttle upon entering online:

  • Times (approx.):
    • Buses will depart approx every 45 minutes from 1:00PM until approx 5:00PM
  • Cost: approx $20 – exact price TBC

Competitor Services

To help you have a hassle-free time at the Otway Odyssey, the following services are provided to competitors:

Hydration and Nutrition drop offs

50km and 30km MTB riders: You can pre-place your own hydration / nutrition alongside the race chute in the Football Ground ready for you to collect during the race.

100km MTB Riders:

  • 40km point at Noonday Tk / Kaangalang Rd junction: Water bottle/food bag drop off point. *
  • 50km point at top of West Barwon Dam Rd: Water bottle/food bag drop off point *
  • 64km point at Forrest Football Oval: Water bottle/food bag drop off point
  • 84km point in Yaugher: Water bottle/food bag drop off point *

* Rapid Ascent will take your hydration / nutrition to these points for you.

On site bike mechanic

A bike repair shop (No Limit Cycle Repairs) will be available at the venue to provide any last minute bike mechanical work (reasonable rates charged). Open Friday afternoon, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning.