AMAZING ODYSSEY: Riders celebrate race’s anniversary

Chris Jongewaard has won Otway Odyssey‘s 100-kilometre ride a record six times since 2007.

Chris Jongewaard has won Otway Odyssey‘s 100-kilometre ride a record six times since 2007.

MOUNTAIN bike riders from across the world will flock to Forrest to celebrate the 10th anniversary of one of Australia’s most highly regarded events this month.

The Otway Odyssey, now known as the Giant Odyssey, has been a solid fixture on the Australian mountain bike calendar for the past nine years and in that time has grown to be one of to be the most respected and well-attended bike events in the country.

Coming up again on February 20, this will be the 10th anniversary edition of the event and race organisers at Rapid Ascent are planning for another big year expecting over 4000 competitors and spectators.

ColacWednesday10Feb020A“We’re so excited to be celebrating 10 years of the Odyssey,” Rapid Ascent’s Sam Maffett said.

“The Odyssey has had a huge following right from the word go with 1000 riders participating every year since,” he said.

“This is primarily due to the extensive network of single track in Forrest that the course takes advantage of and the great setting in the Otways.”

The inaugural Otway Odyssey was in late February 2007 and was the first 100-kilometre mountain bike marathon in Victoria.

Back then the Forrest MTB trails had only just been built and some of the trails included in the race were still very fresh having just been dug in for a couple months, but still sold out with 1000 riders taking part.

ColacWednesday10Feb020The course has had a number of major and minor changes since the early years.

The 100-kilometre course started in Apollo Bay for the first five years with all riders surging along the Great Ocean road for the opening seven kilometres before starting the first of many major climbs over the Otway Ranges.

The event includes a massive event festival that’s great for spectators with pit lane, food vendors, beer garden, live music and MTB expo.

Entries to the 2016 Giant Odyssey are available at www.GiantOdyssey.com.au

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