electrical bike Otway Odyssey going again to fundamentals after yr of upheaval
By Dominic Unwin | 6 October 2020
In a yr that has pushed many occasions to the restrict, the organisers of the Otway Odyssey are returning to their roots in 2021 with the well-known race pencilled in for 20-21 February.
The unique 100km Odyssey course will head again to its conventional format, final seen in 2011, by which riders will begin in Apollo Bay, cross the Otway Ranges and end at Forrest. This unique route was notorious for the dimensions of the climbs and unforgiving terrain riders needed to traverse to get to the end line.
The money prize pool for the 100km occasion has additionally modified, rising to $9600, with a purpose to appeal to riders from everywhere in the nation, border restrictions allowing.
“It’s nonetheless my favorite course, in my favorite setting, at the most effective time of yr and I’d extremely advocate it to anybody who loves journey and superior trails; and the shorter varieties to anyone staring out,” mentioned Peta Mullens, 6–time Otway Odyssey feminine Champion and former Australia Highway Biking Champion.
Riders not fairly as much as 100km can select from 50km, 30km and 10km choices whereas the Grommets journey, held on the Forrest soccer oval, accommodates these children eager to offer it a go. All races are held on Saturday, 20 February.
And naturally, the Nice Otway Gravel Grind is again for its fifth version. Held on Sunday, 21 February, the Gravel Grind races happen on easy filth roads within the Otway Ranges and can see riders go via the guts of the Nice Otway Nationwide Park, a route that can afford some exceptional views of the Nice Ocean Highway area.
As with the unique rides, individuals can have a alternative of a 97km or 49km course with a number of time-out zones the place riders can cease for a espresso or look forward to mates with out it affecting their race time. 2021 may also see the continuation of the Odyssey Angels program, designed to encourage feminine participation.
Common Manger of organiser Fast Ascent, Sam Maffett, mentioned riders will relish the massive vary of actions over the weekend, together with the well-known bike expo and meals competition.
“The Otway Odyssey is such a particular weekend, it’s the place riders congregate to expertise the joys of racing in addition to the satisfaction of conquering a private problem,” Maffett mentioned.
“It’s onerous to not get excited in regards to the Otway Odyssey when the paths of the Otways come alive with over 1,500 riders, and the electrical ambiance on the Soccer Floor the place spectators encourage riders as they race via the checkpoints and throughout the end line.
“It is without doubt one of the finest weekends you’ll be able to have on two wheels and we will’t wait to welcome riders to have fun 15 years and expertise first-hand the historical past of such a good mountain bike occasion.”
Date: Saturday 20 February and Sunday 21 February, 2021
Location: Forrest, Otway Nationwide Park, Victoria (and Apollo Bay on the Nice Ocean Highway for the 100km begin)
· Odyssey 100km
· Shorty 50km
· Rookie 30km – together with the Odyssey Angels.
· Pioneer 10km
· Grommets Journey
· GOGG Large Ring 97km
· GOGG Little Ring 49km
Occasion Expo: A large bike, meals and leisure expo at Forrest Soccer Floor
Entries: Now open at www.OtwayOdyssey.com.au