Listed below is the tentative schedule for the 2014 Giant Odyssey. These times may change slightly between now and race day (no drastic changes, tweaking only)
Saturday April 26th, 2014
|2:00pm - 6:00pm
Competitor registration (for 15km, 50km and 100km races) opens at the Forrest Football Ground.
PLEASE NOTE: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ATTEND REGISTRATION YOURSELF. SOMEONE ELSE MAY COLLECT YOUR NUMBER PLATE FOR YOU.
Any riders under 18 years of age must have a parent orguardian sign an indemnity form when collecting number plates.
||Sponsors expo opens, food available and bike servicing available at the Forrest Football Ground.
Sunday 27th April, 2014
||Late Registration schedule
||Late registration for 100km riders at the Forrest Football Ground (by prior arrangement only)
||100km start procedure
||100km elite women gather on the Football Ground
||100km Giant Odyssey elite women start - on Yaugher Rd
||100km riders gather on Football Ground
||100km Giant Odyssey race start - for all riders (except elite females) on Yaugher Rd
||50km start procedure
||Late registration for 50km riders at Forrest Football Ground.
||50km riders gather on the Football Ground
||50km Giant Shorty race start for all riders on Yaugher Rd
||Leading 100km riders expected to enter the footy ground at the 38km point
||Leading 50km riders expected to enter the footy ground at the 25km point
||Festivities at the Forrest Football ground start
||Leading 100km riders expected to enter the footy ground at the 64km point
||Winning 50km rider expected to cross the finish line
||Winning 100km rider expected to cross the finish line
||Registration for Giant Pioneer 15km race
||Giant Pioneer 15km race starts on Yaugher Rd, approx. 100m past the intersection of Kents Rd and Yaugher Rd
||Giant Pioneer 15km - first competitor finishes.
||Race Presentations commence for 100km, 50km and 15km events - at Forrest Football Ground
Forrest Festival closes
Forrest Football Ground – start and finish line for all races
The Forrest Football Ground is located on Yaugher Road, 1.5km north of the township of Forrest and hosts the following features of the event:
- Race registration on Friday afternoon and evening
- Start line for the 100km Giant Odyssey, 50km Giant Shorty and 15km Giant Pioneer
- Finish line for all events - the 100km, 50km and 15km
- Forrest Festival and Bike Industry Expo providing food, drinks, kids entertainment, live music and much more, for riders’ families and the general public
- Intermediary 38km, 65km points for 100km riders and 25km point for 50km riders being the only location where riders may receive external assistance from support crews
- Race presentations at 3.30pm
Forrest is located approximately 2hrs from Melbourne with the quickest route being via Geelong and Winchelsea. Forrest is a 40 minute drive from Apollo Bay and 25 minutes from Colac.
NOTE: The 100km course does NOT START IN APOLLO BAY (as was the case prior to 2013)
COMPETITOR REGISTRATION AND SPONSORS EXPO ON SATURDAY
All riders for each of the 3 events must collect their number plate before the start of their event. (If you did not select to get this posted)
NOTE: you can arrange for a friend to collect your number plate for you .
Any riders under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian sign an indemnity form when collecting number plates.
All 100km and 50km riders must register on Saturday between 2:00pm and 6:00pm at the Forrest Football Ground. Late registration for 50km and 100km riders on Sunday morning is ONLY AVAILABLE by prior arrangement directly with the Rapid Ascent office. Giant Pioneer 15km riders can also register on Friday afternoon or on Sunday between 12:30pm and 2:00pm at the Race Administration marquee.
RACE PLATE MAILOUT: You have the option in the entry process to have your race plate posted out for an additional $5. The cut off for plates to mailed out is Thursday 10th April 2013, 5pm. If you would like to update your entry - please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your full postal address.
SPONSORS EXPO AND FOOD ON SATURDAY
There will be a lot going on at the Forrest Football Ground throughout Saturday afternoon and evening during registration and we encourage you to support the following providers:
- A number of sponsors will be set up and open for business so make sure you check out their stands on Saturday before you are too knackered after the race on Sunday
- The Forrest Football Club will be conducting a Pasta Night on Friday evening to give you plenty of pre race carbs
To help you have a hassle-free time at the Giant Odyssey we will be providing the following services to competitors.
We are happy to look after a bag of clothing whilst you are out racing so you have some clean clothes to get changed into after the race. All clothing must be in a single bag, with name, race number and telephone number clearly marked and must be dropped off at the race registration marquee on the Forrest Football Ground before your race. Clothing will be available for collection from the same spot upon presentation of your race number plate anytime on Saturday.
Hydration and nutrition drop offs
100km & 50km riders:
- You can pre-place your own hydration / nutrition alongside the race chute in the football ground ready for you to collect it duringthe race. Hydration / nutrition dropped off:
- Must be placed in number order according to the signs (so it is easier for you to find it!)
- Is limited to a water bottle or two and some food in a small bag only – no deck chairs, eskies, umbrellas or kitchen sinks (we’ve seen all these before!)
- Do not dislodge or move anyone else’s gear as they also need to find theirs when they come past on their bikes
For 100km riders ONLY:
We will transport your pre-prepared race food and drinks from the Forrest Football Ground to the water point at the 85km point at the top ofWest BarwonDam Access Rd (There will be water drums (and Shotz tablets) to fill up your own bottles at this location as well).
Hydration / Nutrition Drinks and food to be transported must have your race number clearly written on the top for easy identification, and must then be in a single bag (that is separate from clothing bag) and must be handed in to the Race Admin.marquee during the hours of registration (4pm-9pm) on Friday night. We will transfer them to the water point and lay them out in consecutive number order next to the race track. It is your responsibility to find your bag / bottles.
Showers at the Forrest Festival
To make it more comfortable for you to hang out at the Forrest Festival after the race, we will be providing shower facilities at the finish line. Showers will be free, but we ask you to be Water Wise as the water is transported to Forrest and we want it to last for everyone.
Bike Wash - Small change for a great cause!
If you’d like to wash away the pain, mud, sweat and tears from your bike at this year’s Giant Odyssey, and donate some change to a good cause, please visit the bike wash situated next to the mobile shower truck. For just $5 you’ll be supporting the local Scout / Venturer Unit whilst getting your ride pampered and cleaned beyond recognition as part of their first class bike wash service.
Ki Health are providing remedial massage therapy and corrective exercise advice for all riders! Get your aches and pains sorted, while learning training methods to improve your biomechanics and ride even faster - www.kihealth.com.au
AcuPro® are launching the ultimate exercise accessory - The Acumat® is a dynamic exercise mat that stimulates circulation while removing trigger points or knots from tight and tired muscles! Come and try it yourself to recover faster and improve performance - www.acupro.com.au - ph: 1300-ACUMAT
The GIANT Odyssey event program containing all the details on this website plus additional diagrams, maps and sponsor offers will be uploaded to this website 2 weeks before race day.