(Posted - 08 Oct 2012)
With a new 100km loop course (starting and finishing in Forrest), more single track and easier race logistics the Ultimate MTB Marathon just got more ultimate! Are you up to the (new) challenge on Saturday February 16th?
Now headed into its seventh edition, Australia’s biggest mountain bike marathon the Kona Odyssey has opened for entries with news that the 100km event will feature a new loop course starting and finishing in the iconic MTB village of Forrest, in Victoria.
The 16th February 2013 edition will feature an all-new loop course making logistics simple for competitors while providing even more single track than ever before.
“The new format starting and finishing in the same place not only makes race day organisation much easier for competitors," says Rapid Ascent General Manager, Sam Maffett, “The change has also given us the opportunity to inject some fresh interest – and challenge – into the race.
"The 100km Kona Odyssey marathon has always been equally renowned for being one of the toughest marathons in Australia; for the sense of journey the course provides; for the ancient forest landscapes it travels through; and for the quantity and quality of the single track along its length. This new course does nothing but magnify all of those aspects and makes it a better ride for everyone," says Maffett.
The all-new start location and early course kilometres will give riders ample opportunity to self seed but be warned - the course has by no means been geared down.
“There are still plenty of thigh busting hills," says Maffett. “In fact, this course could be considered hillier, although the early 'unrideable' hills in the original course have disappeared, reducing the congestion factor."
Having started in 2007, the Kona Odyssey weekend is regarded as one of Australia’s landmark mountain biking events known for attracting the nation’s top riders along with up to 2,000 weekend warriors, all attempting to ride out their own mountain biking legend (or myth as it may later become around the post-race barbeque).
Date: Saturday, 16 February, 2013
Location: Forrest, Otway National Park, Victoria
Distances: 100km Kona Odyssey, Forrest to Forrest
50km Kona Shorty, Forrest
15km Kona Pioneer, Forrest
Festival: Finish your quest with a feast at the bike, food and entertainment expo
Entries are now open at www.konaodyssey.com.au.