EVENT PROGRAM AVAILABLE
The official Event Program for the 2015 Giant Odyssey containing all the final event information, schedule, course details and more can now be downloaded from here - essential reading for all competitors (29Mb download: right click and select 'Save Link As').
||Saturday 20th February 2016
||Forrest, Otway National Park, Victoria
||100km Giant Odyssey, Forrest
50km Giant Shorty , Forrest
15km Giant Pioneer, Forrest
||Forrest Football Ground, Forrest, amidst a massive bike, food and entertainment expo
The Giant Odyssey is the ultimate mountain bike marathon in Australia with challenging, scenic, fun and flowing mountain bike courses across the three races contested during the event.
Each race includes some of the best MTB single track in Australia, centred around the mountain biking Mecca of Forrest in the Great Otway National Park.
Three course options available, so there is a MTB challenge to suit any level of rider:
100km Giant Odyssey – the pinnacle race will start and finish in Forrest and include all the best single track this MTB Mecca has to offer.
50km Giant Shorty – starts and finishes in Forrest and includes an improved course with even more flowing single track in 2015.
- 15km Giant Pioneer – a fun event designed for younger riders and relatively new mountain bikers, to give them a taste of the action.
Having started in 2007, the Otway Odyssey is undoubtedly one of Australia’s landmark MTB events and provides riders with a supreme challenge, enjoyment and reward along some of the best trails in the land.
The quality of the riding and the superb scenery, combined with a massive bike expo with food stands, live music and entertainment at the finish line make this THE ULTIMATE MTB MARATHON IN AUSTRALIA.
MAVERICK MARATHON SERIES
The Giant Odyssey MTB Marathon also features as Race 2 of the Maverick Marathon Series - a new initiative started in 2014 that brings together four of Australia's most popular mountain bike marathons, to provide riders with a series that captures the essence of mountain biking and encourages participation at ALL levels.
Events Includes: Capital Punishment , Giant Odyssey (21 March 2015), Flight CEntre Epic and CamelBak Highland Fling.
The series features: Series points ranking system; leaders jersey's; age group leader number plates; prize money plus more!
Details at www.maverickseries.com.au
The 100km Giant Odyssey
The 100km race is the big race of the weekend. In 2015 this premier race will again use the 'new course' we raced in 2013 and 2014 that starts and finishes in Forrest in an heroic bike journey that includes all the best trails the land has to offer.
The 100km Giant Odyssey is equally renowned for three things:
- as one of the toughest marathons in Australia as it includes a number of lung busting hills as you climb to the very top of the Otway Ranges and
- for the quantity and quality of the single track included along its length, and
- for the spirit and atmosphere at the Forrest Football ground which competitors pass through on 3 occasions during the race
The new course continues to receive high praise for the quality and quantity of single track, the journey it takes riders on through the mighty Otway ranges and the ease of race logistics for riders and competritors alike. With kilometer after kilometer of Forrest's renowned flowing single track mixed with a solid mix of climbing and descending, the course keeps the best of riders honest and adds up to a very rewarding day in the saddle.
So set yourself the challenge, lock the legs in for some training and join us for a MTB marathon you will never forget.
The 50km Giant Shorty - improved course for 2015
The 50km race is fast becoming known as one of the most popular mid-distance races in Australia with a capacity field of 800 riders conquering this spectacular course. The 50km Giant Shorty is designed to be enjoyable and achieveable for riders of all abilities as it includes an incredble mix of single track, bite sized hills and superb race atmosphere in a half distance challenge.
We have made some small changes to the 50km course for 2015 so it includes even more of the popular Forrest single track and gives Shorty riders the same wow-factor riding as the 100km Odyssey. You'll race on a terrific mix of dirt roads, double track and single tracks that wind through the Otways on a flowing course that will put a smile on your dial no matter what your level of experience is and remains a fun event for all riders.
The 15km Giant Pioneer
The 15km Giant Pioneer is designed for kids and new mountain bikers and will provide you with a taste of the thrills and spills of this fantastic sport. The course includes a steady mix of 4WD tracks, swooping single track, rainforest, roads and country scenery. It’s a loop that gives kids the chance to develop their riding skills and non riders the chance to have a bit of fun.
In 2015 the Giant Pioneer will also include a category for handcycles that allows riders who have suffered some loss of function in their lower limbs due to disability or impairment to participate in a mainstream MTB Race. The hand cyclists had a terrific time in 2014 and will be back for more rewardign riding in 2015.
COURSE DESCRIPTION & MAPS
CLICK HERE for a description of each course, with course maps.
If you have never ridden around Forrest before then you are in for a real treat with many people considering these purpose built mountain bike trails among the best trails in Australia. The Giant Odyssey highlights the best of these trails as a real showcase of the riding potential in the Otway Ranges.
Want to know more about riding at Forrest?
If you want to know more about the course for the event itself then keep reading this website for a description and maps...
HOWEVER, if you want to learn more about riding in and around Forrest itself then click onto www.rideforrest.com - it's a purpose built website that profiles the tracks, the township and region and what kind of riding you can expect in the area.