Otway Odyssey All Systems Go this Weekend with a Strong Field

Press Release / 17.02.2021
Riding at the Otway Odyssey Mountain Bike Marathon
Riding at the Otway Odyssey Mountain Bike Marathon / © Rapid Ascent

Rapid Ascent is excited to confirm that the Otway Odyssey Mountain Bike Marathon and Great Otway Gravel Grind events are proceeding as planned this Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st February at Forrest, Victoria. This go ahead is based upon the public advice given by Victorian Premier Dan Andrews at the press conference this morning.

The events will delivered as explained in the Event Programs circulated last week, and in accordance to the events’ COVID-Safe Plan – both publicly available on the events’ website.

“The Odyssey is one of the best weekends you can have on two wheels and we are excited we can still (COVID-safely) welcome riders this weekend and experience first-hand the history of such a reputable mountain bike event.” Said Sam Maffett, General Manager, Rapid Ascent.

Celebrating 15 years this weekend, the event courses include the premier 100km mountain bike race starting at Apollo Bay, along with the 50km, 30km and 10km races, and the ‘Grommets ride’ for kids at Forrest.

Then on Sunday the Great Otway Gravel Grind—known as “the GOGG”— returns for its fifth year with 97km and 49km course options complimenting the mountain bike events.

Returning to its’ roots, the 100km race is known as the stuff of legends, and with an increased prize pool of $9,600, entries have surpassed organisers expectations, cementing it as Australia’s most respected mountain bike race.

A host of big names will be lining up the 100km start line, including Australia’s male and female MTB National Champions and two-time Olympic representatives – Bec and Dan McConnell; Team Roxsolt Liv SRAM - Australia’s only UCI Continental Women’s Team with the likes of 6-time Odyssey Winner Peta Mullens, and team-mates Courtney Sherwell, current U19 National Champion Izzy Flint, Neve Bradbury, Saffron Button and Justine Barrow; along with Russell and Tasman Nankervis, Cam Ivory, Brendan Johnston, Sam Chancellor, Scott Chancellor, Steele Von Hoff, Zoe Cuthbert, Justin Morris and Sam Fox, to name a few.

All races will finish amidst a huge bike expo and food festival at the Forrest Football Ground.

Rapid Ascent wishes all riders the best for their Odyssey and GOGG attempt(s) this weekend.

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