What a weekend it was in the mighty Otways

What a weekend it was in the mighty Otways for the Otway Odyssey presented by Focus and inaugural Great Otway Gravel Grind!

The eleventh edition of the Otway Odyssey confirmed its status again as the most challenging yet rewarding mountain bike marathon in Australia, courtesy of the thirst-building single track terrain. Over 1,200 mountain bikers hit the Forrest trails on Saturday for the 100km, 50km and 30km races.

And over 300 riders raced in the Great Otway Gravel Grind (The GOGG) the following day which led them along a scenic and at times challenging ride on the dirt roads winding through the Otway Ranges, across 97km and 49km courses.

We hope you had as much of a blast as we did, and we thank you for joining us on the weekend! Well done to all riders on their races, and we hope you enjoyed your post-race celebrations and relaxation.

Check out news from the weekend here, and here.

And jump over to the Facebook page for photos from the day.

If you raced and would like to purchase your race photos, head to Supersport Images.

We are currently locking in the dates for next year, but in the mean time – enjoy your riding! And we’ll see you in 2018! 

The Otway Odyssey and Great Otway Gravel Grind 2017

The Otway Odyssey

The Otway Odyssey presented by Focus is one of Australia’s most respected off-road cycling events thanks to the quality of the courses with lung busting hills, blitzing descents and an electrifying race atmosphere that welcomes any rider – mountain bikers, roadies and gravel grinders.

NEW Great Otway Gravel Grind              (THE G.O.G.G.)

A-grade riding on A-grade dirt made accessible to all riders. The Otway Ranges are criss-crossed with superb dirt roads that wind their way through tall-timber rainforest to the Great Ocean Road and back, and these new races allow any rider to enjoy the journey.

  • 97km GOGG big ring
  • 49km GOGG little ring
  • All on beautiful dirt roads with nearly zero traffic
  • Open to gravel grinders, mountain bikers, cyclo-cross and road riders
  • Includes a time-out-zone for coffee and café’s catch ups
  • Sunday 26th February
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Otway Odyssey MTB Marathons


Epic races on epic trails in the MTB mecca of Forrest, VIC. These races are the most well regarded in Australia and provide an incredible MTB experience for any rider – from Australia’s elite to our new-start kids. With a 10 year heritage these are landmark races. 

  • Otway Odyssey 100km
  • Otway Shorty 50km
  • Otway Rookie 30km
  • Otway Pioneer 10km (Sunday)
  • Otway Grommets - fun riding for (little) kids
  • All raced on some of Australia’s best single track
  • Saturday 25th February
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Add to this an extensive event expo with sponsors stands, food, drinks, entertainment and activities at the Start / Finish and this a weekend when all riders come together to celebrate off-road riding in the best of company. So mark it in your diary, get on your bike and we’ll see you at Forrest over 25th and 26th February, 2017.

EVENT PROGRAM DOWNLOAD. We strongly encourage all competitors to download and read the event program that includes info like the final event schedule, parking instructions, course maps and give aways. Download from here (12 meg download - right click and 'save file as')





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