Come along to cheer on the riders
Spectators and support crews are most welcome to join the Otway Odyssey AND GRAVEL GRIND fun! the following information is provided so you know how, when and where you can get involved.
Index to the information below:
Finish line and event centre
Location: Forrest Football Ground, Forrest VIC
The Otway Odyssey & Great Otway Gravel Grind are far more than ‘just another bike race’ as it includes a large event centre and sponsors expo at the Forrest Football ground on Saturday and Sunday - fun for the whole family! It attracts plenty of spectators and general public to the event and is the ideal place to park the family and your friends while you flog yourself around the course! Entry to the festival is FREE.
- Start and finish location for all races
- Intermediary points for 100km, 50km and 30km MTB races
- Sponsors expo and display stands
- The only spot on the course where MTB riders can receive outside mechanical support – including from the onsite bike shop.
Food stalls: 10am – 6pm Saturday and 9:00am - 2:00pm Sunday
A wide range of stalls will be up and running in the expo, including items such as:
- Coffee, smoothies, soft drink, water and more
- BBQ food with sausages, hamburgers, egg and bacon rolls
- French crepes
- Tropical Snow
- Timboon Ice-cream (yum!)
- Healthy rolls and salads
Sponsors Expo: 10:00am – 6:00pm Saturday and 9:00am - 2:00pm Sunday
All event sponsors, as well as several other biking and tourism related companies, will have stands at the Forrest Football Ground including:
- FOCUS Bikes Australia - with a range of bikes to check out and some terrific advice for anyone looking for a new set of wheels.
- THULE with their terrific trailer of samples to try and buy
- + other sponsors still being appointed
Finish line refreshments
Fresh fruit will be available at the finish line with a range of oranges, water melon, cantaloupe and other fruits available for competitors (only). Enjoy!
Music and MCs
It's non-stop entertainment with event an interactive MC providing commentary throughout the day, and some chilled out live music playing on the stage between 12pm and 3pm to welcome those who have finished this epic event.
Event bar thanks to the Forrest Brewery
The award winning local business - The Forrest Brewing Company - will be operating a thriving event bar in the middle of proceedings at the Footy Ground and we encourage everyone to kick back and relax with one of their beers at the end of your ride.
Kids entertainment and activities: 10:00am – 4:00pm Saturday
Kids will have plenty of things to keep them busy whilst mum or dad are out riding, with an arts and craft area, face painting and a massive jumping castle to use up all that boundless energy.
Plus there's the Grommets ride and activities for little kids! Read the Course Description for more details.
The Forrest Football Ground will be the central First Aid point for the event with onsite medical centre, Ambulance Victoria and trained paramedics to help you if you’ve come unstuck. Please respect that they must give priority to the more serious cases over simple cuts and grazes.
Supporting your rider - MTB only
The Forrest football ground is the only place where MTB riders can accept outside assistance from their support crew.
Competitors may only receive external support from handlers or support crew within the confines of the Forrest Football Ground at the following points:
- 100km course: 38km and 65km points
- 50km course: 33km point
- 30km course: 12km point
This area is defined as any section along the course that is within the playing surface of the Forrest Football Ground. So if you are a support crew be aware of this opportunity, but also the limitation that this requires in that you cannot provide any drinks, food or other support anywhere else along the course.
Any riders seen to be receiving any external support outside of this designated area will be given a 30 minute penalty - this includes collecting water bottles or other hydration or nutrition from spectators as well as items that have been ‘pre-placed’ on the course for collection during the race. This will be strongly enforced.
Live updates and results
Live race splits for all riders
Live timing splits will be uploaded to the website during the event. Any time you cross a timing mat your profile will be updated on the website so your friends and family back at home can track your progress. You can also track the progress of other riders to see how you compare. The link will be posted on the event homepage.
Live overall results will also be uploaded to the internet during the race so you can keep tabs on the overall and age group standings. The link will be posted on the event homepage.
Live event updates on Twitter and Instagram #otwaydyssey
Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for live event updates, sending photos and other race snippets from the Otway Odyssey, #otwayodyssey #GOGG. Tell your friends at home to follow Rapid Ascent on these social media platforms and feel free to join the conversation by tagging #otwayodyssey #GOGG and/or @rapidascent
Otway Fly activities
Otway Fly Treetop Adventures takes your rainforest experience to new heights in the lush surrounds of the magnificent Otway Ranges. Whether you’re soaking up the breathtaking birds-eye view of the stunning rainforest or soaring through the leafy treetops on the awe-inspiring Zipline Tour, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.
The views from the bottom of our Treetop Walk are just as spectacular as from the top! Come see for yourself and take a walk through the beautiful Otway Ranges.
It is a beautiful day today! Why not spend it getting lost between the treetops and have a day out with us!