Last month Wantirna Osteopathy’s very own mountain bike fanatic Drew Blatchford competed in one of Australia’s toughest mountain bike marathon races. The Otway Odyssey is a 100km race through the beautiful Otway forest region of Victoria. Climbing almost 2500 vertical metres within the gruelling 100km any rider that finishes this event can be proud of their achievement.
Drew had specifically targeted this event with goals to improve his position and time from his last attempt. Training had involved some very early rises over summer at 0430am just to fit extra kilometres in for the week as well as a training week in the Adelaide hills.
Over 1,200 riders took part in many different distances and categories at this year’s 10th anniversary edition of the Giant Odyssey set in Forrest, Victoria. The Odyssey is known as one of the toughest mountain bike marathons and attracts an impressive line-up of riders. It also caters for novice and junior riders with a range of distances to suit all abilities.
The training did pay off, despite Drew’s slight disappointment at missing his target time of less than 5hrs. Drew finished 26th in a time of 5hrs 3mins and 30 seconds, a 6minute improvement in time and 23 place improvement from 49th. Drew will now look ahead to shorter races including the National Cross country championships in Bright and the Victorian championships in Castlemaine.