Outback Odyssey Riders

Odyssey riders in Victoria Square last Saturday.

Last Saturday – over 200 riders left from Victoria Square in Adelaide. They have a 900 kilometre epic journey ahead of them.

The 200+ riders are  travelling along the Mawson Trail, a 900 kilometre mountain bike path from Adelaide to Blinman, which traverses the Adelaide Hills, Barossa, Clare and Gilbert Valleys, Goyder region and the Flinders Ranges, along little-used country roads, unmade or unused road reserves and forest tracks.

All in all  – they’ll spend an epic 13 days in the saddle, and another two days resting those weary legs and enjoying their local surroundings.

One of the riders you may see heading north is Lindsey Colla, who will be completing the entire 900kms on a unicycle and raising money for charity ‘Wheels 4 Life’ along the way.

Yes Lindsey is up for the challenge – and we recommend reading his blog and even perhaps giving him your support.

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Lindsey Colla is doing the Outback Odyssey on one wheel

 

Let’s just say that it’s been a little wet. On Tuesday, the group rode in cold and wet conditions from Riverton along the Rattler and Riesling Trails then continued along the Mawson Trail through farming land to Burra. They made it to Hallett yesterday and at the time of writing – they’ll be pedalling today to Spalding, then onto Laura on Saturday, before heading to Melrose on Sunday where they will rest  before their final week of riding to Blinman.

The local newspaper – the Northern Argus – caught up with Lindsey and other riders at Penwortham. Despite the cold weather (and clothes) – there are still some smiles to be seen 🙂

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David Shepherd from Tasmania, Tim Lebbon from Adelaide, Mark Mallitt of the Blue Mountains (NSW), Ray Wallace of Ballarat (Vic) and Ian Wheatley of Kiama (NSW) enjoy a short break off their bikes and a warm drink beside the Riesling Trail, before heading on to Burra for the night. Credit: Northern Argus.

 

Recent rains have made the route muddy in sections, and tough going for some but hey – it’s all part of the Outback Odyssey experience. You have to earn your beer when you arrive at the end of the trail in the one pub town called Blinman.

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This is what riders will have to look forward to at the end of their trip.

 

This year is the first time the tour has fully sold – indicating strong interest in both cycle tourism events and South Australia as a cycle friendly destination.

The Outback Odyssey is a once in a life-time adventure. The  next event will be held in May 2017 – so mark the date in your diary and get ready for an adventure.

More info about the ride can be found at www.bikesa.asn.au/outbackodyssey