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.
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 🙂
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.
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