Giant riders claim victory at Otway Odyssey!

Monday, 25 February 2019

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Giant Australia team riders had a super successful weekend at the 2019 running of the longstanding Otway Odyssey mountain bike race. Held in the Otway Ranges, the event attracts some of the top talent in Cross Country mountain bike racing from all around the country. In what was his first attempt at the Otway Odyssey, Giant team rider Brendan Johnston rode super strong to take out the 100km distan...

Giant Australia team riders had a super successful weekend at the 2019 running of the longstanding Otway Odyssey mountain bike race. Held in the Otway Ranges, the event attracts some of the top talent in Cross Country mountain bike racing from all around the country. In what was his first attempt at the Otway Odyssey, Giant team rider Brendan Johnston rode super strong to take out the 100km distance ahead of borthers Russell & Tasman Nankervis.

Brendan followed attacks from fellow competitors throughout the race and made his decisive move for victory with less than 25km to go. He held on through the final singletrack and fire road sections of the course to take the victory in a super quick 4:22:09.

Having won the Otway Shorty 50km event at last year's Otway Odyssey, young Giant team rider Adam Blazevic was super motivated to go back to back in 2019. Having recently returned from the depths of European winter racing cyclocross, Adam again took the win in the 50km event setting a new course record in the process; 2:12:29. Both Brendan and Adam rode our Anthem Advanced Pro 29er XC race bike and chose our Rev performance helmet.

Next up Brendan will be racing the Willo mountain bike race before pairing up with Cam Ivory to take on the Cape Epic in South Africa. See the first piece in our documentary series following their journey to Cape Epic here. Adam will be focusing on the Australian XC National Championship before turning his attention back to cyclocross racing through winter.

Otway Odyssey 100km

Top 3 Male

  1. Brendan Johnston 4:22:09
  2. Tasman Nankervis 4:23:52
  3. Russel Nankervis 4:24:17

Otway Shorty 50km

Top 3 Male

  1. Adam Blazevic 2:12:29 
  2. Piper Albrecht 2:13:00 
  3. Cooper Jessen 2:14:37

 

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