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WARRNAMBOOL mountain bike rider Matt Hand conquered the Otway Ranges terrain on the weekend, placing 30th overall in the 100-kilometre Odyssey.
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Hand, racing in the open 18-39 age group, finished 27th in his category.

The annual mountain bike event started in Apollo Bay and finished in Forrest.

While the views from the track were spectacular, riders paid firm attention to the roller-coaster course.

The trail was roughly 15 per cent bitumen, 14 per cent unsealed road, 36 per cent fire track and 35 per cent single track.

Hand was part of a strong contingent of Warrnamboool riders who ventured to the Otways.

He said the most testing part of the course was walking his bike through a farmer’s paddock, while he also battled cramps at the 60-kilometre mark.

“I just had to deal with it and pedal more softly,” he said.

The painter, who has contested the long-course event four times, said Saturday’s conditions were “perfect” compared to last year’s mud-fest.

Hand crossed the line to record his best result yet.

“I felt pretty good,” he said. “I was tired but not physically exhausted.”

London Olympic hopeful Lachlan Norris took out the event with a time of four hours, 32 minutes and 52 seconds.

The 25-year-old Barkers Creek rider held off favourite Chris Jongewaard, who suffered a flat tyre early in the race. Jongewaard, who arrived at the finish line sporting a battered and bloodied face from wayward head-high foliage, finished one minute and forty seconds behind Norris.

Hand’s next major assignment is the Australian 24-Hour Mountain Bike Championships in Canberra at Easter.

Other Warrnambool riders who contested the Odyssey were Wayne Collins, Luke Aggett, Darrin Jones, Jo Hand, Brian McNamara, Dominic Beasley, Paul French, Jason Ernst, Harrison Ernst, Jayce Dufty, Evan Sheppard, Jarrod Dorney, Greg Snaauw, Adam McLeod, Mark Scouller, Andrew Jansen, Danial McKenzie, Haydn Kavanagh, Darren Harris, David Sagnol, Michael Quinn, Brady Hall, Anthony Haberfield, Ricky Smedts, Barry Pike, Russell Cairns, Brendan Polack, Travis Greening, Rohan Creed, Debbie Rodgers, Gary Rodgers, Troy Boote and Justin Vincent.

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