General Questions about Odin’s Revenge
Version 1.0 Update 2/5/2012
Q: What is Odin’s Revenge?
A: Odin’s Revenge is a self-supported gravel and dirt road adventure. It winds through the terrain of West-Central Nebraska. The name is inspired buy the Swedish and German heritage of the host town of Gothenburg. Odin was know as the “king of the norse gods” and is know for his penchant for wisdom and suffering. Self-supported means that you are responsible for yourself on the course and may not receive help form anyone on course unless you "choose to pull the plug".
Q: How long is Odin’s Revenge?
A: The course is in the neighborhood of 180 miles (final course layout is pending). The first leg of the course is 96miles and passes back through the start/finish location before proceeding to the second leg. Racers must complete the first leg within ten hours to be allowed to proceed to the second leg.
Q: What is the course like?
A: Odin’s Revenge is primarily a gravel road event. There are sections of minimum maintenance roads that are mostly dirt two-track. The course is divided into two “legs” one to the South of Gothenburg, NE, and one section to the North. This allows more variability in terrain and a easy half-way refuel or bailout point.
There are no towns on the route. The total paved mileage will most likely not exceed 10 miles. Water stations will be spaced approximately 50 miles apart. You will need to be able to cover this distance on the water you can carry with you (see “About Water” below). Drop bags will be allowed at the halfway point of the first and second legs. A list of checkpoints and mileage between them will be posted prior to the beginning of June, 2012.
Although Nebraska is often known for being flat the elevation change is significant. A full elevation profile will be available prior to June, 2012.
Q: Are there time limits or cut offs?
A: We operate under time limitations and a limited amount of volunteers. Because of that, there are time limitations for the entire event, and for reaching each check point.
Essentially you haven't got a lot of time for lolly-gagging around during this challenge. Riders must maintain a distance covered per hour that is 10 miles or greater to reach the checkpoints and the finish line on time. It isn’t about average speed. You must include all time spent - riding time, mechanicals time, eating time, resting time, nature break time, and whatever. It has to be 10 miles covered on course per hour or greater. The more you stop, the less miles per hour you cover.
Riders will start the event with the first half of the cues. You will pick up the second half of the cues when you arrive at the halfway checkpoint.
Riders must use a well calibrated computer, have a lighting system to read cues by, lighting to see down the road, and lighting to see road signs with. (Plus a red tail light!) A GPS unit is not required, but allowed if the rider chooses. A cell phone to call for help if necessary is critical. Note that we recommend you leave your phone off during the event since reception in canyons is non-existent and your battery will be depleted searching for a signal.