Phil Anderson, Australia's most successful Tour de France rider, will join 1,000 other riders at the Apollo Bay start line this Saturday for a mountain bike marathon.
Famous for his aggressive approach to riding, Anderson wore the Tour's yellow jersey 11 times and was ranked number one in the world. An Apollo Bay local, Anderson is sure to show some of the younger bucks in the field a thing or two about handling a bike.
At the Odyssey, the sold-out field will chase the country's richest mountain biking purse of AUS$13,000. The course features 3,400 meters of climbing. Racers from every state and territory will compete, include many top-ranked riders in the national series. Olympian Sid Taberlay and new National Champions Chris Jongewaard and Tory Thomas, were scheduled to attend; however, Jongewaard's status is unknown given a recent training accident.