- 6 AM START TIME!
- 4 PM Half-way cutoff (10 hours after start)
General Questions about Odin's Revenge
- What is Odin's Revenge?
- 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".
- How long is Odin's Revenge?
- The course is in the neighborhood of 180 miles (final course layout is pending). Racers must complete the first leg within ten hours to be allowed to proceed to the second leg.
- What is the course like?
- Odin's Revenge is primarily a gravel road event. There are sections of minimum maintenance roads that are mostly dirt two-track. The course was originally was a two loop layout, however we also have had a couple years of a single loop.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. A list of checkpoints and mileage between them will not be posted prior to the event. Although Nebraska is often known for being flat the elevation change is significant.
- Are there time limits or cut offs?
- 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.
Discounts off of the regular rates are available at both the Blue Heron Campground (formerly KOA) and the Comfort Suites. Just mention that you are participating in Odin's Revenge and you can reserve space in our discounted block.
The Blue Heron campground will be race headquarters, and riders are encouraged to camp or stay in the cabins there. If you prefer more civilized accommodations, the Comfort Suites is recommended.
I know what many folks say about KOA (homogenized, commercial, etc.), this little camp ground is different. It's nestled between channels of the Platte River and has lots of shade and character. Even better, it is situated perfectly along the event route will serve as the start/finish. The owners are British and stock a variety of goods from their homeland along with a great selection of quality beer.
Blue Heron Campground
I-80 & Highway 47 S
1102 South Lake Avenue
Gothenburg, NE 69138
Comfort Suites, Gothenburg
315 Platte River Drive
Gothenburg, NE 69138