THE GREAT Victorian Bike Ride is back in 2022 and will explore the iconic Great Ocean Road as part of three different riding options. November 26 will be the event’s return since 2019, giving riding enthusiasts the opportunity to see the beautiful and diverse scenery of the Great Ocean Road, while riding alongside like-minded people from across Australia.
Beginning in 1984, the ride has gathered a reputation among cyclists of varying abilities as being more than a cycling event and rather a chance to catch up with friends and family to soak up an experience full of entertainment.
Each day the bike festival will pedal into a new town, setting up camp where visitors can enjoy an afternoon and evening of entertainment and activities including live music, comedy, yoga, an outdoor cinema and much more.
In 2022, the event will consist of three different trails, a three-day 212km course that explores the GOR and the Golden Plains Shire, a five-day 310km ride which takes riders along the Volcanic lakes and through the Otway rainforests, or a full nine-day experience that explores all the beautiful parts of Victoria across 522km of bush and coastline.
“The Great Vic is Australia’s most iconic riding holiday,” Bicycle Network General Manager of Events Caitlin Borchers said.
Riders can ride any sort of bicycle for the event, including road bike, hybrid bike or mountain bike with average daily riding distances depending on which course is being chosen. During each of the three courses, camping, meals, luggage transfers, entertainment and full-on race support will be included, making it a fun and inclusive experience for all.
Event staff are preparing for the event with the health and safety of riders, volunteers and spectators at the forefront with special layouts designed to keep people safe during meals, camping and throughout the riding experience.
The last event in 2019 gathered more than 3000 people and Bicycle Network hope that the event is bigger and better this year with all safety measure in mind.
To find out more, visit Great Vic Bike Ride.
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