Photo courtesy of Bicycle Network
Great Ocean RoadRACV Great Victorian Bike Ride riders enjoy panoramic views along the Great Ocean Road.
Don’t trade your wheels for skis this winter. Join thousands of local cyclists on a big ride, a 30-year old Australian cycling phenomenon.
These rides are family bike camping holidays, suitable for all ages. The well-planned routes are fully supported with mechanics, food, and sag wagons. Average distances are 37 miles (60 kilometers), though some days provide longer options.
Many days you may find yourself side-tracked in one of the small towns on the route, lured in by a cold local brew or a shop offering leatherwood honey, marinated olives, or an exquisite sassafras bowl.
After a day of riding and exploring you will arrive at an evening site, welcomed by a sea of tents already set up by the early-birds, as well as toilets, showers, and food tents. Dinner, in open tents, is the ¬first place to make new friends from other countries or the next town over. After dinner, you can share a ¬fine regional wine or beer in the hospitality tent and listen to local musicians entertain in the sultry evening air at sunset.
Amazingly, in a crowd of 200 and up to 8000, your bags are always found, the showers are always hot, and the food is always plentiful. Leaving on a jet plane to Australia with your bicycle and tent, you will come back with great memories and new friends.
Check out these rides Down Under:
October 19-26, 2013
Great Victorian Bike Ride
Great Ocean Road: Mount Gambier to Geelong
November 23 to December 1, 2013