VetRide is an organization dedicated through cycling to the welfare of all service and ex-service personnel of the Australian Defence Forces. At the same time it provides something meaningful older veterans can do for their younger compatriots, consistent with closely held values, given rise to in uniform.
Our endeavours are supported widely by government agencies and by many organizations and people from all walks of life, in partnership with Victorian State Government, to the Prime Minister who provided a message of support for our Canberra VetRide (click here), and we operate under the auspices of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (Victorian Branch).
As our second event for 2017 (following the extremely successful VetRide Kilcunda 2017 – Bass Coast Beach and Bike in March 2017), was the RACV- Great Victorian Bike Ride (GVBR).
Beginning on Saturday 25 November 2017, the GVBR was a fun filled, friendly and challenging camping holiday – our riders explored some beautiful Victorian countryside whilst riding with lots of other enthusiastic bike riders; and being part of our team also helped bring awareness to others, about what it is to be a veteran.
The ride started from scenic Tidal River, where riders soaked up the natural and unspoiled beauty of Ninety Mile Beach, before cycling through South Gippsland to the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. The ride ended on Sunday 3rd December in Trafalgar.
The VetRide GVBR 2017 Event Jersey featured the Flanders Fields Remembrance Day Poppy – ‘flowering in the spring of 1915 on the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli this vivid red flower has become synonymous with great loss of life in war’.
Overall it has been an exciting and eventful year and we look forward to 2018
VetRide Group Chair