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 who are supplying the major financial support for the event, to the Prime Minister who has provided a message of support (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), VetRide is sponsoring a team for this year’s Great Victorian Bike Ride (GVBR).
Beginning on Saturday 25 November, this year’s RACV event will be a fun filled, friendly and challenging camping holiday. Explore some beautiful Victorian countryside whilst riding with lots of other enthusiastic bike riders; and being part of our team will also help bring awareness to others, about what it is to be a veteran.
The ride starts from scenic Tidal River, where you will soak up the natural and unspoiled beauty of Ninety Mile Beach, before cycling through South Gippsland to the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. The itinerary is:
- Sat 25 Nov | Day 1: Wilsons Prom.
- Sun 26 Nov | Day 2: Wilsons Prom – Foster (60km)
- Mon 27 Nov | Day 3: Foster – Yarram (69km)
- Tues 28 Nov | Day 4: Yarram – Seaspray (90km)
- Wed 29 Nov | Day 5: Seaspray – Bairnsdale (109km)
- Thu 30 Nov | Day 6: Bairnsdale (rest day)
- Fri 1 Dec | Day 7: Bairnsdale – Maffra (84km)
- Sat 2 Dec | Day 8: Maffra – Glengarry (77km)
- Sun 3 Dec | Day 9: Glengarry – Trafalgar (50km).
Bicycle Network have generously offered to support those riders who enter as part of our group and special arrangements will be made to better accommodate our needs. As entry to the event includes all meals, as well as on and off-road support, VetRide will not duplicate these services, however we will be able to assist with transport and we will organise for our service trailer to be in attendance at the start and end of the event.
Further information about the event itself may be found on the Bicycle Victoria website and enquiries should be directed to members of our planning committee, some of whom have participated in the past, including David our Secretary, Steve our Ride Director and myself. Further details can be found here: VetRide – Bicycle Network – GVBR
We hope to see you there!
VetRide Group Chair