VetRide Canberra 2016

VetRide Bendigo 2015 – Bulletin – The Ride

Sixty plus people arrived in Bendigo at the “Park Lane Holiday Park” on Thursday 19th March with registrations beginning at 3pm. By 6:30pm that night we were all transported to the Bendigo RSL for the meet & greet at the VVAA Bendigo S-B’s shed in the rear of the RSL, where the ride briefing was done plus some information on the concept for the 2016 event. The night was extremely well catered for by the Bendigo sub branch with BBQ, salads & all the trimmings, & a few drinks consumed by all. Back on the bus & home by 9pm ready for the ride start in the morning.

Each day was organized with both road & trail rides so there was a good selection to choose from. Alma & I did some trail rides which was a bit different for us as we are normally on the road.

Bendigo was a great choice of venue because of the diversity of routes we could use. Don’t ever let anyone tell you its flat around here, I don’t think we were ever “not” on a climb of some sort either road or trail.


Photo Above: This is young “Bazza” ready to get on the road at the start.


Photo Above: A few of us trail riders enjoying coffee at Maccas.

There were 4 days of riding Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday with distances of approximately 80km for the road & 50km for trail rides. Saturday on the road, was, I felt the highlight, as we visited the Morris Minor museum just out of Harcourt. This was a beautiful spot up in the hills with a view out over the ranges (for those not interested in the Morries) & a great place for a coffee.


Some people are keen, this bike & outfit (above image) belongs to John Snelling from Adelaide. John rode all the way from there just to join us for Vetride 2015. Not only did he do the 4 days riding but when finished he was then heading for Ballarat & on up to Sydney on the bike!!

All the evening meals were catered for with coffee (courtesy Paul Beraldo) & Anzac biscuits (courtesy a few of the ladies) each morning to start us all off. We also managed to hold a small service in honour of the Afghanistan veterans on the Saturday night. (Welcome home to the “Operation Slipper” vets was held that day in the city)

A number of wives / partners came along & were driven around Bendigo to some of the major attractions for the day. All in all everyone had a great time.

Photos of the fantastic ride can be found at:

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Bulletin – October 2017




Electrolyte Replacement Supplements

By now you’re training for this event has begun, your bike is in good working order and preparation of your on and off the bike equipment is well underway.

The list of items that we recommended you bring included powdered form Gatorade or similar, however you may like to know why it was included.

Perspiration (women !) or sweat (men !) causes the loss of water, but also other necessary substances called electrolytes. Dissolved in your body, they enable electric conduction, that in simple terms is important for nerve and muscle function.

You will see that there is some debate about the relative benefits of the various products on the market and although drinks like Powerade and Gatorade are used a lot, their sugar (carb) content does not appeal to everyone. Lower levels of carbohydrate are also sometimes preferred and there are dis-solvable tablets made by companies such as GU, Nunn and High5Zero that are popular.





You can also go to a pharmacy and buy products like hydralyte or gastrolyte that are normally sold to those who have electrolytic imbalance caused by dehydration and illnesses like gastroenteritis, some forms of cancer and renal disease.






For more detailed information about this subject please refer to the Australian Sports Commission and the AIS website: or view document here: AIS_Electrolyte_Fact Sheet_October 2017

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Bulletin – September 2017 – GVBR Ride Update

The VetRide theme for the Great Victorian Bike Ride is World War 1 and the Western Front.

Whilst the events of 1917 are beyond living memory for anyone much younger than 90, they still have significance, one hundred years after the horrors of that time brought about the loss and shattering of so many lives.

For further information see eg, ‘The Third Battle of Ypres (31 July – 10 November 1917), which has come to symbolise the horrors associated with the war on the Western Front. It is frequently known by the name of the village where it culminated – Passchendaele.’

The VetRide GVBR 2017 Event Jersey

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.

The armbands – two of the colour patches for the ‘1st Anzac Cyclist Battalion AIF’. The cyclist battalions were organised like infantry, with four companies of four platoons. When II ANZAC became XXII Corps in 1917, the Australian cyclists of the 2nd Cyclist Battalion returned to the Australian Corps as reinforcements.  – ‘A century afterwards, they ride again …on you ! ’









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).

A number of the members of our Planning Group will be participating in this ride, so as to provide support and ongoing advice you may need during the event.

There are about 4000 riders of varying experience on the road each day and for reasons of safety and a more enjoyable ride, it is important that we act as a team. One of the members of our Planning Group will act as a leader each day and the expectation is that you will look after your team mates and share the responsibility for everyone’s wellbeing.

Further information can be found here:

VetRide GVBR 2017 Entry and Declaration

VetRide GVBR – Letter to Riders

Or on our page:

Look forward to seeing you!





VetRide is excited to announce a second event in 2017!!




Exciting news for our service and ex-service personnel of the Australian Defence Forces!

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

Or contact VetRide or Bicycle Network directly:

Group Chair: Peter Liefman
Mobile: 0418 992 525
Secretary: David Price
Mobile: 0413 885 000

Bicycle Network
Phone:  (03) 8376 8888
Freecall: 1800 639 634
PO Box 24013, Melbourne VIC 3001

Look forward to seeing you there!!


VetRide Kilcunda 2017 – Route Details

VetRide Kilcunda 2017 Bass Coast Beach and Bike starts Thursday 2nd March 2017 a and ends Monday 6th March 2017 –  the ride will be based in Kilcunda and utilise the Bass Coast Hills and Rail Trail.


Check in: Thursday 2nd March 2017

Rides:        Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th,

Depart:      Monday 6th March 2017

Format: return to base

Rides: Bass Coast Hills and Rail Trail


Route details can be found here:

VetRide Kilcunda 2017 – Vietnam Veterans Museum 16k ride

VetRide Kilcunda 2017 8.9k ride – RailTrail Mouth of the Powllet River Return

VetRide Kilcunda 2017 12.5 K Ridge Road ride

VetRide Kilcunda 2017 61.1k RoadRide

VetRide Kilcunda 2017 29.7 K ride

VetRide Kilcunda 2017 40.7 K ride

VetRide Kilcunda 2017 19.2 K ride

VetRide Kilcunda 2017 92.3 Road Ride

VetRide Kilcunda 2017 68.3 km RoadRide

VetRide Kilcunda 2017 28K – RailTrail Kilcunda – Wonthaggi – Kilcunda


The Kilcunda Oceanview Holiday Resort is located on the beachfront, with the Kilcunda Pub and Cafe / General Store across the road.

The Resort has a Recreation Centre and communal kitchen, BBQs and dining areas, adjacent to which is a large concreted area suitable for our VetRide service and bike trailers.   


Oceanview Holiday Resort

3560 Bass Highway, Kilcunda VIC 3995

03 5678 7260

More Information can be found here:

Accomodation and Surrounding Areas
Event Program
Sign Up Now

Pre-event Bulletin – Event Program

Pre-event Bulletin


This years VetRide cycling event will be conducted over four days, based at the Kilcunda Oceanview Holiday Retreat, 3560 Bass Highway, Kilcunda VIC 3995. (03) 5678 7260

The ride will be conducted in accordance with the Road Management Act Code of Practice and Road Safety (Traffic Management) Regulations and Australian Standards, in consultation with the Bass Coast Shire Council and local Police and Ambulance services.

The VVAA is a community based veteran’s welfare organisation, whose aim with VetRide 2017, is to sponsor a cycling event for the enjoyment and welfare of war veterans, their families and those who wish to support veterans.



The Bass Coast area is ideally located, offering both beachside rail trail riding and road cycling in the hinterland.


Thursday 2th March

VetRide Kilcunda 2017 will be open for check in at the Kilcunda Oceanview Retreat.

The opening and official welcome will be conducted at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum (NVVM) by the curator, Mr John Methven OAM.

The evening meal will be provided at the NVVM. Details of the National Vietnam Veterans Museum (NVVM) can be found here:

Participants will be invited to ride from the venue at Kilcunda to the Museum and return transport to Kilcunda will be provided for participants and their bikes.  


Friday 3rd March

7.30 am            Breakfast at Kilcunda

8.30 am            VetRide Administration open

9.00 am            Rides depart

** Self-serve lunch available at the venue


Saturday 4th March

7.00 am            Breakfast at Kilcunda

8.00 am            VetRide Administration open

8.30 am            Rides depart (Road Stages*)

*Riders have the option of completing one or more stages with return to venue transport available at the end of each stage. 

12.00 to 1.00 pm       Lunch will be provided at Loch


Sunday 5th March

7.30 am            Breakfast at Kilcunda

8.30 am            VetRide Administration open

9.00 am            Rides depart

** Self-serve lunch available at the venue

Evening meal will be provided at The Old Dalyston Deli 


Monday 6th March

8.00 am            Breakfast at Kilcunda and Closure of event


Our ride director Steve Masters has ridden and mapped some road rides, that offer the best that the Bass Coast area has to offer, including a challenging (stages) based ride on the Saturday.    

The rail trail between San Remo and Wonthaggi is easily accessed, as it runs past the Oceanview Retreat and another two trails that are located within reasonable driving distance.


On behalf of the VetRide team we look forward to welcoming you to ‘Killy’.  


Peter Liefman

VetRide Chair


VetRide Kilcunda 2017 – Bass Coast Beach and Bike – Route Details and Sign Up Form

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 and we operate under the auspices of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (Victorian Branch).

We conduct an annual ride event –  VetRide Kilcunda ‘Beach and Bike’ recreational cycling event is being planned for 2017. In its 6th year our beachside cycling adventure offers a mix of road and rail trail riding in the picturesque Bass Coast area, South Gippsland.

Preference will be given to service and ex-service personnel, however the event is open to any rider who would like to support our worthwhile cause.

Further details can be located by following Click here for VetRide Kilcunda 2017 Route Details for Route Details and Sign Up or below:

Route Details: VetRide Kilcunda 2017 Flyer and Application form can be found here: VetRide Entry Form 2017

Please come and join us and one of our event jerseys will be yours.

Peter Liefman
VetRide Group Chair


VETRIDE KILCUNDA 2017 – Bass Coast Beach and Bike

VetRide Kilcunda 2017 Bass Coast Beach and Bike ride starts Thursday 2nd March 2017 a and ends Monday 6th March 2017 –  the ride will be based in Kilcunda and utilise the Bass Coast Hills and Rail Trail.


Check in: Thursday 2nd March 2017

Rides:        Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th,

Depart:      Monday 6th March 2017

Format: return to base

Rides: Bass Coast Hills and Rail Trail


The Kilcunda Oceanview Holiday Resort is located on the beachfront, with the Kilcunda Pub and Cafe / General Store across the road.

The Resort has a Recreation Centre and communal kitchen, BBQs and dining areas, adjacent to which is a large concreted area suitable for our VetRide service and bike trailers.   


Oceanview Holiday Resort

3560 Bass Highway, Kilcunda VIC 3995

03 5678 7260

Local Area:

There are any amount of things to see and do in the Bass Coast Region and on nearby Phillip Island

The small community of Kilcunda is situated on the pristine and rugged South Gippsland coastline between Phillip Island and Wonthaggi. The hotel, a general store and cafe are situated on the Bass Highway and across the road is a coastal reserve perched above the beach, consisting of a caravan park, BBQ shelter and picnic areas, all offering scenic views towards the ocean.


There are three distinct beach areas in Kilcunda. The main town beach across the road from the shops and below the caravan park consists of wide stretches of sand with steep cliff backdrops and rocky platforms with shallow rock pools that extend into the sea. Shelley Beach is a secluded sandy beach bounded by two rocky headlands, accessed from either the Bass Highway west of Kilcunda Ridge Road or by walking around the western headland from the main beach. Past the eastern headland at the main beach is the town’s surf beach, popular with anglers and surfers. Here, the rocky cliffs give way to a backdrop of large sand dunes and wide expanses of sand.

One of Kilcunda’s best kept secrets is the Powlett River, accessed from the Mouth Of Powlett Road, 3 kilometres east of town on the Bass Highway. Fishermen frequent the area around the river crossing and also further along the river where it swells into what resembles a large lake. Safe, sheltered swimming and boating can be enjoyed in the river’s shallow waters as it approaches the ocean at the Kilcunda-Harmers Haven Coastal Reserve. Sand dunes rise high above the river mouth, offering scenic views back along the river and of the wind-swept ocean beach.

The Bass Coast Rail Trail follows the route of the former railway line which connected Nyora with the coal mine at Wonthaggi. One of the best known features along this walking and cycling track is the railway trestle bridge over Bourne Creek which was built in 1910 and offers a spectacular vantage point, providing views of the surf beach below and to the hilly inland grazing areas. Another scenic track is the 7 kilometre long George Bass Coastal Walk which offers panoramic coastal views from a narrow winding path as it follows the coastline from the end of Punch Bowl Road in San Remo to the Kilcunda foreshore.

A drive several kilometres northwards along the unsealed Kilcunda Ridge Road takes visitors into the surrounding rolling hills where picturesque views of the coast from surrounding grazing land can be enjoyed.

The area is also home to the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge, that takes place 0n 12 November and given its suitability, VetRide will be conducting its road rides in the same area.

VetRide 2017 – Accommodation and Venue :

Kilcunda Oceanview Holiday Retreat

3560 Bass Highway, Kilcunda 3995
03 5678 7260
Group website:

GPS: 38 33 05.04 S, 148 04 10.11 E
Melway Ref:  612  Q11

For Rates please go to

Types of Accommodation(NOTE: Our group booking attracts a 15% discount)
  1. Oceanview Cottage
  2. Oceanfront Villas
  3. Deluxe Cabins
  4. Holiday Cabins
  5. Powered Sites, Motorhomes & Camping

Kilcunda Ocean View Hotel




Kilcunda General Store Cafe

A lovely place to have breakfast, morning tea, lunch or afternoon tea.

The cafe is located opposite some spectacular coastline. The best place to eat is at the outdoor tables but you can sit inside if its windy.

The food is great and very healthy. There is a good range on the menu – home cooked quality food. Approximate cost: $15


Bass Coast Rail Trail

 Type: Rail trail
Location: 130km south-east of Melbourne, near Phillip Island
Start/end: Wonthaggi – The old railway station, located by the nearby mine tower head to Anderson – The carpark opposite the roundabout turn-off for Phillip Island
Status: Open
Length open: 23km
Surface: Fine gravel
Terrain: Flat from Wonthaggi to Kilcunda, then easy climb to Anderson

We are home to one of Victoria’s coastal rail trails which offers panoramic views of Bass Strait from the Bourne Creek Trestle Bridge at Kilcunda. The Trail meanders through farmland, coastal bushland, historic coal mining reserves and rugged coastline. The Bass Coast Rail Trail links to the George Bass Coastal Walk at Kilcunda, so it is possible to walk from the Punch Bowl in San Remo all the way to the centre of Wonthaggi.

The Trail starts at the old Wonthaggi Railway Station in Murray Street or at the old Anderson railway station site on Bass Highway at the roundabout to Phillip Island. An extension of the trail from Anderson to Woolamai is suitable for walkers and horse riders only.

If you are bringing a large organised group along the Trail you should ring us before organising the event to make sure that the Trail is available and is not being used for another organised event. Contact our Arts and Leisure Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278).

More information and maps are available on the Rail Trail’s Website, in our Bass Coast Rail Trail Brochure (1.4MB) or by contacting our Arts and Leisure team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278).


Road Cycling

Wonthaggi is the closest and better option for the nexus of the road cycling stages, as the Bass Coast hinterland’s undulating hills have quiet roads. It is 13.7 k from Kilcunda to Wonthaggi / 26.9 k from Kilcunda to Cowes.

The Bass Coast Cycle Challenge conducts a number of road rides in the area, no doubt because they are minor roads, but with some amount of undulations to keep things interesting. I have plotted some of these on the map below and in due course our Ride Director, Steve Masters will be providing you with our suggested rides for the event, over a range of distances and difficulties.


Bulletin – September 2016

Bulletin – September 2016

Thanks to the financial support of the Victorian Government, some Sub-Branches of the RSL and private donors, we were able to conduct our second distance ride in 2016, following on from our inaugural Echuca to Melbourne event in 2012.


In this 50th anniversary year of the Battle of Long Tan, we decided to mark the occasion by undertaking a 650km journey, starting from the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk at Seymour and ending at the Old Parliament House, Canberra.


This year we also welcomed (at Yass) another group of veterans, who rode from Queensland and then (in Canberra) by some ADFA cadets. We were granted permission to take our 100 strong peloton to Anzac Parade, where a short ceremony was conducted at the National Vietnam Memorial.   



As always the welfare of the riders was our focus and this year our new VetRide service trailer was put to good use. Our café racers were able to start each day with a freshly brewed Beraldo coffee, thanks to our onboard commercial coffee machine, complete with Barista ! 



It was a gutsy effort and all of our riders made the distance without mishap. Feedback has been positive and on behalf of the planning group, I thank all of those who participated, including our tireless volunteer support crew.  


We have now turned our attention to upcoming matters, the next being Open Day at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum Phillip Island, on Saturday 5 November 2016. On that day riders are invited to participate in a ceremonial ‘ride in’ under our arch and then followed by the comradeship and enjoyment of the planned events by the Museum, that I understand will include some live music by Russell Morris (‘I am the real thing ….’).


You are also welcome to have a ride on the Island beforehand and in due course our Ride Director will be sending out some information about suitable cycling routes. Details about timing etc. will be made available between now and November, so please come along and enjoy a reunion with your fellow riders and meet many others from our veteran community.   


In the next bulletin we will be providing details of our proposed ride event in March 2017, which is likely to be a static return to base event, covering both road and trail riding.


Peter Liefman

VetRide Chair


They’re Off! Goodbye Seymour!

VetRide 2016 Service & Sacrifice ride to Canberra started yesterday morning  from Seymour.

60 plus riders and dedicated support crew left on a sunny warm morning.

All riders and support crew assembled from about 8 am, at the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk, located in High Street at the junction of Emily Street and Tallarook Street, Seymour, on Monday 14th March 2016.

At approximately 9.00am on Monday morning, the Master of Ceremonies, Peter Meehan gave us all a brief outline of the day and welcomed the riders. Peter Meehan then welcomed the Victorian Minister for Veterans – Mr John Eren.

Mr Eren then gave a wonderful and thoughtful speech to the gathered riders and support crew and then introduced VVAA State President, Bob Elworthy AM.

Mr Elworthy spoke well about the ride ahead, physical safety on the road and mental strategies to overcome fatigue and mental blocks when facing the long roads to Canberra.

The Hon John Eren MP, Minister for Veterans and Shadow Damian Drum participated in the first leg and  Jaclyn Symes MP conducted the wave off of the three separate pelotons a few minutes apart.

A wonderful, warm and sunny day allowed the riders to start their journey to Canberra – scheduled to arriving on Sunday 20th March with a Final Ride (17K) to Old Parliament House past Vietnam Memorial and Australian War Museum. Once they have arrived and completed the ride, the group will then sit down for a well earned break and the Ride Finish Ceremony and luncheon in MOAD Members Dining Room.

Good luck everyone! Safe riding.

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