As our second event for 2017, VetRide is sponsoring a team for this year’s Great Victorian Bike Ride (GVBR) from 25th November – 3rd December 2017.
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.
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.
Between now and the event, our very experienced Ride Director Steve Masters will be running a training program that will include rides and advice about what to expect. You may also be assisted by the VetRide website https://vetride.org/ , under the heading ‘Ride Management’, for information regarding bike fit, training, diet and bunch riding skills.
Your participation will include acting as an unofficial ambassador for those who serve or have served in our Defence Forces, the aim being to bring about an awareness of what that means for the men and women who do so; rather than having anything to do with defence at an organisational level.
You will also be provided with a custom event jersey and knicks, to keep as a souvenir of your participation.
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.
Group Chair: Peter Liefman
Secretary: David Price
Phone: (03) 8376 8888
Fax: (03) 8376 8800
Freecall: 1800 639 634
PO Box 24013, Melbourne VIC 3001
4/246 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC
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