Great Victorian Bike Ride

Saturday 29 November 2014

Dates: 29th November - 7th December

The RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride is a fun, friendly and challenging camping holiday. It’s the opportunity to spend a week in another world, where you join our canvas community while exploring the beautiful Victorian countryside by bike.

Heading into its 31st year, the event is the largest multi-day ride in the Southern Hemisphere, and in 2014, we’re heading to Bright and the High Country to take on some of Victoria’s most picturesque cycling routes. Tawonga Gap, the Great Alpine Road and Black Spur Drive are just a few of the highlights on this year’s ride, with one night spent in the picturesque town of Bright.

DAY 1 - Arrival Day:

Saturday 29th November, Albury NSW.

Starting just over the border in NSW this year, you'll have a chance to experience the vibrant history and beauty of Albury, NSW.

Following your arrival to a full campsite set-up at this riverside location, you can take your time to get settled in, meet your fellow riders and register, before setting out to enjoy the plethora of parks, walking tours and incredible local produce available in town.

DAY 2 - Albury to Yakandandah:

Sunday 30th November, 67kms.

Become a local in Yackandandah for the night! With only 67kms of riding today, you’ll have the chance to explore this pretty town at the foothills of the Stanley State Forest. Spend the afternoon enjoying the RACV Great Vic canvas community or venture out to discover the rich mining history of this Gold Rush town.

DAY 3 - Yakandandah to Bright:

Monday 1st December, 88kms.

Next up: Bright! A biker’s paradise, Bright is not only one of the best places to ride in Victoria but also a welcoming village with great places to eat, local art and a rich history. With 88kms of riding, including the first of the hill-climb challenges in Tawonga Gap, the tree-lined streets of town are sure to delight.

DAY 4 - Bright to Moyhu:

Tuesday 2nd December, 93kms.

Today’s riding will take you through beautiful Milawa and the King Valley. As one of Australia’s most famous gourmet food and wine regions, you’ll find everything from top wineries and cheese factories, to olive groves and apiaries. With a shallow decent for most of the day you’ll be able to feel the freedom of the road and spend a night in the unknown gem of Moyhu.

DAY 5 - Moyhu to Mansfield:

Wednesday 3rd December, 86kms.

This is it - your chance to challenge yourself on the Powers Lookout climb! But don’t worry too much, if you leave early and take your time, with the full support of the RACV Great Vic behind you, you’ll be rewarded with a picturesque downhill ride into beautiful Mansfield.

You'll also have a chance to celebrate tonight with our 5-day riders who have finished their RACV Great Vic Escape!

DAY 6 - Rest Day:

Thursday 4th December, rest day.

A holiday within your holiday, the rest day is the chance to see everything Mansfield has to offer. With designated cycling lanes on all the main streets and the Great Victorian Rail Trail at your doorstep, Mansfield makes it easy for you to spend the day enjoying local produce, checking out the scenery and sightseeing.

DAY 7 - Mansfield to Alexandra:

Friday 5th December, 61kms.

After welcoming the 3-day riders, and hopping back on your bike with fresh legs, today will see you pass through the classic country towns of Bonnie Doon (don’t forget to check out the serenity!) and Yarck, both set amongst rolling green hills.  When you reach Alexandra, our gracious host for the night, you’ll be greeted with a beautiful natural backdrop and friendly locals.

DAY 8 - Alexandra to Healesville:

Saturday 6th December, 82kms.

There’s only one word to describe today’s ride, and that’s majestic. After stopping in Marysville for lunch, today’s ride takes you along the striking Black Spur Drive, enclosed by colossal mountain ash trees and a carpet of lush, green ferns. Take a moment to savour the crisp air and fresh bush scent before descending into Healesville, the unofficial capital of the Yarra Ranges.

DAY 9 - Healesville to Lilydale:

Sunday 7th December, 43kms.

By now you’ll be on a first name basis with many of our dedicated volunteers, and be a pro at packing your tent up in under 5 minutes, so it’s time to celebrate with a leisurely ride into Lilydale. Greeted by friends and family at the finish line site, there’s nothing quite like getting off the bike after riding over 500kms in a week. You’ll pass through the finish with new friends, unforgettable memories and more confidence in yourself. Congratulations on finishing the whole 520 kilometre ride!


For further information, please visit the website www.bicyclenetwork.com.au