Mansfield Courier

Fourth pedal party for local riders

- By SHAUN McMAHON

MANSFIELD will again be represente­d at this year’s Great Vic Bike Ride which kicks off in late November this year.

The 537 kilometre ride, arguably the world’s greatest cycling holiday and biking adventure, is expected to attract over 3000 people from across Australia.

Two of those people are Mansfield locals Ross Minikhanov and his 13 year old son Marat.

“The Great Vic Bike Ride gives you an opportunit­y to stop at and explore places you have not been to,” said Ross.

“Some places I come back to with the rest of the family after a Great Vic Bike Ride.”

The 37th annual ride is a fully supported bike riding and camping holiday and the biggest multi-day bike ride in the Southern Hemisphere.

There is extensive support provided including meals, luggage transport and onroute assistance, a licensed cafe, bar and restaurant under canvas, full medical team, entertainm­ent and bicycle maintenanc­e facilities.

Rebecca Lane, Bicycle Network’s general manager of events, said they’re excited to be back, and the sights and experience­s are what make this ride stand out.

“After a year on ice, we’re excited to get our pedal party back on the road,” said Ms Lane.

“The 2021 Great Vic has an exceptiona­l mix of scenery, art on a grand scale, wildlife, wineries and the awe-inspiring Grampians National Park.

“The Great Vic has visited Western Victoria and the Grampians previously, however, this time we’re extending to new areas of this spectacula­r region, with the event giving riders a great taste of the small communitie­s and the local produce the area is famous for.”

Highlights include a tour of the art silos, a loop ride out of Horsham to arts hub Natimuk, a visit to Pomonal, famous for its spring-time wildflower­s, and a finish at Seppelt Winery.

The new sights are a bonus for Ross, who’s been on the ride three times before, and looks forward to meeting new riders on his fourth.

“On the Great Vic Bike Ride I’m surrounded by like-minded people,” said Ross.

“My advice for the first time rider is to take note of the packing list provided by Bicycle Network.”

Those who can’t get away for the week but still want to be part of the fun can join the first five days from Rainbow to Halls Gap or the last three days of the ride from Halls Gap to Great Western.

The nine-day bike riding holiday runs from Saturday, November 27 to Sunday, December 5.

 ??  ?? PEDAL PARTY: The Great Vic Bike Ride is expected to attract over 3000 people from across Australia.
PEDAL PARTY: The Great Vic Bike Ride is expected to attract over 3000 people from across Australia.

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