Second meeting for Beechworth ahead of ride
THE team from the Great Victorian Bike Ride will be in Beechworth next Thursday to talk to businesses and community groups about the opportunities the ride provides.
More than 3,000 bike riders will descend on the North East and Murray from November 24 to December 2 as the biggest multi-day bike ride in the Southern Hemisphere travels from Bright to Benalla.
The ride will come through Beechworth on November 25 where riders will stay for two nights, before moving through Yackandandah, Tallangatta and on to Rutherglen to spend two nights there on November 28 and 29.
Bicycle Network general manager of events, Rebecca Lane, said that the meetings will give locals the chance to see how they can get involved with fundraising, welcome riders and make their town a memorable one for visitors.
“This year’s Great Vic will visit some of the most beautiful areas in Victoria,” she said.
“We would love for local communities to help us uncover some hidden gems for riders and show them the best that the North East and Murray has to offer.
“Whether you run the golf or tennis club, operate a museum, gallery or theatre or have some local produce to showcase to riders we would love you to come along to a community meeting.”
Ms Lane said each rider spends an average of $35 a day on the Great Vic, injecting more than $100,000 each day into the region they visit.
“Riders also tell us that they are most likely to come back to towns again after first visiting on the ride,” she added.
Planning information including details of campsite locations and changes to traffic conditions will also be discussed at the meetings.
If you are a community group looking for information on fundraising, or a business wanting to know how you can tap into the needs of the riders, head along and to Beechworth Memorial Hall on September 20 at 6pm.