Sec­ond meet­ing for Beech­worth ahead of ride

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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