Yar­ra­wonga ready for great bike ride

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There’s not long to go un­til Yar­ra­wonga is greeted with 3,200 cy­clists tak­ing part in the 2018 Great Vic­to­rian Bike Ride.

The ride will pass through Mul­wala and Yar­ra­wonga next Fri­day, Novem­ber 30 for the first time since it started in Yar­ra­wonga in 2010.

Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala is one of eight lo­ca­tions for this year’s event, with riders also set to pass the towns from Corowa.

This year, the bike ride kicks off from Bright on Novem­ber 24, be­fore the 3,00 plus par­tic­i­pants head to Beech­worth (66km), Mi­lawa-Beech­worth (75km), Tal­lan­gatta (91km), Ruther­glen (101km), Yar­ra­wonga (55km), Glen­rowan (87km) and fi­nally trav­el­ling a fur­ther 49km and fin­ish­ing at Be­nalla.

Dur­ing the event, there will be a large num­ber of cy­clists on the roads, gen­er­ally from 6.30am un­til late af­ter­noon.

Af­ter be­gin­ning in 1984, Vic­to­ria’s favourite an­nual re­gional ride is now 35 years young. It is a rite of pas­sage for peo­ple who ride bikes and has es­tab­lished a proud rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing more than just a cy­cling event.

Changed traf­fic con­di­tions such as speed re­duc­tions, traf­fic con­trol and road clo­sures are often in place in ar­eas riders are trav­el­ling through. As such, road users are asked to take ex­tra care.

A 60km speed re­duc­tion along Spring Drive be­tween Corowa and Mul­wala will oc­cur on event day.

The route for the Great Vic­to­rian Bike Ride from Mul­wala-Yar­ra­wonga to Glen­rowan in­cludes:

• Spring Drive

• Dun­lop Street

• Corowa Road

• McLean Street

• Mel­bourne Street

• Be­nalla – Yar­ra­wonga Road

• Gu­lai Street

• Lavis Road

• Weir Road

• Yar­ra­wonga – Wilby Road

• Burn­ley Road

• Tungamah – Peechelba Road

• Mur­ray Val­ley High­way

• Al­monds – Wilby Road

• Gil­more Street

• Wan­garatta Road

Res­i­dents will still have ac­cess to their prop­er­ties, how­ever, it’s rec­om­mended that res­i­dents al­low ex­tra time or seek al­ter­na­tive routes if pos­si­ble. If travel must oc­cur in ar­eas where there are a large num­ber of cy­clists on the road, Bi­cy­cle Net­work asks that you re­mem­ber to: • Obey all road rules.

• Al­low for plenty of clear­ance when over

tak­ing cy­clists.

• Be aware of on­com­ing traf­fic when over­tak

ing cy­clists.

• Al­low am­ple travel time as an av­er­age cy­clist will ride be­tween 20-35 km/h.

At times there will be speed re­duc­tions, the pres­ence of traf­fic con­trollers and Vic­to­ria Po­lice. All traf­fic treat­ments have taken into con­sid­er­a­tion the safety of all road users.

Re­becca Lane, Bi­cy­cle Net­work General Man­ager – Events, said road users would no­tice the ex­tra bike riders in their lo­cal ar­eas, in­clud­ing Yar­ra­wonga, and asked them to be mind­ful when us­ing the roads.

“Bi­cy­cle Net­work is work­ing with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in­clud­ing coun­cils and Vic­to­ria Po­lice to im­ple­ment a num­ber of changes to traf­fic con­di­tions to min­imise the risks for all road users,” Ms Lane said. “With more than 3,000 bike riders, in­clud­ing over 1,200 school stu­dents tak­ing part in the event, we do ask other road users to plan ahead and al­low ex­tra time if they need to travel on the route. We’d like to thank lo­cals and vis­i­tors for their co­op­er­a­tion and pa­tience dur­ing the event.

“The bike riders range from tod­dlers be­ing towed in trail­ers to over 80 years of age. Some will be very ex­pe­ri­enced bike riders while oth­ers will be sad­dling up for their first Great Vic. They will stretch along the road for up to 50kms each day,” she added.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing route maps, please visit greatvic.com.au or con­tact Bi­cy­cle Net­work on (03) 8376 8888.

More than 3,000 bike riders will pass through Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala next week as part of the 2018 Great Vic­to­rian Bike Ride.

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