Yarrawonga ready for great bike ride
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
• Be aware of oncoming traffic when overtak
• 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.