Wilby hosts rest stop for cy­clists

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

Great Vic Bike Ride cy­clists be­gan wheel­ing through Wilby at first light hop­ing to beat the heat on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1, the sec­ond last day of their nine day ride.

Many of the 3000 en­trants en­joyed a rest stop at pic­turesque and shady Wilby Re­serve where water could be topped up and a cof­fee van gave rid­ers an en­ergy boost.

Bi­cy­cle Net­work who or­gan­ised the ride very ef­fi­ciently pro­vided a first aid stand, trans­portable con­ve­niences and a multi-tap water sta­tion. Vol­un­teer stew­ards were on hand to di­rect par­tic­i­pants on their route. Many of the locals called in to say hello to cy- clists who hailed from all over the world and ranged in age from the very young to the quite ma­ture.

There were lots of com­ments from the rid­ers on how they had thor­oughly en­joyed the route through the north east this year. Es­pe­cially the var­ied scenery and the good bal­ance be­tween flat stretches and the more chal­leng­ing hill climbs. Oth­ers claimed they were plan­ning to par­tic­i­pate again next year but would def­i­nitely train harder.

By 10am all had set off for the next stop, via Lake Rowan to Thoona for lunch be­fore they tack­led the hills across the Warby Ranges, then on to Glen­rowan.

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