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Hye guys has anyone done on of these: http://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/great-rides/20004/
It just popped up in my email (I do Ride to Work day & have done Round the Bay) and it looks interesting. Mt Gambier to Melbourne is a fantastic part of the country and would be lovely on a bike.
I am just wondering about what I get for my $895 dollars. I have to take my own accommodation which is fine as they cart it all for you to the designated spots & I am assuming that the cost of camping is included but what else?
It doesnt mention any food or anything else for that matter so I am wondering if someone has been on one of these rides, could you give me some hints & tips about these events.
Did my first Great Vic last year and crashed out on day three.
You get all meals, fantastic volunteer support en route and in camp and a brilliant care team (I know that one from first hand experience!)
Plus they provide pre-ride training tips, including training ride options.
The camaraderie of riders is great and the price is well worth it.
My husband and I have already signed up for this year's ride (last year's riders were able to sign up during the ride.)
Yes, I have done a great escapade ride thru Tassie.
The ride itself was great but I didn't enjoy the crowd. Much prefer to tour solo.
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I did the Great Vic in 2009 (that was Great Ocean Road as well), and my experience was the same. Too many people for me, but a lot of them seemed to be having a good time so if you don't mind crowds you'll probably be fine.
Pretty much everything was provided, all meals + snacks and stuff along the way, all your stuff is transported to the next campsite (usually the local sports field), they have volunteers to help with everything including any mechanical problems, the sag wagon will pick you up if you have trouble finishing a stage, there are portable showers and toilets as well as some washing facilities (be prepared for the queues though!). These events have been running quite successfully for a while so they have everything pretty well sorted. Personally they aren't my kind of thing and I couldn't see myself doing another one, but I'm glad I went along to the one I did.
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I wasnt thinking of doing it as a regular thing, just a one off.
So far positive apart from the crouds but I dont really mind ridig with other people.
I was thinking it would be nice to to a ride holiday where I dont have to do anything much other than throw a leg over the bike every day.
No idea but BV recommends that you take out some cover!
I did a GVBR down from Yarrawonga to Melbourne in 1989.
I had a ball.
If you don't mind lots of people give it a go.
Like Ron I prefer solo touring nowadays but as a one-off event the ride ranks as one my most memorable experiences.
Even Cadel Evans did one as a school kid.
I've done two. One as a vollie and one as a rider.
Enjoyed the ride and it was well organized and catered.
Being a slow riders my wife and I were usually first out in the morning and last in in the afternoon.
Recall the sag wagon behind us one day trying to get us to ride in with them so they could get in for a beer. Sorry chaps but we rode the whole way.
In camp was a bit crowded for us but not too bad really.
The one thing I didn't like was the fixed itinerary. When going solo you can stay a day extra if you like a spot, have a day off or whatever but on the organized ride that won't work.
All in all a good experience and worthwhile in my opinion.
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