Myrtleford gears up for 40th Great Victorian Bike Ride

Myrtleford will welcome thousands of cyclists later this year as the renowned Great Victorian Bike Ride is set to arrive in town on 24 November in its 40th year. 

10 April 2024

Organised by Bicycle Network Victoria, the 40th Great Victorian Bike Ride is not just a cycling journey but a celebration of community spirit, regional pride, and the beauty of Victoria's landscapes, promising an exhilarating experience for both participants and the local community alike. 

A fully supported bike riding and camping holiday that spans nine days, participants can choose from a range of ride durations, including 3-, 5-, or 9-day options, highlighting the flexibility and inclusivity of the event. 

Alpine Shire Mayor, John Forsyth, said over 2,500 cyclists will traverse the scenic roadways, exploring various townships in the northeast of Victoria and Myrtleford - strategically positioned on the route as it heads from Wodonga - will witness the entire contingent of registrations. 

"While the ride itself is self-sufficient, the Myrtleford Recreation Reserve will serve as the host venue, offering facilities and support to ensure a memorable and enjoyable experience for all involved, and is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the town's hospitality and charm," Cr Forsyth said. 

"The Myrtleford stopover is not a rest day, but is an overnight stay with the riders arriving around midday, and leaving the next morning by 7am, giving them an opportunity to immerse themselves in the local community and enjoy everything the town has to offer. 

"This is a great opportunity for Myrtleford to showcase its regional produce and retail precinct." 

Cr Forsyth said Council is thrilled to partner with Bicycle Network Victoria to bring the Great Victorian Bike Ride to Myrtleford. 

"This event not only promotes active lifestyles but also shines a spotlight on our town's unique offerings, fostering economic growth and tourism," he said. 

Cr Forsyth said while the event promises excitement and economic benefits, Council was also prepared to manage the increased road activity and keep the community informed.  

"The Myrtleford community can rest assured that efforts are underway to address these issues proactively, ensuring a positive experience for everyone involved," he said. 

"As we gear up for this milestone event, I have no doubt there will be plenty of anticipation and excitement throughout the town.  

For more information and updates, visit Bicycle Network Victoria's website

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