On Saturday 23 November 2019 the township of Millicent will almost double in population when it hosts 5,000 cyclists for an overnight stay as part of their journey from the Limestone Coast to the Great Ocean Road for the Bicycle Network’s annual ‘Great Vic Bike Ride’.
The Great Vic Bike Ride is a fully supported, bike-riding holiday that visits unique destinations in a ten-day ride from Robe, South Australia across approximately 652km to Torquay, Victoria. All the way showcasing the breathtaking scenery and exceptional attractions both states have to offer.
This year is the 36th annual running of the event and the first time it has visited South Australia.
The event caters for riders of all ages and abilities, with meals, luggage transport and on-route mechanical assistance provided.
For more information you can visit the event website www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/rides-and-events/great-victorian-bike-ride/
On day two of their journey, riders will make their way from Robe to Millicent, calling in to Beachport for a rest stop and lunch.
Their final destination on this leg is the event campsite, which will be situated in McLaughlin Park, Millicent’s sporting complex. It is sure to be a sight to behold with up to 5,000 campers pitching tents and bedding down for the night.
The town is set to come alive as it puts on a show for its guests; a street party, community lights up event, various street vendors, displays and demonstrations all planned to make them welcome.
Up to 5,000 cyclists and support crew will have lunch in Beachport and stay overnight in Millicent on Saturday 23 November. On average each cyclist spends approximately $40 per day. In addition, many of the riders will bring their families/friends back to places they have stayed on the ride within the following year.
Businesses, community and service groups are invited to ‘get involved’ and help to cater for this large influx of visitors to the towns.
Council held an initial community meeting held in June, and since then has received a number of expressions of interest from groups and individuals who wish to participate in this amazing opportunity. Suggestions have included a Street Party, meals (dinner and breakfast), experiences and attractions, local produce, accommodation, food & wine and more.
To obtain a clearer understanding of the various activities that are being considered by the local community, we now need to confirm a list of all the planned activities. This will also allow us to coordinate the types of activities being considered for the November event.
If you intend to be involved please complete and return the form below, returning it to a Council office or via email firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 August 2019.
An additional community meeting will be held to assist participating individuals and organisations with the correct permits and forms, as well as providing additional information to assist with the planned activities.