The Great Victoria Bike ride is an annual event down here in the Melbourne universe. As cycling culture grows in this city of 4,000,000, more people participate in active transport. The great Vic draws school groups, elderly, and competitive bikers to do a different route that generally begins on the periphery of Port Phillip Bay and follows country roads to the city.
Cathy and I begin the 610 km. journey on Saturday November 23rd in the south Australian town of Mt. Gambier. Nine days later, with a rest day mid-tour, we will roll into Geelong. It will be a relatively flat route along the ocean road which straddles the coastline. There are some climbs which will test our mettle.
We have done some rides in town. Melbourne has some lovely cycle tracks and we have availed ourselves of them. One needs to have one's head up as cars rule here as they do everywhere.