The Great Victorian Bike Ride (GVBR) was a ten days ride from Robe, South Australia to Torquay, Victoria. Over 4000 riders participated in the bike-ride.
There were lots of volunteers who helped us with the organising at the camp-site, roads, traffic control at a different section of the route, and also the food and drinks marquee.
Alan participated in the Great Victorian Bike ride with his school group from Grovedale College.
My school group had seven training days before the GVBR event, which were held by the school and on weekends. This training has helped us to get fit and get used to different roads and hills.
The GVBR has many highlights:
- The Blue Lake and Mount Gambier
- The 12 Apostles
- London bridge
- The Surfcoast
- The Otways
- Lavers hill
- Reaching the 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, and 600 km markers
- Riding steeply uphill on Lavers Hill
- Setting up tents and dismantling the tents every day within a short time frame
- Different weather patterns – riding bikes in crosswinds and headwinds and showers
“The 10-day ride has given me knowledge, communication, awareness of other riders and the importance of good social skills, teamwork and the environment.
I have learned to understand the importance of good organisation (that is, following rules and timelines) for bike safety of all riders. I have developed good friendships with Grovedale College and Surfcoast College staff and students, as well as other adults. We had fun together and lots of laughter.
This is my first time participating in the Great Victorian Bike Ride. I have learned so much in 10 days and have developed more confidence and responsibilities. Initially, I was not comfortable riding the hills, but the experienced student-riders have taught me to not to give up and try new things (such as riding in low gear when climbing hills).”