AFTER a gap of a year, the Great Victorian Bike Ride is back, with more than 3000 people from all over Australia expected to get back on their bikes for the 537-kilometre ride.
This year the focus will be the majestic Grampians with its wildlife, wildflowers and wineries, and the art silos of western Victoria.
Each year more than half the riders are aged over 50, with many in their 60s, 70s and 80s opting for the three-, five- or full nine-day ride.
Hosted by Bicycle Network, the ride is a fully supported riding and camping holiday and the biggest multi-day bike ride in the southern hemisphere.
The support includes meals, luggage transport and on-route assistance with licensed cafe, bar and restaurant under canvas, full medical team, entertainment and bike maintenance facilities.
The ride begins in the grain country of Rainbow, on the southern edge of the Victorian Mallee, on November 27, with the finish line at Seppelt Winery in Great Western.
Along the way, the ride will support the economic recovery of many small communities across the Grampians region
Early-bird entries (before August 9) for the complete nine-day ride are $1085/$989 concession, while the five-day, 328-kilometre ride costs $775/$659 concession.
The three-day, 209-kilometre ride costs $535/$479 concession.
The ticket policy provides for refunds and transfers if Covid-19 rules or restrictions prevent participation.