About the Ride

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Who is it for?

The ride is suitable for anyone 18+ who likes great fun and exercise, as well as  a challenge in the great outdoors.

Here’s your chance to be part of this great cycling event, “Riding For Medical Research”, (through Australian Rotary Health). Our past rides have covered all kinds of terrain and all kinds of weather, with the riders encountering anything from gentle undulations to mountains and dealing with occasional punctures or more severe issues. Through all this, they have managed to build up strength and team spirit while thoroughly enjoying themselves.

Although a Rotary Project, you do not have to be associated with Rotary to come on the ride – anyone can join in!

How to participate?

You can join in as a Rider, a Driver or as Support Crew.

All riders welcome.

With 3 teams of 10 to 15 riders each, we are able to group people of similar fitness levels. This ride is quite structured, so  team start times are staggered to try to get everyone together as a large group at lunch each day.

At the end of the day we try to have everyone in within roughly 1/2 an an hour of the expected finish time, but it’s not a race. Generally we aim to be off the roads by around 4:30 pm each day, particularly in areas where traffic can be busy near towns or major access routes, for the safety of the cyclists.

The beauty of it is you don’t have to be supremely fit or a great rider, just ready to challenge yourself.  This ride is about working in one of the groups, helping others extend their ability whilst challenging yourself, having great fun at the same time and making new friends along the way.

Support Crew.

Feel that you can’t ride but still want to join in? We always need people to be part of the support crews for each team – as team drivers, first aiders, photographer/video and logistical support, so we have a position on the ride for everyone!

For drivers – we provide the vehicles for you to drive and cover fuel costs.

(Drivers and other support crew receive a discount off the normal Ride cost.)

What do you get out of it?

  • Learning about your capabilities & challenging yourself.
  • Having fun with like minded people.
  • Riding in a structured ride over six days with an emphasis on fun and “Safety on the Road”.
  • Fundraising for medical research  through Australian Rotary Health
  • If each rider could raise $100 to $1000 it will  really make a difference!
  • A souvenir polo shirt, for wearing to dinner each night, will be supplied to all multi-day registered riders and support crew on the ride.

How far will I ride?

As little or as far as you like, within the limits of the daily route, but generally around 100km will be available to aim for most days. (First and last days are typically shorter).

Riders will be grouped in teams, depending on ability and fitness, ranging from those who train regularly to those who have not ridden for a long time or only ride occasionally. (You may change teams if you wish, if there is space available, as your ride fitness increases as we go along.).

Support vehicles will pick you up if you are tired and need a rest or feel uncomfortable riding due to traffic, the weather, etc.

At times the overall road distance to be covered in a day may mean not all riders will be capable of riding the whole way. In these circumstances we divede the route into sections and stagger the teams on the road so that each section is covered by at least one team. We try to minimise this as much as possible, particularly with the stronger rider teams, however it can allow us to drop riders in locations that provide everyone with a challenge, but still stay within their capability.

Due to the locations where we will be riding, you may be transported out to the start and back from the finish of the route to be covered on some days, either for safety or logistics. (These distances will generally be short).

When it is deemed safe to do so, we may open some sections as free rides, still with support, but giving you the chance to see what you can do, usually covering 30 or more kilometers at a time. Again you only go as far and as fast as you feel comfortable with.

Speed:- Groups average from about 18kph for the slower riders up to 35kph or so for the more fit and energetic.

Duration:- Six day/five night full ride. Other ride duration options can be arranged, please contact us to discuss, however transport to or from the ride may not be available for part time riders.

Note:- We will meet at a location in the Knox area on the Sunday morning and travel to the start point near Benalla in the support vehicles. Returning on the Friday to the Knox meeting point.

Available Riding Distance:– Approximately 550 km.

Accommodation.

This year we will be staying in one motel in Wangaratta for the whole ride. Rooms are shared by several riders/crew.

Meals.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and some snacks will be provided, with regular breaks along the ride. You may wish to bring along your own snack items, energy bars or energy drinks. Each team’s support vehicles will carry plenty of water.

Logistics/Safety.

Support vehicles (sponsored by car companies and community groups) are used, with radio and mobile phone communications between vehicles. For safety, in each group we have a lead vehicle and a following vehicle towing a purpose-built bike trailer. For safety reasons you may be picked up and driven at times, particularly if road conditions, traffic, inclement weather or high ambient and road temperatures become a concern.

Insurance.

All participants are covered by Rotary’s insurance; however you should have your own Ambulance cover and insurance for your bike (available through Bicycle Victoria).

What kind of bike should I bring?

  • RECOMMENDED:- Road bike (drop or flat bar), Hybrid or Tourer.
  • NOT RECOMMENDED:- Mountain bikes – these are generally too heavy and not suited to long-distance riding.
  • OTHER TYPES: Electric bikes are welcome as long as they are of a standard bicycle style/size, able to be easily lifted and hung on the transport trailers. (Removal of the battery pack for transport is recommended.)

You must be able to lift your bike to put it on one of the transport trailers. You must also bring a bike helmet and at least one drink bottle. (A couple of spare tyre tubes is also recommended, as only limited spares will be available on the ride).

If in doubt, please check with us first.

Note:- It is your responsibility to ensure your bike meets the  roadworthy requirements  for cycling on the road. For your safety, and the safety of those you will be riding with, your bike should be professionally serviced in the month before the ride & should be adjusted to suit you!Please ensure your tyres are suitable and in good condition.

All that is asked is a commitment to:-

  • Your fellow riders
  • Safety
  • A sense of fun 
  • A willingness to challenge yourself
  • Help with fundraising for Medical Research through Australian Rotary Health

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