WITH the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride set to hit the south-west organisers will meet with local councils, community groups, tourism operators and locals next week.
The ride starts on November 23 in Mount Gambier and includes overnight stops in Nelson, Portland, Port Fairy, Port Campbell, Gellibrand, Birregurra, Torquay and will finish in Geelong on Sunday, December 1.
Bicycle Network’s Event Coordinator Megan Hekkema said much planning had gone on over the last year but the meetings were a final check to ensure Australia’s biggest one-week bike ride was a success.
“The local communities play a major part behind the scenes,” she said. “It is no secret that the enthusiasm of each community plays an important part in the success of the event and the return of riders in the future.
“The purpose of the meetings is to provide each community with updated event information and to answer any questions about their involvement.
“Anyone from the town and surrounding area is welcome to come. Even if you just want to learn about the ride.”
Meetings at 6pm will be held in Portland on Tuesday, September 17 at the Portland Council offices, in Port Fairy on Wednesday, September 18 at the Community Services Centre, in Port Campbell on Thursday, September 19 at the Port Campbell Recreation Reserve.