Bike cavalcade pushes on through

Milestone: Dave Greig is riding in the Great Victorian Bike Ride to celebrate his clean bill of health after battling bowel cancer. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Milestone: Dave Greig is riding in the Great Victorian Bike Ride to celebrate his clean bill of health after battling bowel cancer. Picture: Rob Gunstone

For 69-year-old Dave Greig, taking part in this year’s Great Victorian Bike Ride was a celebration of being clear of bowel cancer after five years.

For 16-year-old Paul Verheij from Frankston High School, it’s about challenging himself and learning independence.

The two were part of the cavalcade of 4200 cyclists that poured into Mortlake on Monday on the second day of 2016 Great Victorian Bike Ride.

Resting on their laurels: Frankston High School students Paul Verheij, Paige King and Thomas Hughes take a break at Mortlake. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Resting on their laurels: Frankston High School students Paul Verheij, Paige King and Thomas Hughes take a break at Mortlake. Picture: Rob Gunstone

The cyclists enjoyed warm weather and undulating country for the 90 kilometre leg from Sunday’s cold overnight stop at Dunkeld.

Self-described “old farts” Ian Foster, of Castlemaine, and John Briggs, of Hurstbridge, said the social aspect of the nine-day event was a big drawcard.

“You meet so many people,” Mr Briggs said.

The ride goes on to the Great Ocean Road on Tuesday and will reach its terminus at Queenscliff on Saturday.

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