Bicycle Network: RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride
On behalf of the 5000 riders and all of us here at Bicycle Network, thank you for joining us on the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride and making the event an outstanding success!
It started off with a wet and rainy campsite in Nelson, and ended in spectacular fashion with sunshine and a beautiful coast line. Watching the sunset in Port Campbell is a scene we wont forget!
It was an incredible experience and we hope you enjoyed it, Once again the event would not of happened with out your incredible efforts and dedication.
We hope to see you all in Albury for next year!
A message from our CEO Craig Richards
A special thanks to all RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride volunteers:
Last week saw the end of the 30th RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride. Since day one volunteers have been the back bone of our world famous event. Bicycle Network’s CEO Craig Richards would like to thank all the volunteers over the past 30 years who have made the ride what it is today.
1984 wasn’t necessarily the best year for fashion or pop culture. And thankfully we now only see Wham, the A-Team, vests with diamonds, big shoulder pads, shiny tracksuits and Duran Duran in TV reruns or themed parties like at this year’s Great Victorian Bike Ride.
1984 was also a year of mishaps. Michael Jackson was on fire, literally, after a mishap filming a commercial. The world also narrowly avoided nuclear annihilation when President Reagan’s private joke that he had ‘outlawed Russia and the bombing starts in 5 minutes' accidentally went public.
But 1984 did give us one incredible thing that has stood the test of time: the Great Victorian Bike Ride.
When a group of volunteers conceived the idea for the ride – to celebrate Victoria’s 150th birthday - they expected about 200 people to join them as they made their way from Wodonga to Melbourne. When over 2000 signed up, one of the world’s great events was born.
Since that historic occasion more than 100,000 people have ridden the RACV Great Vic enjoying the spectacular Victorian scenery on two wheels.
Of course without our amazing volunteers none of the 30 rides would have happened. Ever since it’s conception in 1984 volunteers have been the back bone of the ride.
Some quick calculations* reveal just how much our volunteers have contributed.
- started 14,784 generators
- repaired 31,872 punctures
- cheerily answered the question ‘where are the showers?’ 736,412 times
- pitched 516,412 tents
- handed out 972,406 bread rolls and politely declined a request for a second bread roll 972,406 times.
So to every person who has volunteered on any of the last 30 RACV Great Vics, thank you from Bicycle Network. You’ve changed the lives of so many people. Not just the more than 100,000 people who have ridden the Great Vic, but the millions of others we’ve been able to get riding because of the contribution the Great Vic makes to our organisation. You will always be part of the Great Vic family.
*Ok so these figures may not be 100% accurate but they are a pretty good estimate!