Bicycle Network: RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride
Luggage on the Great Vic.
There are only a few rules on the Great Vic, they all relate directly to the wellbeing, respect and consideration of your fellow riders. How you pack your bags and set up your tent can make a big difference to everyone.
What to pack?
The Great Vic is a very unique camping experience. Combining the challenges of 70km average daily distances on the bike and regional camping can be tough. Sharing that camping space with 1,000's of others can be an incredible experience if we all stick to some basic guidelines and a few strict rules.
There are only a few rules, but they are firm and for good reason.
- No more than 20kg total of luggage per person (tent, sleeping gear, clothes and personal items)
- You can have 1 or 2 bags, but the combined weight must not exceed 20kg.
- Bags that don't meet these criteria will not be handled.
There isn't a rule for what to bring on the Great Vic, its up to the needs of each rider.
Here's a list that covers the essentials to consider when packing your bags.
Here's a checklist suggested by a female Great Vic rider, full of the little things you may overlook.
Here's a video with David Heatley, detailing what he will take on this years ride.
The luggage that you place on the truck each day must be in sturdy bags, sealed and have your bag tags secured. Bag tags are part of your rider kit, you'll get them on day one when you pick up your registration kit. Check out this video to see what it all looks like on the event.
The trick is be practical, minimal and sensible. Not an easy task sometimes!! But the final thing to consider is everyone else on the ride can help you if in need and in turn may ask for help too.
The RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride is a community. We help each other along the way and a lot of the time rely on that consideration and cooperation to keep going.
Many helpful hands make it work. Here's some points to consider for when you get to campsite and begin to think about your set up.
- Campsite will not open before 12 noon each and every day.
- When campsite does open, the first riders in are expected to help unload the luggage trucks.
- Campsites are clearly marked for general camping, schools, quiet and sleep easy.
- Some areas are bunted off as "no camping areas".
- Pitch your tents as close as possible to each other. A reasonable gap between tents is 300mm or 1 foot. Just enough room to walk between. Try not to cross over guy ropes.
- Saving some space for friends to join your site is OK, but be reasonable to others around you. Its all shared space, no reservations. There is very little to dispute with a shared attitude.
- Some campsites can support a bit more room for everyone and others are cosy camping.
- Small tents are the way to go, simple and light.
Bicycle Network supports a cooperative and inclusive approach to the Great Vic community. Stick to the basic rules, listen to information conveyed, help each other and be flexible. Its worked for 30 years.