Great Vic Bike Ride

Women's Community

Pre and On event

Supporting your ride

Whether you’re traveling solo, with your sister, partner, friend or you might even be a mother and daughter riding together, the women’s community program could be for you – it’s open to all female riders joining the Great Vic Bike Ride.

Why? Because at Bicycle Network, we believe that 50% of all people who ride bikes should be women. Currently the stats tell us that only one in three bike riders are women. At Bicycle Network we continue to work towards having an even balance of male and female riders, and throughout all of our Bicycle Network events we integrate packages that encourage and support women to participate.

Ride leaders and ambassadors

The opportunity to ride the daily route with our two experienced ride leaders Alison and Soo and other like-minded women (read below for more detail about your ride leaders).


The opportunity to take part in monthly training rides (starting in July), skills sessions and 3 x basic mechanics sessions (all Melbourne-based).

On event support

Welcome drinks on arrival at the campsite, a daily morning meeting point, designated time to regroup to share lunch, evening catch-up drinks and a designated area at each campsite so we can camp together.

Women's Community ambassadors

Ride leaders

Alison Raaymakers

“Come ride with me and I’ll show you what there is to get excited about.  Fantastic company, spectacular scenery, amazing logistics, and a sense of camaraderie and achievement like no other!

My first Great Vic was only a few years ago and I’m so excited to be back again and helping others learn what it’s all about.”

Soo Taylor

On my first multi day tour I arrived by myself and was terrified by the sheer volume of people. I eventually overcame my nerves and found people to hang out with but wished I’d had a group to ride with from day one. 

The Great Vic is a wonderful introduction to the joys of long distance cycling through the countryside and I am really excited about my role in supporting women cyclists discover this great roadshow through the Women’s Community.


Training rides and skills sessions

Whether you want to build your confidence on the bike, improve your overall fitness or meet some friendly faces, we’ve got training rides, workshops and skills sessions to suite all levels—from beginner to advanced.

This is your chance to brush up on your skills, meet some friendly faces, get some kms into your legs and most importantly — have fun.

All sessions are free, but RSVP is essential. 

What's on

rider testimonials

What the riders said..

Dana Thomson
I really appreciated the support of the women’s community on my first ever Great Vic Bike Ride in 2017. I wasn’t confident to sign up for the ride alone, and I couldn’t encourage any friends to get on board with me. So when I saw there was the support of this girls group available I jumped at the opportunity. I went along to a training ride and it was so nice to meet other like-minded girls. I also got some really good cycling tips as I am not a big road cyclist. The event was so much fun and I’d encourage anyone not too sure to join in with this amazing supportive group of girls!

Jane Ainsworth
I participated in my first Great Vic Bike Ride as a solo entrant, and the Women’s Community made it just a wonderful experience.  Aside from loving the event itself, I became part of a community of friendly, active women, who supported each other at every turn both on the road and at the camp site.  There was always someone to ride with, eat with, join a queue with, celebrate with, and just have fun with.  I came away with new friends, new riding buddies, new knowledge, and feeling so happy to have been part of this community within a community

Ride from the Limestone Coast to the Great Ocean Road in 2019

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