Great Vic Bike Ride
On route support
The Great Vic Bike Ride is a fully supported ride to make getting from A to B as easy and enjoyable as possible. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect to see out on the route throughout the ride.
Sick, injured or can’t continue riding? SAG (support and gear) wagons will ensure you get to the next campsite.
Rest and lunch areas
Stops along the way to have a breather, go to the toilet, top your drink bottle up or have lunch and snacks before carrying on.
We have first aid at rest areas, campsites and out on the road to help you get from A to B.
Keep an eye open for our marshals on the road – they are there to point you in the right direction and love a wave or ring of your bell.
WARBYs (we are right behind you)
They’ll help you out on the road with mechanical issues or when you need motivational support.
Changed traffic conditions
We work with state police and roads authorities to manage traffic conditions while the ride is on. This includes closing roads to other traffic and changing speed limits where appropriate.
We don’t want you getting lost, so we have signage to point you in the right direction.
Bike mechanics will be available in case you have an unfortunate mechanical breakdown.
The Great Vic has long led the charge in sustainable event experience, and we’ve always been proud of the efforts of the event community in reducing our environmental footprint.
From our requirement for reusable plates, cutlery and cups on site, to the removal of 20,000 single-use plastic pieces from our dessert packaging in 2018, each year we review our operations to make sure we’re playing our part in the war on waste. 2019 is no exception, and we’re pleased to share we have three core changes to our operations this year.
1. Food waste composting
Last year, we trialled food waste composting at two sites, and thanks to you, it was a great success! So this year we’re rolling it out across the event and as a result, we expect to divert an additional 12 tonnes of waste from landfill.
2. Lunch packaging
Always tricky due to food safety requirements, this is one we’ve been working on for a few years. In 2019, we’ve removed the plastic from our lunch packs and replaced it with eco- friendly options – that’s another 25,000 single-use units banished!
3. Bulk & package free goods
At breakfast service, you’ll notice a few things look a little different. We’ve moved away from single-serve yoghurts to bulk tubs, and eliminated most of the packaging on our take-away snacks.
Sadly, due to the current recycling environment in Victoria, this year we won’t have full recycling services on site so you won’t see the yellow-lidded bins. However, we’ll still be recycling our bulk cardboard (from bike transport and the kitchen) as well the cans from the bar, and expect our other initiatives to have a far greater impact on reducing the waste we send to landfill.
How you can help
- Using reusable plates, cutlery, keep cups and straws for your meals or when purchasing from food vendors (and using our wash stations to keep them clean)
- Bringing a small container to carry your morning snack (muffins, etc.)
- Reducing food waste by taking only what you need
- Separating your food waste from your general waste and into the appropriate bins