Great Vic Bike Ride

Life on event

From moving 3000 riders to a new campsite each day to on-route support the Great Vic is so much more than just a bike ride.

Campsite facilities

The Hub

Your one stop information centre located at the campsite on ‘Main Street’. Our event team can tell you what’s happening in town or at the campsite. Essential services such as lost property are also found here.

Cafe de Canvas

The heart of any Great Vic campsite. A great meeting point, this is where you’ll dine each morning and night, and is also home to main bar and entertainment stage.

Tea, coffee & milo

Our free tea, coffee and milo station is the perfect antidote to a chilly morning or evening on the Great Vic. Head to the station to grab a free cuppa and chat to like-minded riders.

Food & beverage

If you’re peckish between meals or after something to eat head to Main Street where you’ll be tempted by food trucks, coffee vans, community groups and other vendors.

Toilets - Great Vic
Toilets

Multiple toilet trucks are located around the camping areas for your convenience. 

Showers

Showers are located in the general camping area and are included in your ticket. Showers are open from 12pm – 8.30pm on ride days, and from 7am – 8.30pm on rest day.

Phone charging

ChargeSpot will be on site every day to keep you charged up. There are limited spots so pre-book your unlimited charging* early to ensure you stay connected! Learn more

Ebike charging

ChargeSpot can help keep your e-bike full of juice as well.A single charge for an e-bike is $10 and can be purchased on event, as per our e-bike policy.
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Mechanical support

If you find yourself in need of a quick repair, tune up or some additional gear, our on-site mechanics will be there for the duration of the event to assist.

First Aid

The medical clinic is open in the afternoon and for a short period each morning with doctors, nurses and first aid support available, however, emergency first aid treatment is available 24/7 (just contact Event Assistance if it’s after clinic hours).

Dishwashing

Dishwashing stations are provided use of all Great Vic participants. For hygiene reasons, make sure you wash your plates and cutlery after every meal, and use the sani-spray provided. Please bring your own reusable plates and cutlery on the ride.

Clothes washing

Our clothes washing stations operate from 2pm – 5pm daily. This is a provision for handwashing only.

Water stations

There are free water refill stations located around the campsite for your convenience – look for the yellow and black striped bars!

Luggage trucks

On ride mornings, pack your luggage and gear into one of our luggage trucks and we’ll move it to the next campsite for you. Don’t forget to take note of your luggage truck number to help find your gear at the other end.

Bars

The main bar is located in the Cafe de Canvas and is a great spot to enjoy a beverage. Spokes Bar is located at the heart of Main St and is the perfect place to relax after a long day in the saddle.

On route support

The Great Vic Bike Ride is a fully supported ride to make getting from A to B as enjoyable as possible. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect to see out on the route throughout the ride.

SAG wagons 

Sick or injured? SAG 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 and top your drink bottle up or grab lunch before carrying on.

First aid 

We have first aid at rest areas, campsites and out on the road to ensure you get from A to B.

Marshals 

Keep an eye open for our high-vis friends out on the road – they are there to point you in the right direction.

WARBYs

They’ll help you out on the road with mechanical issues or when you need motivational support!

Changed traffic conditions 

We work with Police and VicRoads to implement the safest traffic conditions for our riders.

Signage 

We don’t want you getting lost, so we have signage to point you in the right direction.

Bike mechanics 

Bike mechanics will be available in case you have an unfortunate mechanical breakdown.

We are right behind you

WARBYs

Scattered throughout the Great Vic Bike Ride is the dedicated WARBY team. They’re there to help you out on the road whether it be with mechanical issues or if you just need a bit of motivation.

Keep an eye out for the yellow jersey on the road and make sure you give them a wave!

WARBY team at the Great Vic Bike Ride

Going green

We’re always striving to promote positive change, and our commitment to reducing the environmental impact of our events is no exception. Whilst riding a bike is already a “green” way of enjoying a holiday, there’s always more we can all do to reduce our impact on the planet.

We’ve been working hard to make the Great Vic more environmentally friendly, and for 2018 we’re excited to launched a bunch of new initiatives to reduce our footprint. 

As well as the environmental impact, we’re serious about reducing the risk of leaving an ugly trail of litter behind us as we roll through the country’s most beautiful backdrops. The Great Vic offers us all the pleasure of riding and camping in the picturesque Victorian high country, and we’re keen to leave this stunning landscape just as we found it!

However, we can’t do it without your help! Here are three ways we are working to make a difference, and how you can get on board.

Reducing food waste

What we’re doing

We’ve launched a new trial at two campsites to try and compost the food waste from the event to stop it going in landfill. The trial will be in place at Beechworth (Day 2 + 3) and Rutherglen (Day 5 + 6). If this trial works we will roll it out across all of our camps for 2019.

At these sites there will be 2 new waste stations next to the catering tent, which will have flags and be marked on the map so they’re easy to find. Here you’ll be able to scrape your plates and get rid of any leftovers. Members of the volunteer ECO team will be on hand to assist. Bicycle Network will also be composting all leftover food from the kitchen and back of house areas.

How you can help

We need your help to make sure the food waste trial goes smoothly and we stop as much waste going in landfill as we can! You can help us by ensuring you use the food waste bins provided and don’t put any leftovers in the general waste bins.

It’s also really important you put only compostable materials in the food waste bins. Please don’t throw disposable plates, cutlery or other waste in the bins. The gardens and pigs won’t like it!

Recycling

What we’re doing

We’ve always tried to recycle as much as possible on the Great Vic, but for 2018 we’re bringing along a dedicated truck so we can recycle on site. Approximately half the bins on site will be for recyclable materials only and will be clearly marked. These bins will be for paper, cardboard, glass, tins, and plastic bottles.

The rule of thumb is if you can recycle it in your household bin, you can recycle it at the Great Vic!

How you can help

Just like at home, we need you to be careful about what goes in what bin as to not contaminate the recycling with general waste. If you have a plastic bottle or aluminum can please take the time to find a recycle bin to dispose of it. If you’re not sure, our ECO team will be there to help!

Reducing single use plastic

What we’re doing

Just like everyone else we are doing our best to reduce the amount of unnecessary plastic and ensure that any plastic we do use can be recycled. For 2018 we’ve changed our desserts from being served in single use plastic to edible containers. YUM! This will save nearly 20,000 pieces of plastic from being produced!

We’re also working with our onsite vendors to eliminate plastic non-recyclable containers. We know we can’t eliminate plastic overnight, but we are doing our best to find suitable alternatives.

How you can help

Make sure you bring reusable crockery and cutlery. Please don’t bring disposable plates and cutlery! If you can’t function without your early morning coffee, try to use your own reusable keep cup whenever possible.

Think before buying bottled water, most bikes can squeeze in two bidon bottles, so please use them and fill them up on the campsite from one of the water points.

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