RACV Great VIC

Community

Local community groups

Every year, RACV Great Vic riders vote ‘community spirit’ as the one thing that most shaped their experience on the event. They love the warm welcomes, local hospitality and the opportunity to truly discover the best that Victoria has to offer.

To help you get involved and make sure your community makes the most of the event, we’ll work closely with you to ensure you enjoy the RACV Great Vic experience as much as our riders do.

Contact

To ensure that all community groups work together to offer a wide variety of choice a community contact is appointed in each town. Please communicate with the community representative prior to submitting an expression of interest form to ensure that your desired activity is available.

Our community contact for 2017 is Fiona Neuwirth.

Fiona Neuwirth

Phone: 0418 572 947
Email: fionan@bicyclenetwork.com.au​

Helpful tips

We’ve put together SCOPE documents for businesses and community groups. The documents are there to help you make the most of the RACV Great Vic visiting your town. Inside the documents are tips for community groups regarding fundraising and some great ideas for local businesses to implement when the riders are in town.

Fundraising

Fundraising opportunities are available at nominated rest and lunch stops or at the campsites along the route.

Fundraising forms:

Please see forms below to arrange a fundraising activation at this year’s RACV Great Vic Bike Ride.

Community groups:

Raise funds for your local community group at nominated rest and lunch stops or at the campsites along the route

Charities:

Individuals or groups looking to fundraise for a charity on the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride can download the expression of interest form here.

Show & Save

More than 1000 Bicycle Network members are due to hit the towns on this year’s RACV Great Vic Bike Ride. They are sure to be on the hunt for all things local. Be a part of our Show & Save rewards program and we will send out a posters to entice our members with a discount on your local goodies.

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Primary to Secondary

School groups

The RACV Great Vic is an ideal school camp environment. It provides students with a challenging yet fun experience, opportunities for leadership and the chance to engage with people from all age groups and walks of life.

As a school camp it is unique. We take care of food, campsites, medical and provide full on-route support allowing schools to focus on education and developmental goals. 

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Women's community

Women cycling along beach road

Getting more women riding

Whether you’re traveling solo, with your sister, partner, friend or even a mother and daughter riding together, the women’s community program could be for you. At no additional cost this package includes:

  • Preparation for the event – more info here

  • A free water bottle

  • Welcome drinks and an introductory presentation on arrival at the campsite

  • Daily morning meeting point so all riders can start each riding day together

  • Designated time to regroup to share lunch at the rest site

  • Coffee meet-up on the route

  • Evening catch-up drinks and dinner together

  • A designated area at each campsite so we can camp together

If you want to ride with us, simply use the promo code ASCENT when registering for the ride.

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Event briefing

The Women’s Community group is all ready to go. Meet your ride leaders (Alison and Soo) and the rest of the group to enjoy a welcome drink and an introductory presentation:

9 and 5 day riders (Saturday 25 November, 5pm)

Meet at the main marquee at Wilsons Prom campsite (look for the coloured flag)

3 day riders (Thursday 30 November, 5pm)

Meet at the main marquee at Bairnsdale campsite (look for the coloured flag)

Please attend this session to receive your free water bottle and be briefed on the following details:

  • Daily morning meeting point 
  • Designated time to regroup to share lunch
  • Coffee meet-up on route
  • Time for evening catch-up drinks and dinner together
  • Designated area at each campsite so we can camp together (for day 1 at Wilsons Prom, please refer to the provided map in your pack that reflects the area that the Women’s Community group will be camping for the first night)
Women's community bike riders

Who we'll visit in 2017

The towns

Foster

Start your bike ride adventure in Prom Country – South Gippsland, a playground for cyclists. Foster’s town centre is only a short walk from the Great Victorian Bike Ride camp site.
Join in the celebrations of the Foster Street Party. The party includes:
· Barefoot Bowls
· Food & craft stalls
· Delicious homemade sweets
· Displays
· Afternoon entertainment
Spend your afternoon exploring the town centre, art gallery or learn about the town’s fascinating history in the local museum. The town offers numerous walking tracks that link the surrounding flora reserves. If you want to relax after a day’s ride Pearl Park is your place.

Yarram

Yarram has long been regarded as one of Gippsland’s prettiest towns.  The town itself is friendly and inviting, with cafes, restaurants, and speciality shops. Visit the historic Courthouse Gallery, Information Centre or the Memorial Gardens or perhaps the award-winning golf course located a short distance to the east of town.

Seaspray

On the famous 90 Mile Beach, the unspoilt town of Seaspray invites you to try many water based activities including surfing, swimming and surf fishing. For those who seek a gentler option away from the breakers, Merrimans Creek offers a tranquil swimming and fishing option.

In addition, there are walks, tennis, picnic and playground facilities. Learn Seaspray’s remarkable history on boards located around town. Captivating chainsaw sculptures greet you at the entrance to town and Memorial Park. At the heart of the community is the new Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club with breathtaking views across the town and the 90 Mile Beach.

Bairnsdale

Bairnsdale located in East Gippsland is set on the banks of the Mitchell River and close to lakes, rivers, mountains and forests. There is so much to do and year-round enjoyment with MTB trail, Rail Trail, Lakes and Rivers activities, retail therapy, local food and wine, spas and beauty, culture –  people love living and visiting here @loveeastgippsland

Maffra

Settled in the 1860s, Maffra is a picturesque town with plenty of history in its tree-lined streets. The Maffra Visitor Information Centre located in the historic Courthouse holds a unique collection of minerals and gemstones. Car enthusiasts will be thrilled by the antique car collection housed at the Maffra Motor Museum. Learn about Maffra’s settlement and agricultural history at the Sugar Beet Museum.

The township services the surrounding dairy-rich landscape, as part of the Macalister Irrigation District. Some of Victoria’s finest produce is grown on agricultural land surrounding Maffra; including cheeses, horticultural produce and local wineries producing award winning Shiraz and Pinot Gris.

Glengarry

Glengarry township is situated in Latrobe City about 10km north of Traralgon. With a population of around of 700 and established in 1883, Glengarry is a lovely place to stop on your way along the Gippsland Plains (C105) scenic drive or the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail, which extends 63km from Traralgon to Stratford in Central Gippsland. It passes through rich dairy country and offers scenic views across the Gippsland Plains and Great Dividing Range to the north..

Trafalgar

Gateway to the beautiful roads out to wineries, waterfalls and through the hills to Blue Rock Lake or Thorpdale, Trafalgar is also host to some lovely cafes, restaurants and art spaces as well as the must-see Holden Museum. Nearby Thorpdale is known for its biennial Thorpdale Potato Festival.

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