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Ride to benefit region

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December 08, 2017

The RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride is on its way to Benalla next year, with more than 3000 riders expected.

The RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride is on its way to Benalla next year, with more than 3000 riders expected.

The finish line will be in Benalla and the influx of riders and spectators will be welcomed by local pubs, restaurants and cafes.

From November 24 to December 2 the nine-day rolling bike ride will travel from Bright to Benalla and wind its way through the river region with visits to Milawa, Rutherglen and Yarrawonga.

Bicycle Network’s events general manager Rebecca Lane said next year’s RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride would give riders a taste of beautiful bike riding and delicious local produce.

‘‘After a day of beautiful cycling, riders will get to kick back in some of the state’s best food and wine destinations,’’ Ms Lane said.

‘‘It will be the ultimate holiday.

‘‘RACV Great Vic riders love becoming a local for a night, sampling produce and dropping into the restaurants, pubs and cafes.

‘‘They fall in love with the places they visit and often make return trips after the event.’’

There will be nine, five and three-day ride options at the event, with riders able to choose to take on the whole route or just a smaller selection.

After starting in Bright, towns the ride will visit include Beechworth (two nights), Tallangatta, Rutherglen (two nights and rest day), Yarrawonga and Glenrowan.

It will finish in Benalla.

The route was announced at the 2017 RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride, which is currently travelling through Gippsland after starting at Wilsons Promontory on Saturday.

●Pre-sale entries to the 2018 RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride are available now by paying just a $200 deposit at www.greatvic.com.au

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