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MEDIA RELEASE - Help Portland put its stamp on Great Vic Bike Ride

17 July 2019

Australia’s biggest rolling bike festival is due to arrive in Portland this Spring and it needs your help.

Up to 5000 cyclists are expected to complete the iconic Great Victorian Bike Ride as it visits the Limestone Coast and Great Ocean Road region this November and organisers are calling on the local businesses community, volunteers, not for profit organisations and community groups to assist with the festivities.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said for only the second time the event was going “cross border” to South Australia starting in Robe and winding its way along the coastline to Portland for an overnight stopover before travelling through to Torquay over 10 fun filled days.

She said event organisers the Bicycle Network, in conjunction with council’s events team, were hosting a community information session on Monday 22 July to register local interest in supporting the local celebrations.

“This is more than just a bike ride, this is a huge celebration where people use pedal power to enjoy a holiday with family and friends exploring the best parts of the countryside,” Cr Rank said.

“We are extremely fortunate to be included in this year’s coastal itinerary and we want to ensure we put on a celebration these bike fans are not going to forget.

“Council wants to hear local ideas on what we can do to make this visit memorable. This might include live music, pop-up cinemas, food and wine showcases, dance classes, water sports, yoga sessions – you name it, we want to hear it.

“If you have an idea, or an offering that would support these important visitors the Bicycle Network and council’s event team want to hear it. Come along to the community information session and share your ideas to make Portland a destination to remember.”

The Great Victorian Bike Road has been running for 36 years and will arrive in Portland on Monday 25 November 2019 following an overnight stopover in Mt Gambier.

Cr Rank said Portland last hosted the event in 2009 and 2013, with the shire voted one of the “favourite days of riding and most welcoming townships”.

“Our tour guides were labelled as being ‘fabulous’ and ‘fantastic’ during the tours last visit. It’s important we recreate this experience because evidence has shown that two thirds of participants return to the towns that they have visited within 12 months and more than half bring with them two or more people,” Cr Rank added.

“The statistics tell a convincing story and it’s important we work collaboratively with our community to ensure the best outcomes for our shire and its hard working business and tourism operators.”

Join the community information session on Monday 22 July from 6pm at the Portland Municipal Office.
For more information contact council’s tourism and events officer Jodie Vaughan, call 5522 2171 or visit the Bicycle Network website .

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