HUGE BOOM: Bike ride boosts Bay tourism

Anthony Alfirenko

Anthony Alfirenko

AN OTWAYS tourism leader says the inclusion of Apollo Bay on the route of this year’s Great Victorian Bike Ride will be “a great boost for everybody”.

Organisers have scheduled a two-night stop at Apollo Bay as part of the nine-day bike ride in November and December.

Organisers hope up to 5000 participants will take part in the 527-kilometre bike ride that begins at Halls Gap on November 26 and finishes at Geelong on December 4.

Otway Coast Committee executive officer Anthony Alfirenko expected the event to have a similar impact to when it last visited Apollo Bay in 2009.

The Great Victorian Bike Ride attracts thousands of cyclists.

The Great Victorian Bike Ride attracts thousands of cyclists.

“When the event was held a couple of years ago and came through the town, it was a massive event for the town, because it benefits everybody,” he said.

Participants will arrive at Apollo Bay on November 30 after riding along the Great Ocean Road from the Twelve Apostles.

They will then have a rest day to explore the township on December 1 before continuing towards Bellbrae, north east of Lorne, the next day.

Bike ride participants and volunteers stay in tent cities in host towns.

Bike ride participants and volunteers stay in tent cities in host towns.

Mr Alfirenko said he expected event staff would set up tent cities at Apollo Bay Recreational Reserve to accommodate riders.

But he said organisers were yet to confirm the accommodation location for the riders.

Mr Alfirenko said the rest day would be a great opportunity for riders and tourists to explore Apollo Bay.

“These guys are doing quite a long ride; to have a rest day in the town helps everybody because all the restaurants and the supermarkets will all benefit from that,” he said.

“People will be down on the foreshore and exploring the sites around the area, it’s just a great event.

“It’s a great way to launch the summer season and just a great event for the town and the communities the ride is going through.”

Colac and district bike riders can also join the Great Victorian Bike Ride at Apollo Bay and enjoy the final three days of the ride from December 2.

Registrations for the event and more information are at greatvic.com.au

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