The Great East Rail Trail Ride is a fully supported three day cycle event along the 100 km East Gippsland Rail Trail. It ran for the first time in 2014.
This is a little Great Ride, with numbers limited to 120, to ensure a splendid time is had by all.
With a daily riding distance between 30 and 40 km (with Extra Sweat options provided for those who’d like to ride further), this Great Ride is fabulous for families, new cyclists, old cyclists and those for whom cycling simply fills the intervals between eating and drinking.
Bookings close Friday September 25th. Dont miss out – book now!
Q: Are kids in trailers, ‘tagalongs’ and child seats able to participate in the event?
Absolutely. The distances covered each day are quite low making it very managable for smaller children – and the adults towing or carrying them. Our sag wagon will have a trailer with plenty of capacity to take trailers etc. As the route is nearly all unsealed however, we do recommend you test your ‘rig’ – riders and machines alike – to make sure everyone and thing is happy with the bumpier ride.
Q: How do I know if there are still places available on the event?
We will flag on the home page of the website when spaces are becoming limited. There is currently plenty of places available.
Q: How do I know if the various alternative accommodation options are still available?
As accommodation options are booked out we will make this clear on the ‘Ride Options / Accommodation’ page. Booked out options will no longer be able to be selected on the booking form.
There is unlimited availability of campsite accommodation.
Q: We ride eBikes. Are they allowed on the event?
As long as what you are riding is legally considered a bicycle, it is allowed on both the rail trail and the event. There are of course some extraordinary machines that are (apparently) legally regarded as ‘bicycles’ (see pic, right). Some could have difficulty negotiating gates on the trail.
Q: I have non cycling family and friends who would like to accompany me in their car. Can they book a place on the event?
As places on the event are limited, at this stage only cycling participants are able to book places. Non cycling friends or family could accompany you on the event, however we are not able to provide them with any meals or other event inclusions.
Should family or friends in a vehicle accompany you on the event we would caution against them meeting you at intersections of roads and the rail trail, as a parked vehicle at the intersection might dangerously block sight lines of both drivers and cyclists.
Q: When do I have to book by?
Bookings must close on Friday September 25th, so that we have time to finalise all logistics.
Q: When do I pay?
Payment needs to be made when you submit your booking form for your place to be confirmed.
Details about how to pay are on the form.
Families can pay 50% at the time of booking, with the balance paid by July 31 for the Early Bird rate, or September 25th for the standard rate.
Q: What if it rains?
We do expect you to ride, even if it rains, so it’s important that you and your bike come ready for some damp weather just in case. Hot showers will await you at the other end! If weather conditions of any type make the route unsafe we will advise you of an alternative route or provide transport to the next campsite.
For more information http://www.greateastrailtrailride.com.au/