Wanted: Homes to host cyclists in January

Council is once again asking residents throughout the Shire, particularly in Bright, to offer a room to our visiting cycling enthusiasts as part of the homestay program to support the Audax Alpine Classic in January 2011.

Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator Clayton Neil is a keen cycling enthusiast and can relate to the difficulties of trying to find accommodation when competing in events.

Whilst competing in Lake Taupo, New Zealand several years ago Clayton stayed in homestay accommodation with a local resident who gave him the benefit of local hospitality and knowledge.

During his stay Clayton became quite good friends with his host and has been invited to stay when he next ventures to New Zealand.

The 2010 Audax Alpine Classic saw several Alpine Shire residents open their homes to cyclists, with very positive feedback received from these residents.

Carl and Heather Bray of Bright were one of the generous residents to share one of their rooms to visiting New Zealand cyclist, Colin Anderson.

Colin is one of the top competing cyclists in the world and has competed extensively both in Australia and internationally.

Heather and Carl extended their hospitality to Colin during his 10 day stay with them and took him for several drives around the region visiting Beechworth, Harrietville and the Red Stag Deer farm in Eurobin.

Carl said he would gladly open up his home to Colin or another cycling enthusiast for the 2011 event.

Accommodation in Bright during the Audax Alpine Classic event is always at capacity, and the homestay option helps fill the gap in the market and is of real appeal to the international tourist travelling independently.

Residents can nominate a nightly lodging fee payable to the resident by their guest to help cover expenses.

Residents who are interested in offering homestay and visitors who are looking for accommodation can download application forms from the Great Alpine Valleys website or contact Christine Barrow at Council on 03 5755 0550.

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