Great Victorian Bike Ride comes to the Alpine Shire

AROUND 4000 cyclists will take to local roads early next month as the Great Victorian Bike Ride passes through the Alpine Shire.

Riders will travel from Yackandandah to Tawonga, over the Tawonga Gap Road to Bright, arriving in Bright from midday on December 1.

Approximately 4000 riders and 500 support staff will be hosted at Pioneer Park overnight.

Alpine Shire Council Manager Economic Development Clayton Neil said the influx of people would have a positive impact on the local economy and showcase the shire to thousands of potential return visitors.

“The region as a whole will benefit from the Great Victorian Bike Ride passing through the north east,” he said.

“Businesses can expect more people in Bright from early afternoon and evening.

“Local groups will be involved in providing food and drinks during the stopover in Bright, raising funds for the community.

“This is a great way to showcase what the Alpine Shire has to offer, and encourage return visitors.”

Riders will depart Bright from 7am on Tuesday, 2 December and travel to Myrtleford en route to Moyhu.

The Tawonga Gap Road will be closed to traffic from 8.45am – 2.30pm on Monday, 1 December.

“We welcome cycling events in the Alpine Shire as an important part of the local economy and annual events calendar, although we do recognise that any event which requires a road closure will cause disruption to traffic movement,” Mr Neil said.

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