Bike riders roll in

By Yarrawonga Chronicle

The 2018 Great Victorian Bike Ride was welcomed back to Yarrawonga Mulwala last Friday.

More than 3,000 cyclists rolled into Mulwala from Corowa then crossed the weir bridge into Yarrawonga before finishing their day’s ride at the Yarrawonga Showgrounds. Riders were stretched along the road for up to 50kms.

It was the first time the popular event had been in Yarrawonga since it passed through when it started back in 2010.  

Yarrawonga Mulwala was one of eight lucky locations for the event and coupled with the Lake Mulwala Cod Classic started a huge weekend for the town.  

The 10 day bike ride kicked off from Bright on November 24, before participants headed to Beechworth (66km), Milawa-Beechworth (75km), Tallangatta (91km), Rutherglen (101km), through Corowa toYarrawonga (55km), to Glenrowan via Wilby and Thoona  (87km) and finally travelling a further 49km and finishing at Benalla.

Bicycle Network General Manager of Events Rebecca Lane thanked locals and visitors for their cooperation and patience during the event. 

She said bike riders had ranged from toddlers being towed in trailers to over 80 years of age. 

Some were very experienced while others saddled up for their first Great Vic.