Thousands of cyclists are expected to visit North East Victoria as Cycle Salute opens the cycling season with an inaugural program of 50+ cycle-centric events, peddling bikey banter, record-breaking feats, quirky wheels, flat-chat challenges and plain old pedal-pushing fun.
Benalla will show off its cycling credentials with a wide variety of activities to suit all abilities and preferences.
Sunday 13 October 8am-5pm Benalla Better Bike Hike Take your pick from three recreational rides around Benalla while raising money for local educational charities. 125km, 60km or 26km. www.bbbhride.org.au
Friday 18 October - 9 November Cycle Salute Bike Art competition and Retail Window competition Schools, community groups, individuals and businesses are invited to join in the Cycle Salute spirit by entering the bike art competition during this period. (entries close Thursday 17 October) Entries will be on display at the Benalla Show, in the main retail strip and during the Benalla Festival Parade. Prizes for outstanding/original entries and best regional entry goes into the draw for $1,000 cash thanks to Tourism North East. Enter online at Benallabusinessnetwork.com.au
Wednesday 16 October 7.30-9am Benalla Ride2Work Day Be part of this national initiative and leave the car at home. Enjoy the camaraderie of other riders, save petrol and free up traffic and parking congestion.FREE. All riders are invited to enjoy coffee and sausage sizzle at the Mural on completion – with showers, lockers and bike storage available at the Aquatic Centre. For catering purposes please register at: 5760 2600 or email@example.com. www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/rtw/
Sunday 20 October 9.30am-12.30pm Reef Hills Explorer Come and try mountain biking in the beautiful Reef Hills State Park just 4km from Benalla CBD. Experience wildflowers and kangaroos on off-road forest tracks, while learning the basics of mountain biking. Sausage sizzle to finish $79 per person includes mountain bike hire, helmet, insurance and guides, plus sausage sizzle at conclusion. Max 25 – so be quick! Bookings: All Terrain Cycles Tel: 03 5775 2724, 0409 552 564
Saturday 26 October 11am (and ongoing) Benalla Lake Loop Launch Test out the family friendly activities promoted in the new Lake Loop passport app available from the Visitor Information Centre and go in the running for some great prizes. FREE Launch takes place at Lakeside Mural outside the Benalla Visitor Information Centre, alongside the Monash Bridge.
Saturday 26 October 2.30pm and 7.30pmm Cycling on Celluloid Embrace a bygone era at this authentic 50’s cinema and enjoy movies from the cycling genre including “Race Across America” documentary in the afternoon and the French classic 1940s classic “Jour de Fete” by Jaques Tati. Adults $12.50, conc. $10, family $38 (includes afternoon tea) Swanpool Cinema Tickets Tel: 03 5768 2415
Sunday 27 October 11am-4pm Benalla Cheer & Beer Cycle along quiet country roads from Benalla to Tatong (28km) and enjoy a refreshing pint at the old Tudor style Tatong Tavern. Sag wagon available (if required) for return trip. $25 pp Limit 40 people. Start and finish Benalla Visitor Information Centre. Bookings telephone Visitor Information Centre 03 5762 1749
Sunday 2 November 9pm Full Moon Dash Bare as much as you dare in this performance art piece, under the cover of darkness. FREE Tel: 03 5760 2619
Download the program of Cycle Salute events in Benalla here.
For more information on Cycle Salute, visit www.cyclesalute.com.au.