Mercer SuperCycle is gearing up for 2018 with a new route that takes riders from Melbourne to Adelaide along the Great Ocean Road.
Mercer SuperCycle board member, Dawn Garrett and her partner, Mike Garrett, headed off last week to map out the first 4 days of the new cycling route, with rider safety and comfort foremost in mind.
The proposed ride takes off from the St Kilda Marina continuing around Port Phillip Bay, one of Melbourne’s most iconic rides, to Sorrento. From Sorrento riders will be ferried across the bay to Queenscliffe before continuing on to Geelong via a quiet and scenic route.
Day 2 of the proposed ride will see riders cycle from Geelong, turning off at Torquay and onto the Great Ocean Road. Riders will follow the Great Ocean Road, stopping for scenic views and food at Bells Beach, Aireys Inlet, Lorne and Kennet River before finishing the day at Apollo Bay.
‘After a big day mapping the route along the beautiful Great Ocean Road it was great to take a bit of time to relax in Apollo Bay and see the beach; however, Mike and I had important jobs to do in town – like finding out the best place for our riders to eat dinner!’ said Dawn.
Day 3 will take riders inland through the Great Otway National Park before heading back to the coast for sightseeing and food at the Twelve Apostles. Riders will continue along the coast to Port Campbell before finishing at Port Fairy; ‘our favourite seaside town, where we met a lot of locals who were keen to support cyclists riding such a long distance for a great cause’, said Mike.
Day 4 will see cyclists departing Port Fairy for a quiet day riding along the coast, stopping at Port Nelson before heading inland through serene pine plantations to Mount Gambier.
Dawn and Mike will traverse the remainder of the proposed Mercer SuperCycle ride from Mount Gambier to Robe, to Meningie and into Adelaide, later in November.