2023-06-08 at 10:04 pm #76091
A great opportunity for ARC’ers who may be interested in an iconic multi-day ride and contributing to a great event.
For the first time in over 25 years, the Great Vic starts in Orbost and will take you riding (and camping) alongside the Snowy River before heading through Gippsland’s breathtaking regions where you’ll soak in the sea air en-route to Wonthaggi.
In addition to the incredible scenery, each day provides a new riding goal before rolling into the heart of each town and setting-up camp. You’ll then get to enjoy an afternoon and evening of entertainment, activities, and the warm hospitality that only a regional town has to offer.
The Great Vic. depends heavily on Volunteers to make the event happen and there are numerous roles to look at – in particular the Riding Marshall requires volunteers to assist with ensuring safety of all participants and providing specific guidance at intersections and other points as directed. Typically the Riding Marshall will leave before the field and ride to their allocated point, guide the field through and then complete the route for the day.
Volunteers attend at no cost and are provided with tent accomm., meals and briefings etc. I have volunteered for the last few events and it is an enjoyable and well run event. I would recommend it for anyone considering how to combine their cycling passion with a community contribution. Also any ARC rider would have sufficient skill and knowledge to be an effective Riding Marshall.
Let me know if interested or have any questions and happy to meet for a chat if you would like more detail.
Great Vic detail here:
Volunteer information can be found here:
PS: Both myself and Wayne (Cadence101) have registered as Riding marshall Volunteers2023-06-10 at 7:59 pm #76102
Garry, Sounds like fun and a bit of ‘give back’ to the cycling community. I will drop you a note. R2023-08-05 at 1:51 pm #76492Justin MurphyKeymaster
Ive registered for the road marshall role. Cheers2023-08-10 at 12:46 am #76539
Hi there, have also registered for Road Marshall. Justin if you are looking for a tent buddy let me know.
Promises to be an interesting event… R2023-08-10 at 8:02 am #76540
Great news Rusty – since Covid all Volunteers have had a single rather than shared tent and expect that would continue. The question re sharing is only if you wanted to share with someone.
Look like we might have at least 5 ARC’s – Rusty, Garry, Justin, Wayne and Phil Simpson also keen
Should be fun2023-08-14 at 12:31 pm #76580AnonymousInactive
Gary, thank you for the information. I have registered as a Road Marshall as well.
I have a few questions on how to best do this event. May be when we meet on one of our rides, you can share the knowledge.
We are still in Perth at the moment. Should be back in Melbourne towards the end of September.2023-09-20 at 10:41 am #77739Barbara NiglioModerator
I too have applied and have been accepted as a road marshall. I have ridden about 12 GVBRs but this will be my first volunteer effort, looking forward to it. My brother, Tim (tallmantim), has applied too.
Barbara2023-09-20 at 4:18 pm #77741
Welcome Barb and Tim and Richard Hedding also registered – the more the merrier. Will organise catch up soon2023-10-03 at 11:07 am #78272
Hi – I am planning a Briefing/Q & A/Get Together for those interested or already registered in the upcoming Great Vic Volunteering opportunity.
If you would like more information or just like to get together please come along on at 5pm on Friday 13th October at Two Doors Brewing, High Street Ashburton.
GarryD2023-10-05 at 5:19 pm #78284AnonymousInactive
Thank you Garry for organising the get together. I have a lot to learn about a 9 days riding/camping trip, without a car. See you there. Howard2023-10-14 at 9:06 pm #78515Barbara NiglioModerator
Here is the basic packing list:
Self inflating mat/ air mattress
Earplugs, eye mask
Clothes wash, line, pegs
Bag/ musette with cup (keep cup/ thermal cup are good), plate, bowl, knife fork, spoon. You’ll get a glass for cold wine/ alcohol there
Cycling clothes (Knicks x3, jerseys x3, arm + leg warmers, rain jacket, under vest, outer vest, neck warmer, long + short gloves, socks, helmet, shoes, glasses, lights, garmin, chain lube)
Jumper/ Fleece top/ down jacket
Sunhat, sunscreen, lip balm
Casual shoes/ runners
Thongs (to, from and in showers)
Camping microfibre towel
Book, reading glasses
Plastic bags to pack clothes in
Snap lock plastic bags for food
Pack of wet wipe
We have 20kg allowance and they recommend it is in 2 bags.
Hope this helps. I’ll add more if I think of anything.
Barbara2023-10-16 at 12:41 pm #78526Philip SimpsonParticipant
Hi Garry, belatedly confirming I’m registered for the event also. Sorry I missed your post about the info get-together on Friday.
I spoke with Brad yesterday somewhat by way of de-brief and I’m ok for information at the moment.
I’ve also now marked to receive future posts to this thread.
Cheers, Philip2023-10-16 at 2:01 pm #78527
Great news Phil – was going to ask on Saturday but did not get a chance.
I will add you to the WhatsApp group also
GarryD2023-11-24 at 9:01 pm #79243
Good luck volunteers! Enjoy the week!2023-11-25 at 11:40 am #79253
All arrived safely and lots of rain overnight but good so far today. Fingers crossed….
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