Gearing up for another ride

Lee Robinson is participating in the Great Vic Bike Ride for the sixth time. (Damjan Janevski) 245778_01

Michaela Meade

A Lalor resident is gearing up to tackle the Great Vic Bike Ride for the sixth time.

The Great Vic Bike Ride is an annual non-competitive bicycle tour event organised by Bicycle Network, which takes a different route around Victoria’s countryside each year.

Lee Robinson, 69, said he is “counting down the days” until he can complete the Great Vic Bike Ride again.

“It’s something you can really enjoy the experience of,” Mr Robinson said.

“Biking is the best way to feel the countryside.

“You can really see everything, rather than just whizzing past in a box.

“You do feel like you’re part of the area, rather than flying through.”

Mr Robinson first took part in the Great Vic Bike Ride in 2002, and said every year he has completed it has been “enjoyable but a challenge”.

“I didn’t think it was possible, but I really enjoyed it,” he said.

“It was hard but so much fun… so I kept going back.”

Mr Robinson said he hoped this year’s event would help him recover from the negativity of Victoria’s COVID-19 lockdowns.

“I’m really looking forward to [the ride],” he said.

“It’s something that’ll help me get past the doom and gloom of all these lockdowns.

“I’m treating this as the perfect doom-buster.”

COVID-19 restrictions permitting, the Great Vic Bike Ride will take place in November.