Year 11 student Zoe Eyles reports: This year’s Great Victorian Bike Ride was definitely dramatic while it lasted – we were riding 111 flat kilometres in sweltering heat one day, and being drenched in rain rolling up and down a beautiful hilly landscape the next. Besides getting up at 5:30am to cycle, the queues and setting up/taking down tents each day, we enjoyed spending time at the beaches, visiting the towns we stopped in, having night-time card championships, our daily awards ceremony, being subjected to terrible jokes (chiefly Mr Purcell) and getting to know new people. The event was finally cancelled on account of the torrential downpour, but let the record show that we stuck it out until the end, one of the few schools left camping in the flooded football field. Thanks to all the teachers, parents and other students for making the 2017 Great Vic so much fun.
Year 10 student Hugo Radovanovic explains the memorable moment in the final image: This photo of Noah (Bakos) and I was taken on one of the hottest and longest days of The Great Victorian Bike Ride 2017. We thought as a bit of a laugh that we would impersonate one of the most unique styles of cycling fashion Europe has to offer so "WE WENT EURO". After we decided on the look, we needed to emphasise it and really make it memorable. The both of us turned around quietly to make sure no one noticed us, we hid behind some bushes and waited for our riding group to realise we were gone and head back our way. Once we spotted them coming back, we came out from the bushes on our bikes (Euro style) - giving everyone a solid laugh and a memorable moment of this year's Great Vic.
Thanks to Scott Burton, Tessa Henley and Tim Purcell, who again ably guided our crew on the journey.
Parents Paula Harding, Tim Gray, Fiona Clothier, Randall McDonnell, Christiane Mueller, David Roche and former student/parent team Niamh and Fred Clarke joined us as helpers on the ride. They were also instrumental in coaching and supporting students on all the training rides, along with Simon Willshire, Alex Commeignes, Louise Roche, Dean Clothier and Alison Raaymakers (who was also present and assisting Seahorses on the ride while being a Bicycle Network volunteer). Thank you to all these parents and friends: they really do make the Great Vic possible every year.