Mates eye adventure

Ken O’Donnell and Richard Hawkey. (Damjan Janevski). 249119_07

Point Cook cyclists Ken O’Donnell and Richard Hawkey know that you are never too old for an adventure.

The men, who are both aged in their seventies, are planning to participate in the Great Vic Bike Ride, hosted by the Bicycle Network, later this year.

The event, which will take place between November 27 and December 5, will travel a 537-kilometre route through The Grampians and the state’s west.

The ride will include a COVIDSafe plan with special start and finish line procedures and hygiene measures at all sites.

Mr O’Donnell, who migrated from New Zealand to Australia in June, said the Great Vic Bike Ride was serving as his motivation “to get back into bike riding.”

“I used to do a bit of riding when I lived in Auckland and later on in Christchurch,” he said.

“I’m discovering new places to ride in Melbourne, but it’s still early days”.

Mr Hawkey is a veteran of nine previous Great Vic Bike Rides.

“My advice for the first-timer would be not to hesitate as you will have a fantastic time on the ‘Great Vic’,” he said.

“Make sure you get some kilometres in your legs before the ride, including a few 60 to 70 kilometre rides.”

The cost for the nine-day Great Vic Bike Ride is $1185 for adults, $1099 for concession, $875 for youth (13 – 17 years) and $515 for children (six –12 years). Shorter, cheaper ride options are also available.

Support is provided including meals, luggage transport, on-route assistance, entertainment and bicycle maintenance facilities.