kramer10 wrote:Also the back road from Drouin to Nar Nar Goon wasn't so bad when I rode it 25 years ago. But I believe that a lot of cars and trucks pass very closely now on this stretch of road as quoted by some of the participants on last years ride. Last year I rode between Tynong and Nar Nar Goon and the cars went past me very very close. So maybe more signage on this stretch would be better.
Hi kramer10, From 2015 we head south at Bunyip and take the much quieter Bunyip River Road. Check out the routes and mapmyride: http://www.theslog.com.au/160km.html
kramer10 wrote:I do believe that the road from Korumburra to Warragul is not suitable for bikes. I have driven this road for the last 30 years and I would never ever feel safe riding my bike around some of those blind corners.
From my personal experience, after setting off from the 160km lunch stop in Ellinbank it's been really quiet and I've never felt unsafe. However, we'll discuss it again at our next committee meeting.
mtb101 wrote:please put in proper traffic controls and signage, you can't run an event safely on a shoe string, especially if you attract less experienced riders.
Hi mtb101, thanks for your concern. We do our best to improve our rider experience each year. If you have specific examples we would love to hear about it, please email us at email@example.com
I'll just clarify that we have volunteers directing riders at major turns and volunteer support vehicles stationed every 15-20km supplying food, water and other assistance. We also have around 57 Traffic Guidance Systems displaying the rider silhouette and "Event In Progress" positioned throughout the routes (many of which you will not see, due to them being on roads intersecting the routes, warning motorists that are entering a shared environment). We have large direction arrows before each turn, the map on the back of your Bib, maps on our website and you can even download a .kml or .gpx file for your GPS from mapmyride. We also have roaming volunteer first aiders and roaming mechanical assistance as well as SAG wagons tailing each route.
Here's as extract of the T&C's
The rider understands that participation in this bicycle ride involves riding on public roads used by other traffic and is aware of the hazards involved in that and of riding bicycles in general. The rider must have sufficient competence and experience to participate safely in such riding.
It's also important to note that this is a charity cycling event that provides riders with a well supported relaxed ride through Gippsland. It's in no way a race and does not involve any road closures. Therefore VicRoads have been satisfied with our risk mitigation and have approved our event for the past 12 years. We've been fortunate enough to have a good safety record and do our best to keep it that way.