PARTICIPATING in the Great Victorian Bike Ride, you're guaranteed sweat and a sore rump.But if the ride isn't gruelling enough, one team has added another layer of complexity.
Every pub that Team2Pots riders pass - from the start at Lakes Entrance on November 24 to the finish at Phillip Island on December 2 - they down two pots of beer.
But Tim Hack, a Team2Pots member and landscape gardener from Lakes Entrance, assured there was no need to breathalyse the riders.
"No one is drunk - because you are sweating so much and exercising, it goes through your system quickly,'' Tim said.
Team2Pots has more than 20 riders, aged from mid-30s to 60s, male and female - and Tim confided that some opt out of stopping at all pubs.
"I don't drink through the day, but meet up for lunch and then wait until night,'' said Tim, 46, who is a landscape gardener.
"But the strong riders stop at each pub,'' he said. "Some days we pass no pubs, but the most we've ever passed in one day was about 20.
"The best part about it is the friendship. We all meet throughout the year to ride in other events.''
Tim has ridden in the GVBR since 2008, missing just one year, and said the best pubs he's visited were Rokewood and Macarthur.
"You're stopping in a one-pub town and it goes from having no one in it to up to 1000 people in a day. It's a great atmosphere.''
This year's 591km ride will have 4000 cyclists ride from Lakes Entrance to Phillip Island. Today is a rest day in Traralgon and tomorrow the rider head to Yarragon and Mirboo North on Friday.