KEEN cyclists will tour the Great Ocean Road and the Otways in next year's Great Victorian Bike Ride.And for the first time, the ride - celebrating its 30th year - will kick off in South Australia, at Mt Gambier's Blue Lake.
The 610km ride and touring holiday, from November 23-December 1, will include overnight stops at Nelson, Portland, Port Fairy, Port Campbell (two nights), Gellibrand, Birregurra and Torquay before finishing in Geelong.
Bicycle Network Victoria unveiled next year's route today, with event manager Darren Allen predicting tickets would sell out quickly.
"With the Great Ocean Road and Otway Ranges forests as a backdrop, the route planned for the 30th year ride is a classic,'' Mr Allen said.
"It will be a week in another world and unmissable.''
Cyclists unable to commit to the full ride can take part in the three-day RACV Great Victorian Getaway ride from Gellibrand to Geelong, while those after just a taste of the event can join the single-day RACV Great Victorian Community Ride from Torquay to Geelong.
Entries open on May 1 next year, with 5000 nine-day, 800 three-day and 200 one-day tickets available.
The event last travelled along the Great Ocean Road in 2009 and tickets sold out within six weeks.