Nine-Day Riding Adventure To Start And End In Manjimup

Nine-Day Riding Adventure To Start And End In Manjimup

Western Australia Minister for Tourism Kim Hames

Cyclists Hit The Road As Great Bike Ride Begins

Victor P Taffa

More than 1,200 cyclists will peddle their way through the State’s South-West region from tomorrow as part of the Great WA Bike Ride 2011.

Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the nine-day riding adventure would start and end in Manjimup.

“Riders will travel a loop course through Pemberton, Karridale, Margaret River, Dunsborough, Busselton, Balingup, Nannup and back to Manjimup.” Dr. Hames said.

“The event, which is being staged for the third time, will give participants a unique way to explore this extraordinary part of Western Australia.”

The catch phrase for this year’s Bike Ride is ‘a week in another world’, and visitors to this area will soon see why Australia’s South-West was chosen by Lonely Planet as one of the world’s top 10 regions to visit in 2010.

The Minister said the ride had attracted participants of all ages, cycling abilities and fitness levels from across Australia and around the world.

“It is not a race and people are not timed.  It is all about participation and enjoying a leisurely break in WA.” Dr. Hames said.

“The South-West offers some of the most varied and extraordinary travel experiences in the State, from towering tall-tree forests to pristine sandy beaches and a world-class selection of food and wine.”

“People from across Australia and overseas are taking part in this year’s event, but I think it is definitely something that all West Australians should try at least once in their lifetime.”

Dr. Hames said the State Government was proud to support the Great WA Bike Ride 2011 through funding from Eventscorp.

“Not only is the ride a fantastic tourism opportunity, but it is expected to inject about $1.5 Million into the local economy.” Dr. Hames said.

Previous rides were held in the region in 2006 and 2009.