THE benefits of having the Great Victorian Bike Ride (GVBR) stop over in Mansfield have been tremendous both for local businesses, community groups and tourism.
Months of planning paid off for the town and the district as more than 4000 visitors flocked into town – 3800 bike riders plus support crews.
The Mansfield Showgrounds became a tent city and main ‘hub’ for the bike riders who enjoyed two days of hospitality from the Mansfield community.
Mansfield Shire Council negotiated with Bicycle Network to secure the only rest day during the nine day tour and associated the two night stay in Mansfield.
“We like to target events that happen at a time when we would not otherwise be busy – and midweek in early December fits that bill,” said acting manager of economic and tourism department, Judy Dixon.
“We also favor those events that fit with our destination attributes and cycling is a strength for our region and our area in particular with the road cycling, Great Victorian Rail Trail and mountain biking offer.