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Explore the goldfields on the 2015 Great Vic Bike Ride

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Ballarat historical gold town Victoria. Cycle Traveller

These days you're more likely to find a good coffee and a bakery than gold in the ornate towns of the Australia's goldrush era, which is perfect if you're a hungry cyclist.

Steeped in history, the well preserved gold towns of Ballarat, Bendigo, Inglewood, Heathcote and Castlemaine will this year play host to 3,500 cyclists on the annual Great Victorian Bike Ride – the largest annual bike tour in the Southern Hemisphere.

The 2015 Great Vic kicks off on November 28 and runs for nine days over 540km, with shorter three and five-day ride options also available. It will be the 32nd time this iconic ride has hit the streets.

Cyclists on the Great Victorian Bike Ride. Cycle Traveller“There’s no better way to experience some of Australia’s most historic towns than on the saddle of your bike,” says Bicycle Network CEO Craig Richards. “It’s a great opportunity to see parts of the country you may have never seen before as well as getting physically active and making new friends along the way.”

The annual tour is a fully-supported multi-day social ride with breakfast and dinner, mechanical support and camping accommodation. The camp sites include toilets and hot showers, medical clinic, music and entertainment, two licensed bars and security.

Those who aren't keen on pitching a tent at the end of a long day's ride can opt for one of two accommodation upgrades – but be quick as these luxury options generally book out fast.

Starting with a day in Ballarat, the Goldfields ride then explores the towns of Avoca, Dunolly, and Inglewood, with a full rest day in Bendigo, before rolling through Heathcote and Castlemaine. The route traces rolling terrain through farmland and sections of bush.

Registrations for the event are now open via the Great Victorian Bike Ride website, with early birds who book before August 4 able to save $100.

Full details are available on the Great Vic website, and riders who have more questions can also attend an information night on July 14 in Melbourne.

Images: 1. Horses and coach in Ballarat, Victoria. Source: Shutterstock. 2. Cyclists on a past Great Vic Bike Ride. Source: Bicycle Network.

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