Bike SA brings its 2019 annual tour to the Eyre Peninsula

CYCLING: Bike SA brings its 2019 annual tour to the Eyre Peninsula.

CYCLING: Bike SA brings its 2019 annual tour to the Eyre Peninsula.

For the first time the annual Bike SA tour will take place on the Eyre Peninsula, with about 200 riders set to take to the roads in the region for a nine-day tour in September.

The Bike SA annual tour will take place from September 21 until September 29 and will see riders travelling all around the local region.

Although the dates have been announced, the exact itinerary has yet to be finalised with the drafted route to include Cowell, Cleve, Lock, Cummins, Coffin Bay and Port Lincoln.

Bikes SA event manager Russell Miatke said the event was waiting to hear back from local councils about the level of support they could provide to the tour before finalising the route.

“We are hoping for a mix between the coast and inland areas,” he said.

“We get riders from all over the country and sometimes from overseas.”

Each year the event attracts up to 200 riders with about 40 volunteers and support crew also assisting the ride.

In previous tours participants would ride between 50 kilometres and 100 kilometres each day, and travel about 500-kilometres over the tour.

Last year the annual tour visited Kangaroo Island and in 2017 took place along the banks of the Murray River.

Mr Miatke said the tour had also visited the Fleurieu Peninsula, Flinders Ranges and the Mid North in previous years.

He said that the event helped riders explore the destination area and engage with local communities.

“We lobby to get people on bikes, ” Mr Miatke said.

“We run tours and promote tourism in areas that people wouldn’t necessarily think about getting on a bike to visit.”

Mr Miatke said Bike SA had also been in contact with Eyre Peninsula cycling groups to help arrange the event.

He said the event hoped to finalise details and open up registration in the next couple of weeks.

Bike SA is a not-for-profit recreational bicycle organisation that exists to promote cycling in South Australia.