Cyclists gear up for Eyre Peninsula bike tour

Bicycle SA's nine day annual cycle event begins later this month, with the region mapped out for approximately 200 cyclists to tour through Eyre Peninsula's coastal and country towns.

The event runs from September 21 to 29, with cyclists aged from 17 to 82 years participating in the tour from all over Australia.

Cyclists will travel between 400 to 500 kilometres depending on routes and detours cyclists choose to take, beginning in Cowell.

Bicycle SA chief executive officer Christian Haag said the event had reached near capacity, indicating strong interest not only in the cycle tourism event but the Eyre Peninsula region as a destination.

"Cycle tourism is a major driver of regional development in the state and events like this can leverage the investment made by the state in the Tour Down Under," he said.

Local councils backed the event earlier this year, with the route taking cyclists through Cowell, Cleve, Lock, Cummins, Tumby Bay, Coffin Bay, and ending in Port Lincoln.

Riders will also get a "rest day" on the Lower Eyre Peninsula to give them the opportunity to visit Coffin Bay National Park and try some local produce.

Bike SA have projected a potential $500,000 injection into local economies.

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

For more information, visit bikesa.asn.au/annualtour