Cycling

Cycling is a great way to explore the coastal and hinterland scenery, both on and off road, and Peterborough offers some fantastic, local cycling opportunities. The Great Ocean Road is best enjoyed on a bike mid-week, during non-peak periods.

For the serious cyclist, there are a number of key events in the district to consider:

Australia’s oldest cycling race, the Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic was first held in 1895. It is the world's second-oldest bike race (ten years older than the Tour de France) and at 262 kilometres, it is the Southern Hemisphere's longest bike race.

This race is held in October and immediately followed by the Shipwreck Coast Classic.
The 116 kilometre classic starts in Warrnambool and finishes at the Cheeseworld complex in Allansford.

The inaugural Tour of the Great South Coast was held in August, 2012. The tour is a key event in the SCODY Cup, Australia's premier domestic road cycling series, founded in 1996 and universally regarded as the breeding ground for future Olympic and Commonwealth Games and overseas grand tour riders. The five-day, nine-stage tour passes through Portland, Nelson, Heywood, Casterton, Port Fairy, Hawksdale, Koroit, Peterborough and finish in Camperdown.

For the recreational cyclist, we recommend you contact Sandra at Crater to Coast Bicycle Hire on 0438 407 777 for information on Crater to Coast Rail Trail & their half or full day bike hire. Experience the tall forest, historic bridges, grassland and magnificent lakes of the Camperdown to Timboon trail. Adult's and Children's mountain bikes, helmets and locks can be delivered anywhere, including pick up and drop offs along the trail.
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