In the spirit of Amy’s Gran Fondo at Lorne this weekend, here’s a wrap up of our top 7 favourite Great Ocean Road rides. Whether you’re heading down to the Gran Fondo this September or travelling down to the Great Ocean Road for a break, check out some of these great rides.
1. Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Great Ocean Road from Lorne to Apollo Bay (and back) in Victoria. The Great Ocean Road is one of the most iconic drives in the world for the view while driving a car – but the views are even more spectacular from a bicycle. Rolling and some steeper climbs plus the views make it a perfect ride.
2. Amy Gillett Gran Fondo in Victoria – Great Ocean Road
- closed roads – feel like a king for the day. Makes it safe.
- great views
- well run
- great cause – remember Amy Gillet. RIP.
- challenging climb
- excellent distance for almost anyone.
- great friendly atmosphere
3. Otway Great Ocean Ride Classic – Torquay, Victoria
It’s my favourite ride because of:
- the challenge of the ride for its distance & profile,
- the ride up through the Otway range (not that fond of the descent though)
- the scenery on the Great Ocean Road, that is up there with the drive between Picton to Christchurch in NZ,
- the organisation of the ride and the opportunity to do a ride outside of Queensland.
4. Lorne to Lavers Hill, Victoria
My all time favourite so far would have to be heading to Lorne from Lavers Hill through the Otways and the state forest. I think it was the Beech Forest Lavers Rd to Beech Forest Mount Sabine Rd.
Simon Gillett gave us the heads up on it last year when we rode from Adelaide to Lorne for the Gran Fondo.
5. Turtons Track, Victoria
Turtons Track – 16km traverse through a rain forest off the top of Skenes Creek and GOR through to Beech Forest. No trucks buses or vans allowed. Just sublime riding.
6. Anglesea-Lorne-Benwerrin return
75 km, 1000 m of climbing, 2 hrs 40m
Stunning ocean views, rolling hills and a steady climb in the Otways.
7. Amy’s Gran Fondo, Victoria
A a great event with closed roads and festivals. Excellent atmosphere from the community towards the cyclists. Extremely well run with great messages and programs, supporting riding for everyone.