About

The Vision Thing

I live in north central Victoria. This area is not currently recognised by many as a cycling destination, including by local government.

However, I think the extensive grid of local gravel roads, that now get much less traffic because of loss of irrigation water and farm consolidation, are an opportunity for cycling. Particularly when coupled with clay roads and scenic river tracks.

Gravel cycling and bikepacking are the biggest growth areas in cycling at present, and northern Victoria is well placed to benefit.

The big advantages of this area are the low vehicle traffic, most of the roads are already in very good riding condition, and there are many small towns nearby to provide services. No big infrastructure spend is necessary. The area also has a climate advantage over much of the rest of Victoria in spring and autumn.

I have a vision of a gravel cycling based micro-economy and ecosystem – a network of interconnected day routes across this area, supported by a corresponding network of small towns, farm stays, farm gate sales, pop-up cafes, and farmers markets.

Thought for the day (and any day): Riding on sealed roads is like kissing someone wearing a face mask.

Comments and Interaction

Comments are open without requiring logins or registration as this is easiest for readers.  I have no agenda to capture readers’ details or try to sell them things.

However, play nicely!  Any comments that are spam, trolling, offensive, gratuitous advertising, overly confrontational or unrelated to the topics will be removed.  If managing comments becomes a problem for me I will have to set up a registration process, which will be sad.  Anyway, we will see how it goes.

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If anyone believes I have used their images or content without proper acknowledgement please contact me.

To Contact Me

If you have any questions or comments, post below. I get an email whenever there is a comment; you will get a response within a day or two.

Or contact me directly by email (nixtrader AT yahoo DOT com DOT au).

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8 thoughts on “About”

  1. Could you advise me (malcolmwrest@yahoo.com)…the next time you ride this route. I ride a 29’er and consequently am not fast by any means….

  2. Hi I represent the Go Nagambie (formerly Nagambie Lakes Tourism and Commerce) . I would like to talk to someone involved in this exciting track as we may be in a position to offer some assistance and resources in creating awareness and support mechanisms if there is any interest.

    1. Hi John, thanks for your interest. I am in ongoing discussions with events and tourism staff at Strathbogie Council. I am happy to talk to you and Go Nagambie as well. Please send email (to nixtrader@yahoo.com.au) with your contact details and more info about what you are suggesting and I will respond. Cheers, Nick

  3. Thanks for creating this page! I’ve done the GVRT a few years back but this is inspiring me to go back and do more riding in the area. The thoroughness in the route description and level of detail you’ve included is absolutely fantastic and really appreciated. Cheers

    1. Thanks, glad you liked the page and info. Yes, because this area is not well known, even by local riders, I thought it was important to make it as easy as possible for people.

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