Spinning spring’s wheels in the high country

Cycle Salute kicked off on the weekend, bringing three weeks of riding pleasure to North East Victoria. There was something for everyone, as the saying goes, from the 24-hour MTB race the Thule B24  and the Strava Smackdown, the Vineyard Back Road and Tour De Gourmet In a Day.

Saturday saw a stunning spring day in Beechworth where riders from Beechworth, Melbourne and beyond took to their pushies for Patch to Patch Pedal, a tour of nine veggie gardens where locals shared their experience growing fruit and vegetables, and visitors were able to pick up tips on pest control, chooks, beekeeping, composting and everything in between. Bridge Road Brewers proved the perfect spot to mull over the day’s inspiration after the ride with a craft beer.

The Murray to Mountains Rail Trail was also busy with many riders taking the option of a longer ride and finding lunch or dinner at one of the local eateries, such as the Plough Inn at Tarrawingee with the option of a shuttle service from Riding High making the hill-climb back to town just that much easier. While over at Yackandandah, the local primary school kids were busy training for their the Yackandandah Unicycle Challenge held on Sunday.

Cycle Salute is on over the next three weeks and there is plenty to choose from, from road riding, hill challenges, unicyle lessons, MTB or a meeting of the tribes to gourmet, vineyard rides or family friendly. Time to get on your bike!CycleSalute_7