Volunteer takes on 13th ride around Victoria

JOURNEY: Harry Beehre and Rhonda Redgment get some tips off Ken Every during a training ride for the Great Victorian Bike Ride. They will cycle from Wilsons Promontory to Gippsland later this year. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE
JOURNEY: Harry Beehre and Rhonda Redgment get some tips off Ken Every during a training ride for the Great Victorian Bike Ride. They will cycle from Wilsons Promontory to Gippsland later this year. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

Ken Every enjoys volunteering in many capacities – it’s just that this one allows him to see some of Victoria’s most stunning sights.

Mr Every, who is also a Wooragee CFA volunteer, is taking part in the Great Victorian Bike Ride for the 13th time this year, as part of the team who offer support to participants.

“It’s about helping people out, whether it be with a flat tyre, or setting up a bit of a train to help break the wind for a few riders out the back,” he said.

“The pleasure is in being able to help people finish the day.”

The event is a ‘rolling bike festival’ – beginning on November 25 at Wilsons Promontory peninsula, the sourthernmost part of Australia’s mainland, and ending on December 3 in Gippsland, participants will camp after each day of riding.

Mr Every, who rode for the first time in 2005 with a friend who was getting back his health after a heart attack, said he had been hooked since then.

“I did the first one and got bitten by the bug,” he said.

“This year about 3500 people are estimated to do the ride – they’re from all walks of life.”