A NEW television series will explore the tourism potential of cycling in the Upper Murray.
Towong Shire will feature in the season finale of the SBS series, Trail Towns, this weekend.
Former mountain bike world champion and homegrown hero Paul van der Ploeg and riding enthusiast Dieter Kahsnitz visited Towong Shire during May to film the episode.
The show's co-hosts tested out some of the best road and gravel riding from Corryong to Tallangatta, and down to the Mitta Valley.
They also visited iconic tourist locations such as the Great River Road Art installations, the Man from Snowy River Museum, Old Tallangatta Lookout and Hume and Dartmouth Dams.
The co-hosts finally stopped off at some of Towong Shire's cafes, hotels and breweries, meeting Upper Murray residents and business owners along the way.
"I was devastated to see the bushfires in Victoria's high country this summer," van der Ploeg said at the time.
"Fortunately for cycling the majority of rail trail, gravel and road riding routes are unaffected and all seven mountain bike parks are open.
"My thanks goes to the firefighters and volunteers who have protected the region.
"These fires have really impacted local businesses and communities, so roll on back to the high country."
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Trail Towns is pitched as a one-stop-shop for cycle tourism, detailing where to ride, eat, stay and play in towns and regions throughout Australia.
It is dedicated to encouraging more families, couples and friends to take a bicycle holiday and support regional areas.
Towong Shire Council Mayor David Wortmann said he looked forward to watching the final episode of Trail Towns when it went to air this weekend.
"Our episode on Trail Towns will show viewers the amazing cycling opportunities that the shire has to offer," he said.
"The hosts also highlight some of the best things to do, see and eat along the way; you may even spot a familiar face or two!"
The season finale of Trail Towns featuring Towong Shire airs on SBS on Saturday at 4pm.
The episode starts at Wagga before it winds through the Snowy Valleys and ends at Towong.
Viewers can catch up on the six-episode series of Trail Towns on SBS on Demand.
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