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200 Cyclists to Pedal their Way Around Kangaroo Island

Cyclists will be touring Kangaroo Island for the annual Bicycle SA tour next month.
Cyclists will be touring Kangaroo Island for the annual Bicycle SA tour next month.

More than 200 cyclists will take in the sights and sounds of Kangaroo Island next month as part of Bicycle South Australia’s Annual Tour.

Aged from 13 to 78, partipants will travel from all over Australia to join the tour, which sold out six months in advance. According to Bicycle SA,  the peak not-for-profit organisation for recreational and commuter cycling in South Australia, this is the fastest any annual tour has sold out.

“Cycle tourism is a driver of economic development for regional communities, and events like our Annual Tour continue to brand the state as a cycle tourism destination” says Christian Haag, CEO of Bicycle SA.

In Australia, cycle touristm is valued as contributing $2.4 billion every year to the national economy. On each trip, cycle tourists spend an average of $244 each per day but make an overall contribution of AU$447 a day.

Marjorie White, 75, from Victoria has been on several annual tours and is looking forward to exploring Kangaroo Island for the first time. She cites the use of local organisations for catering and accommodation as a favourite feature of the tours. Mark Mallitt, 55, of NSW is also returning for another tour: “Each time I come to SA on tour I’m going to a region I haven’t been to before…there’s plenty of time to stop and look around”, he says.

The ride, which will be held between October 19 – 26 starts in Penneshaw, takes in the American River, Parndana, Western Kangaroo Island, Vivonne Bay and Kingscote. The schedule includes daily opportunities for cyclists to sample local produce and take in the stunning scenery and attractions of the island, as well as aa rest day that will enable visits to Admiral’s Arch and Remarkable Rocks.

For more information on the ride, visit www.bikesa.asn.au/annualtour. Keep your eye out for next year’s event.