Beach bike break

THOUSANDS of riders flooded Seaspray on Tuesday, as part of the Great Victorian Bike Ride.

The ride began at Wilson’s Promontory on Saturday before heading to Yarram for an overnight stop on Monday, and then onto Seaspray to set up camp on Tuesday.

Many took the opportunity to swap their cycling Lycra for bathers Lycra, taking a well-earned dip in the ocean in summer-like weather.

They pulled up tent pegs on Wednesday to head off on the longest leg of the ride, a 109km slog to Bairnsdale before a rest day.

The ride will end in Trafalgar on Sunday, after taking in some of Gippsland’s most spectacular scenery.

Riders were given a warm welcome in the towns they visited, tourism operators hoping many will return for holidays.