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Over 200 cyclists will ride from the vineyards to outback South Australia from September 26 – October 4 as part of Bicycle SA’s Annual Tour.

Ranging in age from 26 to an impressive 84 years old, participants will travel from all over Australia and overseas, providing an excellent opportunity to showcase the state. While interstate visitors make up the bulk of participants, riders will also be coming from New Zealand.

Keith Price from Tasmania has completed over 20 rides similar to the Annual Tour and can see why South Australia is attracting cycle tourists.

“You don’t just see it, you smell it, you taste it and you feel it, it’s much better than whizzing around in a car.”

Cycle Tourism surveys by Bicycle SA found that the average cycle tourist tends to be over 40, married, in full time employment and have a household income above the Australian median income. It also found that cycle tourists represent a high yield niche tourism market, spending $591 per day in direct spend on their last cycling trip – not including the contribution of domestic travel.

“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.

Starting and ending in Clare, the tour takes in The Clare & Gilbert Valleys, Mid-North and The Southern Flinders Ranges.

For more information, please visit www.bikesa.asn.au/annualtour