When it comes to Bike SA’s La Grande Gita ride day in the Barossa Valley on Sunday 7 November, Barossa Mayor Bim Lange takes his involvement to the next level.

As Bim and his deputy mayor, Russell Johnstone, are keen cyclists, Bim has been responsible for more than just developing the concept and underpinnings of the new recreational ride event. He and Russell have used their extensive cycling experience to help lay down the three ride routes as well.

And the results are breathtaking.

La Grande Gita is a ride day like no other. With routes crafted to take in the very best of the Barossa’s scenery, attractions and roads to make you think you’ve died and gone to cycling heaven, it’s a gravel event that will appeal to gravel, mountain bike and road riders and from novices to experts alike.

The 60km and 44km rides offer mouth-watering scenery, challenges and roads and trails to explore parts of the Barossa you never knew existed. The 25km option is more sedate, exploring the shared-use path to Nuriootpa and Angaston and returning via the quiet sealed back roads through endless vineyards to the event village finish. All feature stops at cellar doors along the route and all offer prizes for best dressed among those wishing to take part in the vintage bike and clothing theme.

Each ride starts and finishes at Calabria Family Wines / Harvest Kitchen and the day overall is part of the Adelaide Italian Festival, adding an extra dimension to your ride experience! La Grande Gita was the brainchild of the AIF, the perfect aperitivo to whet the appetite for the 12-21 November festival.

“I’m thrilled to have been involved in creating La Grande Gita because the Barossa offers so many diverse scenic routes and this is an opportunity for us to showcase that the Barossa is more than just wine and restaurants,” Bim said.

“What La Grande Gita participants are going to see is absolutely spectacular. The ride down the Steingarten is something everyone must experience. If you’ve ridden Europe, we’ve got it all here in the Barossa.

“We’ve got different courses for different levels of rider but all of them will bring in wonderful views of the Barossa and, of course, starting at Calabria and Harvest Kitchen, you can feed yourself first and then come back and top up after the ride.

“Definitely take in the Italian Festival feel when you come. La Grande Gita is not about ‘get on and ride to the end’ because there are great locations on the way and to miss them is to miss a big part of what makes this event very special.

“We want to grow this event so that it becomes and interstate and even an international event. I think we can match the things they’re doing in other parts of the world. I encourage everyone to get behind La Grande Gita. Come along and see for yourself and I assure you you’ll keep coming back.”

Online registrations close at 5pm on Friday 5 November or you can register at the event village on the day.