FAQs

When will my rider pack arrive?

All riders’ packs will be distributed on the 26th September to the Corporate Team Captains.

If you are still yet to register and would like your pack to be posted, now is the time to enter into the event, make sure you enter before the 9th September.

This is a call out to the all the riders that have already registered into a Corporate Team, please make sure your details are correct and up to date in the event system, log in and check your - Average speed, meal and jersey size.

 

General Information

When is the ride?
Sunday 9th October 2016

Where is the start?
All rides start and finish at Alexandra Gardens in Melbourne (except the 100km Sorrento ride, which starts in Sorrento, and the 135km which starts in Geelong).

Where is parking near the start of the ride?

We have created a suggested public parking map which highlights nearby public parking. Please note these are all privately run car parks and are all subject to their own terms of entry.

What are the ride options?
The distances are 20km, 50km, 100km, 135km, 160km, 210km and 250km.

How can I enter?
You can enter via the Bicycle Network website and via phone. Bicycle Network members can enter online from Monday 26th April and the general public can enter on Monday 2nd May.

Postage of kit
Should your team have a minimum of 15 riders or more, free delivery of your rider packs within Australia to a single nominated address is included at no additional charge. If however the minimum number of riders is not met, you can select to have the packs mailed to you for an additional cost of $12. However, you need to enter and select the mail option in the ride preferences by 5pm 9th September 2016. After this date, no packs can be mailed out, they will need to be collected at the times listed above. For those who do purchase postage of kits, the kit will be mailed on 26th September 2016.​

What's in the rider kit?

Included in your rider kit is:

  • Your event jersey/rider shirt (early bird only)
  • Ride guide
  • Rider number plate (for event timing)
  • Wrist band (indicating start wave and lunch)
  • Cable ties to attach your number plate to your bike
  • Sponsor collateral
  • Purchased merchandise

All riders must correctly attach their number plate and wrist band.

The wrist band is essential for lunch collection/snacks and identifying start waves.

Please do not wrap your number plate around your head stem as the timing chip will not work.

 

Event Jersey/Rider Shirt

Sizing

Exchanges

In order to have your jersey / rider shirt exchanged, you must return your jersey to Bicycle Network unworn with the original tags in place.
You have a couple of options in order to exchange your jersey. *Limited sizes available.

  1. Send us your original jersey along with a self-addressed, postage paid large envelope or satchel (Approx $5 postage) and we will return a replacement jersey to you. Please note to us the new size you are requiring.
  2. You can come into the Bicycle Network office, which is on level 4, 246 Bourke St, Melbourne. The Jersey's will be available to those who purchased postage and received their jersey.

 

Valet Service

There is an optional valet service for all riders passing through either Sorrento or Queenscliff. This service costs $20 and must be paid for in advance.

Riders with valet service will receive an A4 sized plastic satchel that they can use to carry items they may want when they arrive at the rest stop stop. This may include a fresh kit, extra nutrition or spare tubes. Riders with valet will also receive a second satchel to return anything back to the finish. Previous riders have used this return service to transport spare tubes they don't need or warm layers. The return satchel will be available for pick-up at the finish site.

Where do I collect my rider valet satchels?

Rider valet satchels can be collected from the Bicycle Network marquee at the Around the Bay Festival

How do I drop off my valet satchel?

Valet satchels must be returned to the Bicycle Network marquee at the Around the Bay Festival by Saturday 8th October at 5pm. At this time the valet items will be transported to their destination.

How do I collect my returned valet items after I finish?

After the ride on Sunday 9th October, valet satchels be available from the bag drop area at the Around the Bay Festival in Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne. Please note that there may be a period of time between when riders finish and the valet bags becoming available.

 

Start line procedure

When do I start from?

Excluding the 250km, 210km anti-clockwise riders, all other ride distances start on Alexandra Avenue. 

The 250km and 210km anti-clockwise riders only will depart from Linlithgow Avenue, Melbourne. 

What time do I start?

Each ride distance will depart in waves according to allocated average speed groups. When you arrive at the start line, please assemble in the zone which displays your nominated speed as indicated on your wrist band.

All recumbent, hand powered and non-standard bicycles must assemble at the rear of the starting area.

Below are the first wave departure times:

  • 20km 
  • 50km
  • 50km Schools Challenge 
  • 100km Sorrento to Melbourne 
  • 100km Frankston Return
  • 100km Schools Challenge
  • 135km Geelong - Melbourne  
  • 160km Rosebud Return 
  • 210km Anti-clockwise 
  • 210km Sorrento return 
  • 250km Anti-clockwise 

 

Training and preparation

How do I get ready to take on my chosen ride option?

This year all of the training nutrition mechanical and other plans for getting ready can be found in the Training Zone

Are there training rides this year?

Yes, and they are open to all rider who are registered or thinking of registering for the ride, more information is in the Training Zone.

 

Entry information

Is there a portion of the entry fee that goes to The Smith Family?
No, your entry fee supports Bicycle Network in improving the conditions for all bike riders. To support The Smith Family help disadvantaged Australian children to realise their potential through education you need to fundraise.

Is there a minimum age to participate?
Yes. For the 210km and 250km distances, riders must be aged 15yrs or older on the day of the ride. For the 50km and 100km distances, riders must be aged 12yrs* or older on the day of the ride. For the 20km ride, all ages can participate. *Riders aged 12-15yrs, must be accompanied on the ride by a participant over the age of 18yrs.

When is entry complete?
Entry is complete when all required information is filled in and payment has been processed.

What if I don’t complete payment when I enter?
Your place will not be confirmed until payment is received and personal information is complete.

2016 Pricing

Enter during early bird and receive a free event jersey!

Ride option  
20km ride $37
50km  $79
50km Schools Challenge $75
100km Frankston return $135
100km Sorrento $135
160km Rosebud Return  $155
135km Geelong - Melbourne  $149
210km Anti-clockwise $210
210km Sorrento return $160
250km  $210
   
   

 

Can I change my ride option?

Riders can change their ride options up until 5pm Sunday  9th September 2016. After that time, no further changes are allowed, this includes changes to:

  • Transport to the start - either to Geelong or Sorrento
  • Ride transfers
  • Rider valet
  • Ride option changes (Jersey sizes, Meal preference, average speed, etc.)
  • Additional ride merchandise purchases

 

Can I transfer my ride entry?

Yes, you can transfer your entry via the online entry system up until 5pm 9th September 2016. 

How do I assign tickets to riders?

Follow this how-to guide, which will take you through the steps to assign ride tickets to riders.

How do I enter / update my preferences (jersey size, average speed, meal)?

Follow this how-to guide, which will take you through the steps to update your ride preferences.

How does my ride get timed?

All riders will have a timing tag attached to the back of their rider number plate. This will record rider times crossing the start line, the ferry points and the finish to give an accurate active riding time. If riders do not cross the start or finish mat they will not receive a time. 

 

Food

What food is included in entry?
The following rides include lunch and a snack.

  • 250km
  • 210km
  • 160km
  • 135km
  • 100km

Please note that the lunch is not intended to provide full nutrition for these ride distances. Riders are expected to adequately cater for their nutritional requirements while undertaking their chosen ride distance. For a guide please see the nutrition and training page.

Menu

There will be three lunch options available: meat, vegetarian and gluten free. The actual menu will be announced closer to the event.

If you are participating in the 20km ride or 50km ride you will receive a snack.

Where do l collect my food on the ride?

  • 250km - Queenscliffe
  • 100km - Alexandra Gardens (after finishing)
  • 50km - Alexandra Gardens (after finishing)
  • 20km - Alexandra Gardens (after finishing)


What happens at the end of the ride?
After riders have completed their personal challenge, they can enjoy the Around the Bay Festival including live entertainment, public bar, food vendors, and the not to be missed GoBike Expo.

What transport options are available on the day of the ride?

Please visit our Ride Services page for more information on transport options.

 

Ride Direction

Which direction does the 250km ride go?
Anti-clockwise, via Queenscliff first.

I want to ride to Queenscliff first - which ride option do I choose?
Choose the 210km Anti-clockwise or 250km.

I want to ride to Sorrento and back to Melbourne and not go on the ferry- which ride option do I choose?
Choose the 210km Sorrento return.

Which way does the Geelong ride go?

The 135km ride starts in Geelong then heads anti-clockwise to Queenscliff, crossing the bay on the ferry then riding from Sorrento to Alexandra Gardens.

 

Merchandise

When will merchandise be available?

We're currently working hard to bring you our best range of merchandise yet, stay tuned! Merchandise will be available to purchase through the shop in the coming weeks. 

 

Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions for the ride are available here.

Corporate Hospitality Terms and Conditions 

1. Cancellation fees will be charged as follows: • Less than 14 days notice: no refund • 14-30 days notice: 50% refund of total paid

2. There is no refund for unused drink vouchers.

3. This agreement includes only the equipment listed in the Corporate Marquee Packages 2016.

4. Bicycle Network will not be held liable for any theft or losses incurred during the event.

5. No outside caterers or self-catering is permitted.

6. The total cost of any damages to the hospitality equipment will be invoiced to the team.

7. Booking is secured upon receipt of full payment.

8. B.Y.O alcohol is strictly prohibited.

9. Location of the Corporate Hospitality Marquee will be subject to confirmation by Bicycle Network.