Bicycle Network: 250km Anti-clockwise (4111)
The 250km ride starts in Alexandra Gardens and travels anti-clockwise around the bay through the Bellarine Peninsula to Queenscliff where the ferry then transports riders to Sorrento before making its way back to Melbourne via the Mornington Peninsula; including iconic Beach Rd, to the finish line in Alexandra Gardens.
Ride features: Coastal riding and closed roads
The 250km will benefit from 17km of coastal riding between Safety Beach and Mornington, arguably the most beautiful stretch of the bay. This will include 6.5km of closed roads (north bound) between Safety Beach and Mount Martha. This was new in 2016 and it's here again.
In essence, the 250km ride traces the entire coastline of Port Philip Bay where ever possible. Also taking in the amazing Bellarine Peninsula like no other ride option. But at 250km it isn't for the faint hearted and some good/solid training and preparation is needed.
This option is relatively flat, with an odd little bump, as well as rollers and false flats, which contribute to 1,000metres of elevation gain. The steepest parts of the 250km ride option occur as you ride out of Geelong into Drysdale with roughly 1.2kms of climbing, then just a gradual climb with some rollers thrown in for 6km as you come out of Mornington and head towards Frankston (the profile looks a lot worse than it is).