Bicycle Network: 50km ride (4115)
Please note: Due to high wind speeds, we've had to change the route of the 50km and 50km Schools Challenge.
The new route, which will be roughly 60km in length, will see participants leave the start line at 7:30am from Alexandra Gardens, before heading out to Mordialloc via St Kilda and Elwood. The ride will follow the same course as a section of the 100km Frankston return ride, heading along Melbourne's favourite bike riding road, Beach Road, before returning to the finish line in Melbourne. The first 10km of this route will also take place on closed roads.
Click here to view the route in Google Maps for more detail.*
Click here to download the 50km route map so you can upload to your compatible mobile app or GPS device to follow on the day.**
The biggest challenge faced by our 50km riders is the Westgate Bridge – and you get to do it twice! While it may look daunting, at 400 metres in length, this short climb is nothing to fear as it only reaches a gradient of 2.9%. Plus, once you’ve reached the top, you’ll be greeted with stunning views of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay. If you do the training and preparation, the Westgate Bridge will be a piece of cake.
Key times & locations:
- Start: First wave departs 7:30am from Alexandra Gardens
- Rest area: Altona
- Finish Location: Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne
- Price: $79.00 (early bird), $89.00 (standard)
VIDEO: Tips on Riding in a Mass Participation Event
This part of Melbourne's west is a delightful discovery to many visitors with its maritime history, coastal wetlands and extensive city and bay views. Explore the Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail, a sealed and mainly flat shared trail, suitable for pedestrians and cyclists. The 23km trail passes through large tracts of parkland (including Altona Coastal Park and Cheetham Wetlands), the maritime precinct of Williamstown and the beach and foreshore areas of Williamstown and Altona.
To help navigate the Coastal Trail, Hobsons Bay City Council has installed a series of trail markers and maps. Based on nautical theme and constructed from recycled timbers, the panels on the markers tell stories of the natural and cultural history of the area. There are also six site specific public artworks to enjoy.
Contact the Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre
Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown 3016
Phone 9399 8641
7 day, 9am - 5pm (closed Good Friday and Christmas Day)
*You do need a Google account to get the extra detail. You can create a free Google account here.
**Route is subject to change without notice. During the event, please always follow route signage or instructions of our route marshals.