With a jam packed calendar of events, the month of March is shaping up to be Australia's busiest bike month.
With budget road shows, commuter counts and Australia's biggest kids bike party, there's plenty to keep bike lovers busy.
Save the dates now – these events are not to be missed.
Newcrest Orange Challenge
Sunday 4 March, 2018
More than 1,300 are gearing up for Bicycle Network's third Newcrest Orange Challenge this weekend.
Bike riders will tackle three key routes on Sunday 4 March including a 70km ride, a new 100km ride and 170km ride through Orange, Canowindra, Cargo, Belubula Way, Mandurama and Forest Reefs.
It's not too late to be part of the fun – tickets will be on sale right up until the event online or in person at the event village.
What's on over the weekend:
- Saturday 3 March 12:00pm – 5:00pm: Event village open for rider registration and childrens activities. A childrens ride around the Moulder Park and Elephant Park loop will be held from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
- Sunday 4 March 7:00am – 4:00pm: Newcrest Orange Challenge ride and finish line festival. First finishers are expected to arrive from 12:00pm.
Catch all the action from the event weekend on Bicycle Network's Facebook page or Twitter and Instagram with #OrangeChallenge.
Here's a quick video of last year's ride to give you a taste of this weekend.
Super Tuesday Bike Count
7am-9am, Tuesday 6 March, 2018
Inner West, Canterbury-Bankstown, Parramatta, Bayside, Randwick, Lake Macquarie and Albury
What: Streets across NSW, VIC, TAS and WA will be awash with blue-shirted bicycle counters as part of Australia's biggest bike count, Bicycle Network's Super Tuesday.
This year, there are 170+ volunteers across 7 participating councils in NSW.
Volunteers will count the number, direction and gender of people riding bikes. The data is then used to help shape government investment in building more places for people to ride.
If you see a counter in blue, don't forget to give them a smile and gentle ring of your bell to say thanks.
Follow the count on Twitter with #SuperTuesday.
For more information, visit supertuesday.com.au.
Peaks Challenge Falls Creek
Sunday 11 March, 2018
Peaks Challenge Falls Creek is arguably one of the world's toughest bike rides and it returns for the ninth time to the Victorian Alps on 11 March.
Since the first event in 2010, Peaks Challenge Falls Creek has become infamous for its grueling 235 kilometre course that includes more than 4,000 vertical metres of climbing and a time limit of 13 hours.
This year, more than one quarter of participating riders will be making the journey from NSW.
If you've got the legs and engine, you can still be one them, with tickets still on sale until the event day.
For more information, visit peakschallenge.com.au.
Check out the highlights from last year's ride.
National Ride2School Day
Friday 23 March, 2018
More than 433 schools across NSW + more than 2,000 schools across Australia
National Ride2School Day will see local streets come alive as more than 500,000 students get on their bikes and ride to school for the country’s biggest annual two-wheeled kids party.
Last year, 433 schools from NSW registered to be part of the event and we're keen to see that number grow.
We've even pulled together a hand resource for parents to help make it easy for kids to get active on their way to school.
If you want help to get your school community involved contact the Ride2School team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit ride2school.com.au