FAQs

REGISTRATION/RIDER KITS 

Where do I pick up my rider kit from?

All rider kits will need to be collected in person the week before the event (see times below) and on Saturday 28 January from 9pm-11pm from the start line festival. No rider kits will be posted out.

To beat the queues, head to pre-event kit collection at the Bicycle Network office, Midtown Tower, Level 4, 246 Bourke Street (just a couple of doors down from the Target centre entrance) during the following times:

  • 9.30am - 5pm Tuesday 24 January
  • 9.30am - 5pm Wednesday 25 January
  • No kit collection Thursday 26 January - public holiday
  • 9.30am - 3pm Friday 27 January

 

Can someone else collect my rider kit for me?

Yes, a friend or family member can collect your rider kit for you. They will just need to have your full name and address or confirmation email on them.    

 

What's included in my rider kit? 

  • Vouchers for coffee and food, so you've got the fuel to keep you going
  • A reflective kit, including ankle band and backpack
  • A few surprises along the way

 

Can I buy tickets on the night?

Pending availability, we will have tickets for sale on the night. To avoid disappointment, make sure you book online before the event.

 

Is there a minimum age for Ride the Night? 

All riders must be aged 16 years or older. 


Where are the Terms and Conditions for the event?

The terms and conditions can be found online here

 

AT THE EVENT

Is there a map of the route available?

A map with major street names, rest stops, cut-off times is available online in the Ride Guide 

 

What time does the ride start and finish?

Riders can leave the start line at Aughtie Drive, Albert Park at 10 minute intervals from 11pm. Last call for starters will be at 11.30pm, to ensure we have everyone on the road by midnight! Please listen out for start line briefings and follow of volunteer instructions. 

Start Line Festival @ Palms Lawn, Albert Park

All riders must be through the finish line by 6am. 

 

Will there be mechanics at the event?

Bike mechanics will be at the start line festival and will have some items available for repairs.  The bike mechanics will offer their service free of charge, however any parts will need to be purchased. 

Limited bike mechanics will be available on course.

Riders are strongly encouraged to ensure their bike is fit for the ride before the night

 

What time does the ride start?

Riders can leave the start line at Aughtie Drive, Albert Park at 10 minute intervals between 11pm and 12 midnight. Please listen out for start line briefings and follow of volunteer instructions. 

 

What food and drink will be available?

As part of your registration pack, you’ll receive a meal and coffee voucher to be used at the start or finish.

Throughout the ride our coffee supplier will have food and snacks available for purchase.  There will be water refill stations at each rest stop, we recommend you bring one bottle of water to refill as needed at each rest stop. We recommend you bring additional snacks to suit your needs.

 

What lighting and safety equipment do riders need to bring?

All riders must display:

  • A flashing or steady white light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the front of the bicycle; and
  • A flashing or steady red light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the rear of the bicycle; and
  • A red reflector that is clearly visible for at least 50 metres from the rear of the bicycle when the light is projected onto it by a vehicle’s headlight on low-beam
  • A reflective ankle band provided in participant kits

Beyond this, we’d love to see your bikes lit up with as much light as you can muster. Think fairy lights, glow sticks and multiple bike lights.

 

What safety and support measures will be at the event?

Ride the Night is a fully supported route with marshals, SAGS, traffic marshals, mechanics and first aid. Please refer to the rider guide for any major problems on the night.

All marshals will be wearing hi-visibility vests so you won’t miss them. SAG vehicles will collect you if you are no longer able to ride. If you require a SAG, please call the event assistance phone number on your rider guide.

 

Will the event be canceled if it’s raining?

Ride the Night is an outdoor event and will proceed in poor weather conditions on the day of the Ride.  All riders are encouraged to bring weather-appropriate clothing for the weather forecast.

 

How should I plan on getting to and from the event?

Riders are encouraged to take the train, carpool or ride to the start line at Albert Park.

By car: 

There is no dedicated event vehicle parking or drop off zone for Ride the Night but there is some limited ticketed parking available at the MSAC car park. Signed street parking is also available along Aughtie Drive, Aquatic Drive and the surrounding area. Please obey all street signs and be careful with more than 1,500 riders flocking to the area. 

By train: 

South Yarra station and Flinders Street station are the two closest train stations to the start line.

  • Flinders Street station is roughly 5km or a 15-20 minute bike ride away along St Kilda Road. 
  • South Yarra station is roughly 3.5km or a 10-15 minute bike ride away via Toorak Road.

Plan your journey using Google Maps.

 

Is there only one start site this year?

Yep! Palms Lawn, Albert Park (access via Aughtie Drive) is your Start and Finish site for Ride the Night Melbourne 2017!