United Energy Around the Bay

Event Info

Did you hear the news?

Hello Albert Park!

Albert Park

Following rider feedback we’ve decided to make the move from Melbourne’s Alexandra Gardens to Albert Park in 2018.

The exciting move means riders riders won’t be dealing with challenging City Road conditions (particularly at the end of the day), while also experiencing less congestion, stunning views over Albert Park Lake, an improved finish line and better access to a new look event village!

Choose your adventure today with all 10 ride options tweaked to fit the new location, situated only three kilometres from the heart of the city.

The Village

Bring friends and family to celebrate your ride at The Village. Pack a picnic blanket, grab your spot on the lawn, and enjoy all the post-ride festivities on offer.

Food trucks

Whether it’s a hot snack or cheeky dessert, it will all be ready and waiting after your ride.

Kids zone

Kids entertainment galore! Make sure you visit the kids zone with face painting, an animal farm and much more.

Spokes bar

Grab your team mates, friends and family, kick back, enjoy the atmosphere and reward yourself with a drink at Spokes bar.

Pump track

Have a crack at a few laps of our pump track with Bicycle Network’s Ride2School team.

Cycling expo

Visit the cycling expo to see hot new products and explore a range of goodies available at a one-off bargain from our 2018 exhibitors. More details coming soon! 

Membership

Be insured every time you ride for just $9.99/month

Plus priority event entry and some awesome member perks!

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Bicycle Network members

The Clubhouse

The Clubhouse lets you come together with your team and other riders to celebrate the ride post event. Whether you want to cheer on your team as they come across the finish line or simply enjoy a drink and gourmet food with friends, it’s the perfect way to wrap up your day.

What’s included?

  • 2 x drink vouchers (beer, house wine or soft drink)
  • Dedicated food truck and a meal voucher
  • Private bar
  • Communal tables in a deluxe outdoor setting
  • Dedicated toilets
  • Cloak room (available pre-event for bag drop-off)
  • Exclusive bike parking

Pricing – $95 pp

Entry is restricted to participants over 18 years of age, and must be pre-booked. If you’ve already purchased your entry to United Energy Around the Bay please contact us to secure your spot in The Clubhouse. Bookings close on Friday 28 September.

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A next level experience

VIPeloton - $80

Our VIPeloton package will take your United Energy Around the Bay experience to the next level with a whole suite of exclusive benefits to help make your preparation and event day be as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Book the experience with your entry at this year's United Energy Around the Bay. If you've already purchased an entry, and would like to become a VIP, please contact us to organise an upgrade.

Priority access
Priority access
  • Priority start
  • VIP car parking at Albert Park
  • Priority ferry queue
  • Exclusive first access to our 2019 300km ride
Food and drink
Exclusive benefits
  • Free class at The Spin Room
  • Valet on-route
  • Free photos of you captured along the ride
  • Your own cycling coach
  • VIP training ride
  • 20% off merchandise
Exclusive Benefits
Food and drink
  • Meal upgrade
  • Free drink at the finish line
VIPeloton
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Volunteer

Get involved

Volunteer at Around the Bay

United Energy Around the Bay could not be run without the support of so many enthusiastic volunteers.

Each year we have more than 400 wonderful team members who help raise funds for The Smith Family and support more than 10,000 riders who pedal the United Energy Around the Bay.

It you’re interested in volunteering or know someone else who might, please hit the link below and register.

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EventFAQs

Here are the answers to your most common questions.

If your question isn’t in the list, please contact us via our website or call on 1800 639 634

How do I create an account in the new Bicycle Network online portal?

We’ve got a brand new event registration system and want to make your experience as smooth as possible! If it’s your first time visiting the new Bicycle Network online portal (live since October 2018) you can get started with three easy steps below:

  1. Set up your account by submitting your email (username) here
  2. You’ll receive an automated email with prompts to create a password
  3. Log into the Bicycle Network community here with your new username and password and you’ll be ready to enter any upcoming events from the new look online shop!
Is there a minimum age to participate?
20km and 50km rides

These family friendly rides are open to all ages and kids under 12 ride free!

100km rides

Riders must be aged 12yrs or older on the day of the ride and riders under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

135km + rides

Riders must be aged 15yrs or older on the day of the ride.

How do I collect my rider pack?

Riders can opt to collect their pack in the lead up to the event.

Rider pack collection will be run out of the Bicycle Network Melbourne office for two weeks before event day (Monday 24 September until Friday 5 October).

The times and locations of the rider pack collection are listed below. 

Where: Bicycle Network Melbourne office, Level 4, 246 Bourke Street Melbourne 3000
When:
  • Monday 24 September to Wednesday 3 October from 9am – 5pm (excluding Victorian Grand Final long-weekend from the Friday 28 September – Sunday 2 October) 
  • Thursday 4 October from 9am – 7pm
  • Friday 5 October from 9am – 5pm 
  • Saturday 6 October from 10am – 2pm
Is a jersey included in my entry?

A bonus event jersey is included with all entries to United Energy Around the Bay before the early bird deadline (Friday 27 July). Please note, the bonus jersey offer is not available for kids under 12 taking advantage of the free ticket option.

How do I exchange my jersey?

To swap your jersey for the correct size, please bring your event jersey to Bicycle Network HQ (Level 4, 246 Bourke Street) from 24 Sep – 5 Oct. Sizes are subject to availability.

Where: Bicycle Network Melbourne office, Level 4, 246 Bourke Street Melbourne 3000

When:

  • Monday 24 September to Wednesday 3 October from 9am – 5pm (excluding Victorian Grand Final long-weekend from the Friday 29 September – Sunday 1 October)
  • Thursday 4 October to Friday 5 October from 9am – 6:30pm

In order to have your jersey / rider shirt exchanged, you must return it unworn with the original tags in place.

What should I bring?

You want your ride to go as smoothly as possible, so check the weather forecast and prepare your gear the night before. You’ll need the following items to take part in the United Energy Around the Bay: 

Compulsory
  • Helmet
  • Event number/wrist band
  • Lights – front and rear (compulsory)
Essential
  • Sunglasses
  • Kit – jersey/knicks/socks/shoes
  • Rain jacket/wind vest
  • Gloves
  • 2 x water bottles

We also suggest that all riders carry:

  • Spare tubes/flat repair kit
  • Money/eftpos card and myki card
  • ID
  • Pump
  • Mobile phone
  • Additional nutrition supplies
  • Sunscreen
  • House key (recommended even if you are using our bag drop services)

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25 years and counting

Event history

Around the Bay tshirt
A tshirt from the first ever Around the Bay event in 1993.

While this year’s United Energy Around the Bay will be the first big bike ride for some people, others will saddle up for the 26th.

A lot has happened since the first ambitious bike ride around Port Phillip Bay in 1993, including infamous ferry incidents and testing weather conditions.

See the full history of the event that has become a bike riding rite of passage.

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Legends and honour board

Our 10 legends have ridden every year since the first one in 1993 and have seen the United Energy Around the Bay grow from a local bike ride to a major Melbourne event.

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