United Energy Around the Bay
COVID safe events
At Bicycle Network, we see events as an important opportunity to bring the bike riding community together and share the joy of riding bikes. While 2020 saw dramatic changes to the event landscape, we’re busy planning our upcoming event program with the health and safety of riders, volunteers and spectators at the forefront.
Across all of our events, the below key operations will be in place to keep you safe and our events running smoothly. We ask everyone to familiarise themselves with these guidelines and keep up to date with information provided by relevant governments regarding COVID-19 regulations.
Our team want to make your riding experience as enjoyable as possible, so please follow their instructions as we tackle these challenges together.
Please remember to stand and ride at least 1.5 metres apart at all times. To avoid congestion, start line procedures will be spread out and in waves.
All our events will have hand sanitising stations across the course and conduct regular cleaning of all surfaces.
Follow the signs
Event sites are designed to prioritise safety and keep everyone moving in the right direction. Please look out for directional signs and follow our team’s instructions.
Our support crews will always have your back, but some things may look a little different or take a little longer than you’re used to. Thank you for your patience.
Joining our COVIDSafe events
We love that we are able to hold events in 2021 and celebrate everything that is great about riding a bike. While you're riding with us, we'd like you to help reduce the risks of coronavirus by maintaining physical distancing, good hygiene and following COVIDSafe instructions.
A new look finish line
The finish line at Bicycle Network events will look a little different this year to help us reduce the risks of coronavirus. New procedures will stop people crowding at the finish line while still letting you celebrate your ride with family and friends.
Our rider promise
Along with these key changes to our events, we've created a COVID-19 refund policy so you can sign up with confidence.
The main event site for United Energy Around the Bay is Albert Park. The area will be a hive of activity with riders, visitors, staff and road closures, so please take a moment to think about your travel arrangements.
There is no car parking available in Albert Park. We recommend using Melbourne’s 24-hour public transport system to nearby railway stations or parking in nearby areas and warming up your legs with a short ride to Albert Park.
20km and 50km rides
These family friendly rides are open to all ages and kids under 15 ride free!
Riders must be 12 or older on the day of the ride. Riders under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
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:
- Event number/wrist band
- Lights – front and rear (compulsory)
- Kit – jersey/knicks/socks/shoes
- Rain jacket/wind vest
- 2 x water bottles
We also suggest that all riders carry:
- Spare tubes/flat repair kit
- Money/eftpos card and myki card
- Mobile phone
- Additional nutrition supplies
- House key (recommended even if you are using our bag drop services)
A bonus event jersey is included with all entries to United Energy Around the Bay before the early bird deadline (Sunday 25 July 2021). Please note, the bonus jersey offer is not available for kids taking advantage of the free ticket option.
To transfer your ride entry please give us a call on 1800 639 634 or contact us via our website. You can also arrange the transfer in person during kit collection. There is a $10 event transfer fee.
You can transfer:
- To another rider
Location: Aughtie Walk, Albert Park
Around the Bay 20km start time – 8:50am – 9:30am (rolling wave)
Around the Bay 50km start time – 7:15am – 8:00am (rolling wave)
Around the Bay 100km start time – 6:20am – 7:05am (rolling wave)
Around the Bay 200km start time – 8:10am – 8:40am (rolling wave)
Around the Bay Classic 210km start time – 5:40am – 6:10am (rolling wave)
Around the Bay 300km start time – 5:15am – 5:30am (rolling wave)
300km finishers jersey
Bring friends and family to celebrate your ride at The Village at Albert Park. Pack a picnic blanket, grab your spot on the lawn, and enjoy all the post-ride festivities on offer.
Whether it’s a hot snack or cheeky dessert, it will all be ready and waiting after your ride.
There’s kids entertainment galore! Make sure you visit the kids zone with a mini CX course, colouring wall, treasure hunt and much more.
Grab your team mates, friends and family, kick back, enjoy the atmosphere and reward yourself with a drink at Spokes Bar.
Visit the cycling expo to see hot new products and explore a range of goodies available at a one-off bargain from our exhibitors.
The United Energy Around the Bay 2021 merch range is designed and developed by our official merchandise provider HUB Cycling. Explore the range below to complete your kit, or take a peek at the design of our 2021 event jersey.
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The Clubhouse – $55 pp
The Clubhouse lets you come together with your team and other riders to celebrate your ride. 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.
- Drink on arrival
- Post ride fuel – meal voucher
- Private bar
- Deluxe seating, heaters and/or shade
- Exclusive bike parking
- Pre-ride bag drop
- And more!
Entry is restricted to participants over 18 years of age, and must be pre-booked. If you’ve already purchased your entry please contact us to secure your spot.
United Energy Around the Bay could not be run without the support of so many enthusiastic volunteers.
Each year more than 400 wonderful team members cover the course with roles ranging from rest areas, motor marshaling, SAGs, riding as WARBYs, providing direction at hazards and much, much, more.
If you’re interested in volunteering or know someone else who might, please visit our volunteer page via the link below.
Volunteer registrations will open on Monday 17 May 2021.Learn more