Around the Bay

FAQs

Here are the answers to your most common questions.

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

General Information

Where is parking near the start of the ride?

We have created a suggested public parking map which highlights public parking close to Alexandra Gardens. Please note these are all privately run car parks and are all subject to their own terms of entry.

Tips on catching public transport

Taking the train to the start line is an option, with Flinders Street Station less than 700 metres from Alexandra Gardens.

Please remember that bikes are not usually allowed on trams and buses. Click here for information on taking bikes on public transport.

Please also note that replacement buses are scheduled for the Hurstbridge and Upfield train lines on the event weekend. Click here for live travel updates and other timetable information.

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 Around the Bay: 

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

In addition to these essential items, we also recommend that all riders carry the
following items:

  • Spare tubes/flat repair kit
  • Money/eftpos card and myki card
  • ID
  • Pump
  • Mobile phone
  • Additional nutrition supplies
  • Sunscreen
  •  House key

Entry Information

Is there a portion of the entry fee that goes to The Smith Family?

No, your entry fee supports Bicycle Network in improving the conditions for all bike riders. To support The Smith Family help disadvantaged Australian children to realise their potential through education you need to fundraise.

Is there a minimum age to participate?

Yes. For the 135km, 160km, 210km and 250km distances, riders must be aged 15yrs or older on the day of the ride. For the 50km and 100km distances, riders must be aged 12yrs* or older on the day of the ride. *Riders aged 12-15yrs must be accompanied on the ride by a participant over the age of 18yrs.

How do I assign tickets to riders?
  1. Login using your rider number and email or
    date of birth at bicyclenetwork.com.au
  2. Click on ‘My Activities’.
  3. Click on ‘Around the Bay 2017
  4. Under ride entries click ‘Edit’.
  5. Click the blue ‘Assign’ button next to the entry you want to assign.
  6. Enter the details of the person you are assigning the entry to and click ‘Assign ride
    entry’.
Can I change my ride option?

After Sunday 17 September 2017, no further changes are allowed online to your ride option or ride preferences including transport, ride transfers, valet, jersey size, meal preference or average speed.

In order to change your ride option, please come down to the troubleshooting desk at Alexandra Gardens from Friday 6 October – Sunday 8 October with your rider kit if it has been posted out to you.

There is an additional $10 admin fee associated with issuing a new rider kit.

Can I transfer my ride entry?

After Sunday 17 September 2017 you will not be able to transfer ride entries online.

Please come down to the troubleshooting desk at Alexandra Gardens from Saturday 7 October – Sunday 8 October with the original rider kit (if posted) and a transfer will be organised for you. There is an additional $10 admin fee associated with issuing a new rider kit.

How do I enter / update my preferences (jersey size, average speed, meal?)

After Sunday 17 September 2017 you can no longer update your preferences. Please visit the troubleshooting desk at Alexandra Gardens from 6-8 October.

My Rider Pack

Rider pack collection

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 25 September until Friday 6 October). Rider pack collection will move from the Bicycle Network office to Alexandra Gardens on Saturday 7 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 25 September to Wednesday 4 October from 9am – 5pm (excluding Victorian Grand Final long-weekend from the Friday 29 September – Sunday 1 October) 
  • Thursday 5 October to Friday 6 October from 9am – 6:30pm 

 

Where:  Alexandra Gardens

  • Saturday 7 October – 10:00am – 5:00pm

*Rider packs must be collected well before your allocated start time. It is highly recommended to have your pack posted, or collected before Sunday 8 October.

Option to have rider pack posted to you

If you paid for postage before August 25, you can expect to receive your rider packs in the mail from the 14 September. Please be patient – all packs will be posted by Monday 25 September.

Not sure if you paid for postage? Log into your profile and go to My Activities. Select Around the Bay and check out your preferences.

Can I collect a rider pack on behalf of someone else?

Yes – please ensure that you have the rider ID and full name of the person that you’re collecting the rider pack for.

What's in the rider pack?

Included in your rider pack is:

  • Your event jersey/rider shirt (early bird only)
  • Ride guide
  • Rider number plate (for event timing)
  • Wrist band (indicating start wave and lunch)
  • Cable ties to attach your number plate to your bike
  • Sponsor collateral
  • Purchased merchandise

All riders must correctly attach their number plate and wrist band.

The wrist band is essential for lunch collection/snacks and identifying start waves.

Please do not wrap your number plate around your head stem as the timing chip will not work.

How does my ride get timed?

All riders will have a timing tag attached to the back of their rider number plate. This will record rider times crossing the start line, the ferry points and the finish to give an accurate active riding time. If riders do not cross the start or finish mat they will not receive a time. All times will be available by 5pm Monday 16 October.

Jersey exchanges

To swap your jersey for the correct size, please bring your event jersey to Bicycle Network HQ (246 Bourke Street) from 25 Sep – 6 Oct or Alexandra Gardens from the 7 – 8 October. Sizes are subject to availability.  

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

When:

  • Monday 25 September to Wednesday 4 October from 9am – 5pm (excluding Victorian Grand Final long-weekend from the Friday 29 September – Sunday 1 October) 
  • Thursday 5 October to Friday 6 October from 9am – 6:30pm 

Where:  Alexandra Gardens

  • Saturday 7 October – 10:00am – 5:00pm

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

Valet Services

What is the valet service?

There is an optional valet service for all riders passing through either Sorrento or Queenscliff. This service costs $20 and must be paid for in advance.

Riders with valet service will receive an A4 sized plastic satchel that they can use to carry items they may want when they arrive at the rest stop stop. This may include a fresh kit, extra nutrition or spare tubes. Riders with valet will also receive a second satchel to return anything back to the finish. Previous riders have used this return service to transport spare tubes they don’t need or warm layers. The return satchel will be available for pick-up at the finish site.

Where do I collect my rider valet satchels?

Rider valet satchels can be collected from the Bicycle Network marquee at the Around the Bay Festival.

How do I drop off my valet satchel?

Valet satchels must be returned to the Bicycle Network marquee at the Around the Bay Festival by Saturday 7 October at 5pm. At this time the valet items will be transported to their destination.

How do I collect my returned valet items after I finish?

After the ride on Sunday 8 October, valet satchels be available from the bag drop area from 3:30pm at the Around the Bay Festival in Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne. Please note that there may be a period of time between when riders finish and the valet bags becoming available.

Food

What food is included in entry?

The following rides include lunch and a snack.

  • 250km
  • 210km
  • 160km
  • 135km
  • 100km

Please note that the lunch is not intended to provide full nutrition for these ride distances. Riders are expected to adequately cater for their nutritional requirements while undertaking their chosen ride distance.

Menu

There will be three lunch options available: meat, vegetarian and gluten free. 

If you are participating in the 20km or 50km ride you will receive a snack at Alexandra Gardens upon finishing. 

Where do l collect my food on the ride?
  • 250km – Queenscliff
  • 210km Anti-Clockwise – Queenscliff
  • 210km Sorrento Return – Sorrento
  • 160km – Frankston
  • 135km – Mordialloc
  • 100km – Alexandra Gardens (after finishing)
  • 50km – Alexandra Gardens (after finishing)

Ferry Process

Are you participating in the 135km, 210 Anti, or 250km ride distances?

If so, please make yourself familiar with the ferry loading process.

FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS TO HELP US MINIMISE WAITING TIMES:

1. You must collect your Ferry Sticker from the ferry allocation area. No sticker, no ferry boarding. Different colours co-ordinate with different departure times.

2. Listen for updates over the public address system “Riders with a blue sticker, please make your way to the ferry loading area”

3. Promptly move to the standby area / ferry loading area

4. If you miss boarding the ferry when your sticker colour is announced, you will not simply be able to board the next ferry. Priority will be given to riders whose sticker colour coordinates with the departure time.
Please follow instructions from the Around the Bay volunteers at the standby area if you miss your ferry.

5. We estimate only 20-80 standby riders will be able to board each ferry after the allocated riders have boarded.

What are the ferry times?

Around the Bay ferries will run from 7am–1pm. All riders must have their ticket on them and be ready to load the ferry 15 minutes before the departure time. 

Ferry times by event:

  • 135km Geelong–Melbourne
  • 210km anti-clockwise
  • 250km anti-clockwise

Transport

100km Sorrento – Melbourne

Buses are available from Alexandra Gardens to Sorrento on Sunday 8 October. Click here for more information.

135km Geelong – Melbourne

Buses are available from Alexandra Gardens to Geelong on Saturday 7 October. Click here for more information.

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