Around the Bay
The big one – the 250km loop ride follows the coastline of Port Phillip Bay as it journeys via the Bellarine Peninsula, Queenslcliff, Sorrento and the Mornington Peninsula before heading back to Melbourne via Beach Road.
In essence, the 250km ride traces the entire coastline of Port Philip Bay where ever possible. Unlike any other ride option, the 250km ride also takes riders through the Bellarine Peninsula. It’s certainly not a walk in the park and training in all weather conditions is a must.
The 250km route includes arguably the most beautiful stretch of Port Phillip Bay —17km of coastal riding between Safety Beach and Mornington. This section also includes 6.5km of closed roads (north bound) between Safety Beach and Mount Martha.
This option is relatively flat, with an odd little bump, as well as rollers and false flats, which contribute to 1,000 metres of elevation gain. The steepest parts of the 250km ride option occur as you ride out of Geelong into Drysdale with roughly 1.2kms of climbing, then a gradual climb with some rollers thrown in for 6km as you come out of Mornington and head towards Frankston (the profile looks a lot worse than it is).