United Energy Around the Bay

Tips and Training

From the first pedal stroke of your training to crossing the finish line on event day, our Tips and Training guide has everything you need to prepare for United Energy Around the Bay.


Welcome to my backyard

United Energy Around the Bay is probably the best way to see the Peninsula and bayside Melbourne, and local rider Bruce Trew is ready to welcome you to his backyard.

8 tips for new riders

Essential tips to help first timers conquer their ride at United Energy Around the Bay or any other mass participation event.

Group riding basics

Learn the ins and outs of riding in a bunch to help you make the most of your day at United Energy Around the Bay.

Going the extra distance

Some insider info to help you gear up for riding longer distances on the bike.

Winter fit

Cycle coach David Heatley gives an insight into how to best use winter riding to prepare for spring events.


Bicycle commuting 101

Riding a bike to work is not only a cheap commute, it will also help you build a strong fitness base for United Energy Around the Bay.


Be your kids role model

Instilling a healthy mindset into your kids is hard but an outing on the bike is the perfect opportunity to get a daily dose of fun with the whole family.

Ride with us

Join the Club

Bicycle Network’s Strava club has a whole host of like-minded athletes and regular training rides. Join the club and stay tuned for local training rides in the lead up to events near you.

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Ride with the team

Training rides

Our United Energy Around the Bay training rides are a great way to get into the spirit of the event. Not only will you build your fitness, practice riding in a bunch and stay motivated through the cooler months, you’ll also get a feel for the famous event day camaraderie.

And of course it isn’t all about the bike, no ride finishes without a coffee!

Join the Bicycle Network strava club to be the first to hear when new ride dates are released.

Around the Bay - Mordialloc (return) training ride

What's on?

Saturday 18 August | Williamstown to Altona (return) - 27km
  • Start time: 8:00am (arrive 7:50am for briefing)
  • Ride leader: Nick Buckley
  • Meet at: Williamstown Town Hall
  • Route: Williamstown – Altona return
  • Distance: 25km – 30km
  • Level: All levels welcome
  • Pace: No drop ride
Ride notes

This no drop ride will maintain a steady pace from Williamstown to Altona (return).

It’s the perfect opportunity to dust off the bike, meet like-minded riders and warm up your legs for the United Energy Around the Bay.

Post ride coffee will be at Mez Mez.

Strava event
Sunday 19 August | Yarra Boulevard (Triple boulie special) - 35km
  • Start time: 7:00am (Arrive 6:50am for briefing)
  • Ride leaders: David Middlemast & Tom Jennings
  • Meeting location: Corner of Walmer St / Yarra Boulevard
  • Route: Three boulevards – Burnley, Kew and Ivanhoe
  • Distance: 35km
  • Level: All levels welcome
  • Pace: Approx 25km/h (No drop ride)
Ride notes

Dave and Tom will be leading a leisurely spin along one of Melbourne’s best inner city cycling routes – Yarra Boulevard. This triple boulie special will incorporate Burnley, Kew and Ivanhoe boulevards, providing kilometres of uninterrupted riding.

Team Bicycle Network will also be set up with complimentary snacks and refreshments (a little taste of what to expect in October) at the meeting location!

You’ll have a chance to grab a coffee and chat with the crew post-ride at Kitty Burns.

Strava event
Sunday 26 August | St Kilda – Arthurs Seat (return) - 150km
  • Start time: 6:30am (Arrive 6:20am for briefing)
  • Ride leaders:Justin Benson and Simon Belleflamme
  • Meeting location: Soul Racer Cafe
  • Route: St Kilda – Arthurs Seat return
  • Distance: 150km (approx)
  • Level: Advanced riders
  • Pace: 25 – 30km/h
Ride notes

This training ride is intended for riders who are training up for the 210km, 250km and 300km United Energy Around the Bay ride distances.

Come down to test your legs on a tempo morning hit out with Team Bicycle Network.

Strava event
Saturday 8 September | Capital City Trail (Flemington Bridge return) - 30km
  • Start time: 9:00am (Arrive 8:50am for briefing)

  • Ride leaders: Alex Turner

  • Meeting location: Flemington Bridge

  • Route: Capital City Trail (Flemington Bridge return)

  • Distance: 30km

  • Level: Beginner and intermediate riders

  • Pace: Approx 20km/h (No drop ride)

Ride notes

The Capital City Trail is an ideal family-friendly bike route, utilising shared bike paths along a gorgeous loop around Melbourne’s inner leafy suburbs.

Alex will depart from the bike trail next to Flemington Bridge (see meeting location) on a no drop ride – perfect for riders keen on taking on the 20km or 50km routes at this year’s United Energy Around the Bay. A coffee stop at Collingwood Children’s Farm will be a great chance to catch up with fellow riders before returning back to Flemington Bridge via the Main Yarra Trail.

Strava event
Saturday 8 September | St Kilda – Oliver's Hill (return) - 80km
  • Start time: 7:00am (Arrive 6:50am for briefing)

  • Ride leaders: Richard Cross

  • Meeting location: Phamish, St Kilda

  • Route: St Kilda – Oliver’s Hill return

  • Distance: 80km

  • Level: Advanced riders

  • Pace: Approx 30km/h

Ride notes

This training ride will be a tempo ride for anyone who’s training up for the 210km, 250km and 300km United Energy Around the Bay ride distances. 

Crossy will be leading the crew down to Frankston at approximately 30km/h and climbing Oliver’s Hill before turning around. Post-ride coffee will be at Phamish in St Kilda.

Strava route


Are you covered when you ride?

Our social rides are open to anyone in the bike riding community. We encourage any new riders to join as a Bicycle Network member to ensure they are covered with bike riding insurance while also helping improve local bike riding conditions for everyone.


The Spin Room training package

We’ve teamed up with our friends at The Spin Room Melbourne to offer a special 10 training session pass for just $160 (valid for any session before Sunday 7 October). Get in perfect shape for this October’s United Energy Around the Bay and join the team that trains in to perform better when they ride out.

Available with your 2018 ride entry or via the rider portal

Winners Sports Nutrition

Nutrition for training and ride day

Winners Sports Nutrition are proud to be the Official Energy Bar & Gel of United Energy Around The Bay 2018. Winners energy products have been developed specifically for cyclists and are used and recommended by cycling champion Cadel Evans.

Winners nutrition bars

Winners have created a special United Energy Around the Bay Energy Bar Pack containing a selection of great tasting energy products, perfect for riders looking to ensure they are well fuelled during training and the ride.

10% discount offer

Winners are offering a 10% discount from winnersbars.com for all riders participating in United Energy Around The Bay 2018.

Coupon code: ATB2018

Get ready for your ride!

Training plans

Our friends at Karmea have helped tailor United Energy Around the Bay training plans for all ride distances to support you in your training and preparation for the big day.

There is no better way to achieve something amazing than by smashing what you thought wasn’t possible – now is your chance to set your goal and start training.

2018 ATB Training Program - 300km

Choose from 10 route options and ride your way!

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