United Energy Around the Bay

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Couch to Around the Bay in six weeks

Check out our super simple guide to preparing for the 20km or 50km in United Energy Around the Bay ride in just six weeks (or less!)

What’s new in 2019

We’ve listened carefully to your feedback and made some changes to United Energy Around the Bay to make sure it remains the best day you’ll have on the bike all year.

Melbourne’s top family friendly bike trails

Need some inspiration for your next bike ride? Here are our top 6 family friendly bike trails around Melbourne. Happy riding!

5 reasons to ride through winter

With the arrival of winter it becomes even more important to get up, get active and get out on the bike. Here’s our 5 reasons why you’ll feel better than ever if you do.

The 300 club

The 300 club is for a special group of riders who have circumnavigated the entire Port Phillip Bay in our 300km ride option – do you have what it takes?

Events that shape a city

You can tell a lot about a city from the events that capture the hearts of the people – for Melbourne, it our world-class sporting events.

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.

Be your child’s role model

It’s important for children to develop an active lifestyle and healthy habits. An outing on the bike is the perfect way to get a taste of fun and exercise with the whole family.

Group riding basics

Learn the ins and outs of riding in a bunch and among other people to help you enjoy United Energy Around the Bay ride.

Winter fit

Here’s five tips from cycle coach David Heatley on using winter riding to stay on track and help gear up for spring events.

 

Bicycle commuting 101

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

 

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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Training rides

Ride with us

Our training rides are open to everyone and a great way to get into the spirit of the ride. 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 great 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.

United Energy Around the Bay training rides

Upcoming rides

Saturday 10 August | St Kilda – Mordialloc (return) - 45km
Start time

7:30am rollout (please arrive 10 minutes early)

Ride leader

Richard Cross (aka Crossy)

Meet up spot

The mouth of Luna Park (St Kilda)

Route

St Kilda – Mordialloc (return) – View route

Pace

Approx 22km/h (perfect for intermediate riders)

Notes

Join our leisurely (no drop) spin down Beach Road to Mordialloc and back – with an optional turnaround in Black Rock (for a 27km ride). 

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the start time to ensure you are ready for the pre-ride briefing and departure. Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats.

Post ride coffee TBC

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Sunday 25 August | St Kilda - Frankston (return) - 80km
Start time

7:30am rollout (please arrive 10 minutes early)

Ride leader

Bill Kontoulis 

Meet up spot

The mouth of Luna Park (St Kilda)

Route

St Kilda – Frankston (return) – View route

Pace

Approx 20-25km/h (perfect for intermediate riders)

Notes

Join our leisurely (no drop) along Beach Rd to Frankston and back – optional turnaround at Mordialoc. 

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the start time to ensure you are ready for the pre-ride briefing and departure. Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats.

Register now
Saturday 7 September | Tour de Burbs - 50km
Start time

7:00am rollout (please arrive 10 minutes early)

Ride leader

Josh Mclellan

Meet up spot

Local Loops Cycling Club/Pedla – 44 Sackvile St Collingwood

Route

View Route

Pace

Approx 30-35km/h (confident riders)

Notes

This tempo spin rolls out from Collingwood and heads North East in search of some local bicycle hotpots while touring Melbourne’s suburban areas.

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the start time to ensure you are ready for the pre-ride briefing and departure. Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats.

Stay tuned, registrations will open a couple of weeks before the ride.

Sunday 22 September | St Kilda - Arthur's Seat (return) - 150km
Start time

7:00am rollout (please arrive 10 minutes early)

Ride leader

Simon Belleflamme & Justin Benson

Meet up spot

Luna Park St Kilda

Route

St Kilda – Arthur’s Seat (return) – View route

Pace

Approx 25-30km/h (confident riders)

Notes

Use this spin as some extra training for those of you are aiming for the 200 – 300km route options at United Energy Around the Bay. This is a great opportunity to test your skills and fitness within a supported environment. 

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the start time to ensure you are ready for the pre-ride briefing and departure. Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats.

Stay tuned, registrations will open a couple of weeks before the ride.

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 us improve bike riding conditions for everyone.

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 2019. Winners energy products have been developed specifically for cyclists and are used and recommended by cycling champion Cadel Evans.

Winners Nutrition Pack

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 2019.

Coupon code: ATB2019

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.

20km training guide
50km training guide
100km FR training guide
100km training guide
135km training guide
210km training guide
250km training guide
300km training guide

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