Around the Bay

Tips and Training

From new riders and families to cycling superstars, our tips and advice has everything you need to make the most of your event day.

Training and preparation

From the first pedal stroke of your training to crossing the finishing line on event day, the Training and Preparation area has everything you need to help you ride Around the Bay.

Whether you’re new to bike riding, are looking for a day out with the family or are a seasoned cycling veteran, we have something for riders of all levels.

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Riding a big event

Riding in a big event like Around the Bay can be different to your regular weekend ride or commute. Whether you’re a returning rider or this is your first Around the Bay we’ve got some handy tips for you.

1. Choose your distance

Everyone loves a challenge – so set a goal that’s a stretch but achievable with the right training and preparation. You’re spoilt for choice at Around the Bay with seven ride distances available: 25km, 50km, 135km, 100km, 160km, 210km and 250km.

2. Get the kms into your legs

It may sound simple – but make time to train before the event and build up to your distance over time. Not only will you boost your endurance and fitness, you’ll learn about how to pace yourself and how much nutrition your body needs to power you around the course.

It’s also a good idea to practice riding in all weather conditions—that way you’ll be ready for Melbourne’s infamous four-seasons-in-one-day.

3. Prepare your bike

Preparation is key—not just for the ride day, but every time you ride, so that you’re not caught out with a mechanical problem. We recommend getting your bike serviced before you start your training program, and once again before the event.

4. Know your ride essentials

When you head out for a bike ride, we recommend eight essential items that you should never leave home without: water, food, pump, spare inner tubes, tyre levers, mobile phone, cash or bank card and your house key. 

Also, don’t forget to keep a close eye on the weather before you ride. Some additional items that are worth investing in are a good quality waterproof jacket and gloves (particularly when training through winter).

5. Find a bike buddy

Riding is always more fun with friends, so buddy up and tackle your training together. Set your goal and commit to a weekly or fortnightly training ride. You’ll also have someone to keep you accountable when you’re tempted to stay in the comfort of your warm bed. You can also join our free training and social rides in the lead up to our events.

6.Keep limber with stretching

Off the bike – regular stretching or yoga can help increase your flexibility and you’ll reap the benefits over longer rides. Stretching can also help reduce the risk of injury or any stiffness or soreness you may feel after a ride.

7. Ride with respect

When riding in an event with thousands of others or even out on a weekend training ride, it’s important that you always ride with respect and share the road. There are advantages to riding in a group, but there’s also a number of important group riding courtesies to follow.

When riding in a group or bunch, it’s important that you keep left unless overtaking, communicate your intentions clearly, ride predictably and use hand signals and calls to notify others around you of your movements. It’s also a good idea to take a quick refresher of the road rules

8. Have fun!

Congratulations – you’re following in the tyre tracks of hundreds of thousands of other bike riders who have gone before you.

Around the Bay is a rite of passage for so many in Australia’s bike riding community. It’s not every day you get the chance to ride with 10,000 other bike riders in Australia’s biggest bike ride. This is your chance to celebrate your place in Australia’s incredible and diverse bike riding community, so enjoy it!

Event nutrition

Nutrition plays a vital role on long rides rides – Winners will be providing a mix of their energy bars, gels and chews throughout the ride. Winners are offering a 10% discount from for all riders participating in Around the Bay 2017.

Coupon code: ATB2017

Nutrition tips
  • Aim to consume 30 – 60g of carbohydrate per hour of riding
  • Eat and drink consistently on the ride. Set your watch alarm to go off every 20 minutes as a reminder
  • Eat high carbohydrate foods and taper training in the days leading up to the ride
  • Eat foods containing carbs and protein within 30 minutes of completing a ride to aid recovery
  • Test your nutrition plan prior to the ride.
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