United Energy Around the Bay

Top five reasons to volunteer

Each year hundreds of amazing people from all walks of life donate their time and energy to help make United Energy Around the Bay the best day on the bike all year.

They play a huge role in shaping an iconic Melbourne event.

We chatted to some of our regular volunteers and put together a list of their top five reasons for getting involved.


1. Being a part of community

Lots of our volunteers are bike riders themselves, who love to help throw a party for the wider bike riding community. 

But you don’t have to be a bikey to get involved. Many of our volunteers don’t ride bikes at all, but want to be involved in an iconic event that promotes healthy habits and helps fundraising for a good cause.

Bicycle Network even give donations to community groups who volunteer together.

Get in touch if you’d like to help fundraise at United Energy Around the Bay.

2. Share skills and learn new ones

Luckily for us, there are heaps of people willing to share their skills and experiences as part of our team! Whether you’re a logistics expert, marketing guru, or a keen musician, there’s an opportunity to showcase any and all skill sets at United Energy Around the Bay.

And with 27 years running one of Australia’s biggest bike rides, there’s also plenty of opportunity to learn some new skills from the dynamic team that help put United Energy Around the Bay together each year. 

Check out a full list of volunteer roles and what’s involved here.

3. Support The Smith Family

Since 1993, United Energy Around the Bay riders have raised more than $10,000,000 for The Smith Family to help change the lives of thousands of disadvantaged children through education.

But you don’t have to be on a bike to support disadvantaged kids. United Energy Around the Bay volunteers play an integral role in putting on the event behind these fundraising efforts.

You can volunteer alongside Smith Family team members at Albert Park, and Bicycle Network can also send a donation to the Smith Family on your behalf.

Get in touch to learn more about United Energy Around the Bay fundraising.

4. Spend the day with new and old friends

Volunteers Around the Bay

At its core, United Energy Around the Bay is a celebration, and while there is a lot of work that goes in behind the scenes to keep the party rolling, the team never loses sight of the mission to have fun.

Our volunteers work as hard as anyone, and have more fun than everyone else doing so! And that’s what keeps them coming back each year – to spend the day with new and old friends, working toward a common goal.

At the end of the day, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as being part of a team that pulled off a great party.

5. Cheer on a friend or family member

Of course, every year we have plenty of friends and family of riders who would love to get involved behind the scenes to show their support to a loved one who’s out on the bike.

And it doesn’t matter if it’s been 20 or 200 kilometres in the saddle, there’s nothing better than seeing your loved ones at one of the 13 rest areas out on the route, or cheering at the finish line. 

Be part of Australia’s biggest one day bike ride at United Energy Around the Bay

First-time vollies

If you’re volunteering for the first time, simply create a profile in our volunteer portal and sign up to your preferred role. Click on United Energy Around the Bay in upcoming events and follow the prompts. 

Returning vollies

Log in to your volunteer portal and choose your role. 


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