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.

Bruce Trew, a United Energy employee and avid cyclist, is extremely excited to take part in Australia’s biggest bike ride, United Energy Around the Bay, following the company’s brand new, three-year naming rights partnership with Bicycle Network.

“This alliance embraces some of the biggest aspects of my life; my work, my cycling and my own backyard,” Bruce said.

A local Peninsula resident and president of the Mornington Cycling Club, he sees the ride as a perfect opportunity to show off the magnificent aspects of his neighbourhood.

“Some of the views riders will experience as they cycle around the bay are fantastic, whether they’re looking back towards the city across the water, taking in the view at the heads or from the top of the West Gate. The changing landscape is always a great part of a ride like this,” he added.

Bruce is riding in this year’s inaugural 300km route with a handful of United Energy colleagues. In this year’s Tour De France the longest stage is 231km, so competitors tackling United Energy Around the Bay 250km and 300km routes can pride themselves as being part of an elite class.

The gruelling 300km route will take riders over the famous Arthurs Seat and through some beautiful roads, passing wineries and picturesque farmland out to Flinders and return. The striking scenery and the challenge of undulating hills will form treasured memories that will stay with riders forever.

Taking it to a new level

“It’s not going to be easy,” Bruce acknowledges. “It’s the longest single ride I’ve ever tackled. Spending 13 hours in the saddle is quite a daunting task and not something you can just walk out your front door and do. I’ve been training for months already to increase my base-level of fitness.”

No amateur, Bruce is used to heading out on 50-80km rides every weekend, but United Energy Around the Bay is a significant step up. “I need to build up to about 200km distance in the month before the ride to put myself in the best position to finish.”

His advice for preparing for the day? “Training needs to be consistent, with a mix of longer endurance and shorter recovery rides on a weekly basis. Learning what and how much to eat is just as important.”

He recommends one gram of carbohydrate per kilogram of body weight, per hour.

“Add that up and you’ll be surprised how much food you need to consume. Anything you plan to eat should ideally be tried in training, to make sure your body can handle it. Don’t try anything for the first time on ride day, including equipment.”

Bruce says United Energy Around the Bay is all about setting personal goals

“That could be spending time with family and friends, simply aiming to be more active, or attempting to beat a specific time. Whatever your reason, just have fun.”

For many attempting the 300km route, just finishing is enough. A ride of this distance has so many challenging variables, including steep hills, unpredictable weather, and wear and tear of equipment and body fatigue.

“I’ve already started planning what I need to do to prepare my body for the ride, and how I will manage food, drinks and rest stops,” Bruce says.

“There’s so much logistical planning, but I’m already looking forward to the rest on the ferry trip, and sharing the experience with fellow riders at the finish line and entertainment area, possibly with a refreshing drink.”

Want to join Bruce on a beautiful ride through his backyard? Entries to the 300km United Energy Around the Bay ride, and all other distances, are now open.

Lock in your spot before Friday 27 July for special pricing, a bonus commemorative jersey and the chance to win a brand new bike!

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