United Energy Around the Bay

What's new in 2020

We’ve listened carefully to rider feedback and made some changes to this year’s ride that we’re confident you’re going to love. United Energy Around the Bay was established 28 years ago and has constantly adapted along the way to help bring the bike riding community together.

In 2020 we’re excited to give this great event a bit of a spruce-up for the turn of the century. 

What's new in 2020

You can expect the same high level of on-route support from Bicycle Network, with rest stops set up around Port Phillip Bay to give everyone a place to relax, refuel and get all the moral support they need.

However, for this year’s ride we have made a few tweaks to improve the experience, including:

Fewer ride options

We’ve zeroed in on the six most popular ride options and cut back the rest so that we could focus on making these rides the best they can be – from the family-friendly 20km and 50km rides, through to the infamous 300km challenge.  

Exciting new routes

For the six ride options, we’ve traced out new routes for riders of all ages and abilities to enjoy. We’ve included more of what people love—the Westgate Bridge now features on the 100km ride—and added some great new routes like Point Nepean ride-bys for 300km riders.

Updated rest stops

Some people like gels and chews, some people like fresh fruit… so we’re supplying both! We’ve updated the nutrition options scattered around the bay as well as making sure we have coffee, live music, and nice new areas to rest, recover and rejoice.

Of course the event village will still be at Albert Park with plenty of new entertainment options, food trucks and activation to help the community come together to celebrate the joy of bike riding.

Shorter distances – 100km and less

What’s new for the 20km & 50km rides:
  • A later start for families: The 20km ride now starts at 9am, giving families some extra time to prepare themselves in the morning.
  • Longer road closures: Beaconsfield Parade will be closed to traffic until 1pm, giving you more time to complete the ride and enjoy cruising through St Kilda.
  • More time on the bridge: Riding across the Westgate Bridge is something you can only do once a year, so we’ve added an extra 45 minutes for inbound and outbound riders, to make sure no one misses out on this rare opportunity.
What’s new for the 100km ride:
  • Everything! The all new 100km route is perfect for casual riders to test themselves (with full Bicycle Network support) or confident riders to enjoy the sites while still getting a workout.
  • All the good stuff: This new route includes the most popular segments of Around the Bay, including the Westgate Bridge, the super rest stop at Elwood and iconic Beach Road riding.

Whether you’re testing your limits or enjoying the sites, Bicycle Network has your back with full on-route support, and around 40% of the 100km ride taking place on traffic-managed roads.

Family riding Around the Bay

Longer distances – 200km to the full loop

What’s new for the 200km ride:

There’s been no major changes to the popular 200km ride to Sorrento and back. Riders will still soak up one of the most beautiful stretches of Port Phillip Bay, including 17km of pristine coastal riding between Safety Beach and Mornington which includes 6.5km of closed roads.

What’s new for the classic loop and 300km ride:
  • Some strategic route changes: All riders doing the full loop will take a more direct route around the west side of the bay, utilising the Bellarine Highway.
  • Smooth ferry boarding: By tweeking the ride options and start times, we’re working to avoid congestion at the ferry terminal and making sure riders have a smooth passage across the bay.
  • Revitalized the challenge: ‘The 300 Club’ never looked so sweet, with the new 300km includnig some stunning riding through Cape Shank, Merricks and Point Nepean National Park, as well as increasing the total metres climbed from 1790 to 2100!

All 300km riders will also receive an exclusive 300km finishers jersey when they cross the finish line in Albert Park. Plus, those that sign up to the 300km ride before Friday 31 July 2020 will get a personalised water bottle.

200km route Classic loop 300km route

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