United Energy Around the Bay
Since Bicycle Network (then Bicycle Victoria) first decided to run an organised ride around Port Phillip Bay back in 1993, the event has been constantly tweaked to maintain the title of ‘best day on the bike all year.’
See what’s new in 2021!
What’s new in 2021
Having been forced to put the party on ice for one year, we’ve made a few changes to this year’s event to ensure the 27th running of United Energy Around the Bay is just as fun as the first was.
New 100km route
The new 100 kilometre ride from Albert Park to Williamstown and back is perfect for those looking to clock up their first tonne on the bike. Best of all, the 100 kilometre incorporates the rare pleasure of being able to ride across the West Gate Bridge on a closed lane.
Everyone starts at Albert Park
In the name of bringing the riding community together after an extended period of isolation, we have all the ride options starting and finishing at the Albert Park event village this year. No more Sorrento or Geelong start sites – everyone is getting the grand send-off they deserve at the event village, which will be buzzing all day!
We will of course have some additional measures in place to ensure that we can enjoy coming together in the safest way possible, strictly following the latest health and safety guidelines (see COVID info below).
Improved 300km route
The 300km route, and subsequent ‘300 club’ jersey has become a bit of a badge of honour for the keen riders of Melbourne. To reward your efforts and support, we’ve tweaked the route to venture through Point Nepean National Park, adding car-free roads, unrivalled coastal riding and a touch of WWII history. Of course, the ride still tackles the famous Arthur’s Seat climb!
Updated rest stops
We’ve listened to rider feedback and updated the offerings at our rest stops to keep the party going all day long. As well as updated nutrition and hydration offerings, there will be more roaming entertainment scattered around the rest stops, an opportunity to do a free hydration testing and Pilates at Queenscliff and Sorrento.
COVID safety measures
While the past 12 months have delivered some dramatic changes to the event landscape, we’ve been working hard to develop a COVID-safe event plan that still enables us to bring the bike riding community together and share the joy of riding bikes – while optimising the health and safety of all participants.
This year’s United Energy Around the Bay has been diligently planned under the guidance of the relevant authorities and COVID-safety regulations.
The below key operations will be in place to keep you safe and our events running smoothly.
Please remember to stand and ride at least 1.5 metres apart at all times. To avoid congestion, start line procedures will be spread out and in waves.
All our events will have hand sanitising stations across the course and conduct regular cleaning of all surfaces.
Event sites are designed to prioritise safety and keep everyone moving in the right direction. Please look out for directional signs and follow our team’s instructions.
Our support crews will always have your back, but some things may look a little different or take a little longer than you’re used to. Thank you for your patience.
Joining our COVID safe events
We love that we are able to hold events in 2021 and celebrate everything that is great about riding a bike. While you’re riding with us, we’d like you to help reduce the risks of coronavirus by maintaining physical distancing, good hygiene and following COVID safe instructions.
Our rider promise
Along with these key changes to our events, we’ve created a COVID-19 refund policy so you can sign up with confidence.
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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.