United Energy Around the Bay

What's new in 2021

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.

You can learn more about this exciting new ride option here.

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!

Learn more about the new 300km route here.

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. 

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Physical distancing

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.

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Hand sanitiser

All our events will have hand sanitising stations across the course and conduct regular cleaning of all surfaces.

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Signage

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.

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Support staff

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.

More United Energy Around the Bay links

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8 tips for new riders

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The 300 club

The 300 club is for a special group of riders who have circumnavigated a 300km loop of Port Phillip Bay at United Energy Around the Bay.

Basic nutrition guide

As you gear up for United Energy Around the Bay, nutrition and hydration should be a key part of your preparation — but it doesn't have to be complicated.

Be your kids role model

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.

Don’t stop there! – here are more helpful tips and resources

Recovering after a long ride – 5 quick tips

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Melbourne’s top family friendly bike trails

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Group riding basics

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Join the next United Energy Around the Bay on Sunday 9 October 2022

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