How does the event work?
7am – 10am: Round 1 (time trial)
- The two lap individual time trial will seed you into the afternoon group stage
- Each rider starts at 20 second intervals and you’ll get two laps of the course to post your fastest time
- You’ll be seeded into the round 2 group stage with riders of a similar standard, based on your fastest lap
11am – 5pm: Round 2 (group stage)
- 15 riders per group
- Each group starts at 10-minute intervals*, building to the fastest qualifiers at the end of the day
Free entry to the Fed Square event hub
Prefer to stay off the bike for this one?
City CX is a free event to watch, with an action packed entertainment hub in Fed Square to keep the party going all day. Watch the action on the big screen, soak up some live music or tuck into some food & drink throughout the day.
Plus, with multiple vantage points across Fed Square, River Terrace and Skyline Terrace, you’ll get a unique perspective of all the on-bike action from 7am – 5pm.
- Where: Fed Square, Melbourne
- When: 7am – 5pm, Saturday 8 May
Catch all the action live on the big screen in Fed Square, or head out on course and join in the fun along River Terrace or Skyline Terrace throughout the day.
The best way to get there is to ride a bike, catch public transport or walk.
We will be running a user-pay bike valet and storage service on the day, so your bike can be safely locked up while you enjoy the action.
COVID safe event
At Bicycle Network, we see events as an important opportunity to bring the bike riding community together, spread awareness and share the joy of riding bikes. While 2020 saw dramatic changes to the event landscape, we’re busy planning our upcoming event program to continue to deliver a range of exciting bike riding opportunities – with the health and safety of riders, volunteers and spectators at the forefront.
Across all of our events, the below four key operations will be in place to keep you safe and our events running smoothly. In addition, event specific information will be sent out in the ride guide. We ask everyone to familiarise themselves with these guidelines and keep up to date with information provided by state and federal governments regarding COVID-19 regulations.
Our team want to make your riding experience as enjoyable as possible, so please follow their instructions as we tackle these challenges together. As we know, changes can happen quickly, so please continue to check the Bicycle Network website as we move closer to event day.
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.
Follow the signs
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.
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Here are the answers to your most common questions.
If your question isn’t in the list, please contact us via our website or call on 1800 639 634
Your ride entry includes:
- Time trial
- Graded group stage
- Meal & drink voucher
- Rider pack
Yes, City CX is open to anyone to join and a race licence is not required. The time trial means you will be placed in a group stage with riders of a similar standard.
However, due to the technical nature of the course and group stage, we recommend that you are confident handling a bike around obstacles and riding in a bunch.
Please note, the time trial and group stage are not subject to race rules from other cycling bodies (e.g. Cycling Australia) but City CX terms and conditions do apply.
All participants must be over the age of 16. Those under 18 (i.e. between 16 and 18) must have parental consent to register.
Any! But we recommend a bike that is comfortable crossing the rough surface of Fed Square, over gravel and grass as well as navigating the twists and turns of the course.
Mad respect to anyone who opts for something a little more quirky on the day.