Wednesday 1 April 2021
Event update – City CX cancelled 😔
Sadly, we’ve had to make the tough call to cancel the inaugural City CX.
We appreciate it’s not the news you want to hear, but with the demand not there at this point in time, we couldn’t responsibly run the event in May 2021. We were aiming for a fun, unique, off-road CX event and are disappointed we can’t see it through for you.
Registered riders will automatically receive a refund for their ticket within the next 10 business days.
Bicycle Network will be back with the events you know and love in 2021 and will continue to work with Fed Square to bring bike riding events into the heart of the city. Thank you for your support,
How does the event work?
7am – 10:20am: Round 1 (time trial)
- The time trial will seed you into the afternoon group stage (with riders of a similar standard)
- Complete up to five laps of the course with your best lap time being used for seeding into the group stage
11am – 5pm: Round 2 (group stage)
- 15 riders per group (ride buffs allocated at registration will be used to identify the competitors in your group)
- Each group starts at 10-minute intervals*, building to the fastest qualifiers at the end of the day
- Each race consists of two laps with the first across the line declared the winner
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 events
At Bicycle Network, we see events as an important opportunity to bring the bike riding community together and share the joy of riding bikes. While 2020 saw dramatic changes to the event landscape, we’re busy planning our upcoming event program with the health and safety of riders, volunteers and spectators at the forefront.
Across all of our events, the below key operations will be in place to keep you safe and our events running smoothly. We ask everyone to familiarise themselves with these guidelines and keep up to date with information provided by relevant 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.
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.
Joining our COVIDSafe 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 COVIDSafe instructions.
A new look finish line
The finish line at Bicycle Network events will look a little different this year to help us reduce the risks of coronavirus. New procedures will stop people crowding at the finish line while still letting you celebrate your ride with family and friends.
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.
Pedal worry free with a Bicycle Network membership that includes comprehensive bike riding insurance from just $11.99/month. Plus, your support helps us in the fight for a more bike friendly Australia.
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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.
The group stage is a mixed event but the top three placed males and females at the end of the stage will take home a share of their respective $1000 prize pools.
If less than three men or women qualify for the group stage final, the fastest to finish in the next heat will be eligible for the remaining allocation(s) of prize money.