Around the Bay enters its 25th year; are you ready?

Bicycle Network this year celebrates the 25th edition of Around the Bay – the event that has become Australia’s largest mass-participation bike ride. It attracts 10,000-15,000 participants annually, and offers something for everyone, from families with kids to lycra-bound mile-eaters. And it’s happening this Sunday the 8th of October. But don’t worry, it’s not too late to enter!

Around the bay kids

The family-friendly 25km option

There are 7 distances to choose from, starting with a 25km ride that starts and ends in Alexandra gardens, all on closed roads, making it a great choice for families. Then there is a popular 50km route that takes you across the Westgate Bridge – not a bad way to spend your Sunday! After that you’ve got two 100km options: Frankston return, a flat ride along Beach Road, or Sorrento to Melbourne, which includes a very scenic 17km between Safety Beach and Mornington.

From there you’re jumping up to the 135km Geelong to Melbourne, with a ferry ride in the middle, or the 160km Rosebud return. And for the road warriors there are three options above 200km: the 210km Sorrento return, the 210km anti-clockwise, and the big one, the 250km anti-clockwise, which follows the coastline of the bay as closely as possible.

Velo Cycles crew at the Around The Bay Start on their Brompton folding bikes

Velo Cycles crew at the Around The Bay Start on their Brompton folding bikes

Following our successful showing last year, in which a posse of Velo employees split apart the peloton on Brompton folding bikes, we’re again fielding a formidable team for this year’s event. Our mechanic Tom and yours truly doing the 100km Frankston return, while another of our mechanics, Lucas, and our General Manager Stu are lining up for the 210km anti-clockwise ride.

Tom plans to ride a Soma Tradesman cargo bike, while I’m tossing up between a Kona Ute (to stay on the cargo bike theme), or trying my hand at Bromptoneering. Stu and Lucas are tackling the 210km on two-speed Bromptons, proving that they’re more than mere town bikes.

So if you’re not busy on Sunday, why not jump on a bike – any bike – and join us? We’d love to see you there. Entries close Friday.

Around the bay unicycle

In fact you don’t, strictly speaking, need a bike at all, as these two regulars demonstrate.