Bike riders joining the 2023 United Energy Around the Bay will ride on a closed lane of the Princes Freeway for the first time in the iconic event’s 30-year history.
Bicycle Network has secured the Department of Transport and Planning’s support for the event on Sunday 8 October, which will also see freeway speeds reduced during the morning.
The road closure will be welcomed by riders of ‘The Classic’ (220km) route, those tackling the 300km distance and their proud friends and supporters, says Bicycle Network CEO Alison McCormack.
“Safety is key to the success of all of our events, and we are delighted to offer riders such significant changes to the United Energy Around the Bay event this year,” says McCormack.
“We know this is an absolute game changer for the 10,000 riders who are planning to participate in the 2023 United Energy Around the Bay. Riders who have done this event for many years will be delighted by the change and we hope it will encourage more bike riders to join in.”
In another new safety measure, riders of the Family Ride (18km) will get to ride on a separated, closed circuit around Albert Park Lake.
“We are bringing back the Geelong start for the 135km route,” says McCormack. “Our changes are the result of great feedback provided by our members, and we are thrilled to be able to announce them today.”
Bicycle Network is also delighted to announce Maddie Reiwoldt’s Vision as the new United Energy Around the Bay charity partner.
“Our mission as a not-for-profit with a strong health focus aligns with so much of the work that Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision undertakes, and we are proud to have entered a three-year partnership with this wonderful organisation
Register your interest here to be amongst the first to find out all the details when early bird tickets open on 27 April.
The 2023 United Energy Around the Bay will be held on Sunday October 8.
For more information visit aroundthebay.com.au