United Energy Around the Bay

Event Info

Getting there

Albert Park

The main event site for United Energy Around the Bay is Albert Park. The area will be buzzing with activity and road closures are in place, so please take a moment to plan your travel arrangements.  

There is no car parking available in Albert Park. We recommend using Melbourne’s 24-hour public transport system to nearby railway stations, or parking in nearby areas and warming up your legs with a short ride to Albert Park. 

Distance from railway stations
  • Prahran Station – 2.7km 
  • Windsor Station – 3km
  • Southern Cross Station – 3.5km
  • South Yarra Station – 4km
24-hour car parking facilities nearby

Geelong

We’re bringing back the Geelong start at Cunningham Pier for our 135km ride! 

Distance from railway station
  • Geelong Station – 800m
24-hour car parking facilities nearby
Transport from Melbourne to Geelong before the ride

Please book your spot on the bus when you register to ride, alternatively give us a call on 1800 639 634 or contact us via our website.

There will be transport for you, your bike and a small post-ride bag (A4 size). You can use our valet service from Geelong to get your bag sent back to Melbourne.

EventFAQs

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

Is there a minimum age to participate?
Family Ride and 50km ride

These family friendly rides are open to all ages and kids 14 and under ride free!

100km and 135km rides

Riders must be 12 or older on the day of the ride. Riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a registered rider over the age of 18 at the time of registration.

200km+ rides

Riders must be 15 or older on the day of the ride. Riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a registered rider over the age of 18 at the time of registration.

What should I bring?

You want your ride to go as smoothly as possible, so check the weather forecast and prepare your gear the night before. Remember that this is a fully supported ride with mechanics, nutrition and water on route, check your specific ride distance to see what is available at each rest stop and consider taking the following items.

Compulsory
  • Helmet
  • Event number/wrist band
  • Lights – front and rear (compulsory)
Essential
  • Sunglasses
  • Kit – jersey/knicks/socks/shoes
  • Rain jacket/wind vest
  • Gloves
  • 2 x water bottles

We also suggest that all riders carry:
  • Spare tubes/flat repair kit
  • Money/eftpos card and myki card
  • ID
  • Pump
  • Mobile phone
  • Additional nutrition supplies
  • Sunscreen
  • House key (recommended even if you are using our bag drop services)

 

Is a jersey included in my entry?

Enter during Early Bird 1? (ends midnight Sunday 4 June)

A bonus event jersey is included with all early bird 1 entries to United Energy Around the Bay. Please note, the bonus jersey offer is not available for kids taking advantage of the free ticket option.

Enter during Early Bird 2? (ends midnight Sunday 30 July) 

A bonus event jersey is included with all early bird 2 entries to United Energy Around the Bay. (Please note, the bonus jersey offer is not available for kids taking advantage of the free ticket option.) 

Enter during standing pricing? 

Tickets purchased during standard pricing do not include a free jersey, but you can purchase one with your ticket.

300km Jersey? 

All 300km riders will receive an exclusive ‘300 club’ jersey with their entry (size subject to availability).

Don’t want a jersey? 

During the early bird period, riders can opt-out of receiving the event jersey and we’ll donate its value to a family ride or 50km ride entry to a community group who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to participate. The community group will be selected from initiatives such as Ride2School and Women’s Community.

What is my jersey size?

Classic jersey (included with all early bird entries)

Please use the women’s classic jersey sizing chartormen’s classic jersey sizing chart to confirm your size before purchasing an entry. 

300km jersey 

Please use the men’s premium fit jersey sizing chartor women’s premium fit jersey sizing chart to confirm your jersey size before purchasing an entry. 

Can I transfer my ride entry?

Yes, to transfer your ride entry to another rider please give us a call on 1800 639 634 or contact us via our website. You can also arrange the transfer in person during kit collection.

What are the start times and locations for each ride option?
Location: Aughtie Walk, Albert Park, Melbourne

The Family Ride: 08:45am
50km: 07:45am
100km: 06:45am200km: 06:30am
The Classic: 05:30am 
300km: 05:25am

Location: Cunningham Pier, Geelong Waterfront

135km: 07:00am

How can I collect my rider pack?

Book before Sunday 30 July to get your pack in the post. If you have paid for postage, your rider pack will arrive from mid-September.

If you have not paid for postage, you will need to collect your rider pack.

Pack collection will be available from Monday 2nd October to Thursday 5th October at the Bicyle Network and on Saturday 7th October at The Event Village, Albert Park.

Location

Bicycle Network,
Level 4, 246 Bourke Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000

Times
  • Monday 2 October and Tuesday 3 October: 9am to 5pm
  • Wednesday 4 October and Thursday 5 October: 9am to 7pm
Location

United Energy Around the Bay Event Village,
Pelican Lawn
22 Aughtie Drive,
Albert Park VIC 3205

Times
  • Saturday 7 October: 10am to 4pm

Please note that rider pack collection will not be available Friday 6th October or on the day of the ride.

Entries are open until 10am on Saturday 7 October. If you book up until this time you must be able to collect your pack during the pack collection times.

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The Village

The celebrations continue in the event village where you can soak in all those feel-good post-ride vibes with your family, friends or colleagues. 

Food trucks

Refuel after your ride with some mouthwatering food truck options. Whether it’s a hot snack or a well-earned dessert, it will all be ready and waiting after your ride. 

Kids zone

Packed with entertainment and activities, the hardest thing will be to get the kids to leave. Featuring an obstacle course, face painters, games, a colouring wall and so much more, it’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon with your family and friends. 

Main bar

Grab your teammates, friends and family, kick back and enjoy the atmosphere with a drink at the main bar.

The Clubhouse (including the Bicycle Network Members Lounge)

Exclusive access to The Clubhouse lets you come together with your team and other riders to celebrate your amazing day on the bike. Whether you want to cheer on your teammates as they come across the finish line or simply enjoy a drink and meal with friends, it’s the perfect place to continue your post-ride celebrations.  

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The Village Expo

Check out the latest cycling products and explore a range of goods available at exclusive expo prices from our wide range of exhibitors.

Around the Bay 2022 Finishers
Around the Bay 2022 Event Village

The Clubhouse

Purchase a hospitality ticket to The Clubhouse and celebrate your achievements in style with your teammates, friends and family. Let us take care of all the post ride logistics, so you can celebrate a truly memorable day on the bike. 

Clubhouse at Around the Bay
What’s included?
  • Exclusive valet bike parking
  • Post ride fuel – receive a meal voucher to redeem in the Village. 
  • Two complimentary drinks at the private bar
  • Deluxe lounge seating with heaters and shade 

Entry is restricted to participants over 18 years of age and must be pre-booked with your ride entry.

Bicycle Network Member’s lounge

Bicycle Network Members who are joining us on United Energy Around the Bay are invited to take advantage of our valet bike parking, as well as all the comforts of The Clubhouse in the Bicycle Network Member’s Lounge. 

Event discounts

The Members Lounge will be open from 11am – 7pm and includes:  

  • Exclusive valet bike parking (alongside The Clubhouse)  
  • The Clubhouse access via the Members Lounge – featuring deluxe lounge seating with heaters and shade   
  • Members are invited to bring a friend to join in the celebrations at the Members Lounge 
Become a Member and help us make bike riding easier for everyone!   

 As a not-for-profit organisation, by becoming a Member and taking on our events you’re also supporting our behaviour change  advocacy initiatives to make it easier for everyone to ride a bike, every day.   

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Membership

As a Bicycle Network member, you're fully supported every time you ride with our comprehensive riding insurance and Riders’ Rights (legal support). Plus, you'll score 10% off your event entry and a whole lot of other great benefits!

With individual memberships from $11.99/month, join almost 50,000 riders around Australia who ride with complete confidence, knowing we've got your back!

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Get involved

Volunteer

Are you bringing friends or family along to the event?

We’re on the lookout for enthusiastic volunteers to help us at the start and finish line at Albert Park, as well as at rest areas and on route.

As part of our event team, all volunteers receive a Bicycle Network uniform while also getting a front row seat to the action! Sound like a good time?

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30 years and counting

Event history

While United Energy Around the Bay 2024 will be the first big bike ride for some people, others will saddle up for the 30th time!

A lot has happened since the first ambitious bike ride around Port Phillip Bay in 1993, including infamous ferry incidents and testing weather conditions.

See the full history of the event that has become a bike riding rite of passage.

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Around the Bay tshirt
A tshirt from the first ever Around the Bay event in 1993.

United Energy Around the Bay 2024 pre-sale is now open until 21 April

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