United Energy Around the Bay

Tips and training

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Training plans

We know the right training is key to smashing your goals on the bike.  

Whether you’re taking on the Family Ride or 300km, these easy-to-follow training guides will help you prepare for your ride and get you to the start line feeling fit, fresh, and ready to go. 

Week one kicks off from Monday 15 July 2024 (50km+) or Monday 12 August 2024 (Family Ride)

 

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Before you start riding  

While ticking off the suggested weekly hours will help you reach your full potential on the bike, they are by no means a prerequisite to achieve your ride distance on event day. 

We understand that life gets busy, so we’ve made the plans super flexible so you can adapt the sessions each week to suit your lifestyle. As long as you’re riding regularly, it’s amazing what you will be able to achieve! 

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Training rides

We schedule a range of training rides from May to October that cater to bike riders of all levels. 

Whether it’s your first time riding in a bunch or you need to dust off the cobwebs after some time off the bike, there’s plenty of opportunities to get you ready for the big day with a group of like-minded riders. 

Join the Bicycle Network strava club or Bicycle Network Women’s Community to be the first to hear when new rides are announced. 

Upcoming rides

Sat 25 May | St Kilda – Mordialloc (return) | 45km
Start time

7:00am rollout (please arrive 10 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leaders

Richard Cross

Meet up spot

Luna Park (St Kilda)

Route

St Kilda – Mordialloc (return) – View route

Pace

Approx. 25km/h (no drop)

Notes

The group will roll down Beach Road at a leisurely pace to Mordialloc before returning to St Kilda. There is an optional turn around at Black Rock for anyone who would prefer to ride 27km for the morning (however ride leaders will continue on towards Mordialloc).

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, water, nutrition and sunscreen.

If you are unable to complete the training ride please have a Plan B (friend or family member to collect you, Rider Rescue subscription or a myki card) for getting home.

Please note, this is a free ride but registration is essential to ensure ride leaders are aware of expected numbers.

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Start time

7:00am rollout (please arrive 10 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leaders

Team Honan Bicycle Network

Meet up spot

Luna Park (St Kilda)

Route

St Kilda – Frankston/Oliver’s Hill (return) – View route

Pace

Approx. 25 – 30 km/h

Notes

The group will roll down Beach Road to Frankston (via Mordialloc) before returning to St Kilda.

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, water, nutrition and sunscreen.

If you are unable to complete the training ride please have a Plan B (friend or family member to collect you, Rider Rescue subscription or a myki card) for getting home.

Please note, this is a free ride but registration is essential to ensure ride leaders are aware of expected numbers.

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*Before registering for a training ride, please ensure you read and adhere to our training ride terms and conditions

Are you covered when you ride?

Our social rides are open to anyone in the bike riding community. We encourage any new riders to join as a Bicycle Network member to ensure they are covered with bike riding insurance while also helping us improve bike riding conditions for everyone.

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Bicycle Network’s Strava club is full of like-minded bike riders of all abilities, from the Peaks Challenge regulars to those entering their first 50km United Energy Around the Bay ride. Join the club and stay tuned for local training rides in the lead up to events near you.

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