Around the Bay – Ride for a Child in Need (formerly, BUPA Around the Bay, formerly Around the Bay in a Day) is a bit of a Melbourne staple and, really, something that any ‘cyclist’ needs to check off their list.
The ‘real’ around the bay is 210km (or a longer 250km route is available), however they also run shorter 165, 130, 100, 50 and 20km routes.
This year, a crew from MBC, as well as some of our good friends from Velo, are taking on the 50km route – and of course, all on Bromptons! From Alexandra Gardens (behind the boat sheds) it goes over the Westgate Bridge and down to Altona, then back again. (Yes, over the bridge a second time).
If you want to come along, you can register here. The event is run by Bicycle Network and is extremely well supported. It’s all on-road, but there’s great signage, wonderful volunteers and even some bike-only lanes to make it easier.
If you don’t want to ride, you can still help out with our fundraising by sponsoring here. (The Smith Family help to provide education to kids from underprivileged backgrounds. Many Around the Bay riders mistakenly think their registration is going to The Smith Family – alas it is only sponsorships they receive).