Ride your way Around the Bay
Searching for some motivation to get on your bike this spring? Look no further than the Around the Bay fundraiser this October.
Recognised as Australia’s largest one-day bike ride, Around the Bay attracts thousands of participants every year to take part and make a difference in a child’s life.
A bit about Around the Bay
Since 1993, The Smith Family has held the Around the Bay event in Melbourne’s beautiful Port Phillip Bay. With the support of United Energy, they’ve raised more than $10 million across the 25 years for children in need around the country.
The annual event takes in some of the city’s most iconic sights, with 10 different ride options to choose from. Catering to all ages and fitness levels, the Around the Bay ride options range from a 20 km route from the Melbourne CBD to Elwood, through to a 1-day 300 km tour of Port Phillip Bay’s highlights.
What we’re riding for
According to The Smith Family, one in six Australian children grow up experiencing disadvantage. This means close to one million children are living in poverty. Research into the lasting effects of poverty shows some of the devastating ways it can limit a child’s future, including their ability to seek higher education and find good job prospects.
This is where your participation can help. All funds raised by your ride go directly to help disadvantaged children. Money raised will go to provide Australian kids with the practical essentials like school books, shoes, bags and uniforms.
It also goes to services designed to help at-risk kids stay in school and reach their full potential.
How to get involved
Getting involved is easy – simply sign up and your fundraising link will generate as soon as you register to ride. All you need to do is personalise your page and share it with your networks. You could even get a team together to maximise your fundraising efforts.
No matter the distance you choose the go, the sky’s the limit with how much you can raise for Australian children in need.
Do your part for sustainability
Along with riding for a good cause, participants will also be helping make the City of Port Phillip a greener place to live.
We’re lucky to live in a beautiful part of Melbourne that’s brimming with opportunities for more sustainable living. Bike stores like St Kilda Cycles champion greener living, offering St Kilda locals – and all Melburnians – an extensive range of bikes for rent or purchase.
St Kilda Cycles’ co-owner Vince Attree has seen the store’s importance in providing green transport options continue to grow.
“Given our proximity to the city centre and surrounding suburbs, cycling has and continues to emerge as a viable means of transport. With petrol prices sure to rise in the short to medium term, more people will be seeking options in regard to transport, and bicycles are a perfect choice,” he said.
Around the Bay – route highlights
The iconic Around the Bay event takes in some of Melbourne’s natural wonders. For those choosing the family-friendly 20 km ride, the route from the city to stunning Elwood takes in the vibrant foreshore.
Need to cool off after the ride? Some of our favourite pitstops, such as Combi in Elwood, offer a range of healthy and sustainable options to help you refuel.
For the more adventurous among us, the ride may call for something a little extra to help you chill out.
You may be completing the 50 km route from the city to Williamstown and back to Port Phillip. Alternatively you may have braved the 300 km circuit around Geelong, Mornington and back.
No matter which way you went Around the Bay, our good friends at Republica have you covered. They’ll be eagerly waiting to serve you a much-deserved cold beer and a much-needed bite to eat.
Get on your bike
Keen to get riding? Sign up and choose the route you’d like to complete.
Unable to do the ride yourself? You can also sponsor a rider and help make a difference in a child’s life.
If you’re looking for other events in the City of Port Phillip, we’ve got you covered. There’s something happening nearly every day of the year.
Around the Bay – Event Information
Sunday 6 October, 2019