Ride preparation & start times

Start times

Ok, so you’re pumped and ready to go – but when do you start?!

Start times will be allocated based on a combination of factors including rider experience (as specified by you at registration) and the number of places available in each start time. 

In 2020, the 50km ride will have two 30 minute start waves, one from 7.20am-7.50am and the other from 7.50am-8.20am, to spread riders evenly along the course and reduce congestion. All 30km riders will be allocated in the 7.50am-8.20am start wave.

Your allocated start time will be printed on the reverse of your Event Bib which will be posted to you in your Entry Kit in January/February. Please make sure you stick to your allocated start time on event day.

The 3km and 6km Family Rides start at 11.30am.

Getting Your Bike Ready for the Day

It's very important that you service your bike before the ride and take a puncture repair kit, pump and basic tools with you, so you can get yourself going in case of a breakdown. Here's a few more tips to make sure you and your bike are ready for this epic ride:

  • Helmet – You are legally required to wear a helmet that meets the Australian standard.  
  • Lights, fluros and reflectors – Make sure these are in good working order, flashing red for the rear and white for the front of your bike.
  • Cycling skills – Know your limits. Training for the ride is not essential but recommended depending on your fitness levels and cycling abilities.

Bike Mechanics 

We are proud to announce that Bicycle Superstore are the official bicycle mechanic and retailer of the 2020 MS Melbourne Cycle.

The crew from Bicycle Superstore have got you well and truly covered for any minor repairs you may need on the day with bike mechanics located at the start site, each rest site and anything in between.

If you do need some bike repairs while on course, simply turn your bike upside down in a safe place away from other riders and look out for your heroes, Bicycle Superstore!

Pre-Ride Checklist

Make sure your bike is in good working order before you start your ride!

All MS Melbourne Cycle and Half Marathon participants receive a complimentary 25 point safety check courtesy of Bicycle Superstore.

We’re also excited to share that all participants received 10% OFF Full Priced items in-store and online until 22 March using the promo code MS-CYCLE-20, thanks to our generous partners Bicycle Superstore!

Head into your local store and make sure your bike is ready to go on event day!

Bicycle Superstore

tickServiced your bike? 
tickTrained and been out for a few rides? 
tickChecked your start time and have your riders bib?
tickKnow how you are getting to and from the event?
tickPrepared for all weather conditions?
tickDrunk plenty of fluids and have a good brekkie planned?
tickKnow the road rules and how to be polite to other cyclists?

Cycling Etiquette

Really good rider etiquette is one of the most important parts (and one of the nicest parts) of the MS Melbourne Cycle. It’s vital that everyone is respectful and safe along the course. Remember, it isn’t a race! We've put together some handy guidelines so that everyone is pedalling in harmony on event day.

  • STOP at lights and pedestrian crossings.
  • Ride no more than two abreast.
  • Look around and behind you, and call out ‘passing’ or ring your bell, when overtaking other riders.
  • Remember, that all normal road rules apply for the MS Melbourne Cycle.
  • Keep left at all times.
  • Always wear your helmet.
  • Ride to the conditions – if it’s raining remember to dry your brakes constantly, especially before going into descents. 
  • Slow down on congested areas of the course.
  • For a full run down on the rules and regulations for riders, download a copy of Sharing Roads and Paths or take a look at the VicRoads website

Secure your lunch order


We know that everyone is hungry after a ride or run! Plan your MS Melbourne Cycle and Half Marathon experience and pre-order your Gourmet Lunch Pack today. 

From a delicious selection of Chicken, Tarragon & Rocket Wrap, Sweet Potato & Spinach Frittata or large Roast Vegetable Salad with Rocket & Quinoa, we have all dietary requirements covered.

Simply click here to view the options and order.