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 are a few more tips to make sure you and your bike are ready to ride the sights of Melbourne:
Working on your own fitness in preparation for the 2018 MS Melbourne Cycle is important, but don’t forget about your bike! Regular maintenance of your bike will ensure improved safety on the roads, a more comfortable ride and in the long run costs you less…now we’ve got your attention!
Bike mechanics, The Rapid Wrench, have put together this quick and easy checklist to make sure your bike is in the best possible shape for the 2018 MS Melbourne Cycle.
We 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 a Mobile Support Crew for 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, the Mobile Support Crew.
Tip: So that you’re not standing there red-faced while your mates zip past you, make sure your bike is in good working order before you start your ride.
Serviced your bike?
Trained and been out for a few rides?
Checked your start time and have your riders bib?
Know how you are getting to and from the event?
Prepared for all weather conditions?
Drunk plenty of fluids and have a good brekkie planned?
Know the road rules and how to be polite to other cyclists?
GREAT – Have a wonderful ride!
Some basic training will prepare you and ensure that you get the most out of the day. You don’t want to be worrying about how to navigate riding alongside other cyclists when you are riding over the Westgate Bridge, so get out there, do some training rides and brush up your cycling skills.
Paralympic Gold Medallist, Carol Cooke AM, has put together some Training Tips for you and if you haven’t heard of a little thing called ‘Rider Etiquette’ before, have a read below.
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!
You might be the next Cadel Evans, but we can’t all be exceptional, so keep in mind that others cycling near you may not be as experienced. We’ve put together some handy guidelines so that everyone is pedalling in harmony on event day.
Ok so you’re all set to ride – now when do you start?
Your ride starts from 7:00am. Start times are allocated in blocks to reduce congestion, so you will receive your specific start time via email.
The 3km & 6km ride both start at 11:30am.