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. 

The 30km and 50km Rides start from 7.20am, with start times every 20 minutes to spread riders evenly along the course to reduce congestion. 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 February/March. 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.

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


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