Ride preparation & start times

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 are a few more tips to make sure you and your bike are ready to ride the sights of Melbourne:

  • Helmet – yes they protect you from magpies but they also save your life and are the ‘must have’ statement piece to complete your cycling kit on the day.  Use your noggin and make sure it fits properly and is in good condition.  
  • Lights, camera, action! Make sure these are in good working order, flashing red for the rear and white for the front of your bike. These babies will help light you up on the roads and the start site.
  • Fluros and reflectors – yes we are going back to the 80s but these are necessary for a safe ride so don’t be shy and light the roads up!
  • Cycling skills – know your limits. Training for the ride is not essential but recommended depending on your fitness levels and cycling abilities. If you have not ridden in a peloton before, or don’t know what that means, get out there and ride with a group and see our training tips page for more info. PS Peloton = pack of riders. 
Preparing your bike 

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.

Bike Mechanics 

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. 

Pre-Ride Checklist

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?

GREAT – Have a wonderful ride!

Carol Cooke

Ride Preparation & Training

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. 

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!

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.

  • 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

Start times

Ok so you’re all set to ride – now when do you start?

  start time
30km & 50km 

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. 

3km & 6km 

The 3km & 6km ride both start at 11:30am.


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