Frequently Asked Questions

  • On what date is the event held?

    The 2019 MS Melbourne Cycle and MS Half Marathon will be held on on Sunday 31st March.

  • Is there an age limit?

    30km and 50km Ride
    It is recommended children are 10 years of age, or competent cyclists to participate in 30km or 50km course and be accompanied by an adult. 

    3km and 6km Ride
    Cyclists of any age are welcome to participate in the 3km and 6km course. 

    Half Marathon
    Runners must be 16 years or older on race day.

    5km and 10km Run
    Runners of any age are welcome to participate in the 5km and 10km course. All children under the age of 13 years must be accompanied by an adult.

     

  • Can my children ride with me in a trailer at the back of my bike?

    Children can ride in a trailer at the back of a bike under a parent or guardian’s liability.

  • Is the run wheelchair and stroller friendly?

    All runs are wheelchair friendly. Walkers, pushed wheelchairs and strollers are only permitted in the 5km and 10km run.

  • How long will the ride take?

    The MS Melbourne Cycle is NOT A RACE. It is an opportunity to ride the sights of Melbourne amongst friends and fellow cyclists. Which means you can take your time! A recreational rider will ride at approximately 12-16km per hour, (without accounting for rest stops) depending on their fitness. The 30km course will take around 1.5 hours. The 50km ride will take approximately 3.5 hours with 3 official rest stops along the way and many opportunities to take a breather. 

    The 3km or 6km ride around Flemington will take half an hour to an hour if riding solo, but it can be taken slowly with the kids. The course is open all morning for those who would like to run and then ride.

  • How long will the run take?

    The MS Half Marathon is a timed event. Your time will be recorded from when you cross the start mat to the finish line mat. Start groupings are based on your estimated time to complete provided when you register. 

    Half Marathon (21.1km)
    As a guide your running pace (minutes per km) for each grouping needs to be:
    Under 1 hour sub 2:51 pace
    1-2 hours sub 5:41 pace
    2-3 hours sub 8:32 pace
    3-4 hours sub 11:22 pace
    Please note the cut-off for the MS Half Marathon is 4 hours 
     
    10km Run
    As a guide your running pace (minutes per km) for each grouping needs to be:
    Under 30 mins sub 3:00 pace
    30-45 mins sub 4:30 pace
    45-60 mins sub 6:00 pace
    Over 60 mins over 6:00 pace
    Please note the cut-off for the 10km run is 3 hours
     
    5km Run
    As a guide your running pace (minutes per km) for each grouping needs to be:
    Under 30 mins sub 6:00 pace
    30-45 mins sub 9:00 pace
    45-60 mins sub 12:00 pace
    Over 60 mins over 12:00 pace
    Please note the cut-off for the 5km run is 90 mins
  • What do I receive for my entry fee?

    • Entry kit and bib posted to you for free
    • Personalised certificate of completion
    • 3 x MS Melbourne Cycle rest sites with water, toilets, bike mechanics and first aid. 
      5 x MS Half Marathon water stations.
    • Live entertainment, food stalls, massage services and more at the event village
    • 250+ dedicated volunteers who can assist you on the day
    • The rewarding experience of riding and running side by side and fundraising to support people living with multiple sclerosis

     

  • Does it cost extra to enter a team?

    No – each participant enters as an individual and then links to a team.  

  • How do I enter or create a team?

    Follow these easy steps: Go to the register page, after you select a package the system will ask you if you want to sign up as an individual or as a team.

    If you have already signed up as an individual and would like to join a team, please log into the website. On the right side of the screen under “event information” click on the “Join or Create a Team” link, then choose to either create a team or join a team – easy! If you require assistance, please contact our friendly staff 1300 733 690 or mscycle@ms.org.au.

  • Is there a minimum each person needs to fundraise?

    We encourage all participants to have a go at fundraising. Your commitment and effort will not only be a rewarding experience for you, but will ultimately support people living with multiple sclerosis.

    Your entry fee pays for the cost of staging the event – things like signage, traffic management and first aid. Every dollar you raise on top of your entry fee will go directly to providing services and support for Aussies who are living with multiple sclerosis.

    We ask participants to do their best to raise a minimum of $150 if you are participating in the 30km or 50km ride, or $75 if you are taking part in the 3km or 6km ride. 
    For more fundraising activity ideas, please visit our  fundraising page or contact one of our friendly MS staff on 1300 733 690 or mscycle@ms.org.au.

  • How do I get started with fundraising?

    If you have never fundraised before we are here to help you. Take a look here for ideas and inspiration, and learn how to fundraise in 1 minute 40 seconds. Don’t forget that we’re always here for extra support, so you can always call us for advice and practical assistance with your fundraising goal to help people living with multiple sclerosis. Call 1300 733 690 or email mscycle@ms.org.au at any time.

  • Where can I park?

    There is parking at Flemington. Parking cost is $20 per vehicle. If you hold a valid disability parking permit, parking is free of charge.

  • Will it be very crowded?

    Even though there are up to 4,000 MS Melbourne Cycle cyclists on the road, it only gets crowded along a few short sections of the course. Cyclists start over a 60 minute period and soon spread over the course.

    To avoid crowding, the MS Half Marathon start will be grouped according to your estimated time to complete provided when you registered. 

  • What happens if I break down, fall behind or can't complete the ride?

    Up to 200 volunteers will be working along the route, as well as bike mechanics and first aid personnel. They are ready and happy to provide assistance to anyone who may break down, feel ill or experience other difficulties. We recommend that you have your bike serviced before the ride and carry a puncture repair kit and pump. If you breakdown, turn your bike upside down and wait. The MS Melbourne Cycle has a sweep bus which travels behind the last group of riders on event day. The sweep bus ensures all riders cycle within the allocated time allowed to travel the 50km course, and provides assistance to riders who have broken down or encountered a problem. If riders choose to delay their travel and fall behind the sweep bus, the services of the sweep bus will no longer be available, and participants will no longer be deemed to be a part of the event.

  • What happens if it's raining?

    The event goes ahead rain or shine, unless there is a significant danger to participants because of poor visibility, lightning, storms, or strong winds. Over the length of the course it can rain in one section and be fine and sunny in another. You should be prepared for all weather. 

  • How safe is it?

    We do everything possible to make all courses safe, working with relevant authorities to ensure that all riders and runners have an enjoyable ride or run. 

    The MS Melbourne Cycle 30km and 50km ride course is not a closed road course, however if you follow basic road safety rules, drink plenty of fluids and follow marshal and traffic management instructions and signage, you'll have a safe and enjoyable ride. Even though there are up to 4,000 cyclists on the road, it only gets crowded along a few short sections of the course. Cyclists start over a 60 minute period and soon spread over the route. Remember that there may be less experienced riders around you so signal, look behind and call out when overtaking.

    All distances in the MS Half Marathon are closed road courses.

     

  • What about insurance?

    You are not covered by MS for injuries or damage if an accident occurs. We recommend that you obtain personal accident insurance before taking part. For riders this type of cover is available through membership of Cycling Australia.

  • If I can no longer take part in the event, am I eligible for a refund?

    The entry fee will not be refunded if an entrant changes their mind about participating in the event. Entry is not transferable to another person or to a future event.

  • Do it for someone you know with multiple sclerosis

    If you have a family member or friend who has multiple sclerosis, show your support for them by officially running or riding on their behalf. This will enable both of you to enjoy the event experience and fundraise together! You can also load a photo of you and the person you are doing it for onto your very own online fundraising page

  • Is there a team I can join? What is Team MS?

    Simply join Team MS by clicking here. You may wish to join Team MS by simply choosing 'Join Our Team' on the team page here and completing your registration. You can invite family, friends and colleagues to also join this team with you. 

  • Where can I buy Official MS merchandise?

    Please visit shop.ms.org.au to view our range of 2019 merchandise. There will be more merchandise items added to the range in the coming weeks so keep an eye out.

  • How can I find out more?

    Explore this website or contact event organisers:
    Phone: 1300 733 690
    Email: mscycle@ms.org.au

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