The 2018 MS Melbourne Cycle and MS Half Marathon will be held on Sunday 15th April.
The 30km and 50km ride starts at 7.00am. Your individual start times will be allocated to you in January and you will be notified by mail, when you receive your entry kit. We encourage participants to arrive at the start site 30 minutes prior to your allocated start time.
The 3km and 6km ride start time will be 11:30am. We encourage participants to arrive at the start site 30 minutes prior to your allocated start time.
The half marathon start time will be 9.15am. Start groupings are based on your estimated time to complete. We encourage participants to arrive at the start site 30 minutes prior to your allocated start time.
The 10km run starts at 9.30am. We encourage participants to arrive at the start site 30 minutes prior to your allocated start time.
The 5km run starts at 9.00am. We encourage participants to arrive at the start site 30 minutes prior to your allocated start time.
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. Children 3 and under are free!
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.
Children can ride in a trailer at the back of a bike under a parent or guardian’s liability.
All runs are wheelchair friendly. Walkers, pushed wheelchairs and strollers are only permitted in the 5km and 10km run.
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.
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.
Online registrations close Wednesday 4 April.
Entry kits will be mailed out from March 2018.
No – each participant enters as an individual and then links to 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com at any time.
There is parking at Flemington. Parking cost is $20 per vehicle. If you hold a valid disability parking permit, parking is free of charge.
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.
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.
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. The event goes ahead rain or shine, unless there is a significant danger to participants because of poor visibility, lightning, storms, or strong winds.
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.
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.
The official event photographer is Epsom Road Studios. Your entry includes a free colour downloadable photograph. After the event you will be emailed a link to download your free photo. This link will also be promoted on our website and via social media.
NOTE: Riders please place your bib on your bike and the additional helmet sticker to your helmet. Runners please place your bib on the front of your shirt. This ensures photographers can efficiently match you to your bib number resulting in easy search for your personal photo.
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.
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
Thanks to Melbourne Bike Share and Freddy’s Bike Tours you can now hire a bike if you don't have one of your own! You will pay, collect and return it to the Event Village at Flemington Racecourse on the day. There’s limited availability so you will need to pre-order with us by calling 1300 733 690. For more information visit our Bike Hire page.
Please visit shop.ms.org.au to view our range of 2018 merchandise. There will be more merchandise items added to the range in the coming weeks so keep an eye out.
Explore this website or contact event organisers:
Phone: 1300 733 690