The 2020 MS Melbourne Cycle and MS Half Marathon will be held on on Sunday 22 March.
Each participant will need a separate email to register. If someone in your team does not have an email (eg. a child), please contact our team on 1300 733 690 or [email protected].
*People living with multiple sclerosis will receive complimentary entry to either the 2020 MS Melbourne Cycle & Half Marathon, please contact our friendly team on 1300 733 690 or [email protected] for further information.
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.
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.
Only the 5km run is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Unfortunately the 21.1km and 10km runs are not wheelchair and stroller friendly this year.
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.
Are you a keen cyclist and runner and can’t make up your mind? It is not recommended to participate in both the ride and run as the events may overlap. However, if you’re really keen to take part in both events, bear in mind you will need to register for both the ride and run separately and you’ll have two separate fundraising pages.
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 protected].
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 [email protected].
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 protected] at any time.
All information on parking and public transport can be found on our Getting There page.
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.
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 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
Please visit shop.ms.org.au to view our range of 2020 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
Email: [email protected]