30km course map
50km course map
The MS Melbourne Cycle is conducted on public roads with extensive traffic management and riders can choose from a 30km or 50km course cycling through Docklands and taking in the spectacular views of the West Gate Bridge.
Both the 30km and 50km course start and finish at the Nursery Enclosure, Flemington Racecourse with three rest stops along the way providing water, first aid and toilet facilities. There will be appropriate signage along the course and 200 volunteer course marshals to direct and support you from the start to the finish line. After the ride, kick back and relax at the event village and take in the live entertainment and food stalls available – the perfect end to a fun-filled and rewarding day!
Flemington Racecourse has been home to the iconic Emirates Melbourne Cup since 1861. This hallmark Australian event attracts international attention for Flemington Racecourse each year, however the venue is also famous for its beautiful Rose Garden - the biggest public rose garden in the southern hemisphere!
Flemington Racecourse was added to the Australian National Heritage List on 7 November 2006 and we are privileged to be able to start and finish the MS Melbourne Cycle event at this iconic Melbourne venue. Learn more about Flemington’s historical features.
The West Gate Bridge is an iconic piece of Melbourne’s infrastructure offering stunning skyline views of Port Phillip Bay and the Melbourne CBD. Being the vital link between the inner city and Melbourne's western suburbs it is one of the busiest road corridors in Australia, as many of you might know during peak hour! The bridge carries up to 200,000 vehicles per day and is twice as long as the Sydney Harbour bridge. The MS Melbourne Cycle is the only charity operated cycling event to have permission to cycle over the West Gate Bridge, offering you the unique chance to ride the third longest bridge in Australia.
The Maribyrnong River is a stunning location to cycle along, cutting through the western suburbs towards the CBD. The river begins on the slopes of Mount Macedon and flows through to Port Phillip Bay. It was known as Saltwater River before being renamed as the Maribyrnong River, with Aboriginal tribes, frequenting its banks for at least 40,000 years. It is very busy attraction on the weekends with many leisure activities enjoyed including fishing, punting and cycling along the bicycle trails of course!
Etihad Stadium is the home of AFL footy. Located in the heart of the Docklands it is buzzing day and night with sports and entertainment with more than 35 million fans through the gates since opening in 2000. It has hosted some of the largest international sporting events including Soccer World Cup Qualifiers and International Rugby Union tests as well as staging some of the worlds biggest artists including Taylor Swift, Foo Fighters, AC/DC and Bon Jovi.
Southern Cross railway station (formerly known as Spencer Street Station) is famous for its uniquely shaped roof as well as being a major transport hub for Melbournians and tourists. It operates both regional and metro services connecting the city to the airport and other states in Australia. When it first opened as Batman Hill Station, a public holiday was declared so all could see the first passenger train depart for Williamstown.
The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel provides an awesome backdrop for your cycle through the Docklands. It stands at 120 metres tall and is a relatively new addition to the Melbourne city skyline with final construction completed in 2013. It is known for its night light shows which you can see clearly from a distance away with its unique structure of 7 spokes representing the seven-pointed star of the Australian flag.
South Wharf Promenade is a popular spot to brunch, lunch and socialise with some of Melbourne’s most talented food and beverage operators located here. Situated amongst restored cargo sheds and offering waterside views of the Yarra, it is an area that attracts the foodie crowds. Adding to the landscape of this hip area is The Seafarers Bridge, a unique looking pedestrian bridge that links the Docklands to the riverfront.
Princes Pier is a stunning location along the course, and one of the most popular spots for photographers in the city. You will see the 580 metre long historic pier when you cycle along the Port Melbourne foreshore after Beacon Road, looking to your left. It was renamed to ‘Princes Pier’ after the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) visited Melbourne in May 1920. Looking further past Princes Pier, you may also see the Spirit of Tasmania docked and waiting to depart for its next trip across the Bass Straight. Enjoy the fresh sea air here as you prepare for your climb over the West Gate Bridge.
Williamstown is a popular beach side suburb in Melbourne surrounded on three sides by water. On a weekend you can see many boats harboured in the pier with crowds enjoying the many waterfront eateries. On the south-eastern side there is open parkland including the Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park. Keep an eye out for the Time Ball Tower, an interesting piece of local history. It was created as a lighthouse but was utilized as a means to ensure all the local shipmasters had the same local mean time. At 1pm each day a large copper sphere mounted on the mast would drop each day and is a tradition that is still performed today.
Scienceworks and the Melbourne Planetarium
You may learn a thing or two when you cycle near the Scienceworks and Melbourne Planetarium precinct. You will have a clear view of the West Gate Bridge, which you recently descended on the 50km route and will get to ride straight underneath it towards Yarraville, Seddon and Footscray. Cycling right past the century old Pumping Station, you will grab a glimpse of the industrious side to Melbourne’s historical culture.
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