Around the Bay in a Day is a recreational cycling event organised by Bicycle Victoria in Victoria, Australia. Cyclists register to ride a 210 km course starting and ending in Melbourne around Port Phillip, either clockwise or anti-clockwise, catching the ferry between Queenscliff and Sorrento.
For those brave enough to tackle the 210 km, their journey begins and ends at Alexandra Gardens. Half of the riders head towards the east-side of the bay, riding to Sorrento, and the other half head west towards Queenscliff. Riders cross the bay on ferries to complete the ride. [wikipedia]
For those of you that followed the
ramblings interesting posts about the Oxfam Trailwalker training and event in the [Trailwalker] Tales from the trail posts, you might not be surprised to find that I’ve managed to sign up to something else that I’m not quite prepared for
That’s right after a few drinks I have agreed to ride the ‘Around the Bay’ in team Ride for Tom. We’ll be doing the 210km Melbourne – Sorrento – (ferry) – Queenscliff – Melbourne circuit.
Lucky for me the current edition of the Bicycle Australia magazine (purchased for the Tour de France information) has a ten week 210km preparation cycle training plan – unfortunately we are now nearing the end of week 4. Oh well time to upgrade the bike, upgrade the legs and hope that some quality training occurs in the next 6 weeks.
The 20th year of Bupa Around the Bay is something special: all those years, dozens of friendships, scores of challenges and victories, and decades of precious memories.
To mark this record of achievement we are going to stamp this year’s ride with a special identity—every rider will wear the commemorative jersey.
The impact of this step will be massive with more than 17,000 riders in the same kit on the same day in the same event. [Bicycle Network Victoria]