Around the Bay is Australia’s largest cycling event with over 10,000 cyclists of all abilities congregating in Melbourne every year with ride options ranging from 20km to 300 km. Riders raise money for the Smith Family who provide practical education for children in need.
Both Tanya Kubitza from Melbourne and Sakinah Ahmad from Sydney participated in the ride and thoroughly enjoyed it. Tanya did the 20km ride and Sakinah did the 135 km ride.
It has been an annual event for the last 26 years with cyclists enjoying beautiful coastal ride, soaking up one of the most beautiful stretches of Port Phillip Bay, 17km of pristine coastal riding between Safety Beach and Mornington with 6.5 kilometres of closed roads from Safety Beach to Mt Martha.
The 135 km ride began in Geelong, then down to board the Queenscliff to Sorrento Ferry for a scenic 40-minute boat trip between the Bellarine and Morning Peninsulas. The finish line was in Albert Park, Melbourne.
Finishing the course was not an easy feat. It was a challenging and windy ride, but the sun came out eventually. It was worth the effort to give disadvantaged kids the chance to reach their true potential.
Cyclists received their medals at the finish line and enjoyed the festival atmosphere at Albert Park with fellow cyclists, family and friends.
Personally it was a great sense of euphoria and accomplishment to finish the 135 km course among our fellow Australians who share the same passion for cycling. It took a lot of planning and organisation to go to Melbourne from Sydney to participate in the event but it was made easier by the huge amount of support received from family, community and the Bicycle Network.
You can watch highlights of my cycling here: https://www.relive.cc/view/vPv4JMNkz36