Back bigger and better in 2016, Ride the Night has double the rider spots up for grabs in Melbourne. Here’s everything you need to know about the event.
Saturday 30th January at 22:00
Due to increased participation, there are two starting points for Ride the Night in Melbourne. You’ll need to select your preferred spot at registration:
- Albert Park
- Kevin Bartlett Reserve
Your Ride the Night Melbourne route:
The ride will set off in waves as the clock hits midnight Sunday 31st January. Make sure you’re at your start line ready to go.
31st August 2015 – 6th September 2015: Bicycle Network members only – $93.00 7th September 2015 – 9th November 2015: Early bird registrations – $93.00
10th November 2015 – 25th January 2016: Standard registrations – $100.00
26th January 2016 – 30th January 2016: Late entry – $120.00
Please note, online ticket sales for Ride the Night Melbourne close at 23:59 27th January 2016. To obtain a ticket after this point, please head to kit-collection points as per the below:
- 28th – 29th January 2016: City Square between 12:00 and 19:00
- 30th January 2016: Kevin Bartlett Reserve and Albert Park start points between 22:00 and midnight
All funds raised for Ride the Night Melbourne will support the work of YSAS and Bicycle Network. Your fundraising will enable YSAS to further its support services for disadvantaged young people across the state, helping them to take back control of their lives.
Bicycle Network’s vision is to get more Australians fit and healthy through bike riding and to provide a safer environment in which to do so. Funds raised will support campaigning towards this change.
EVENT DETAILS FOR RIDERS:
Your rider guide is now available to download here.
We encourage you to plan your trip to the start line. Bikes are allowed on trains, please check the Melbourne Public Transport timetables to work out the best times. There are train stations a short ride away from both Kevin Bartlett Reserve and Albert Park.
If driving, we recommend car pooling or getting a lift – parking will be strictly limited.
At Albert Park there will be limited parking available at Lakeside Stadium carpark, costs may apply.
At Kevin Bartlett Reserve, riders can park in the GE Money carpark (see image below, red = GE Money parking, blue = start area) from 10:00pm – midday Sunday.
Where do I pick up my rider kit from?
- City Square Melbourne (corner of Collins and Swanston Streets): Thursday 28 January and Friday 29 January, 12:00pm – 7:00pm
- Albert Park start point: Saturday 30 January, 10:00pm – 12:00am
- Kevin Bartlett Reserve start point: Saturday 30 January, 10:00pm – 12:00am
NB: It is fine for a friend to pick up your rider kit on your behalf, as long as they bring your confirmation email with them.
Can I buy tickets, merchandise and other bike equipment on the night?
Pending availability, we will have tickets for sale on the night. To avoid disappointment, make sure you book online before the event.
Merchandise will be for sale, pending availability.
Bike mechanics will be at the start points and will have some items available for repairs. Riders are strongly encouraged to ensure their bike is fit for the ride before the night (read our blog about prepping your bike beforehand).
How do I know what wave I’m in to leave the start point?
Marshals will help direct you on the night to the Start Line. From here we will be releasing riders in waves, to ensure minimal congestion throughout the route
What food and drink will be available?
As part of your registration pack, you’ll receive a breakfast voucher to be used at the finish. You’ll also receive a coffee voucher to be used at Kevin Bartlett or Albert Park. Throughout the ride our coffee supplier will have food and snacks available for purchase.
There will be water refill stations at each rest stop, we recommend you bring one bottle of water to refill as needed at each rest stop.
We recommend you bring additional snacks to suit your needs.
What lighting and safety equipment do riders need to bring?
All riders must display:
- A flashing or steady white light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the front of the bicycle; and
- A flashing or steady red light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the rear of the bicycle; and
- A red reflector that is clearly visible for at least 50 metres from the rear of the bicycle when the light is projected onto it by a vehicle’s headlight on low-beam
- A reflective ankle band provided in participant kits
Beyond this, we’d love to see your bikes lit up with as much light as you can muster. Think fairy lights, glow sticks and multiple bike lights.
What safety and support measures will be at the event?
Ride the Night is a fully supported route with marshals, SAGS, traffic marshals, mechanics and first aid. Please refer to the rider guide for any major problems on the night.
All marshals will be wearing hi-visibility vests so you won’t miss them. SAG vehicles will collect you if you are no longer able to ride. If you require a SAG, please call the event assistance phone number on your rider guide.