Tour de France commentator gets behind the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge

Dave McKenzie has been accurately predicting many Tour de France stage wins and was one of the first to disagree with the DQ of Peter Sagan. Amidst all of this activity, we are excited to announce he will be ambassador for the 2017 Bass Coast Cycle Challenge, to be held on Sunday 12th November.

Currently in France commentating on the Tour de France for SBS, the former Australian racing cyclist will head to Inverloch in Victoria’s Bass Coast region as ambassador for the 7th consecutive year.

As event ambassador McKenzie will cycle one of the stunning routes (121km, 85km, 53km, 40km + family 14km) and will be on hand to welcome home fun run participants and all riders, including the kids after the kids and family rides.

“The Bass Coast Cycle Challenge is great ride in a beautiful part of Victoria.  I am looking forward to being a part of the event  – if you weren’t there last year, don’t miss out this year. Your entry fee goes straight to educate our young drivers, passengers and cyclists, making our roads safer for all of us.” Said McKenzie.

Enter now – early bird entries go in the running for some great prizes.

Follow Dave and his TDF journey via Twitter: @davemacka

Follow the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge via Twitter: @BCCChallenge



Dave McKenzie (left) with 2016 first across the line Dave Gaffa (middle) and Event Director Gav Slavin (right)

Entries now open

It’s July 1 and entries are now open for the 2017 Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival, to be held on SUNDAY 12th November 2017 in Inverloch, Victoria. 

With seven rides  – 121km, 85km, 53km, 40km, 14km family ride, 7km kids and the school group safety ride – plus three fun runs (10km, 5km, 1.8km), this is the event which really does have something for all ages and abilities … from beginner and recreational riders and runners, through to the weekend warriors!

Enter a ride or run before September 1 to be in the running to win one of five free ride entries.



New Family ride in 2017

The Bass Coast Cycle Challenge’s 14km Family challenge is a great choice for families wanting a fun ride on a gentle course, with full road closure.

The 14km course loops from Inverloch town centre to Eagles Nest lookout and back, taking in some majestic scenery along the coast.

Half way through the course riders can take a quick break at the Eagles nest selfie stop where music will be pumping and you can take in the view, before turning around and heading back into town.

As part of the 14km family challenge, a shorter route is available for smaller children, approximately 7km, starting in Inverloch and turning around at the end of Surf Beach Parade.


family ride route


2017 jersey unveiled

Following an overwhelming number of votes in our jersey design competition, we are pleased to reveal the winning design for 2017.

BCCC 2017_JERSEY Design-front BCCC 2017_JERSEY Design-back


Designed by Col Boyd, the winning design was a clear favourite amongst voters, with a massive total of 36% of the votes.  The next closest design had 13.36% of the votes.

With safety at the forefront of the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge, our jersey supplier Body Torque have tweaked the design to increase visibility on the road, and the jersey will include reflective rear pockets and reflective sleeves.

The 2017 jersey is included in the entry fee for 121km, 85km 53km and 40km. Entrants in the 14km family ride can purchase a jersey for $75.

Jersey design contest – Vote now for your favourite design

Wow, what a spectacular response to our jersey design comp. Thanks to all who entered. We have shortlisted 10 designs and would now like to hand the final decision over to you!

Click on the VOTE NOW button below to check out the top 10 designs and vote for your top pick.

Voting is open from 17th – 23rd June.


The winner of the design comp will be announced on the same day 2017 entries open, 1st July 2017. Early bird entries (form 1st July to end August) go in the running to win one of 5 free ride entries.  Also, get three friends or family members to enter before September 1 for your chance to win a full BCCC riding outfit worth $380 – helmet, a BCCC jersey, knicks, vest, arm warmers, cap and socks.

Your ride in the BCCC really does have an impact!

Road safety is an issue that touches us all and thanks to all who have ridden in the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge, almost 2000 students from South Gippsland the Bass Coast regions have had access to intensive road safety education courses which work towards saving lives on our roads. 

The Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival (Sunday 12 November 2017, Inverloch) attracts hundreds of participants who come from all over Victoria to take part in one of the cornerstone rides (121km, 85km, 53km, 14km family ride, 5km kids ride). While riders get to experience one of the most scenic rides in Victoria, the broader benefits of the event are far reaching, with proceeds funding courses run in our local schools, which arm the next generation with life saving road safety knowledge.

RYDA is a series of practical and powerful workshops that aim to change the way young people think about road safety.  As part of an interactive one-day excursion, students experience braking at different speeds, devise travel strategies that will work for them in the real world and get tips from road safety experts on how to protect themselves, their friends and family.  The most powerful moments come from crash survivors who take the time to tell their stories.

“To date we have had over 1,450 students attend RYDA from eight local secondary schools in Wonthaggi, Phillip Island, Korumburra, Leongatha, Foster and Mirboo North.” Said Event Director Gavin Slavin.

“Three more program days are scheduled in 2017, which will see an additional 430 students participate; taking us close to 2,000 students in just five years.”

Enter the 2017 Bass Coast Cycle Challenge (from 1st July) and help put young people on the road to a safer future.

Early education is an important initiative that has contributed to the number of young people killed in road crashes falling by 48% over the past decade.

“RYDA targets 16-18 year old students who are approaching that crucial time in their lives where they start to drive independently or are travelling as passengers of novice drivers.” Said Catherine Smith from Road Safety Education Limited.

In 2017, proceeds from the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge will continue to support RYDA, but will also support a broader suite of driver education programs in school across the Bass Coast and South Gippsland regions.

Students from years 10, 11 and 12 will now benefit, with funds supporting the ‘Keys Please Vic Roads education program’ (year 10), the RYDA program (year 11) and Vic roads MukUpday program (year 12).

“Having a diverse range of programs in every secondary school in the region provides the best opportunity to promote safer driving and hopefully reduce the road toll.” Said Slavin.

In addition to these programs, the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge will support the L2P program which moves the education from the class room environment to the open road.

“It not only supports first time drivers through their first 120 hours of driving with a qualified mentor or parent until they are ready to sit their P plate license, but also educates parents / carers to become driving education mentors.”

The Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival will be held on Sunday 12 November 2017. Entries will be open from 1st July at


The Bass Coast Cycle Challenge and Family Festival is a not-for-profit cycling event held in Inverloch, Victoria. For the first time in it’s 7 year history, the event will be held on a Sunday (12th November), organisers moved the day from Saturday to Sunday just for 2017, as a mark of respect for Remembrance Day. Proceeds support the local community through funding in-school road safety education, making our roads safer for all users. 


2017 event date announced: Sunday 12 Nov

Save the date and book your accommodation now!

As the countdown commences to the 7th annual Bass Coast Cycle Challenge, organisers are excited to announce this year’s event will be held on Sunday 12th November 2017, in beautiful Inverloch in Victoria’s Bass Coast region.

The BCCC is traditionally held on the second Saturday in November, however in 2017 the event has been moved to the Sunday as a mark of respect for Remembrance Day.

“We believe Remembrance Day should remain a day which is dedicated solely to paying respect to our fallen soldiers and all our service men and women who have fought for our country.” Said Event Director Gavin Slavin.

“As an additional mark of respect, the event jersey will include a red poppy on the design.”  Slavin added.

This year’s event promises to be even better than ever, with the addition of a 14km family ride to Eagles Nest (more details to come) and the continuation of the Lions Club festival activities.

Entries will open on 1st July at

Bass Coast Cycle Challenge, 2017 jersey design competition

Bass Coast Cycle Challenge is looking for your help to design its 2017 event jersey.

We are taking submissions until 15th June 2017.

The winning jersey designer will receive a free jersey and free entry into the ride of their choice for the 2017 event, which is to be held on Sunday 12th November, in Inverloch, Victoria.

Here are the rules for the design contest:

  • Deadline is 15th June 2017 at 12:00pm AEST
  • You can submit as many designs as you would like, but they must be original
  • Appropriate submissions will be posted on our website and social media channels for the pubic to view and give feedback, which will be taken into consideration by the judging panel (public review period is 17th June 2017 – 23rd June 2017)
  • If your design is selected, we will send you a free jersey and also provide you with a free entry into the ride of your choice.
  • Winner will be announced on Tuesday 1st July 2017 via newsletter and social media channels.

Vital info for the design:

  • Colours for the design must be light blue, black and white
  • Essential information which must be included in the design is:
    • Bass Coast Cycle Challenge logo (you can also use BCCC, but the full logo must be included)
    • 2017
    • Pentana solutions logo
    • RACV Inverloch resort logo
    • RYDA logo
    • A red poppy – as the BCCC falls on the same weekend a Remembrance Day, as a mark of respect we will be including a poppy on the 2017 jersey design.
  • Our gear supplier is Body Torque
  • Jerseys will be digitally printed on moisture wicking fabric
  • Please keep in mind road safety when designing the shirt, we are after bright, eye catching designs which will be noticed easily while riding on our roads
  • Previous designs are at the end of this page

Submitting your design:

  • Use any blank design template or jerseys (plenty available via Google)
  • Preferred file type is .ai or PDF (although all file types will be accepted).
  • Designs should be sent to:
    • Subject line: “2017 jersey design competition – YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME”
    • Remember to attach your deign!
  • If selected as the winner we will follow up with you directly.


Previous designs:

Jersey 1 2016 Jersey 2013 Jersey 2015

Logo’s to include on the design:

Bass Coast Cycle Challenge full logo: bccc-logo_pink_RGB(web)

Ryda:  Bass Coast 2015_BT644SS Mens & BT634SS Womens Jersey Mockup 03A


RACV Inverloch: RACVINverlochResort

Pentana solutions: PentanaSolutions


Red Poppy to include in your design:

poppy2 poppy1