2017 event day schedule

The 2017 event day schedule for the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival has been finalised by the BCCCFF committee and is now available to help you plan your day on Sunday 12th November 2017. See bottom of article for how to register for rides and festival activities.

2017 event day schedule

6am               Event day registration opens (Inverloch Hub)

7:45am          121km cycling event briefing

8am                121km cycling event start (waves of 100 riders)

8:45am          85km cycling event briefing

9am                85km cycling event start

9:10am          Fun runs (1.8km, 5km, 10km)

9:45am          53km & 40km cycling events briefing

10am              53km & 40km cycling events start

10:05am        Billy cart races – heats

11am               Billy cart races – final

11:30am         Billy cart race presentation

12pm              Kids decorated bike judging (main stage area)

12:30pm        Tug-o-war

1pm                 Family fun ride

2:30pm          Presentations (cycle challenge, family fun ride, tug-o-war)

4pm                Close of event



CYCLING: pre-event registrations for the cycling event are recommended, however there will be ability to sign up on the morning of the event. Register online here.

FUN RUNS: pre-event registrations for adults entering the fun runs are recommended, complete your registration online now. Children can enter the fun runs on event day by completing the  ‘Festival events entry form‘ and handing it in on event day at Inverloch Community Hub. Children pay $5 for access to the following 6 events: billy carts, fun runs, bike decorating, skate/BMX comps, safety challenge and tug-o-war. 

OTHER FESTIVAL EVENTS: Children pay $5 for access to the following 6 events: billy carts, fun runs, bike decorating, skate/BMX comps, safety challenge and tug-o-war.  To enter any of these events, please complete the ‘Festival events entry form‘ and bring it to Inverloch Community Hub on event day to check in and collect your participant wristband. If you are entering the skate / BMX comp, please complete the ‘Festival events entry form‘  AND the ‘Skate / BMX entry form‘ and bring it to Inverloch Community Hub on event day to check in and collect your participant wristband.


Maurice Blackburn Lawyers sponsor Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival

In a major show of support for the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival and the event’s ultimate purpose – to improve road safety and reduce deaths on our roads – Maurice Blackburn Lawyers have announced their sponsorship of the 2017 event, to be held on Sunday 12th November.

As part of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers’ wide range of work, road accidents are an awful reality. Every year around 1200 people die on Australian roads and thousands more are injured in road accidents.

“Maurice Blackburn Lawyers believe we need to address the road toll in a diverse range of ways to drive positive change, make our roads safer,  save lives and make this a better place to live.” Said Nikita Moyle, an experienced road accident and workplace injury lawyer in Maurice Blackburn’s Traralgon office.

“We are excited to support the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge, which is making an enormous impact in instituting change to road safety through education of our high school children.”

Thanks to all who have ridden in the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge over the past six years, almost 2000 students from South Gippsland the Bass Coast regions have had access to intensive road safety education courses (RYDA) which work towards saving lives on our roads.  

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 workshop, 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.

Event Director Gavin Slavin is thrilled about this new partnership.

“To have Maurice Blackburn Lawyers support the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge, reaffirms our belief that reducing serious and fatal injury crashes on our roads is a major priority for many.”

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers joins existing BCCC sponsors: RACV Resort Inverloch, Pentana Solutions, Alex Scott and Staff, Wheel Heat, Body Torque, Inverloch Espy Hotel, Cross Over Cycles, Winners, and Carmans Bars.

Enter the 2017 Bass Coast Cycle Challenge and help put young people on the road to a safer future: www.basscoastcyclechallenge.com

Follow the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge via Twitter: @BCCChallenge and Facebook.


Teams and clubs get involved!

The Bass Coast Cycle Challenge and Family Festival has already had a lot of interest from sports clubs and teams from across Victoria, who are keen to participate in rides or runs as a group.

“Historically we have had significant interest from the region’s sports clubs – not just cycling clubs, but netball, football, soccer and so on.” Said Event Director Gavin Slavin.

We welcome sports clubs and teams from near and far to participate as a group and offer the choice to wear the official event jersey or your club / team kit while you ride. The choice is yours!

“It’s a great opportunity for clubs and teams to get together, do the ride or run as a club … and then enjoy the festival activities afterwards.”

To spice things up between your team/club mates, on the 121km and 85km rides, the Mt Misery Challenge is back in 2017, where all riders will be timed on the 3km climb … the overall fastest individual climber of the 2017 Bass Coast Cycle Challenge (be they solo, or part of a club/team) will win a one of a kind polka dot Bass Coast Cycle Challenge jersey. Go on, take on your team/club mates! We will also recognise the fastest teams during presentations on the day.

Challenge Expo announced

PROMO FOR BIKE EXPO2Organisers of the Bass coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival have announced in 2017 a bike expo will be held alongside the popular event. 

“We have had interest from many businesses who are keen to exhibit at the event and promote their business to more 1000 bike riders, runners, festival goers.” Said Evenet Director Gavin Slavin.

The inaugural ‘Challenge Expo’, will be held on 12th November 2017 alongside the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival.

“We are providing a cost effective opportunity for these businesses to reach a wide range of diverse potential customers.” Slavin added.

Exhibitors looking for more information, check out the Challenge Expo brochure or contact Gavin Slavin on info@basscoastcyclechallenge.com




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.