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

Record numbers turn out for the best BCCC&FF yet!

Record numbers turned out for the sixth edition of the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge held on Saturday 12th November in Inverloch, including former Australian racing cyclist and SBS commentator Dave McKenzie, the 1st non-European to wear the maillot jaune Phil Anderson and Australia’s current hand cycle race and time trial champion for class H3, Alex Welsh.

Over 700 riders took part in the four key rides, with hundreds pounding the pavement in the fun run and taking part in other Festival activities run by the Inverloch Lions Club, such as billy cart races, bike decorating and skate / BMX competitions.

According to event director and founder of the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Festival, Gavin Slavin, this year’s event was the biggest event yet and well received by the local community.

“Our entrant numbers are increasing every year, attracting local and international participants, some from as far away as Canada!”

With proceeds from the cycling event funding in-school courses which arm the next generation with life saving road and driver knowledge, Slavin believes this is a driving force behind the events success and ongoing support from the local community.

“Proceeds from the riding event provide the opportunity for school kids to receive a fantastic driver education cycling awareness program called RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) run by a not for profit organisation Road Safety Education Australia.

“Support for this event over the past few years has enabled us to fund over 1500 secondary school students from the South Gippsland and Bass Coast areas, to take part in the RYDA Road Safety Education… where they learn knowledge and skills which they will retain for life, and pass onto others too.” 

The RYDA program is one of the road safety initiatives in Victoria that have contributed to the number of young people killed in road crashes falling by 48% over the past decade. 

According to the first across the line for the longest ride of 121km, David Gafa, this is an event which the community can be proud.

“This is a great ride and event … I’m proud of the event that has been created …. Well done to all involved.” Said Gafa, who crossed the line is a super fast time of 3:42:59.

Slavin says the event could not have been possible with the support of some key people and groups.

“The community really rally behind this event to make it a success, the Lions Club, our incredible volunteers, sponsors, local businesses, our local schools. It goes to show how important the road safety message is for our community.”

The 2017 Bass Coast Cycle Challenge will be held in November 2017, with more details to be found at 



BCCC&FF welcomes the 1st non-European to wear the maillot jaune, Phil Anderson

Australia’s Philip Anderson OAM is a former professional racing cyclist who was the first non-European to wear the yellow jersey of the Tour de France.

We are thrilled to share the news that Phil will be riding in the 2016 Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival.

Phil came to be involved in the BCCC&FF after a friend from his Hawthorne club racing days who “is getting the riding bug again after doing Amy’s Grand Fondo” entered the BCCC&FF and asked him and his partner Annie to join them.

We were lucky to get the chance to ask Phil a few questions ahead of the big day on 12th November. Read the interview below.

What is your current riding routine / what other rides have you recently undertaken?

Generally, I ride a couple of times a week.  A longer one (maybe 100km) mid week followed by a coffee-shop ride on the weekend.  Other days I run.  Together with my partner Annie we have small travel business focusing on cycle tourism which takes us riding in Europe from time to time.  Otherwise I ride the occasional recreational event.  Amy’s Gran Fondo, Chase the Dog, Otway Odyssey .. and now the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge!

You have a bit of a history with Inverloch and the Gippsland region, I believe?

I recall back in the 70s, before I started racing, staying with a school friend who had a home in Inverloch and enjoying riding on the beach at low tide. Once I began racing I did race a little in Gippsland which touched on the coast.  Once retired, I recall managing a team in the Sun Tour and I’m pretty sure it was David McKenzie (BCCC event ambassador) from our VIS team that won a stage that finished in San Remo.

The BCCC&FF is open to all ages and abilities – from beginners to the more serious cyclists … What tips do you have for people (regardless of ability) who are gearing up for the event?

It’s not a race, it’s about enjoying yourselves safely.  Pace yourselves and don’t try to keep up if you are uncomfortable.  Like many things in life, the better prepared you are, the more enjoyable/easier it will be.  Say hi as you pass!

Find out more about Phil at his website:



New finish route

Changes to the finish of all cycle routes – all riders must please read. 

As riders are approximately 1.5km from the finish line, riders will head directly down Venus Street hill towards the water. Caution must be taken as this is a steep decent with a sharp left hand bend at the bottom of the hill. Once riders have completed the decent and turned left onto Ramsey Boulevard, they will continue along Ramsey for approximately 600m where they turn left into A’Beckett street to finish. Please ensure that all road rules are obeyed.


new finish route