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

2016 Riders event manual

We have developed a riders event manual to help ensure all entrants have a safe and enjoyable ride. Please read it carefully and familiarise yourself with your chosen route, your responsibilities as a road user and our commitment to making this well managed event a great success. DOWNLOAD THE 2016 BCCC EVENT MANUAL

A touch of Canada in Inverloch for the BCCCFF

Meet Shelly Willsey and her travelling buddy Andrea Nagle. These two Edmonton locals are avid cycling fans, and while in Australia on holidays are taking part in the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge, 53km ride. 

While there are some people who think holidays are for resting, these two ladies fall in the category alot of our BCCFF riders fall into – those who use holiday opportunities to get on our bikes and see the world.

In Australia for just under a month, Shelly and Andrea are looking forward to a fun day and riding through some of Victoria’s most picturesque scenery.

 “We entered because we thought it will be a great way to see a bit of Australia. Cycling is the perfect speed to see the countryside,” said Shelly.

“I am most looking forward to good scenery, good people, tired (but happy) legs and a great story to take home.”

When back in Canada Shelly rides two to three times a week “when the weather is cooperative” and her last big ride was the 100k Tour de l’Alberta. Andrea has been focusing on her running lately, and will be doing the Great Barrier Reef half marathon on Nov 6, too.

Shelly and Andrea will be riding the 53km course.

“Mt Misery sounded a little too ominous …  And too much work when holidaying!”

Carman’s continues support of BCCC&FF

Australian gourmet food company Carman’s is continuing to support the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge, to be held on Saturday 12 November in Inverloch.

The support will see all riders receive delicious muesli bars in their participant showbags, along with some other great products from our sponsors.

“Carman’s is thrilled to be a supporter of the 2016 Bass Coast Cycle Challenge, this is the fourth year we have got behind the charity event,” said Carman’s spokesperson Mandy Carr.

“Our delicious and nutritious muesli bars are a natural fit when it comes to fuelling healthy bodies.”

Event Director Gavin Slavin believes the such generous support is vital to the success of this charity event.

“With all proceeds from the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge and Family Festival going towards funding driver education programs in secondary schools across the Bass Coast and South Gippsland regions, the support of our sponsors is so important,” he said.

The Bass Coast Cycle Challenge is one of the most spectacular rides in Victoria with four separate cycling routes, three fun runs, a kids bike ride and bike decorating competition, plus skate board and BMX contests, jumping castle,  Fat Bikes display, music and street activities.

Event ambassadors are David McKenzie from SBS cycling central, Australian road para-cyclist Alex Welsh and Five-time rowing world champion and triple Olympic Gold medalist Drew Ginn. 

Enter the rides or the fun runs now at:


Victorian kids clothing brand sponsors BCCCFF billy cart challenge

Local Bass Coast kids wear company, Norte, has been announced as a sponsor of the 2016 Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival billy cart challenge.

Norte, an Australian owned kids clothing brand operating from Inverloch and Brunswick,  designs seriously cool and seriously comfy clothing for active kids.

With its mission being simply, ‘play’, co-owner and designer Amy Hill says the sponsorship is a perfect match.

“We are very pleased to support the Bass Coast cycle challenge billy cart challenge event.

“Our philosophy is all about kids getting outdoors and playing so this is a great opportunity for us to support an event which does exactly that!”

Norte will provide some amazing prizes for the kids, from their latest range of jackets, snapback caps, beanies and scarves.

Check out Norte here: