Bass Coast Cycle Challenge Riders not dampened by woolly weather!

Bass Coast Cycle Challenge Riders not dampened by woolly weather!

The weather may have been wet and wild, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of  hundreds of riders in the 2019 Bass Coast Cycle Challenge held on 9th November. Starting and finishing in Inverloch, riders took part in two of the event’s four key rides, after weather warnings saw the hallmark 121km downgraded to the 85km distance, and the 53km down the 40km. “The safety of riders and volunteers was paramount, and it was critical to ensure everyone was off the course before the worst of the wind set in.” Said David Butler, a member of the BCCC committee which is responsible for organising this much loved community charity event. Proceeds from the event fund in-school courses teaching life-saving road and driver knowledge. BCCC has enabled over 2000 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. The Bass Coast Cycle Challenge is a true community event, and could not be possible without the support of many key people and groups, incredible volunteers, sponsors, local businesses. The 2020 Bass Coast Cycle Challenge will be held in November 2020, with more details to be found soon at www.basscoastcyclechallenge.com Caption: In a sprint across the finish line, father and son duo Dean and 12 year old Patrick Geri were first across the line in the 40km ride. ENDS...
Surfing and cycling join forces!

Surfing and cycling join forces!

Bass Coast Cycle Challenge is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Bass Coast’s leading surf school – Offshore Surf School. The Offshore Surf School home base, on the corner of Ramsay Blvd and Scarborough Street Inverloch, will transform into the 2019 BCCC event check in on 8th and 9th November. “We are so grateful for the support from Shane and the offshore surf school,” said Gavin Slavin, event director. “Moving to this location, alongside the start/finish area, bike racks, sponsor displays and entertainment, will bring back that famous BCCC buzz.” He added. Shane Hogan from Offshore Surf School explains why he threw his support behind the event. “Offshore Surf school is stoked to be joining forces with Bass Coast Cycle Challenge … Sports like surfing and cycling are perfect ways for people to experience outdoor living and lead healthy and happy lifestyles …. and this event is also really important because it also plays a critical role in helping to reduce the road toll by giving local kids access to road safety education sessions.” Shane also has a message for those who may not have yet taken the leap to enter. “For anyone thinking about getting involved, but haven’t yet entered, it’s the same as surfing …  get on board, choose a course you can handle and have fun!” The 2019 Bass Coast Cycle Challenge will be held on Saturday 9 November, starting and finishing in Inverloch. Enter here now or check out our website for more info on the four routes. Also, check out Offshore Surf School’s site and book yourself in for a lesson soon: https://offshoresurfschool.com.au/  ...
BCCC gets more women cycling

BCCC gets more women cycling

In the 2018 BCCC, 76% of our riders were male, while just 24% were female. This imbalance isn’t an issue limited to the BCCC alone, it’s one experienced across the cycling event industry on a broader scale. Despite this, our current rider entry data for 2019 shows we are  starting to turn the tables. According to the latest entry data, women currently represent 50% of entrants in the 40km and 53km rides for the 2019 BCCC. These stats reaffirm that the BCCC is the perfect event to dip your toes into the water. Whether you are an experienced cyclist, or just getting on your bike, our four routes are attractive to riders of all abilities. At the more challenging end we have 121km and 85km routes, which both include Mt Misery. Then the 53km and 40km rides cater to either intermediate or recreational riders. The relaxed, friendly nature of our community run event is also a critical factor in helping women riders build the confidence they need to get on the bike over these distances. We spoke to a few of our 2019 female riders to find out why they ride and what about the BCCC makes them feel confident to get involved.   70 year old Lesley Beard: 53km ride “I’ve been bike riding for over 40 years. I ride because I love it. I don’t do it to race or win. It is a lovely way to see and smell the country. I have done most of the Great Vic rides and most Cycle Queensland and Bike SA rides. I usually do one ride overseas every year or so....
Carman’s continues support of BCCC

Carman’s continues support of BCCC

Australian gourmet food company Carman’s is continuing to support the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge, to be held on Saturday 9 November in Inverloch. The support will see all riders receive delicious muesli bars at all food stations along the four routes. Enter here. “Carman’s is thrilled to be a supporter of the 2019 Bass Coast Cycle Challenge, this is the seventh year we have got behind the charity event,” said Carman’s spokesperson. “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 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: 40km, 53km, 85km and 121km.  Event ambassador is David McKenzie from SBS cycling central.   Enter the rides or the fun runs now at: www.basscoastcyclechallenge.com...
Calling netball, footy and soccer players!

Calling netball, footy and soccer players!

Sports clubs and teams get cycling to reduce the road toll As the soccer, AFL and netball season draws to a close, don’t waste the fitness you’ve built up over the winter months. Why don’t you put it to the test in the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge, starting and finishing in Inverloch on 9th November. In previous BCCC’s we have had many sports clubs who have entered – either as individuals or as a team. 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! Enter...
60+ riders prize from Gippsland the Lifestyle Magazine

60+ riders prize from Gippsland the Lifestyle Magazine

The BCCC routes are a popular choice for riders over 60 years of age and for the third year running, has generously donated a fantastic prize for one male and one female rider in this age category. Gippsland The Lifestyle magazine is a regionally based, seasonally produced magazine which tells stories of local people, places, events, businesses and services. Publisher of the magazine, Doug Pell will be on hand at the post event presentation to present the $250 prize to one randomly selected male and female rider. “Doug and Gippsland the Lifestyle magazine have supported the BCCC since its inception and we are extremely grateful for the generosity and coverage given to this event. In 2017 and 2018, this prize encouraged many over 60s to enter and we hope it will again this year.” Said event founder Gavin Slavin....