After eight years steering the BCCCFF ship as event director, in 2018 Gavin Slavin will be joined by Jess Bodiam, as they co-direct this year’s event.
An experienced event operations manager, Jess has worked on the BCCCFF since 2014, and brings significant skills in planning and managing events to make them the most successful they can be.
“Having been involved with the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge and Family Festival for four years, I’m excited to be stepping up to help with the overall event planning and organisation.” Said Jess.
With extensive event experience ranging from the Australian Grand Prix Corporation in Event and Venue Operations to the Victorian Arts Centre and eight years as Pyramid Rock Festival’s Operations Manager, we welcome Jess in this new role and look forward to an amazing day on Saturday 10th November.
Entries are now open, early bird rates available until 1 September.
Former Australian racing cyclist and current SBS Tour de France commentator Dave McKenzie has been confirmed as Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival ambassador, for the eighth consecutive year.
As event ambassador McKenzie will cycle one of the stunning routes (121km, 85km, 53km, 40km, 14km family) and will be on hand to welcome home riders and fun run participants.
“The Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival is an extremely important initiative,” said Mckenzie.
“Driven and organized by the local community, it has a really friendly atmosphere and it also has spectacular and challenging routes for a range of riders. I feel very honoured to be involved in such a great event which helps to grow our sport and also educate young drivers in the region, making our roads safer for all of us.” Said McKenzie.
Follow Dave and his #TDF2018 journey via Twitter: @davemacka
Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival has some of the most spectacular cycling routes in Victoria.
With five cycling routes – 121km, 85km, 53km, 40km, 14km family ride (with 7km kids loop) – the event has fast become a favourite of riders of all ages and abilities.
Challenge yourself on Saturday November 10th in the spectacular Bass Coast … conquer the hills, the coast or both.
“With 14 climbs, the 121km is our showpiece climb for the more experienced cyclist,” said co-event director Gavin Slavin.
“The 53km is a great ride for intermediate riders, with a 130m climb.”
“And the 40km is perfect for recreational riders, predominantly flat with some majestic scenery.”
In 2018, the 14km Family ride to eagles next and back also includes a 7km kids loop for those wanting a shorter ride.
Families and kids can also keep themselves busy during the day with the 5km fun run, our famous BCCCFF bike decoration competition, billy cart, BMX and skateboard competitions, or just take in the music events and street stalls.
Spread the word, book your accommodation and enter a ride now to save with our early bird rates.
For more route details, visit our rides page.
The 2018 event will be held on Saturday 10th November, starting and finishing at Rainbow Park in the stunning beachside town of Inverloch.
We are excited to unveil the 2018 rider jersey* for the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Festival, to be held on Saturday 10 November 2018.
Designed and made by local Victorian sportswear company Body Torque, the 2018 jersey is light and bright and will help our riders stand out on the road as they tackle their choice of challenge.
“We have a stylish jersey for all who enter the 121km, 85km, 53km and 40km rides … taking feedback on board from previous years, the design has distinctive colours that will be seen by all road users,” said Jess Bodiam, co-event director.
“The 2018 Jersey fits within our safe driving and safe cycling goal – RYDA, featured on the back of the Jersey, provides a fantastic road safety education program to our kids and over the eight years of the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival, we have enabled over 2000 students to go through this program.”
*This year, jerseys will be collected when riders check in for the event on 9th or 10th November. Jerseys are included in the entry fee for the 121km, 85km, 53km and 40km rides. Additional jerseys and merchandise can be purchased through the registration page.
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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 (Saturday 10 November 2018, Inverloch) attracts hundreds of participants who come from all over Victoria to take part in one of the cornerstone rides (121km, 85km, 53km, 40km, 14km family ride with 7km kids loop). 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.ENTER A RIDE NOW
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 almost 2000 students attend RYDA from eight local secondary schools in Wonthaggi, Phillip Island, Korumburra, Leongatha, Foster and Mirboo North.” Said co-event director Gavin Slavin.
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 2018, proceeds from the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge will continue to support RYDA, in addition to a broader suite of driver education programs.
Students from years 10, 11 and 12 will 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 Saturday 10 November 2018.
It’s July 1 and entries are now open for the 2018 Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival, to be held on Saturday 10th November 2018 – starting and finishing in Inverloch, Victoria.
With five ride choices, there is something for all ages and rider abilities – 121km, 85km, 53km, 40km, 14km family ride (with 7km kids loop).
Rider numbers are capped at 1000, so enter now to secure your place. Early birds save on entry costs and also have a chance to win a free ride entry and a BCCC riders kit worth over $350. Early bird rates are available until 1st September.
In less than one month, entries will open for the 8th annual Bass Coast Cycle Challenge and Family Festival, held in beautiful Inverloch, in Victoria’s Bass Coast region.
With the entry portal opening on 1st July, early birds will receive discounted entry rates until 1 September (check out the entry costs here). Early birds also go into a draw to win a free ride entry and a full BCCC riding kit worth over $350 – helmet, a BCCC jersey, knicks, vest, arm warmers, cap and socks.
With four ride distances, there is a ride for everyone, no matter what age or ability: 121km, 85km, 53km, 40km and 14km family ride to Eagles Nest and back, which includes a 7km kids loop.
So, save the date of 1st July, and add a calendar reminder to enter before 1 September to be in the running to win our great prize pack.
The Bass Coast Cycle Challenge and Family Festival is a charity event, proceeds fund the education of young drivers, passengers and cyclists, making our roads a safer place for all. Since 2010, the BCCCFF has enabled almost 2000 students from Bass Coast secondary schools to take part the game-changing RYDA program.
Are you keen to challenge yourself and help improve road safety at the same time? Then save this date – Saturday 10th November 2018 – and head to beautiful Inverloch, in Victoria’s Bass Coast region, for the 8th annual Bass Coast Cycle Challenge and Family Festival.
With four ride distances, there is a ride for everyone, no matter what age or ability: 121km, 85km, 53km, 40km and 14km family fun ride (with 7km kids loop).
A charity event, proceeds fund the education of young drivers, passengers and cyclists, making our roads a safer place for all. Since 2010, the BCCCFF has enabled almost 2000 students from Bass Coast secondary schools to take part the game-changing RYDA program.
Registrations open on 1 July 2018 via www.basscoastcyclechallenge.com. Early bird entries receive a great discount and also go in the draw to win a free ride entry and a full BCCC riding kit worth over $350 – helmet, a BCCC jersey, knicks, vest, arm warmers, cap and socks.
Our 2018 jersey will be released soon, and it is included in the cost of entry for all four rides. In 2018 (to avoid postage issues experienced in 2017) riders will receive their jersey at event day check in on either 9th or 10th November.
“We look forward to welcoming past and new riders to this fantastic, fun and friendly event, which the whole family can enjoy.” Said event director Gavin Slavin.
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- Jersey revealed July 8, 2018
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- 2018 entries now open July 1, 2018
- Early bird catches the worm.. or prize! June 7, 2018