Event Director’s report

What a spectacular day for the 7th edition of the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival.

By entering this event you provide the opportunity for our kids to receive a fantastic driver education cycling awareness program – RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) run by not for profit organisation Road Safety Education Australia and the L2P charity program. We’ve managed to put over 2000 high school student through this program thanks to you and past entrants, and the number continues to grow each year. So, thankyou!

Event Day

Inverloch and surrounding areas were abuzz with so much activity… cyclists of all levels making their way through the Strzelecki ranges and along the coast road; Families enjoying the 14km Family ride to Eagles nest; Kids and adults tackling the fun runs, skaters in action at the skate park, kids decorated bike competition and so much more at every turn.

Our numbers were strong, sitting at around 600 registrations for the rides, plus many more in the fun runs and other events on offer. I am so happy that people love coming back to the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival charity event and new entrants are joining in the fun too!

We did have some issues with jersey delivery and again, apologise for something which was out of our control. We will be changing how we receive and distribute the jerseys next year, and it will be streamlined and improved for 2018.

Thank you to our sponsors: Pentana Solutions, RACV Resort Inverloch, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Lions Club, Alex Scott & Staff Inverloch, Esplanade Hotel Inverloch, Wheel Heat Wonthaggi, Carman’s Bars and Gippsland the Lifestyle Magazine which donated the achievement award for a male and female rider over 60 years of age.

Thanks also to our amazing supporters: Body Torque, Bass Coast Barracudas, Leongatha Cycling Club, Bass Coast Triathlon Club, community clubs and all volunteers.

Also thank you to our local business owners and Bass Coast Shire for supporting the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Festival.  Feedback from some of the local business was that the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival is great for the local community and it’s an event they look forward to every year.

We hope you enjoyed the ride and the whole event and we hope to see you again next year, Saturday 10th November 2018.

Gavin Slavin

Event Director

Loosen up at the end of the ride! Local specialist confirmed to provide massage at BCCC


On Sunday 12th November 2017 at the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival, riders and runners will be able to loosen sore muscles thanks to local massage therapist Samantha Brick.

Samantha Brick is an Occupational Therapist, Kinesiologist, Massage Therapist and Reiki Master, who runs Gippsland Massage & Wellbeing Centre in Morwell.

Riders may have seen Samantha at the 2015 and 2016 BCCC, the healing tent at the Boolarra Folk Festival and at the Seven Sisters Festival for the last two years.

Again in 20917, Samantha will be set up near the event finish where she will be helping riders  minimise muscle soreness after the ride.

Special prize for riders 60+ in Cycle Challenge

Gippsland The Lifestyle magazine has generously donated a great prize for one male and one female rider aged 60+ in the 2017 Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival.

Each year the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival attracts riders of a wide variety of ages and abilities and the over 60 age group is always well represented across all distances – 121km, 85km, 53km, 40km, and in 2017 a 14km Family ride.

On Sunday 12th November, a randomly selected male and female rider over 60 years of age, will receive $250 donated by Gippsland The Lifestyle magazine.

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 to present the prizes at the official presentation ceremony held after all riders cross the finish line.

Gippsland The Lifestyle magazine has been a long-standing supporter of the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival, producing some fantastic articles on the event over the years. We are really lucky to have them sponsor this prize in 2017 and hope it encourages even more over 60s to register for one of our rides.” Said event Director Gavin Slavin.

Register for a ride now at www.basscoastcyclechallenge.com

Leading gourmet food company continues support of Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival

Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival (BCCCFF) is pleased to announce Australian gourmet food company Carman’s have continued their ongoing support for the 2017 event, to be held on Sunday 12 November in Inverloch.

Marking six years of support for the BCCCFF, the sponsorship will see all riders receive delicious muesli bars in their participant showbags, along with some other great products from our sponsors.

Knowing the area well , the Founder & CEO of “Carman’s Fine Food , Carolyn Creswell has supported this event from the beginning . Knowing they are healthy and nutritious , they are the ideal fuel for riders on the day. After 25 of growing the business Carman’s fine food is just that! 

 Event Director Gavin Slavin believes the support of such generous sponsors is vital to the success of this charity event. We thank them once again for generosity.

“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.

“We are so grateful to Carman’s for their support over the past six years.”

The Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival is one of the most spectacular rides in Victoria with five separate cycling routes (121km, 85km, 53km, 40km, 14km family), three fun runs, a kids bike ride and bike decorating competition, skate board and BMX contests, jumping castle, and other street activities.

David McKenzie from SBS cycling central is the event ambassador.

Enter the rides or the fun runs now at: www.basscoastcyclechallenge.com



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