Around 600 riders turned out for the 8th edition of the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival. Thankyou!
By entering this event you provide the means for our local kids to receive driver / cycling awareness education – RYDA program (run by not for profit organisation Road Safety Education Australia) and the L2P charity program. Thanks to you and past riders, we’ve put over 2000 high school students through this program, making safer roads for us all.
Event day was a great success. Inverloch was a buzz with activity and cyclists of all ages and abilities made their way along the beautiful routes, which included the Strzelecki Ranges and the coast road. Plenty of families enjoyed the 14km family ride to Eagles Nest and the 7km kids loop; and there were many smiles during the billy cart races and the Pimp My Bike contest, where a new bike was up for grabs courtesy of Wheel Heat.
The demographics of the BCCCFF is always fascinating. Our youngest rider (in one of our cornerstone rides) was 11, while our most senior rider was 80. We saw over 140 riders enter in age categories of 60 and above, with one male and female in this age bracket winning $250 prize money donated by our incredible supporter Doug Pell and the Gippsland the Lifestyle Magazine.
Thank you to our major sponsors: Pentana Solutions, Wheel Heat Wonthaggi, Lions Club, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Carman’s Bars.
Thanks also to our amazing supporters: Body Torque,Gippsland the Lifestyle Magazine, Bass Coast Barracudas, Coastal Crewzers, Bass Coast Triathlon Club, Lynton Clay Photography, Noel Fenn and Carbon Mafia, Dave McKenzie, Felicity Dales, Scouts, Beach Box Café, and all our tireless volunteers for setting up, packing up, helping with the food and also at registration. Also thank you to local business owners and Bass Coast Shire for your ongoing support.
A massive thanks also to Jess Bodiam who took the lead on event day and made it a wonderful experience for all. She is the consummate professional and took everything in her stride. We are very lucky to have people like Jess involved with the event.
We hope you enjoyed the ride and the whole event, and look forward to see you again next year.
Gavin Slavin (event co-director) on behalf of the BCCCFF committee.
Thanks to Wheel Heat at Wonthaggi, an awesome new kids bike is up for grabs at this Saturday’s Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival.
To be in with a chance, simply enter the ‘Pimp My Bike contest’ and ride in our free 14km family ride, or 7km kids ride on Saturday 10 November.
How to enter Pimp My Bike contest:
Get your creative helmets on and decorate your bike at home or come to the decorating tent at Rainbow Park from 9am. At 11am judging will take place at Rainbow Park. The owner of the best decorated bike will ride away with a schmick new bike donated by Wheel Heat.
How to enter the 14km Family ride or 7km kids ride:
Kids and families can also then take part in the free 14km family ride (or shorter 7km loop) to Eagles Nest and back – starting at 1pm. To register for these rides, come to the bag drop off tent in Rainbow Park from 9am and complete the entry form.
“At Eagles Nest riders get the chance to take a break, enjoy some refreshments, take some photos and then safely ride back to town. It’s a really fun experience for the whole family and the shorter 7km ride is perfect for younger tackers wanting to get out on their bike.” Said Gavin Slavin, co-event Director.
Enter now at www.basscoastcyclechallenge.com.
Last week cycling and advocacy organisations from across Australia united in a national call to action focusing on rider awareness, safe passing, and respect on our roads.
At the heart of the united front lies driver education, which is believed to be the key to cyclist safety.
In a presentation at the 2018 Australasian Road Safety Conference the Amy Gillett foundation shared the work they were doing to improve cycling safety and We Ride Australia shared a video interview with the UK’s West Midlands Police about their successful safe passing campaign that reduced cyclist death and injury by 20%. This campaign, focused on driver education, has now been adopted by over half of all UK County Police forces.
Locally in the Bass Coast and South Gippsland area, a charity cycling event too has been raising the bar when it comes to driver education around road safety.
Fort the past seven years the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival (Saturday 10 November 2018 in Inverloch), has enabled over 2000 local school students (from eight local secondary schools in Wonthaggi, Phillip Island, Korumburra, Leongatha, Foster and Mirboo North) to undertake vital road safety education courses, which work towards saving lives on our roads.
The charity cycling event attracts hundreds of participants who come from all over Australia to take part in one of five rides (121km, 85km, 53km, 40km, 14km family ride). While riders get to experience one of the most scenic rides in Victoria, the broader benefits of the event are far reaching, arming the next generation with life-saving road safety knowledge.
“We support a diverse range of programs in every secondary school in the region, which provides the best opportunity to promote safer driving and hopefully reduce the road toll.” Said Gavin Slavin, co-event director.
“Funds raised through the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival support students from grades 10, 11 and 12 to take part in ‘Keys Please Vic Roads education program’ (year 10), the RYDA program (year 11) and Vic roads MukUpday program (year 12).
“We also 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.
“These programs are an important step for the Bass Coast and South Gippsland regions, which can now boast to have dedicated education programs which support not only our children over three years but also educates parents … all aimed at reducing the road toll.”
The Bass Coast Cycle Challenge & Family Festival will be held on Saturday 10 November 2018. Enter online at www.basscoastcyclechallenge.com
BCCCFF organisers are pleased to announce that we have joined forces with Inverloch Park Run for the 5km fun run at this year’s event, to be held on Saturday 10 November.
Fun Runs have always been a popular attraction at the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge and Family Festival and in 2018 the BCCCFF will offer a 5km and a kids 1.8km.
The 5km fun run will take place at 8am and is part of Inverloch Park Run. Entrants must pre-register with http://www.parkrun.com.au/inverloch/.
“Inverloch 5km Park Run is a free, 5km timed run – you against the clock. It costs nothing but you must register before your first run – you only need to register once.” Said co-event director Gavin Slavin.
In addition to the 5km Park Run, a kids 1.8km fun run will take place at midday. This is not part of the Park Run and entrants can register on the day.
5KM FUN RUN DETAILS
Time: 8am, Saturday 10 November
Start/Finish: Rotary Centenary Park, Ramsey Boulevard, Inverloch
Register: before you run at http://www.parkrun.com.au/inverloch/
1.8KM FUN RUN DETAILS
Time: Midday, Saturday 10 November
Start/Finish: BCCCFF start finish on Ramsay Blvd, opposite Beach Box Cafe.
Register: on the day at the Hub in A’Beckett Street.
In 2018 the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge and Family Festival again will offer a host of activities in and around the Inverloch town centre and Rainbow Park area, which all the family can enjoy.
The festival activities in 2018 are set to include fun runs, billy cart races, giant games (think Jenga, connect 4), BMX and skateboarding events, face painting, pimp my bike competition, food trucks, music and street stalls.
With lots on offer for all the family, this is an event not to be missed.
On offer will be a raft of activities including:
- Pimp my bike competition for kids (from 9-midday)
- Fun run
- Giant games: Checkers, Dominos, Jenga, Yahtazz, Connect Four
- Skate board competition
- BMX competition
- Billy cart competition
- Food trucks
- Stalls including face painting
- Rotary stage with entertainment
- Sausage sizzle / drinks
All proceeds raised from the cycling event fund in-school courses on road safety while funds raised through the festival enable the Inverloch Lions club to continue to make community grants.
If you want to look the part on event day wearing our ace cycling jersey, you must enter before 9 October 2018. Entries after this date (including entries on the day) will receive their jersey after the event (postage will be added to your entry fee). So, to guarantee a jersey will be available for you at event check-in*, enter before 9 October … what are you waiting for? ENTER NOW.
*Event check-in is located at the Inverloch Community Hub: Friday 9 November (4pm -9pm) and Saturday 10 November (5:30am-8am).
Have you entered the 2018 Bass Coast Cycle Challenge and Family Festival yet? If not, do it now, then check out our new initiative for 2018, the Body Torque and BCCCFF training programs.
Begin your free training program now and get yourself ready for the 40km, 53km, 85km or 121km rides on Saturday 10th November, 2018.
The Intermediate Training Program will enable you to ride up to 180kms comfortably https://bh323-dab108.pages.infusionsoft.net
The Beginners Training Program will enable you to ride up to 60kms comfortably https://bh323-d9dd52.pages.infusionsoft.net
Click the links above to sign up for the training program. You will then receive a weekly email with a link to that week’s training plan.
Good luck and we can’t wait to see you on the 10th November, with your mindset, confidence, endurance and strength in top shape for the ride of your life!
The BCCCFF routes are a popular choice for riders over 60 years of age and for the second year running, Gippsland The Lifestyle magazine 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 engaging 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 award the $250 prize to one randomly selected male and female rider.
“Doug and Gippsland the Lifestyle magazine have supported the BCCCFF since its inception and we are extremely grateful for the generosity and coverage given to this event. Last year this prize encouraged many over 60s to enter and we are sure it will again this year.” Said co-event Director Gavin Slavin.
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- Event wrap November 11, 2018
- Win a new bike + enter our free family ride! November 9, 2018
- Cycling for safety and awareness October 20, 2018
- BCCCFF and Inverloch Park Run join forces October 20, 2018
- Fun runs, billy carts and giant jenga … it’s all here at the 2018 BCCCFF September 29, 2018
- Enter before 9 October to be guaranteed a jersey on event day September 20, 2018
- Access your free training program now September 10, 2018