Le Tour star commentator back as ambassador of Bass Coast Cycle Challenge

We see him on our TVs every night during the #TDF2019 – and we are very lucky to have his ongoing support.

Former Australian racing cyclist and current SBS #TDF2019 commentator Dave McKenzie has been confirmed as Bass Coast Cycle Challenge ambassador, for the ninth consecutive year.

McKenzie will cycle one of the stunning routes and will be on hand to welcome home riders.

“The Bass Coast Cycle Challenge is an extremely important event,” said Mckenzie.

“Driven and organized by the local community, it has a really friendly vibe and it also has spectacular and challenging routes. 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.” Said McKenzie.

Follow Dave and his TDF journey via Twitter: @davemacka

From road warriors to recreational riders, there is a ride for you

Do you love riding your bike? Then you will love the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge –  an event everyone can enjoy – not just the road warriors among us!

With four cycling routes –  121km, 85km, 53km, 40km – the event is a favourite among riders of all ages and abilities.

Which ride is right for you?

Our 121km and 85km routes are challenging, especially the 250 Mt Misery climb.  The 121km is the showpiece with 14 climbs. These routes are best for the more experienced riders.

The 53km is perfect for intermediate riders, or those who have experience at longer distances but haven’t been on a bike in a while.

Our 40km is perfect for recreational riders, predominantly flat with some majestic scenery.

So why not set yourself a goal, or a challenge, or just get a date in the calendar to give you a light at the end of this chilly winter tunnel!

Spread the word, book your accommodation and enter a ride now to save with our early bird rates.

The 2019 event will be held on Saturday 9 November, starting and finishing in the stunning beachside town of Inverloch.



2019 jersey and merch launched

Drum roll please … We are excited to unveil the 2019 rider jersey for the 2019 Bass Coast Cycle Challenge (on Saturday 9 November 2019.)

Designed and made by local Victorian sportswear company Body Torque, the 2019 jersey is light and bright and will help our riders stand out on the road as they tackle their choice of challenge.

“The jersey is super cool, it has flouro elements which are visible from afar by all road users.” Said Gav Slavin, event director.

Jerseys – worth $75 – are included in the entry fee for the 121km, 85km, 53km, 40km rides.

We have additional merchandise for sale via the registration site, including caps, arm warmers, vests, knicks and socks.

Enter now to save with our early bird rates, and also be in with a chance to win a full riders kit worth over $350, free ride entry, or individual merch items – the arm warmers sure would come in handy during the chilly winter rides.



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Your ride helps our kids be safe

Road safety is an issue that touches us all and thanks to all who have ridden in the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge, around 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 (Saturday 9 November 2019, Inverloch) attracts hundreds of participants who come from all over Victoria to take part in one of the cornerstone rides (121km, 85km, 53km, 40km).

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.


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 around 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.

Enter the 2019 Bass Coast Cycle Challenge and help put young people on the road to a safer future.

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.

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  will be held on Saturday 9 November 2019. 




Entries now open – be an early bird!

Entries are open for the 9th annual Bass Coast Cycle Challenge, to be held in Victoria’s spectacular Bass Coast region on Saturday 9 November 2019.


We want to reward those who get in early with discounted entry rates … Early bird entrants will receive discounted entry until 31 August (check out entry costs here) and will 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 some of Victoria’s most stunning scenery, the BCCC’s four rides – 121km, 85km, 53km, 40km – cater for all abilities, from recreational riders to road warriors who are keen for a more challenging course.

In 2019 we also are excited to have a $5000 bike up for grabs, in the BCCC Wheel Heat raffle. This amazing BCCC Wheel Heat raffle is open to everyone – you do not have to be a BCCC rider to purchase, however 2019 BCCC entrants will receive a free raffle ticket for every one purchased. Buy a ticket via our registration site.

The Bass Coast Cycle Challenge 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 BCCC has enabled around 2000 students from Bass Coast secondary schools to take part the game-changing RYDA program.

WIN $5000 bike

It’s the ultimate cycling raffle! 

Buy tickets to the BCCC Wheel Heat raffle now, for your chance to win an awesome bike, worth up to $5000.

Thanks to the best cycling shop around – Wheel Heat in Wonthaggi –  this amazing BCCC Wheel Heat raffle is open to all: you do not have to be a BCCC rider to purchase, however 2019 BCCC entrants will receive a free raffle ticket for every one purchased.

Raffle tickets can be purchased here in a few simple steps: 

  1. Click here to go to registration  / raffle ticket page
  2. If registering, select your ride, if just buying a ticket, scroll to bottom, select 1 raffle ticket > continue
  3. enter email address > click next
  4. tick terms of use and privacy policy pop up boxes > click next
  5. enter your information (name etc), scroll down and click on participant under raffle tickets only section
  6. Select the number of tickets to purchase > next
  7. Click the box to agree to the waiver, put your name in the box > next, then click continue at the bottom
  8. Review cart and check out.
  9. Good luck!

All proceeds will be donated to build a new Armitage House in Wonthaggi.]

Entries will be drawn on event day (by the legends from Wheel Heat), Saturday 9 November 2019, streamed live via Phillip Island Web Radio.


winners will have the choice of any of these bikes or similar, to the prize value of $5000.

winners will have the choice of any of these bikes or similar, to the prize value of $5000.

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Event wrap

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.



Win a new bike + enter our free family ride!

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.



Thanks to our partners & supporters

Lions Clubs - Inverloch, Wonthaggi, Bass Coast Triathlon Club, Lynton Clay Photography, Liz Hill Photography, BUGS (Bicycle User Groups) from Phillip Island, Rotary Clubs - Inverloch & Leongatha, Bass Coast Board Riders, Coastal Crewzers Cycling Group, Leongatha Cycling Club, Inverloch Soccer Club, Connections Church Inverloch

Thanks to our major sponsors