Around the Bay is Australia’s largest cycling event with over 10,000 cyclists of all abilities congregating in Melbourne every year to ride for a child in need. Although there are numerous course options for all styles of riding, the 210-kilometre anti-clockwise loop of Port Phillip Bay is the original and by far the most popular option. Starting in Alexandra Gardens in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, riders make their way across the usually busy Westgate Bridge before circumnavigating the bay. Half way through the ride, participants board the Queenscliff to Sorrento Ferry for a scenic 40-minute boat trip between the Bellarine and Morning Peninsulas.
There are numerous course options available with distances varying between 20 and 250 kilometres. The ferry fare, oncourse support and refreshment stops are included in the entry fee. Riders are urged to raise money for the Smith Family who provide a practical education for children in need.