United Energy Around the Bay

Tips and training

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Training plans

We know the right training is key to smashing your goals on the bike. We’re stoked to have Kate Perry from FTP Training help develop our training plans to do just that. Whether you’re aiming for the 20km or 300km, these tailored 16-week training plans are designed to help get you to the start line feeling fit, fresh and ready to ride. Week one kicks off from Monday 20 June 2022.

 

20km & 50km
training plan

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100km
training plan

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200km+
training plan

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300km
training plan

Rideon!

Before you start riding… while ticking off the suggested weekly hours will help you reach your full potential on the bike, they are by no means a prerequisite to achieve your goal distance on event day.

We understand that life gets busy, the plans are super flexible so you can choose the sessions each week to suit your lifestyle and commitments. As long as you’re turning the legs over on the bike regularly, it’s amazing what you will be able to achieve!

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Training rides

We schedule a range of training rides from May to October that cater to bike riders of all levels.

Whether it’s your first time riding in a bunch or you need to dust off the cobwebs after a few months off the bike, there’s plenty of opportunities to get you ready for the big day with a group of like-minded riders.

Join the Bicycle Network strava club to be the first to hear when new rides are announced.

United Energy Around the Bay training rides

Upcoming rides

Sat 28 May | St Kilda – Mordialloc (return) | 45km
Start time

7:30am rollout (please arrive 10 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leaders

Tom Jennings and Mark Plucinski

Meet up spot

Luna Park (St Kilda)

Route

St Kilda – Mordialloc (return) – View route

Pace

Approx. 22–25km/h (no drop)

Notes

The group will roll down Beach Road at a leisurely pace to Mordialloc before returning to St Kilda for a post-ride coffee. There will be an optional turn around at Black Rock for anyone who would prefer to ride 27km for the morning (however ride leaders will continue on towards Mordialloc).

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, water, nutrition and sunscreen. If you are unable to complete the training ride please have a Plan B (friend or family member to come and collect you). 

Please note, this is a free ride but registration is essential to ensure ride leaders are aware of expected numbers.

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Sat 16 Jul | St Kilda – Mordialloc (return) | 45km
Start time

7:30am rollout (please arrive 10 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leaders

Tom Jennings and Mark Plucinski

Meet up spot

Luna Park (St Kilda)

Route

St Kilda – Mordialloc (return) – View route

Pace

Approx. 22–25km/h (no drop)

Notes

The group will roll down Beach Road at a leisurely pace to Mordialloc before returning to St Kilda for a post-ride coffee. There will be an optional turn around at Black Rock for anyone who would prefer to ride 27km for the morning (however ride leaders will continue on towards Mordialloc).

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, water, nutrition and sunscreen. If you are unable to complete the training ride please have a Plan B (friend or family member to come and collect you). 

Please note, this is a free ride but registration is essential to ensure ride leaders are aware of expected numbers.

Registrations will open approx. two weeks before the ride.

Sat 20 Aug | New riders group ride | Albert Park laps
Start time

8:00am rollout (pre-ride stretch from 7:30am)

Ride leaders

Tom Jennings

Meet up spot

Carousel Café car park (Albert Park)

Route

Albert Park laps – View route (This is a no drop ride on a 5km circuit, so you can complete as many or as few laps as you’d like).

Pace

Approx. 20km/h (no drop)

Notes

If you’re new to riding or haven’t ridden in a group before, this is the perfect place to start your journey. We’ll be completing easy laps of Albert Park and running through the basics of riding in a group – including communication, hand signals, drafting and bunch ride etiquette.

There will be an option for any confident riders to complete a Blackrock (return) loop during the session. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, water, nutrition and sunscreen. 

Please note, this is a free ride but registration is essential to ensure ride leaders are aware of expected numbers.

Registrations will open approx. two weeks before the ride.

*Before registering for a training ride, please ensure you read and adhere to our training ride terms and conditions

Are you covered when you ride?

Our social rides are open to anyone in the bike riding community. We encourage any new riders to join as a Bicycle Network member to ensure they are covered with bike riding insurance while also helping us improve bike riding conditions for everyone.

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Join the club

Bicycle Network’s Strava club has a whole host of like-minded athletes and regular training rides. Join the club and stay tuned for local training rides in the lead up to events near you.

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Winners Sports Nutrition

Nutrition for training and ride day

Winners Sports Nutrition are proud to be the Official Energy Bar & Gel of United Energy Around The Bay. Winners energy products have been developed specifically for cyclists and are used and recommended by cycling champion Cadel Evans.

Winners have created a special United Energy Around the Bay Energy Bar Pack containing a selection of great tasting energy products, perfect for riders looking to ensure they are well fuelled during training and the ride.

10% discount offer

Winners are offering a 10% discount from winnersbars.com for all riders.

Use coupon code: ATB2022

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