FAQ

FAQ’S (Frequently Asked Questions)

What ride options are there?

There are 2 ride options 10km and 40km. The 10km ride is suitable for all ages but particularly for children from six to 12 years, for novice / non cyclists of all ages.

The 40 km ride is open to all ages 12 years and above. An adult must accompany under 16’s.

Note: The course closure is 12.00pm if you feel you cannot cycle the 40km (allocate time for rest stops/weather) you should consider the 10km option.

What time does the ride start?

The 40km ride has 3 start times to break up the group, 7:15am, 7:30am and 7:45am. Riders riding after 12pm and no longer considered part of the Ride Around The Lake event.

The 10km starts at 8:45am only.

I've registered to ride, what's next?

Firstly thank you for your support and, if not already, have you considered rallying friends and family to join you? And how about setting up your fund raising page? Every dollar counts and we really want to ‘break the cycle’ of youth homelessness.

Apart from some preparation and checking the course (see map here), we suggest a bicycle and gear check.

What Happens on the Day?

Once you have registered an email with on day instructions will be sent 5 days prior to event day

Instructions on collection of your identification chest plate and entry kit will be provided

On the day you are required to ‘Check IN’ that is register your name, collect entry kit and demonstrate your helmet and cycle meets regulations

Make sure you place the rider identification chest bib and helmet / bike sticker on

Onsite facilities as bathroom, bike service, coffee kart, water, food and refreshment, kids and general entertainment is available

Head to the START ZONE and Listen to pre start safety briefing (note start times as 7.15am/7.30am/7.45am for 40km and 8am-8:45am for Kids and Family Ride

First Aid: if you require medical or first aid, an officer will be present on the day

Can I register to ride on the day?

Yes. On day registrations will be accepted. You will be required to complete and ‘on day entry form’, once this form is filled out you will proceed to the ‘On Day Entry’ line at the Registration Marquee.
The 40km ride will be open from 6.15am -7.35am and for the 10km ride they will be open until 8:30am. A $10 per entry additional administration fee applies.

Bike Check

A quick bike check that everything is working, check brakes, chain and tighten joints. A spare tyre puncture kit is well worth the investment as is a water cage and bottle to keep you hydrated along the way.

A bicycle service is always the best bet and with our partners Bikehub stores in Warrawong, Dapto, Wollongong and Albion Park there is a location near you.

Bicycle gear? Comfort and safety comes first. You can wear specific cycle clothes or any comfortable exercise attire, and appropriate shoes (no thongs/sandals). Fluorescent safety vests, and bike lights add a extra for safety, and most importantly an approved cycle helmet (check will occur on the day).

Do I need a 'race or road bike'?

NO. Ride Around The Lake is a fun, recreational level, charity ride, and we like to promote the fun side…kids can even win a cool BMX for the ‘best themed’ bike so go for it!.

Any road worthy and safe bicycle is permitted. This includes road, BMX, cruiser, MTB, street/fix wheel (must have brakes), hybrid, eBike (i.e. Can go up to 30km/hr but NOT modified in any way), tandem, less abled / recliner or other style and those with children extensions. The key is road worthy, and safe (road approved).

Is there a mid-station?

There will be a half way tea break stop set up at Reddall Reserve, Windang bridge for those riding the 40km. This area contains public amenities block, along with volunteers to provide water, drinks and fruit and lollies for a quick energy pick up!

What if I need a break during the 40km?

There are amenity facilities along the route as at Oak Flats Sailing Club, Albion Park, Berkeley Fish Coop and at start / finish. You can stop at any point during the ride, just remember that after 12pm riders who have not completed the ride are no longer considered to be riding as part of this event.

What events can children ride in?

40Km ride
Children must be over 12 to ride in the 40km ride. If they are under 16 they must be accompanied by an adult. Small children can be on their parents bike in a child’s bike seat or towed behind in a bike trailer.

10Km Family Ride
Children of any age are allowed to ride. Children who are under 16 who must be accompanied by an adult.

What activities will there be for my family?

There will be family activities at the start/finish line on Lakeside Park – Kanahooka for the duration of the event. This will include a BBQ, face painting, kids play area and rides, live music and food & drinks to purchase. These activities will be running until approximately 1.30pm.

Is the cycle 'inclusive'?

Yes, Ride Around The Lake is a charity ride and welcomes all ages and abilities. If you have specific requirements for your safe participation please contact us so we can ensure to assist.

What happens if it's raining?

Ride Around the Lake will proceed in all conditions, so it is advised riders take all weather gear for changes in weather during the ride. The Organisers reserve the right to cancel the event or modify the course due to safety reasons, if the Course Director deems that riders will be at extreme risk. In such case the decision will be made by the Course Director on the morning of the event or in extreme cases the night before. This information will be communicated via social media, traditional media and where possible participant email. In the event of cancellation riders will forfeit their entry fees.

Onsite Facilities

Kanahooka Lakeside Park

Food and refreshment

Kids Zone

First Aid

Bike Hub Bike check / last minute repair

Music and activities

Amenities

Registration

Rider Facilities

Well marshaled and signed course

Traffic control

BIKE HUB last minute mechanic

Regular public amenities and parks for rest stops

Mid way REST STOP @ Reedle Reserve Windang

Wag station- to assist/collect riders that may not be able to finish

Fun themed ride and finish

Finish line refreshments, entertainment and more

First Aid

Can kids ride the 40km route?

Yes, but children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Small children can be on their parents bike in a child’s bike seat or towed behind in a bike trailer.

Are roads closed to traffic?

For the 40km, No. The majority of the ride is contained to off road cycle specific ‘cycle paths’ and where roads are used riders are required to keep to the left lane and follow standard cycling/road regulations. The time period chosen and route is designed to be the safest possible around the lake.  In most cases road sections are within quieter residential streets with course marshals positioned throughout the course. There are though some higher traffic sections that will be operated by traffic controllers and experience marshals, with key traffic management and signage in place. Riders are to keep strictly within the allocated cycle lane and obey all course marshal and traffic controller safety directions.
The 10km ride is completely contained within the cycle path with no traffic.

What Happens on the Day?

Once you have registered an email with on day instructions will be sent 5 days prior to event day
 
Instructions on collection of your identification chest plate and entry kit will be provided
 
On the day you are required to ‘Check IN’ that is register your name, collect entry kit and demonstrate your helmet and cycle meets regulations
 
Make sure you place the rider identification chest bib and helmet / bike sticker on
 
Onsite facilities as bathroom, bike service, coffee kart, water, food and refreshment, kids and general entertainment is available
 
Head to the START ZONE and Listen to pre start safety briefing (note start times as 7.15am/7.30am/7.45am for 40km and 8am-8:45am for Kids and Family Ride
 
First Aid: if you require medical or first aid, an officer will be present on the day

What time is cut off?

Due to traffic regulations, official road opening will be required by 11.30am. This does not mean you cannot complete the ride, but it does require that from 12:00pm onwards riders are to adhere to standard cycle/road rules as  public user. It is advised that for riders where possible continue the road on the allocated public bike path, left lane and be aware of local traffic.

First Aid?

We have appropriately qualified first aid officers within the site and along the route and volunteers briefed to assist should you require any attention.

Is there bike service?

Bikehub mechanics will be located at the start and finish for quick last minute bike fix, check and at the mid station (Reddall reserve).