Frequently Asked Questions

 

When do registrations close?

Online registrations close at midnight on Tuesday 13 February 2018. 

Late registration will be available in person at the Big Canberra Bike Ride 2018.

Can I register on the event weekend?

Riders can register over the event weekend with a $10 late entry fee applying.

Late registration will be available on from 12pm - 4pm on Saturday 17 February at Rond Terrace. You can also register on the morning of the ride at the event hub on Rond Terrace. Please arrive one hour prior to your ride as queues are expected.

When do I get my Ride Number and Registration Pack?

Rider packs will be available for collection from 12 - 4pm on Saturday 17 February at event hub on Rond Terrace, as well as on the morning of the the Big Canberra Bike Ride 2018.  

All riders must bring an Australian Standards Approved helmet with them when they collect their rider pack. No rider packs will be allocated if a helmet has not been checked.

Do I have to be a Pedal Power ACT member to participate? 

No. However, if you are not a member you will not be covered by insurance for the event.

Your registration gives you access to discounted Pedal Power ACT membership. This will give you insurance coverage for your ride, and all year. You can also buy insurance coverage for just the day of the event

What sort of bike do I need?

On recreational rides such as the Big Canberra Bike Ride there is a great range of bikes out on the road, from older mountain bikes/hybrids to the latest road bikes. Smoother tyres will make your ride easier/quicker but don't feel that you need the latest bike to be able to enjoy the fun of participating!

It's a good idea to get your bike checked at your local bike shop beforehand.

What should I wear?

All participants must wear an Australian Standards Approved helmet during the event.

February is likely to be warm so we suggest wearing a moisture wicking lycra shirt or a simple cotton t-shirt. Padded bike pants are great, otherwise a comfy pair of shorts/cargo pants.

Plenty of sunscreen and hydration is very important. Check the forecast and ride updates in the days preceding the event to plan your attire and ensure you are well prepared.
 

Can we enter the Big Canberra Bike Ride as a group?

You certainly can! If you'd like to enter a group of ten or more riders in the Big Canberra Bike Ride, and need your payment processed as one transaction, please get in touch with us via the Contact Us button below. 

Each rider will need to be registered individually so we have information like emergency contact and T&C agreements. We will give you a code to enter when you register, so that your booking can be processed under your group payment. Just send us an email and we'll organise it. 

How long will the ride take?

Depending on your riding speed and ability, and the time spent at refreshment stops, riders should allow these approximate timeframes to complete the ride:

20km: 0.5 - 1 hour
68km: 2.5 hours - 4.5 hours
120km: 4 hours - 6 hours

Can I ride with my baby trailer or child seat?

Children under the age of 6 are permitted to travel the  5 km and 20 km courses with a guardian in a bike seat, trailer, chariot, tag-a-longs or any similar child transportation devices. These devices are not permitted on the 68 km or 120 km rides.

Can I transfer my ride to someone else if I can't ride?

No. Each rider is required to complete their own registration.

Can I cancel my registration and get a refund?

Riders withdrawing from the Big Canberra Bike Ride  prior to 5pm on 1 February 2018 will receive a 50% refund of their entry fee.

Riders withdrawing from the Big Canberra Bike Ride after 5pm on 1 February 2018 will not be eligible for a refund.

What are the minimum age limits per ride distance?  

The minimum entry age is 13 years old for the 68km and 120km rides.

The minimum entry age is 6 years old for the 20km. 

There is no minimum age for the 5km event.

Participants under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by an adult and remain under full adult supervision whilst on route in all four of the distances.

Children under the age of 6 are permitted to travel the 20 km course with a guardian in a bike seat, trailer, chariot, tag-a-longs or any similar child transportation devices. These devices are not permitted on the 68 km or 120 km rides.


What is included in my registration fee?

Registration covers route support for the distance you have entered, course marking, mechanical support, medical support, aid stations and entertainment. In 2018 you will also receive a Big Canberra Bike Ride participation medal. 



If I have started a registration form but not YET paid,is my place confirmed?

No, payment must be received prior to midnight on 15 February to ensure your place in the ride.


What are my fundraising dollars used for?

We encourage all Big Canberra Bike Ride participants to help us create a safer cycling environment in the ACT and nationally by contributing to our fundraising goal to raise $25,000 for the Amy Gillett Foundation

By supporting the Foundation you are directly contributing to the robust awareness, education and evaluation campaigns that Pedal Power ACT and the AGF will support and coordinate in the ACT to ensure the incoming minimum overtaking distance legislation is effective in saving lives.


Where can I park on the day?

Parking will be available in the car parks surrounding Rond Terrace. We would like to remind all attendees that parking will be enforced and to park legally.

Please be aware that it is an offence under the National Land (Road Transport) Ordinance 2014 to park a vehicle on open space in the Rond Terrace area.  Open space is any area that is not designed for the movement or parking of motor vehicles, such as grassed areas, footpaths and landscaped areas. 

Can I use public transport to get to the Big Canberra Bike Ride on the day?

Bus services will be available in and around the Rond Terrace area. Action Bus timetables are available at: https://www.action.act.gov.au/

Is there a time limit to complete the ride?

There is no time limit for each ride category however on-course services will cease at 3pm. A sweep vehicle will drive a lap of each course commencing at 3pm to offer SAG service to riders if required.