Rider Information

 
 

LOCATION AND PARKING

All rides start and finish from our event hub at Rond Terrace (view map)

The recommended car parking locations closest to the event hub are:

  • ANZAC Park East Car Park, Constitution Avenue, Campbell (view map)

  • CIT Car Park, Constitution Avenue, Campbell (view map)

Please arrive early to allow time to walk or ride to the start.

Parkes Way will be closed from Kings Ave to Glenloch interchange from 6.45 am to 11.15 am, which will limit vehicle access to the event hub.

It should be noted that parking officers patrol the area, particularly during event times.

ROAD CLOSURES

Please note that the following road closures will occur for the event:

  • Parkes Way will be closed westbound from Kings Ave to Glenloch interchange from 6.45 am to 11.15 am

  • Lady Denman Drive will be closed from 6.45 am to 9.45 am

  • William Hovell Road from Coulter to Coppins Crossing Westbound will be closed from 7. 15 am to 9.15 am

  • William Hovell Road Eastbound turning right onto Coppins Crossing will be closed from 7. 15 am to 9.15 am

Rider pack collection

You can collect your rider packs at the event hub at Rond Terrace the day before the event and on event day as follows:

  • Saturday 2 March 12 pm - 4 pm

  • Sunday 3 March from 6 am

You must collect your rider pack at least 15 minutes before the start of your ride.

All riders must bring their helmet when they collect their rider pack and have it checked for a certified Australian Standard label. You cannot be given your rider pack until your helmet has been checked.

Rider packs

Your rider pack contains rider instructions and a number plate for the front of your bike - this is important to identify you so you can claim your free photograph to download. Emergency phone number of the event organiser is provided on the back of your number plate.

Riders in the 65 km Big Dam Ride and the 120 km Big Tidbinbilla Ride also receive a number plate to go around the seat post which includes a timing chip.

free photos

All event photos will be available to riders as a free download. High-resolution copies and prints can be ordered on request.

Please make sure your number plate is clearly visible on the front of your bike so we can identify you!

Information about how to access the photos will be provided on the website and sent to riders post-event.

on site registration

Online registration closes at midnight on Monday 25 February. Additional costs apply to register at the event hub. See our registration page for on site prices.

On site registration will be available at the event hub on Rond Terrace the day before the event and on event day as follows:.

  • Saturday 2 March 12 pm - 4 pm

  • Sunday 3 March from 6 am

On site registrations close 15 minutes prior to the start time of each ride.

JERsey

In 2019 there will be no specific event jersey, however participants will be able to directly purchase Amy Gillett Foundation jerseys when they register online. 100% of the net proceeds of the sale go to our charity partner the Amy Gillett Foundation. Please note that due to low stock numbers, orders placed from Thursday 21 February will be posted after event day.

RIDE TIMES

7:00 am 120 km Big Tidbinbilla Ride

8:00 am 65 km Big Dam Ride

9:00 am 35 km Big Lake Ride

10:00 am 5 km Big Family Ride

Please ensure you are registered and ready to ride at least 15 minutes prior to the start time. All riders must attend a rider briefing at the start line five minutes before start time.

Ride routes

All rides start and finish at the event hub at Rond Terrace.

View the map with all routes.

Learn more about the routes.

bag drop

To help make your day run smoothly, we’ve introduced a new bag drop service to keep your gear safe while you ride, with support from our legal partners Snedden Hall and Gallop.

SUPport

This is a supported event. All riders are provided with:

  • Water and nutrition at aid stations

  • Support vehicles patrolling the courses (no private support vehicles are permitted)

  • Ambulance/first aid on stand-by

  • Course signage and marshaling to provide direction

  • Toilets at key locations

  • Emergency telephone number of event organisers (in rider pack)

Event support should be seen as additional. Riders should ensure their bikes are in good working order, carry their own repair kits, be capable of performing a basic repair and have sufficient water and nutrition to complete their chosen distance.

Mechanics from Cycle City will be at the event hub prior to the start of the rides to assist with last minute issues. 

CHILDREN

An adult must accompany participants under 18 years.  If you are with children, please make sure you ride with them.

AID STATIONS

Aid stations are located as follows:

120 km Big Tidbinbilla Ride

  • Uriarra Homestead

  • Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

  • Cotter Road (across from the Cotter Campground)

65 km Big Dam Ride

  • Uriarra Homestead

  • Cotter Road (across from the Cotter Campground)

35 km Big Lake Ride

  • Yarralumla Creek Bridge

  • Stromlo Forest Park

View map with locations

SIGNAGE AND MARSHALS

Routes and aid stations will be clearly marked with directional arrows and signage. 

There will be marshals to support you along the route - on bicycles, in vehicles, and at stationary posts. All our event officials will be wearing fluorescent vests and clearly identifiable. Marshals do not have the authority to stop motorists - they are there for your safety and that of other road users. Please listen to and follow their instructions.

EMERGENCIES

In the case of an emergency, please contact the event organiser on the number provided on the back on the number plate. If the incident is life threatening, please phone 000 and let the operator know you are with the event. Please be aware that mobile phone coverage is limited on some sections of the course. If you are in an emergency and coverage is not available, send a message to the next aid station with another rider. Alternatively, turn your bike upside down on the side of the road so a roaming patrol vehicle knows you need assistance.

There will be first aid officers roaming the course to assist you if required.

SAFETY 

The aim of the Big Canberra Bike Ride is to promote safe cycling. Please ride carefully and be aware of the following guidelines to keep yourself safe, ensure all our riders have a great experience, and help the event runs smoothly:

  • This event is a non-competitive participation ride - it is not a race or a time trial!

  • You will be sharing the road with participants of differing abilities, so please be aware of your fellow riders

  • The 35 km, 65 km and 120 km routes all involve riding on or crossing public roads with other traffic. Be aware of and respectful toward other road users and obey the road rules at all times

  • Any riders found to be riding outside the road rules will be subject to penalties under the Australian Road Rules and removed from the event

  • Participants must ride in single file where appropriate and no more than two abreast unless overtaking

  • Keep to the left to allow vehicles and other riders to overtake you and pass only to the right of other riders

  • Keep a safe distance from those in front

  • Move off the road or path before dismounting

  • Clearly communicate your intentions to other riders and road users, ie. slowing down, stopping and changing directions

  • Take care as other traffic may be travelling at high speeds

  • Take care and slow down when descending

  • Listen to instructions from event officials - they are there to keep you safe

  • Be sociable, be safe, and have fun!

  • Make sure you are familiar with our event Terms and Conditions before you ride

specific HAZARDS

120 km Big Tidbinbilla Ride

Please watch for wildlife through Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

Please use toilet amenities provided in the reserve.

120 km Big Tidbinbilla Ride and 65 km Big Dam Ride

Please exercise caution at the intersection of Coppins Crossing and William Hovell Drive as there is a limited bike lane and road works.

Please be cautious at the steep descents at Coppins and Uriarra Crossings.