Please present your rider ID at the Registration Desk to receive your Morning Tea Wrist band and your lunch Wrist Band if you have ordered lunch.
As a condition of our insurance you MUST wear your wrist band which you will receive when you register at the beginning of the BAD Ride.
Also, you must carry your rider ID with emergency contacts details (either Trybooking ticket or hand written ticket issued on the day).
Your ID makes you eligible to win one of two Giant Bicycles donated by Shaw's Cycling Centre drawn prior to the start of the BAD Ride.
Wristbands can be collected from Pleasant St. Primary School on Saturday afternoon [2.00 pm to 3.30pm] or Sunday morning from 8am at Pleasant Street Primary School.
ROUTE INFO AND MAPS
A location map for the start and finish point will be enclosed. Route maps can be collected from the Ride Start on the day. All routes are well-signposted.
1. PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO MAPS, SIGNS AND MARSHALL DIRECTIONS.
2. THE 100KM RIDE IS A CHALLENGING RIDE FOR THE MORE EXPERIENCED CYCLIST
Ride marshalls will be on hand to direct cyclists at difficult or dangerous intersections or crossings and can be identified by their brightly coloured vests. Please exercise caution and take their advice.
Assembly starts at 8:00am. Ride commences from 9.00 to 9.30am at Pleasant Street Primary School.
Finish time: 4.30pm
The BAD Ride is renowned for its substantial and nutritious lunches, produced fresh on the day.
Lunches may only be ordered with early-bird entries.
Meet for lunch at the Creswick Neighbourhood House. Pre-ordered lunches will be available here from 10.30am until 1.00pm. Cyclists who have not ordered lunch will need to bring their own. A sausage sizzle will be available also.
Follow the signs to morning tea at Wattle Flat for the 50km route.
The morning tea stop is at the Mollongghip Hall for the 100km route.
Toilets will be available at the morning tea and lunch stops.
Late entries can be lodged from 8.00am on the day. Late entrants must provide their own lunch and will not be eligible for the random prize draw.
RANDOM PRIZE DRAW
All early entries are eligible for a random prize draw with prizes including:
One of two Giant brand hybrid bicycle generously donated by Shaws Cycling Centre; and lots of great cycling products.
WHAT TO BRING
• BAD Rider ID and emergency contact details - if early entry
• Bike - in good condition
• Helmet - approved bicycle helmets must be worn by all participants
• Water - even if the weather is cool
• Lunch - if not pre-ordered
• Wet-weather gear/Sunscreen
ROAD RULES AND COURTESY
Please remember to obey road rules at all times and exercise caution at intersections and narrow road sections.
• Ride in single file when double lines are present and on narrow sections
• Never ride more than two abreast
• Cyclists under 14 years of age must ride with a responsible adult at all times
• Call "passing" or "stopping" to warn fellow cyclists in advance of your intentions to pass or stop
• When resting, move well off the road side for safety and courtesy to other road users
• Watch for "tyre-munching" bridges and road ruts and let cyclists behind you know of dangers
• Be courteous to car drivers - remember four wheels have much more weight, power and speed than two.
Bicycles and road rules - https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/road-rules/a-to-z-of-road-rules/bicycles
Road rules video- https://www4.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/road-rules/road-rule-videos
IN CASE OF BREAKDOWN
Wait at the side of the road with your bicycle turned upside down and clearly visible to the sag wagon or passing BAD Ride officials. (If necessary, ring 0487284736)
There will be official mechanical support provided for the event and there will be support for riders on the day .
IN CASE OF ACCIDENT OR EMERGENCY
Flag down a cyclist or motorist with a mobile phone. IF SEVERE EMERGENCY, DIAL 000 FOR AMBULANCE ASSISTANCE.
If not a severe emergency, phone BAD Ride Coordinator Gary Bunn 0487 284 736
If you have recently passed a Marshall, have a cyclist retrace the route back to the Marshall for assistance, as most will have a mobile phone. However, Marshalls are few and far between on some sections of the Routes so please do not rely on a Marshall being available ahead of you.
For the safety of cyclists and other road users, use of personal support vehicles along the route is strongly discouraged. Car-based family members and friends are welcome to take an alternative route and join cycling participants at the Start/Finish venue or at lunch time at Creswick Neighbourhood House.
Ride completion certificates can be collected from the Start/Finish venue throughout the day. Display yours proudly (and remember to come along next year!)
Complimentary tea, coffee and cordial will be available at the end of the Ride at the Start/Finish venue at Pleasant St Primary School. Photographers will be present to record your success.
ACCOMMODATION & SATURDAY ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS
A number of our out-of-town participants in recent years have used the BAD Ride as a great opportunity to spend time in Ballarat. Come up on Saturday and visit the award-winning sights at Sovereign Hill Historical Park and the Gold Museum. Also consider the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
Cycle around Lake Wendouree (6kms) and picnic in the Botanical Gardens; trawl the antique shops; cruise the coffee shop strip along Sturt St; crawl the old pubs, dine in fine style at the range of restaurants.
You could take a self-guided cycle tour.
A few suggestions follow but there are plenty of other options:
• to local vineyards for a sip (various distances - usually medium, undulations)
• for a taste of history with a goldfields tour including " Anderson 's Mill" at Smeaton (50kms return – medium, undulations)
• to Clunes (60kms return - medium, undulations) to see for yourself why it was chosen as the perfect setting for a number of recent movies and TV programs. Stop in at the bakery for a nice bun, the milk bar for one of their famous ice creams or one of the pubs for a cold one. The Book Town weekend coincides with the BAD Ride.
• to Daylesford (90kms return - hilly) for coffee, culture and "The Convent Gallery".
The Ballarat Tourist Information centre can help with suggestions for accommodation and activities for all interests and budgets.
• General Information -: www.visitballarat.com.au
• Accommodation Bookings - www.ballarataccommodationguide.com.au