Steeped with history the Bupa Around the Bay inaugural ride was kicked off on Sunday 17 October, in 1993 with 2,700 people riding the classic 210km route around Port Phillip Bay. Last year it attracted 17,000 participants from around the world and is now considered one of Melbourne’s major annual sporting events. It now has rides from 20 kilometers to 250 kilometers which has opened it up to all riders. Bicycle Network Victoria can be very proud of their continual achievement of getting “More People Cycling More Often” with this well run event.
For many serious cyclists the Bupa Around the Bay 210 and 250km rides are targeted as one of their personal bucket list of greats rides to be ridden and ticked off. There is also a lot of team corporates that see this event as a fantastic opportunity to bond over the human spirit and endeavor that comes from the training leading up to and then participating together in this physical challenge.
With 19 weeks to go before Bicycle Network Victoria is again hosting the 2013 edition, it’s time to place the 20th October in your diary and consider what sort of training and preparation you plan to do in the lead-up to it. If you are riding the 20km ride then it could be a matter of getting yourself and your family together and use to riding a few weeks before the 20th October.
If you are riding the 50, 100, 135, 210 and 250km event your preparation will greatly depend on how seasoned a rider you are. I would certainly not want to start any of these rides without establishing a reasonable amount of form first. On the day if you get halfway through one of these longer rides and discover that you aren’t fit enough to compete it, it raises a few issues. The first is that you’ll spend the remainder of the ride mentally driving yourself through to the end. While this may be “charter building” it also means that you run a high risk of injuring yourself and it will make you very susceptible to possible post ride illness. The better your preparation leading up to the event and your form on the day the more enjoyable the ride will be for you.
For the 100, 135 and 210 km event you’ll most certainly need a structured training plan to ensure that come event day you are in good form. If you haven’t been riding for very long then then this becomes even more important, especially if you are considering the longer events. I’ve been professionally training cyclists since 2007 and I know for a fact that fitness is something that takes you time to develop especially for endurance events like these. There are unfortunately no shortcuts or crash courses that can speed up the process. Consistency in your training is the key.
So if you have been riding for only a year and are contemplating the 210 or the 250km events then I strongly urge you to start your training now and slowly build up to riding around 250-300 km a week by at least the beginning of October. If you have been riding regularly for two or more years then 12 weeks of structured preparation will be sufficient.
Over the coming months leading up to the Bupa Around the Bay I’ll be covering off riding safety and etiquette, nutrition, bike and equipment preparation, clothing and of course training tips that will help you get prepared for and having the best time when riding the 2013’s edition of the Bupa Around the Bay.
I wish you all the best with your training and I look forward to seeing you out there on the day.