Bays’ Wish, a boutique ride through some of Victoria's spectacular regions to help wishes come true.
Beginning in Albury, this elite riding experience will take you through some of Victoria’s best regional cycling routes. Covering more than 700kms and varying elevations, you'll receive first class support over the 5 days to get you to the finish line in Melbourne. With just 50 places available, don't miss out on this exclusive event.
Tue 17 - Sat 21 March
$990 standard entry
$2,000 minimum fundraising commitment
with full support from our expert team
Day 1: Albury to Shepparton via Dookie - 172km distance, 940m climbed
> View stage 1 on Strava
Day 2: Shepparton to Bendigo via Toolleen - 133km distance, 705m climbed
> View stage 2 on Strava
Day 3: Bendigo to Ballarat - 148km distance, 1,933m climbed
> View stage 3 on Strava
Day 4: Ballarat to Queenscliff – 144km distance, 967m climbed
> View stage 4 on Strava
Day 5: Queenscliff to Melbourne 118km distance, 1,181m climbed
> View stage 5 on Strava
Routes may change depending on scheduled roadworks during the event period.
- Five nights’ shared accommodation
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- Coffee and cake at designated ride stops
- Professional photography
- Daily kit laundry
- Your bike cleaned each night - and serviced as needed - by a professional bike mechanic
- Dedicated rider support crew including first aid and sag wagon
- Custom designed Bays' Wish bib shorts and jersey
-Excludes: drinks at dinner and accommodation on the last day of ride.
About the course
Designed by former Jayco Herald Sun Tour director, Michael Hands, the course promises to be a picturesque yet challenging five days in the saddle.
Day one will be the longest day in the saddle while day three will see riders climb up the 746m high Mount Alexander Hill.
Check out the video to hear more about the course.
What does an average day look like?
Bays’ Wish is a challenging 5 days in the saddle, covering 100km plus per day - so just like a pro, all you need to think about is you and your bike. The Bays’ Wish Crew will take care of where you sleep, where you eat and where you need to be on and off the bike. We’ve got your back.
Mornings on the ride follow a relaxed pattern. Once you are up and showered, you will find any laundry you need in a bag at your door. Leave your bags packed at your door for us to take to the team cars and wander down to breakfast where a spread appropriate for a long day in the saddle awaits.
Fuelled up and ready, we will have a quick briefing on the highlights and highpoints of the day ahead and head outside. Your bikes will have been serviced and await you by the team cars. We aim to be on the road at 9am. We will have a stop or three along the way depending on the day’s course and weather to fuel up and regroup. There is even a rumour that you will get the best lemon slice in Australia to keep you going!
At day's end we’ll roll into our overnight stop. Leave your bike with the mechanic, grab some food and drink from the support crew to top up if you need it and wander to your room where your bag awaits. Take the chance for a shower and rest before we reconvene. Dinner each night will be at or close to our accommodation and we will celebrate the highlights of the day.
And then we'll do it all over again the next day.
Custom cycling kit
Your Bays’ Wish 2020 entry fee includes a custom cycle kit with your very own Bays' Wish jersey and bib shorts.
Frequently asked questions
Where does the ride start and how do I get there?
The ride commences on Tuesday 17 March in Albury/Wodonga, on the border of NSW and Victoria.
There are several travel options to get you to Albury. Albury airport sits just 10 minutes outside of Albury with Qantas, Virgin and Rex providing services here. If you plan on travelling by road Albury is just over 3 hours from Melbourne, 3.5 hours from Canberra and 5.5 hours from Sydney. The train is another option from each of these destinations.
Where does the ride finish?
The ride finishes in Melbourne’s Federation Square on Saturday 21 March. There will be an optional dinner to conclude the ride that evening but please note this is not included in your registration fee.
How fit do I need to be?
Bays’ Wish is a challenging ride over five days, with a range of terrain and a couple of long days in the saddle. We recommend that you come into the ride having at least three months of regular (3-5) rides a week including at least one longer ride a week. While we expect to break into groups each day and have a faster and slower pace, you will have a much more enjoyable experience if you are prepared. We will also be preparing a three month training program as a guide to get you to the start raring to go.
Can you invoice me for my registration fee?
We sure can. Simply fill in our enquiry form and we'll be in touch to organise your invoice.
When do I have to reach my fundraising goal by?
Bays’ Wish is a charity ride with a minimum fundraising commitment of $2,000.
To keep you on track, the first fundraising milestone is to raise $1,000 by 1 February 2020. We then ask that you reach your minimum target by the commencement of the event on 17 March.
What if I don’t reach my fundraising goal?
You will! The Bays’ Wish Crew are here to support you every step of the way and we’ll provide you with some great fundraising tools to help spread the word, including suggested email wording, social media tiles and sponsorship templates. We also provide dedicated, one-on-one support along the way. to help you reach your goals.
Can I arrange my own accommodation on one (or more) of the nights?
Yes, you are welcome to arrange your own accommodation along the route – please let us know if you plan on doing so. Please note, your fundraising commitment and registration costs remain the same.
Do I need insurance?
Yes, all riders must have appropriate personal insurance to cover the unexpected. This is usually included in the membership of your local cycling club.
What is your refund policy?
We understand that things change so registration fees can be refunded based on the following cut-off dates:
- 17 December – 100% refund
- 17 January – 50% refund
- 17 February - 25% refund
No further refunds can be given after 17 February.
Any fundraising you've secured will sit with Make-A-Wish to help more life-changing wishes come true. We're not able to carry it forward to future events.
Have another question?
Contact the Bays' Wish Crew on 1800 032 260 or enquire below.