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Course

There are no planned road and lane closures so you will be sharing the road with moving traffic. Normal road rules apply.

The 10km, 45km and 80km courses are well signed so you do not need to worry about directing yourself. Signs are erected in every instance where you need to turn, but are not necessarily placed at every single intersection, so if you see no sign then continue straight ahead. On some (but not all) corners there are also police, traffic controllers and/or volunteer marshals to direct riders. While it’s tempting to do, please do not make the mistake of blindly following riders in front of you as there may be non-event riders on the roads who are not necessarily following the event signs. Make sure you keep an eye out for distance split points and follow your course accordingly.

No, the event is not a race.

Yes, there are official rest stops with water, food, toilets, first aid responders and bike mechanics.

Toilets are located at the start, all rest stops and finish and will be clearly signed. There are also public toilets along the course in Council parks.

Medical support is available at start, all rest stops, finish and mobile along the course. Medical conditions that may affect you during the event should be clearly detailed on the reverse of your bib number, including emergency contact details. Course officials are located at regular intervals also and should be notified if you have any difficulties during the event.

Mechanical support is available at start, all rest stops and mobile along the course. Riders are encouraged to carry their own spare tube and repair kit. Mechanical assistance is free of charge, however any consumables used are the responsibility of the individual. If you require mechanical assistance move off to the left and place your bike upside down.

Bicycle Queensland works closely with Noosa Council, Sunshine Coast Council and TMR to ensure that roads along the route are in as good a shape as possible. Several route trips are made and great care is taken to fix potholes, clean glass and debris from the route in advance of event day. In saying that, it would be impossible to remove every single piece of debris – and some can appear on the day itself – so be attentive and take great care when you are riding the route, and make sure you have a spare inner tube on hand in case you do get a flat.

Entries

You don’t, but if you would like to become a member of Bicycle Queensland and join 18,000 other people who receive great benefits, which include personal injury and third party insurance, discounted entry fees, and regular updates on cycling developments click here.

There is no minimum fundraising requirement for people to participate in the ride. Riders can choose to make a one-off donation during the registration process or create an Everyday Hero fundraising page once they’ve entered the event. Bicycle Queensland is proud to have partnered with SunnyKids this year to help ensure every child, family and individual in need gets help!

To ensure your participation on ride day, please enter before the close of the online registration system.

Sorry, no. Payment is compulsory when entering. Entries without payment will not be accepted.

If the Rider wishes to withdraw from the Event they must do so in writing to Bicycle Queensland before online entries close. Rider envelopes received before this date must be returned to Bicycle Queensland before the Event in order to receive any refund. The following cancellation policy will apply: A 25% cancellation fee will be incurred if the Rider withdraws up until midnight Thursday 19 September. A 50% cancellation fee will be incurred if the Rider withdraws up until midday Thursday 17 October. No refunds will be given after online entries close and no alterations will be permitted.

Your registration type can be transferred between events (10km, 45km, or 80km options) by written request to Bicycle Queensland before 5pm Thursday 17 October 2019. Fee difference must be paid if changing up a distance.

Entries cannot be transferred from one entrant to another.

Rider kits will be available from the start location of your chosen distance on Sunday 20 October, from 1 hour before your rides start time.

Entry in to this event does not include Bicycle Queensland membership, and so does not automatically include insurance coverage. We recommend that all event participants either take out Bicycle Queensland membership, or hold their own bicycle riders insurance and private health insurance. Bicycle Queensland members get personal injury and third-party liability insurance. This means if you damage yourself, someone else or their property while out riding – including on The Big Beach Ride – then as a member you’re covered (conditions apply). Check out www.bq.org.au for a list of benefits or call us on 07 3844 1144 for more information.

Ride day

The three rides start in three different locations. The 80km ride starts from Tewantin Cricket Club on Goodwin St, Tewantin. The 45km ride starts from Power Park at Mudjimba Beach The 10km ride starts from Double Bay Park, Parrearra

All three rides finish at the Caloundra Football Club fields, Meridan Plains. This is where all the fun really begins.

We have buses and trucks operating throughout the morning to get you back to your chosen event start location. Some people may want to ride, others may get picked up from the finish, but if you need a lift back to your start location, we have options available for you and your bike during the entry process.

The 80km ride will roll away from Tewantin at approximately 6am. The 45km ride will roll out of Mudjimba at approximately 7am. The 10km ride will roll away from DOuble Bay Beach from 8am. This will ensure all rides start to arrive around the same time at the finish line.

In the interest of providing a safe and enjoyable event experience for all participants, riders should be mindful of ride etiquette: Keep to the left to allow people to pass on the right. Do not ride more than two abreast. Do not stop or change directions suddenly. Do not double back on the course. Be courteous to your fellow riders at all times. Always follow the directions of all ride officials and emergency service personnel. Please remember The Big Beach Ride is not a race.

Walking or pushing your bike is permitted – keep to the far left or on the footpath when doing this. Please be aware course cut off times may apply.

It is recommended all riders bring two filled water bottles with them for the start of the ride. Free food items will be served at rest stops – e.g. Bananas, honey straws, muesli bars or buns. Riders with special dietary requirements or allergies who cannot eat the listed foods are encouraged to bring their own food supplies.

Roller blading, scooters, skating or running are not permitted in these events.

Animals are not permitted on the event unless the rider is dependant on the animal and the prior approval of the Event Director is given.

Yes – this is a ride for everyone! Children under the age of 16 require a parent/guardian to ride with them along the entire course for safety. Any child under the age of 14 wanting to pilot their own bike, must have approval from the Event Director.

There will be a small cloak room at the start of each ride where you can drop off a small bag and have it transported to the finish line for you.

The event will proceed if it rains. Only extreme weather will force a cancellation. All participants will be contacted via SMS if the event is cancelled and we will post a message on the event website and social media pages.

All registered riders* will be able to collect their finishers tee from the merchandise tent at the finish line. Please ensure you select the correct size for you as opportunities to exchange will be limited. *while stocks last

Keep an eye on The Big Beach Ride event facebook page for regular updates on finish line fun. We’ll post all exciting news and activities up there first to get you pumped for a fun day out, even after your ride!