2019 Swisse People’s Ride – Register Now

JAN 2018


Whether you have a fitness goal in mind, a day out planned with friends and family or a personal best to conquer – here’s what you need to know about the 2018 Swisse People’s Ride.

Rider Packs

Every participant in the 2018 Swisse People’s Ride receives a rider pack including:

  • Exclusive Swisse People’s Ride Santini jersey
  • Collectors drink bottle
  • Race number bib and safety pins
  • Helmet sticker
  • Seat post sticker

Enter before midnight on Sunday 7 January, 2018 to receive your Rider Pack in the mail. A postage and handling fee is included in the overall price.

What to bring


When you are packing your bag for the weekend, make sure you include the following compulsory items for the Swisse People’s Ride.

  • Bike and helmet
  • 2018 Swisse People’s Ride official jersey
  • Race number bib and safety pins
  • Helmet and seat post stickers
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Spare inner tubes
  • Pump
  • Rear tail light
  • Water and drink bottles
  • Adequate ride nutrition
  • Fully charged and working mobile phone


In additional to the compulsory items above, we recommend you also bring the following items to the 2018 Swisse People’s Ride.

  • Sunscreen
  • Rain jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Money


Race number bib and stickers

Please follow the correct application tips for your race number bib and stickers:

  • Bib number is to be worn in the middle of the back.
  • Seat post sticker is to be attached to the base of the seat post.
  • Helmet sticker is to be placed on the front of your helmet.

Note: Numbers must not be cut, folded or modified in anyway and must be clearly visible at all times.

Start line

The 2018 Swisse People’s Ride will start at 7am.

Just like the elite races, you will roll out from the start/finish line on Eastern Beach Road at Geelong’s beautiful waterfront.

We recommend you arrive a minimum of one hour prior to start time. Please take into account travel time, parking and any unforeseen holdups. There will be a set time (TBC) that all long, middle and short course participants must depart the start line by.

All riders must wear their exclusive 2018 Swisse People’s Ride Santini Cycle Jersey to start the ride.

These times and location are subject to change. Confirmed start times will be communicated pre-event to all participants via email.


Aid stations

To help you along your way, there will be aid stations set up along the route. There will be one on each of the short and middle courses and three on the long course. Locations will be detailed at a later date.

At each station there will be toilets, water, first aid, mechanical support and some sports nutrition including a selection of either sports bars, gels, electrolyte, bananas, fruitcake or lollies. There will be a limited supply, so please bring along sufficient food and sports nutrition to meet your requirements.


Similarly, you are expected to pack your own basic tools and spares so that you can get yourself out of trouble on the day. Whilst mechanical support will be available at aid stations, it is not a roving resource.

If hot weather conditions are forecast, additional water stations will be added along the course. Any additional locations will be advised in the days leading up to the Swisse People’s Ride.

Road and rider safety

Much of the Swisse People’s Ride is conducted on open roads therefore standard road rules apply to every participant. Police will be in attendance and will impose penalties.


Please also respect and keep an eye out for your fellow Swisse People’s Ride participants.

Finish line

You will approach the finish line on Western Beach Road at Geelong’s foreshore. You will be asked to safely pass across the line, dismount and move off the course as efficiently as possible to avoid congestion. We appreciate you working with the event marshals to ensure there is a clear finish line at all times.

Don’t forget to recover well, refuel, rehydrate and choose one of the great locations to watch the Deakin University Elite Women’s Race UCI 1.1*.

Cut off policy

For the safety of participants and as a courtesy of local residents, a ‘cut off’ policy does apply to the Swisse People’s Ride.

This requires riders to maintain an average pace of 18kph throughout their ride.


This does endeavour to allow all participants to complete the Swisse People’s Ride under our standard Ride conditions, but in the event you do drop back, please familiarise yourself with the cut off time policy in order to understand the outcomes of falling outside the time restrictions.

If you are unable to maintain the average speed there are options to shorten the course, or to be transported back to Geelong in event transport along with your bike.


There is no specific event parking area but it is recommended that participants park in the Eastern Garden precinct.

Please be aware there are parking restrictions applicable across the route throughout the day so please pay attention to signage and avoid parking on the actual ride/race route.


Put some air in your tyres and start training! We have been working on some huge developments for the 2018 Swisse People’s Ride.

This, our fourth edition, will be the best yet:

  • International cycling legend Greg LeMond will join you – and Cadel – on the ride;
  • Get your world-class Santini jersey;
  • Enjoy new and improved courses; and
  • A massive GIVEAWAY announcement is about to drop.


Don’t miss the latest news and announcements as we count down the weeks until the ultimate weekend of cycling arrives.

Receive our eNewsletter for important information about the 2018 Swisse People’s Ride, elite men’s and women’s team and rider announcements and tips on where to stay and visit along the spectacular Great Ocean Road.


Plan Your Weekend

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