Ride preparation:

For enjoyment and safety, it’s important to ensure that you adequately prepare for the Swisse People’s Ride.

As in previous years, we will be helping participants get ready for the ride by sharing a series of tips in the months and weeks leading up to the big day. If you are interested in receiving these tips, don’t forget to sign up.

New this year, we have GPX and PDF course files already available for download on the Swisse People’s Ride Courses page. You can now start training on your preferred course and aim for a personal best come January!

Also, get started with these general tips:

  • If you are jumping on your bike for the first time or after an extended break, visit your general practitioner for a health check
  • Make sure you drink and eat enough during your training rides
  • Always eat something before a ride in the mornings, even if it is just a banana or a muesli bar
  • On longer rides of more than 60 minutes eat something small every hour (for examples an energy bar or banana)
  • Hydration is very important. Drink 300-500ml of water before you train and try to drink 500-750ml every hour on the bike. After your training ride, drink another 300-500ml to rehydrate
  • And always ride safe, have fun and keep smiling!

Rider Packs:

Every participant in the 2019 Swisse People’s Ride receives a rider pack including:

  • Exclusive Swisse People’s Ride Santini Jersey
  • Rider number bib and safety pins
  • Helmet and seat post bike stickers
  • Exclusive offers from supporting partners

All participants also receive a collector’s drink bottle; however, this is to be picked up at the event site across the weekend. More details on location to come.

All riders who enter prior to 11:59pm on Sunday January 6, 2019 will receive their pack via mail. All riders who enter the Ride between 12:00am on Monday January 7 and 11:59pm on Monday January 14 will need to collect their Rider Pack at the event site across the weekend. More details on location and collection times to come.

Start line:

The 2019 Swisse People’s Ride will start at 7:00am*.

*Start time subject to change

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 consider travel time, parking and any unforeseen holdups. There will be a set time outlined in your Rider Guide that all 115km, 65km and 35km participants must depart the start line by.

Start positions will be determined by the ‘Speed Group’ you selected during the registration process. Keep an eye out for directions within your Rider Guide and by Event staff on the morning.

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.

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