2019 Rider Briefing


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.

Need to swap your jersey?

You are able to swap your jersey if you need to across the event week at the following times and locations:

Thursday January 24, 3pm – 8pm:
The information and Rider Pack collection tent at Towards Zero Race Melbourne – Albert Park

Friday January 25, 3pm – 8pm:
The information and Rider Pack collection tent at Steampacket Gardens, Geelong Waterfront

Saturday January 26, from 6am:
The information and Rider Pack collection tent at Steampacket Gardens, Geelong Waterfront

Please be aware that swapping is based on availability of sizes.

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.

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


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
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Spare inner tubes
  • Pump
  • Rear tail light
  • Water and drink bottles
  • Adequate ride nutrition
  • Fully charged and working mobile phone

Rider 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.

Aid stations

To help you along your way, there will be aid stations set up along the route. There will be one on the 35km and 65km courses and three on the 115km course. Locations are detailed on the course maps, now available on the courses section of the overview page, and will be outlined in the Rider Guide.

At each station there will be toilets, water, first aid, mechanical support and sports nutrition. There will be a limited supply, therefore it is recommended you 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 is forecast, additional water stations will be added along the course. Any additional locations will be advised in the days leading up to the Ride, via the website and social media.

Rider Guide

Each participant will receive a rider guide to the email address they registered with. Rider Guides will be sent to participants in January.

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 oft 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.


Get your official photos

Supersport Images will be on course to take official Swisse People’s Ride photos for you to purchase.

Be sure to place your helmet sticker at the front of your helmet so that you can be easily identified. Then, visit our website after the ride from using your bib number to search for images.

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