Taking place on Sunday the 6th of April, this event is organized by the Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club as an opportunity for everyone and anyone to enjoy the pleasures of recreational bike riding. And there are options to suit almost any level of cyclist, from family groups to enthusiastic road or mountain bike riders.
If you're new to bike touring, or want to take the kids with you, why not try the short road ride? At only 26km long, this option lets you enjoy the scenery without needing months of training to prepare. (Note that kids under the age of 12 will only be allowed to take part on a tagalong bike, tandem, or trailer and will not be required to pay to take part).
If it's all sounding too easy so far then the long road ride may be what you're looking for. This 106km loop is on roads, but includes a climb of Mt Macedon, so is great for fit and experienced cyclists who are looking for a challenge.
If road riding is too tame for your liking, you're catered for with a 60km mountain bike loop through the Wombat State Forest. This option is described as challenging but not technical, with lots of logging tracks and forest trails and a multitude of ups and downs.
To keep your energy up, entry fees include morning and afternoon tea and there is also the option to have lunch delivered to you along the way at a small additional cost.
Early entries, which close on the 14th of March, have the chance to win either a bike or a cycling holiday to Cambodia. They will also receive a discount on the entry fee, reducing the cost to only 45 per person, or $100 per family group.
Entries will be accepted up to the day of the ride, although riders registering on the day will be required to pay cash and will not be able to order lunch.
So tune up your bikes, break out your cycling wear and join the MADride. And don't forget your helmet.