The day you’ve been waiting for is almost here. Where we stand united with the 351 Australians who hear the words "you have cancer" each day.

Please take the time to read through the event preparation page to ensure you get everything you can out of one of the most amazing days of the year.

Event Schedule and Details

Morning of the Event

What to Bring:

We'll provide fruit, Nature Valley muesli bars, water and electrolytes. You are welcome to bring your own snacks or food if you'd like more. Also bring a hat and refillable water bottle as cups won't be provided. Cyclists should also bring a puncture kit and lights. Finally, don't forget to bring some cash or a credit card for emergency and also so you can sign up for 2018!

Event Location:

Ibis Picnic Area, Aughtie Drive, Albert Park (Next to Carousel Cafe)

Here is a schedule of what to expect on the morning of 29 October:

6:00 am Main site open Bib Collection & Bag Check

6:30 am All participants should be onsite

6:55 am Opening stretch

7:00 am Opening Kick Off

Parking

Parking is limited around Albert Park Lake so please arrive early. Please also ensure you purchase a valid ticket for parking on the day from council parking machines.

Nearby parking is available at the below locations a short walk or ride from Ibis Picnic Area. Arriving via public transit is highly recommended!

Book with Ace Parking—2 Bowen Crescent

Book a bay at Wilson Parking—600 St Kilda Road, St Kilda

Route Link:

Click here

Route Opening Time:

7:15 AM

All Participants must be on route by:

7:45 AM

Notes:

All event participants must depart on route from official start location. If you arrive past the route cut off time and the rear escort vehicle has left site, for safety reasons you will be shuttled to catch up to the rest of the event participants.

Route Link:

Click here

Route Opening Time:

7:15 AM

All Participants must be on route by:

7:45 AM

Notes:

All event participants must depart on route from official start location. If you arrive past the route cut off time and the rear escort vehicle has left site, for safety reasons you will be shuttled to catch up to the rest of the event participants.

Location:

Ibis Picnic Area, Aughtie Drive, Albert Park (Next to Carousel Cafe)

Time:

Opens 10:00am, Closes 5:00pm

Parking cost:

Parking is limited around Albert Park Lake. Please also ensure you purchase a valid ticket for parking on the day from council parking machines.

Read our FAQ page for everything you need to know

Volunteers Needed:

We have a range of fun and exciting volunteer shifts still available on Sunday. Let your friends and family know they can come out, support you, and assist with the running of the event. If you or someone you know is interested in joining us for a shift please contact Mel at volunteermelbourne@theoneday.org.au or 0435 407 255.

Safety:

For your safety, and the safety of others, we highly recommend all riders wear a piece of high visibility clothing, have a red flashing reflective light on the back of their bike and come prepared with a small bike tool and repair kit. All participants please ensure you or at least one person you are participating with is carrying a mobile phone in the case of an emergency or if a route pick up is needed.

Waves:

All participants will be leaving in waves after the Opening Kick Off. Please be patient as you may experience congestion as we exit the start location. To ensure departure is as smooth as possible please know the wave you are departing in and listen carefully for your wave to be called.

Remember:

There will be no ATM facilities at the event site, please have cash on hand for any bike maintenance you may face while on route or any onsite purchases.

Online Check-in and Event Credentials

To avoid long queues on the Sunday morning of the event to collect your event credential, all participants should complete the Online Check-in process. Here you can watch the safety video, enter emergency contact information and ensure your details are correct.

Once you have checked in online, please continue to fundraise as the money will continue to be credited to your account. Please remember: the more money we raise, the more lives we are able to save!

We also accept cash or cheque donations on the day of the event. However, we encourage you to use Online Check-in and our Delayed Self Pledge Service if you are waiting for those final funds to come in.

Online check-in closes on Thursday, 26 October.


Early Bib Collection

Complete your Online Check-In by 26 October and you can come along to pick up your event bib early:

Saturday 28 October 12pm-4pm
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Ground Floor, 305 Grattan Street Melbourne
Meeting Room GA038 (Next to GB Reflection Space)

If you cannot pick your bib up early, your event credential will be ready for you to collect via express pick-up on the Sunday morning!

Delayed Self-Pledge

Haven’t yet reached your fundraising commitment of $500? Take advantage of our delayed self-pledge service. When you sign up for Delayed Self-Pledge service, we’ll extend the date to complete your fundraising until 29 December, 2017. When you sign up for this service, we’ll immediately charge your credit card $2.00 which will be credited towards your own fundraising account. After 29 December we’ll check your fundraising total and if you’re still short of the minimum (we know you won’t be!) we’ll charge the balance to your card. You can do it! We know all you need is a little extra time.

Important Dates and Deadlines

15 October, 2017

Mailed donation forms sent to P.O. Box must be postmarked by this date in order to be credited to your fundraising balance before the event.

15 October, 2017

Company matching gifts sent to the P.O. Box must be postmarked by this date in order to be credited to your fundraising balance before the event. (Any matching gifts not received can be “guaranteed” by a delayed self-pledge with the participant’s credit card number).

26 October, 2017

Online Check-in closes. Check in online by 5pm on 26 October so you can take advantage of express credential pick up onsite on Sunday morning, 29 October.

29 October, 2017

Online donations received on or before this date will be reflected in your fundraising account.

29 December, 2017

Delayed self pledge will be processed on this date if you have not reached your fundraising minimum of $500.

How do I choose my route option?

During online check-in, you’ll be asked to select between the 60 km or 100 km ride, or the 25 km walk. Please choose the route that you intend to complete. Note: the 60 km ride route turns around near Mordialloc at the first ride pit stop.

Where do I collect my event credential?

All OneDay participants will collect their personalised participant credential at the Start Line before the Opening Kick Off. A tent will be clearly marked and will be open from 5:30am-7am for credential collection. We strongly advise arriving early to minimise wait times and to ensure you are ready to hit the route prior to the start of the Opening Kick Off.

What time can I collect my event credential?

Participant check in will open at 5:30am. Please complete online check-in for express credential collection on Sunday morning and avoid the queues.

What if I miss check in, can I participate without an event credential?

Participant check in will be open from 5:30am-7am. If you are late to check in you will be moved forward by a support vehicle to stay within event operating hours. All OneDay participants MUST wear and clearly display their participant credential whilst on route and receive event support. Your participant credential will have your name, participant ID and hotline number on it.

What should I bring with me?

We recommended all participants bring one or two filled water bottles with them and any energy snacks that can be safely carried with them on course. Additionally, we suggest riders carry a spare tube and puncture kit and get their bike serviced before the event. For your safety, and the safety of others, we highly recommend all riders wear a piece of high visibility clothing and have a red flashing reflective light on the back of their bike. All participants please ensure you or at least one person you are participating with is carrying a mobile phone in the case of an emergency or if a route pick up is needed.

We also highly recommend all participants carry a small amount of cash, photo identification and a mobile phone in case of emergency, or if a route pick up is needed. Please note there will be no ATM facilities on site.

Where is the Start Line and Opening Kick Off?

Ibis Picnic Area, Albert Park (near Carousel Cafe) will be home to both the Start and Finish Line Festival.

The Opening Kick Off will start at 7am. We highly recommend all participants be onsite no later than 6:30am in order to have time to collect their event credential, grab a coffee and meet their friends/family and teams.

If you are late to the Start Line you will be moved forward along the course in order to stay within event operating hours.

Is parking available?

Parking is limited around Albert Park Lake so please arrive early. Please also ensure you purchase a valid ticket for parking on the day from council parking machines.

Nearby parking is available at the below locations a short walk or ride from Ibis Picnic Area. Arriving via public transit is highly recommended!

Book with Ace Parking—2 Bowen Crescent

Book a bay at Wilson Parking—600 St Kilda Road, St Kilda

Can I leave my bag/belongings somewhere?

There will be a Bag Check Tent at the Start Line where you can leave your bag. Please ensure your items are weather protected. You will be provided with a ticket that corresponds with your bag. Ensure you keep your ticket in a safe place and bring it with you when you collect your bag. Bag Check will be monitored at all times but the OneDay to Conquer Cancer assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen items.

Can we start as a group?

For maximum safety both the Ride and Walk courses will start in waves. We will do our very best to ensure all teams/family and friends are placed in the same wave. We encourage you to ride/walk together and proudly show off your colours as a team!

Can I change my Wave Start?

We will accept requests to change wave starts until Friday 5th August. You may be permitted to change waves if the wave you wish to enter is not full and still has available positions.

If you wish to change your wave start, please contact the office on 1300 584 655 coaches@theoneday.org.au

How will I know where to go on the Ride or Walk Course?

Both courses will be clearly signed so you can navigate easily to the Finish Line.

My friend/family is riding and I am walking, will I get to see them?

Yes! All OneDay participants will start and finish at Ibis Picnic Area, Albert Park. We will share an epic Opening Kick Off together as one united group before departing on the route of your choice. You’ll see each other again at the finish line where you’ll celebrate together.

How far apart are the pit stops?

Ride route pit stops will be every 25km-30km and Walk route pit stops will be every 6km-7km. There will be water/snacks, toilets, medical support and a team of excited OneDay Volunteers at each stop to keep you inspired and moving along your journey!

What food is included?

There will be water and snacks (fruit and muesli bars) provided at each Pit Stop and Turn Around Points. There will also be food and drinks for purchase at and the Start & Finish Line. Please have cash with you for any purchases as there will be no ATM facilities onsite.

Will there be electrolyte drink and gel available?

Yes we will have tablet and gel electrolytes at the start and turn around points. We recommend bringing electrolytes or gel of your choice with you to cover your needs along the course.

Can I ride/walk with an iPod or other music device?

iPods and other music devices are not permitted on the walk or ride courses as they will inhibit your ability to focus on your fellow participants and hear what is happening around you. For your utmost safety it is important that you are able to hear instructions from course marshals, volunteers and staff at all times along the course.

Does the ride/walk cater towards different skill levels?

The best thing about the OneDay to Conquer Cancer is that it’s an event for anyone who wants to make a difference in the fight against cancer! It is not a race and we encourage all participants to take the course at their own pace and not feel pressured to go at the pace of others.

There is support along each course for you to use if needed and we often find it will raise your spirits; so don’t be shy to take advantage of the sweep vehicles, buses or other course assistance. If you don’t see a support vehicle, please call the hotline number on your credential for assistance.

Please keep in mind that Brisbane is not flat and therefore we strongly recommend adding hill training to your training schedule for both the ride and the walk courses.

What if I change my mind on what course I want to participate on?

No problem! We will accept course changes until Wednesday, 19 October, when online check-in closes. If you decide you would like to change your course, please call or email the office on 1300 44 9255 or melbournecoaches@theoneday.org.au.

What happens if it’s raining?

The OneDay to Conquer Cancer is a rain or shine event! All participants should be prepared for any possible weather conditions and should monitor the weather in the lead up to the event.

What happens if I breakdown or can’t complete the ride?

Bike techs, wrench support and course marshals will be along the route and at the Pit Stops - they will be ready and happy to provide assistance to anyone who may breakdown while on course. If you experience a tech problem while on course and do not see anyone to provide immediate assistance, please call the hotline on your participant credential for support.

We recommend you have your bike serviced before the event and carry a puncture repair kit and pump. If you breakdown on the ride, stop in a safe spot on the side of the road, set your bike upside down, and wait for a roving mechanic to arrive. They will be able to assist with basic repairs and should be able to get you mobile again. Support vehicles will collect any riders who are unable to complete the ride. If you are within walking distance of one of the pit stops, please walk your bike to the stop.

What type of bikes are permitted in the event?

You may enter the ride with many different types of bikes, from tandems, to hand-powered, and foldable electric bikes. No scooters or roller blades are permitted in the event, nor are those intending to run on the course.

Can I ride/walk with my dog?

For the safety of you and other participants no animals are allowed on course.

Are private support vehicles permitted?

Private support vehicles are not permitted on course. There will be plenty of official OneDay vehicles monitoring the course during the event including medical and mechanical support to ensure all participants’ needs are covered whilst walking/riding.

Can I participate with a pram or trailer attached to my bike?

Prams and trailers are NOT permitted on course for the safety of all event participants.

What is ride etiquette?

In the interest of providing a safe and enjoyable event experience for all participants, cyclists should be mindful of ride etiquette:

  • Keep to the left to allow passing cyclists to overtake on the right
  • Do not ride more than 2 abreast
  • Do not stop/change directions suddenly
  • Do not double back on the course
  • Always follow the directions of all ride officials and emergency service personnel

What time do I need to finish by?

Both courses will open after the Opening Kick Off at 7am and the Finish Line will close at 5pm. Each course will have specific operating hours that we must adhere to. You will be fully supported to advance along the course if you are walking/riding outside of event operating times. We allow as much time as possible for participants to complete the course as long as it is safe to continue.

Where is the Finish Line?

Ibis Picnic Area, Albert Park will be home to both the Start and Finish Line.

Is there parking available?

Parking is limited around Albert Park Lake so please arrive early. Please also ensure you purchase a valid ticket for parking on the day from council parking machines.

Nearby parking is available at the below locations a short walk or ride from Ibis Picnic Area. Arriving via public transit is highly recommended!

Book at Ace Parking—2 Bowen Crescent

Book at Wilson Parking—600 St Kilda Road

What happens at the finish line?

The finish line will be full of fun and celebrations of what we have achieved! We encourage all participants to invite their friends and family to join us at Finish Line to cheer all the participants across the line. Stick around and celebrate with a cold beer or bubbles! There will also be food/drinks, coffee and ice cream for sale!

Can spectators attend the post-ride/walk Finish Line Festival?

YES! We would love for you to invite your friends/family and loved ones to meet you at the finish line and celebrate your accomplishments! Feel free to stick around enjoy the atmosphere and cheer on your fellow OneDay participants as they cross the finish line.