When will we be able to register?
Registrations for the 2021 MS Brissie to the Bay will open very soon! Simply register your interest here and keep an eye on your inbox for our exclusive launch day offer.
Will the courses be the same as previous years?
We’re working with our on course logistics team to put the finishing touches on all the courses for 2021. We will have our standard distances of 10km, 25km, 50km and 100km and all will be very similar courses to previous years.
Because COVID saw us cancel our physical event day in 2020, we were unable to run our additional 130km ride as planned. The good news is we will be running it in 2021!
See the planned course maps for 2021 here. Our 10km course will be changing, however the 2020 course map is included to give you an idea on the type of ride.
All courses are subject to change.
What's new in 2021?
2021 will see a few additions to the MS Brissie to the Bay bike ride.
For the very first time, riders will have the option to register for our physical event at Musgrave Park, as well as our brand new virtual ride, the 30 Day Challenge. Join us on Sunday 13 June when we return to Musgrave Park with all the classic courses on offer. Feel like pushing yourself beyond our five distances on offer?
Take part in our brand new virtual ride, no matter where you are across Queensland! It’s FREE to register, and will take place throughout the month of June. Set your distance, log your km’s and fight MS. For those over achievers – yes, you can do both! We are excited to announce that we will have the additional 130km ride option once again this year – as we were unable to run this in 2020 and wanted to make sure people still had the chance to challenge themselves with this distance.
What is the 30 Day Challenge?
We understand that mass participation events may not be for everyone in 2021 or that you may love cycling and supporting a good cause, but live too far away to take part.
So we have introduced our 30 Day Challenge. You can take part in our brand new virtual ride, no matter where you are across Queensland! It’s FREE to register, and will take place throughout the month of June. Set your distance, log your km’s and fight MS. For those overachievers – yes, you can do both!
Can I do both the 30 Day Challenge and take part on event day?
Absolutely! We understand that a bike ride on one day may not be enough of a challenge for some riders, but that you still love being part of the event day experience.
When signing up, simply choose the physical event option and you will be asked as part of the registration steps that follow whether you will also be taking part in the 30 Day Challenge. When you get to this question, simply select yes!
What measures have MS Queensland put in place to make the event COVID Safe?
MS Queensland is working with all the relevant authorities to ensure we are able to deliver the safest event possible for everyone involved.
COVID Safe measures we will have in place on event day include:
- An increased event site space capacity to allow for appropriate physical distancing – 2m² per person
- Split the start and finish locations to ensure enough space for riders at the start line.
- Staggered start times to reduce the number of people on site at any time
- Introduction of hand sanitising stations
- Event cleaners to ensure all high touch point areas are cleaned frequently
- Extra toilets to reduce queuing times
- No cups will be available at refreshment stations, participants MUST bring their own water bottles
We will be monitoring all government advice and regulations regularly and will continue to work with all relevant authorities prior to the event and on event night to ensure that the event is as safe as possible.
We will communicate with all participants regularly as to any changes they should expect or any new rules and regulations around the event.
We also ask that any participant who are not feeling well or who are showing any mild symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath or fatigue, to stay home and not attend the event.
Is it a race?
No! The MS Brissie to the Bay bike ride is a mass participation ride to raise funds for people living with MS. There are no pace setters or prizes for finishing first and competition of any sort is strongly discouraged for safety reasons. Please ride safely and ensure everyone has a safe, fun and enjoyable ride.
Is there a minimum age requirement?
There are age minimums for the 25km, 50km, 100km and 130km courses, as the event takes place on roads that are not closed to traffic.
These age restrictions are set to ensure the safety of ALL riders, and as are as follows:
- 25km Course – Riders must be at least 10 years old (Children under 5 years are permitted in tag-alongs)
- 50km Course – Riders must be at least 13 years old
- 100km Course – Riders must be at least 16 years old
- 130km Course – Riders must be over the age of 18 years old
If you are a parent or guardian and you believe your child is capable of riding the distance and navigating open road conditions confidently, then we are able to make an exception for those that are within 1 year of the age minimum.
It is also worth noting that any children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a cycling adult of equal or greater fitness at all times on course.
What types of bikes are permitted?
You may enter the ride with many different types of bikes, from tandems, to hand-powered, and electric bikes. No scooters or roller blades are permitted in the event, nor are those intending to run or walk the course. If you are unsure about your options, contact us on 1300 090 923.
For anyone entering with an e-bike, it is important to note that it is the rider’s responsibility to ensure they are meeting the current legislation around electric bicycles. You can find the current legislation here.
Does the ride cater towards different skill levels?
The best thing about the MS Brissie to the Bay bike ride is that it is an event for riders of all ages and abilities, with 5 different courses to choose from!
Since it is not a race, we encourage riders to take the course at their own pace.
That being said, the MS Brissie to the Bay is a cycling event, so basic riding ability is needed for your own safety. The event also shares roads with cars, so it is highly recommended you have some experience in this prior to participating.
We do have course cut off times to allow for planning with the emergency services, traffic control officers, volunteers and support crews. Riders who are riding slower than the predicted 15km/hour for the 25km, 50km and 100km distances, and 18km/hour for the 130km distance will be encouraged to be swept forward along the route to ensure they are able to cross the finish line within the time frame.
Riders who do not wish to be swept forward should be aware that full course support will not be available to them after the cut-off time.
Will medical and mechanical assistance be available on the course?
Medical and mechanical support is available at the start/finish area at Musgrave Park. Medical and mechanical support will also be circulating along the course to assist riders who may require help.
Medical conditions that may affect you during the event should be clearly detailed on the back of your rider plate in the fields provided and attached to your bike, including emergency contact details. Course officials are located at regular intervals and should be notified if you have any difficulties during the event.
Will there be rest stops along the way?
There are five rest stops located across the courses so riders can stop, have a rest, and a stretch. There will be drinks/snacks, toilets and a team of MS volunteers at each stop to keep you motivated and moving!
Rest stops** are located at:
- Balmoral – 25km, 50km
- Wynnum – 50km, 100km, 130km
- Cleveland – 100km, 130km
- Chandler – 100km, 130km
- Redland Bay - 130km
**Rest stop locations are subject to change. Please check course maps closer to event day