MATES Classic – Bunker Bay 300
Bunker Bay 300 is the Ultimate Corporate Bike Monument Challenge that raises money for mental health support and suicide awareness in the Construction Industry challenging senior executives who have a passion for cycling and an awareness of their corporate social responsibilities, to ride 300 kilometres in a single day.
CIDN Perth (Construction Industry Drinks and Networking) has partnered with MATES in Construction to organise a cycling event for selected individuals who have the necessary fitness, experience and skill to complete the physical challenge. In return, they benefit from valuable networking opportunities and the immense satisfaction of directly helping support mental health and suicide initiatives in the Construction Industry.
The 2021 ride mission is to raise money for MATES in Construction through the running of this challenging cycling event.
The 2021 ride recognises its responsibility to the greater community and believes that individuals working together can make a real difference to the health and productivity of the Construction Industry.
It challenges riders to use their standing in the business community and they are expected to use their networks to raise a pre-determined minimum amount in personal donations.
Riders and support crew participate in the spirit of camaraderie, teamwork and fun with each event completed as a group and not as a race.
About The RIDE - MATES Classic – Bunker Bay 300
There is no doubt that this event sits at the pinnacle of charity rides held in Australia and it is wonderful to see the enthusiasm and courage from leaders in the construction industry to participate in this First Edition of the ride.
This ride offers athletes a rare chance to complete a 300km ride that exceeds the great Monument rides including Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders or La Primavera.
Cost and Sponsorship
- Individual Rider: $500 (inclusive accommodation, jersey and bib shorts, ride nutrition, function dinner, wine, breakfast)
- Corporate: $2000
- Jersey: $1000 (additional to Corporate)
- Event Director – Peter McUtchen
- Marketing – Maurice Sauzier
- Riders – Tim Wise
- Sponsorship – Andrew Rowe
- Support Stations – Carl Kirk
- Logistics – Paul Hopwood
- An inland route is currently preferred and avoids major highways and busy sections of road to maximise safety for riders. Refer to Figure 1.
- Elevation gain: 800-900m
- Distance: Approx.: 305km
- Support stations: 7 No.
- Target average speed: 30km/h
Support vehicles will lead and follow the ride providing medical and mechanical assistance along with ensuring the peloton is visible and defined for other road users. These vehicles will be equipped with some spares and the ability to carry bikes and riders in the event of fatigue, injury or major mechanical incident.
Support stations will be placed at approx. 75km intervals and include food, hydration, medical and mechanical support.
It is a priority that each rider is familiar and understands who they are riding alongside. Not only does this improve the enjoyment of the ride it also dramatically improves safety and minimises hardship on the ride. If the peloton works in an organised and coordinated effort, maximising efficiencies and key individual strengths in the group, the perceived ride time will be greatly reduced.
Training rides are essential to achieve this goal and will take place twice a week from the Narrows Bridge at the following times:
- Tuesday 6am Approx. distance 45km
- Saturday 6am Approx. distance 65-120km
Riding in the rain will be avoided in the interest of rider safety and lights are mandatory for all rides.
Ride Kit by Escape Apparel
Escape Apparel are a locally owned cycle kit supplier offering the latest in material, chamois and cuts that are the kit of choice for several teams and stores around Australia. Having compared their product against everything else on the market I have to say that they are offering a completely new level of quality to their competition.
Their suggested cut for the ride is a race type and typically you will need a size larger than what you are used to from the regular suppliers.
Your base lycra cycle kit is supplied for the ride and includes:
- Bib shorts
Additional sponsored gear can be purchased including gillets. winter jerseys, caps, gloves and socks and an order form will be provided at the Launch Event.
Events and Key Dates
We are working with our sponsors to provide riders with additional information to assist in their preparation for the event including conditioning and nutritional information sessions.
More information will be provided at the Launch Event and please keep the following evenings free:
- 14th July – Launch
- 21th July – Conditioning Evening
- 28th July – Nutrition Evening
- 28th August – Mandatory Group Ride
- 2nd September – Pre-ride Briefing and fundraising
- 17th September – Ride Date
- 4.30am – Riders arrive with travel bags at the start point
- 5am – Depart Perth
- 5pm – Arrive Pullman Bunker Bay Resort to welcome committee
- 6pm – Pre-dinner drinks
- 7.30pm – Dinner Function at Wise Wines
A private room will be provided for all riders and volunteers at Pullman Bunker Bay Resort including partners. If you intend to extend your stay please ensure this is arranged ASAP.
It is up to the riders to coordinate travel from Bunker Bay back to Perth with the organising committee. Limited seats will be available in the support vehicles or we encourage riders to buddy up if possible. Several trailers will support the ride and be available to transport bikes back to Perth.