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In its 9th year, the annual ‘Hell of the Northcote’ is a fun ride across, through, over and under Melburn’s bumpiest cobbled alleyways concluding with a lap of the glorious Brunswick outdoor velodrome. This is a cycling event inspired by the grueling Queen of the Classics, the Paris-Roubaix.
Old and new, young and old, ladies and gent, on bling bikes or beaters. Fixed or free, geared or singlespeed, one wheel or two, there is truly no other event which aligns all sects of the cycling religion for a ‘Sunday in Hell’ to celebrate this great city.
The route is approximately 35km and a time of 5 hours is allowed to complete the course. Completing the course is not compulsory, no prizes are awarded for speed or athletic merit. This is not a race in any way, shape or form, just a hell of a lot of fun.
How long is Melburn Roobaix?
If you ride all 12 sectors along the suggested route the course is approximately 35 km. You have until 3.30pm to get to the finish at Brunswick (Roobaix) Velodrome for the prize raffle.
When does registration open ON THE DAY?
Event Day Registration opens at 9.30am and closes at 11am.
Where is my ticket?
Your e-ticket was emailed to your when you registered.
It is contained in the Ticket Confirmation – 2014 MELBURN ROOBAIX email
It looks like this and will have YOUR name above the ticket.
Your first name / Your surname
I registered for my friends – will I receive their ticket?
No. An e-ticket is sent to the email corresponding to the registered rider.
If you registered on behalf of others, they will receive an e-ticket to the email address supplied.
How do I register / collect my rider pack?
Queue up and show your e-Ticket at the registration point to collect your rider pack.
Either display the ticket on your smartphone or print it out for scanning. Each ticket may only be scanned once.
When does the ride start?
You may start riding as soon as you have received your rider pack from the registration point.
Where does it start?
Wildhorse Cafe will be serving coffee from 9.30am.
How do I get there?
By bike is best. For those unfamiliar with Melburn, if you depart Fed Square it will take 30 minutes at a casual pace.
What should I bring?
Your bike and helmet at a minimum. A sense of humour is recommended. Other items might include:
- A warm jacket, gloves, scarf
- Cash, card or other monetary instruments.
- Phone or other communication device.
- Basic tools, pump, bike lock and spare tube(s).
What happens if it rains?
You may get wet. The ride will go ahead rain, hail, or shine. It’s a long day outdoors so dress to suit the weather and you’ll have more fun. No one likes being cold or wet or both.
The registration point and the Brunswick Velodrome are both grass fields and may be wet underfoot.
What do I do if I get a flat tyre?
This is a self supported ride. If you can’t fix it yourself ask a fellow rider to come to your aid. Repay them in kind with a beverage at the finish!
What should I ride?
You can ride any bicycle you like. Bicycle, Tricycle, Unicycle or Tandem. New or old. Bring the bling or a beater. Fixed or geared. Big wheels or small. Fat tyres or skinny. Suspension or rigid. Absolutely anything (except recumbents) is acceptable. For the safety of yourself and others it is recommend you have at least one hand brake.
What about the Blue Bikes?
Unfortunately, the Melbourne Bike Share program is not offering use of the blue bikes for FREE.
What if I get lost?
Phone a friend, stop and ask for directions, or call your Mum.
How do I complete the course?
In your rider pack you will find a map with instructions, a manifest and a Sharpie marker.
Completing all 12 sectors of the course is not compulsory. You will be eligible for prizes if you are at the velodrome at 3.30pm. The exception is the grand prize of an airfare to Paris may only be won by a complete and correct manifest.
How long do I have to complete the course?
Registration opens at 9.30am and you have until 3.30pm to get to Roobaix. This should be ample time to get lost, find yourself, repeat your favourite sector, take photos, stop for coffee, and make new bike friends.
What happens if I don’t ride all the sectors?
If you skip a sector you may miss out on some fun, but will still be eligible for some of the prizes in the raffle.
To be crowned the Winner of Melburn Roobaix and win an Airfare to Paris you MUST have a complete and correct manifest drawn from the raffle.
I came first! What did I win!
Absolutely nothing. Not for second, third or any minor placing. In fact, you probably missed out on a lot of fun by going fast.
This is not a race.
What prizes can I win?
No prizes are awarded for speed or athletic merit. This is not a race. It is a hell of a lot of fun.
There will be category prizes for Cutest Couple, Most Awesome Foursome, Dirtiest rider, and more.
The exception is the grand prize of an airfare to Paris may only be won by a complete and correct manifest.
Here is an aerial view of the finale. First Aid, Toilets, food, drink and much more is available.
This is also on the reverse side of your map.
At the Velodrome:
FYXO will have caps, beanies, t shirts and more for sale.
Temple Brewing will be serving cold Bicycle Beer.
Beatbox Kitchen will have Burgers and fries.
Taco Truck will be offering their mexican wares.
Brunswick Cycling Club will have a sausage sizzle and soft drinks from the Kiosk.
Wild Horse Cafe will be serving Coffee Supreme, and sweet treats.
The Photo Booth will be there to capture you and your friends with prints on the day.
First Aid should it be required will be provided by St John’s Ambulance at the velodrome from 12pm.
Toilets for #1s and 2s available at the finish.
Still have a question?
If we have missed anything, please contact us at hello(at)fyxo.co