The 13th edition of Melburn Roobaix 'Hell of the Northcote' is Sunday 24 June 2018.
The back alleys of the 'burbs come alive but once a year for the cult cobbled fun ride - Melburn Roobaix.
Themed lightly around the Queen of the Classics 'Paris-Roubaix' the secret route winds across the suburbs using backstreets, bike paths and the famous cobbled alleys Melbourne is famous for.
It's not a race, but the competition for coolest costume is fierce! The only bike ride where every tribe of the cycling religion is represented - and rides together in harmony and hilarity.
Be a part of the 'best day on a bike - ever' and conquer the cobbles enroute to the famous Brunswick Velodrome where beats, brews and burgers await all those who finish.
Every year since 2007 we have taken rider portraits so you've got a glorious keepsake of the day to use on your linkedIn / facebook profile. You're welcome.
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The 13th edition of Melburn Roobaix 'Hell of the Northcote' is Sunday 24 June 2018.
Melburn Roobaix explores the bumpiest sectors of cobbled lanes and alleys, exploring lesser known parts of the city, and embracing the spirit of being big kids on bikes.
Melburn Roobaix is in no way a race. A truly unique event attracting every branch of the cycling religion.
After 13 years of good times, its place is cemented as a cult classic and icon of the city drawing fanatics from around Australia and the globe.
From 9.30am-10.30am, (Start location will be revealed to registered riders one week prior) Registered riders are able to collect their Rider Pack by presenting their ticket.
Riders are given a Map, a list of checkpoints and questions to answer en route to the World Famous Brunswick ‘Roobaix’ Velodrome. Stopping for coffee, detours, photos and flats are all part of the journey.
Finish with a lap of Brunswick Velodrome for high fives, and the Prize Ceremony (4:30pm).
At the Early Bird Registration event or Online- see REGISTRATION from the options above.
Can I register for a friend? Yes. If you have their First Name, Last Name, and their Email you can pay for their registration.
Early Bird or Online Registration- What's the difference?If you register in person you'll get discounted entry, pick up limited edition wares, go into the draw to win a bike and more! To see how much more view the REGISTRATION tab above.
How do I get a ticket?Come to Early-Bird Registration OR purchase when they are available online. Both methods will result in you getting a physical ticket.
Are the tickets electronic?Nope. You'll get an actual paper ticket, with perforation to present on the day to ride. This makes the check-in process on the day a breeze, and by keeping your stub you go into the draw to win more prizes!Don't forget to bring it on the day.
What if I lose my ticket?That'd be just like losing money. Please don't. Put it in a secure place until event day. You will NOT be able to collect your Rider Pack at Admission without your ticket.
How do I collect my ticket?If you register In-Person, we'll give it to you directly (or to the person who registered for you).If you register Online, your ticket will be sent to you via Tracked Post (or to the person who registered for you).
I ordered more than one ticket. How do I know which ticket is for who?Tickets are numbered, and if you order multiple tickets anyone in your group can use any of those tickets. Only those who are registered are eligible for insurance, prizes, and bonuses at checkpoints.
The secret start location will be emailed to you one week prior to the event and it is NOT the same as years previous.
Would you bring a friend on a date? Being the third wheel is weird for everyone. For those who paid and don't know your friend is a hanger on it's particularly rude.
Unregistrered riders are not insured, do not receive a rider pack, do not receive anything at checkpoints, don't win prizes, create congestion that we have not planned for and have far less fun!
Don't be the third wheel.
How do I collect my rider pack?
At the start location there will be a marquee set up to collect your Rider Pack. You will need to present your ticket in exchange for the Rider Pack.
What's in the rider pack?
Your Rider Pack is a musette (bag) containing a map with the course route, a manifest of checkpoint questions, a pen to write with, and an event spoke card. Other giveaways may be scored along the way on the day.
How long is Melburn Roobaix?
If you ride all sectors along the suggested route the course is approximately 40 km. You have until 4.30pm to get to the finish for the prize raffle, which gives you 5 hours if you depart at 10.30am when registration closes. This should allow time 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 complete the course?
Completing all sectors of the course is not compulsory. You will be eligible for all raffle prizes except the major prize if you don’t complete all of the sectors. You must be present at the Velodrome to collect your prize. No prizes are awarded for speed or athletic merit. This is not a race. It is a hell of a lot of fun.
What happens if I don't ride all the sectors, or answer all the questions?
If you skip a sector, or get a question wrong you will still be eligible for all the prize raffles except for for the major prize - Winner of Melburn Roobaix.
I got to the finish first! What do I win?
Nothing. Not for second, third or any minor placing. You’ll be twiddling your thumbs at the velodrome a long time waiting for those who got lost, stopped for coffee, and made new friends along the way.
Hell Yeah there are prizes! The most and best prizes for any two wheeled event in the land.
- Most Awesome Foursome
- Cutest Couple
- Best on Ground (Dirtiest rider)
- Spirit of Roobaix
Yes. Your entry fee includes insurance to registered riders for personal injury and public liability.
What should I bring?
Your bike and helmet at a minimum. A sense of humour is recommended.
Other items might include:
- Cash, card or other monetary instruments.
- Phone or other communication device.
- Basic tools, pump and spare tube(s).
- Bike lock for securing your bike is never a bad idea.
- Spare socks #protip
- Lights for the ride home.
You can ride any type of bicycle you like.
Bicycle, Tricycle, Unicycle or Tandem.
New or old.
Bring the bling bike or a beater.
Fixed or geared.
Big wheels or small.
Fat tyres or skinny.
Suspension or rigid.
Absolutely any bicycle, tricycle or unicycle is acceptable as long as it is in strong working condition.
For the safety of yourself and others it is recommended you have at least one working hand brake - it's the law!
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.
What 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.
What if I get lost?
Phone a friend, stop and ask for directions, or call your Mum.
* The event will only be cancelled in the event of a state wide weather event where Police and SES advise.
No. Riders are registered by name and for insurance purposes are non transferable.
I have something else on that day. Can I get a refund?
Sorry. There are no refunds. Please consider this when registering.
Can my friend ride if they haven't registered?
If you're not registered, you're not insured, nor will you receive a rider pack or be eligible to win prizes. The field size is limited and riders who are tag along that aren't registered affect the planning, logistics and add extra congestion to the ride. Don't bring a third wheel.
I'm coming from out of town.
Awesome. Welcome to Melburn. Hope you have a great weekend here.
I've already booked my flight. How do I make sure I get a ticket to ride?
FYXO will guarantee entry for anyone from interstate, overseas or outer space that is coming to town to ride for the first week of online registration. We ask you to first try to order online as normal.
If online registration is sold out, email us and we’ll ensure you get a spot. Please email: melburnroobaix(at)fyxo.coI've already booked a hotel. How do I make sure I get a ticket?Same as the above.
The only thing serious about Melburn Roobaix is the awesome prizes to be won - but none are for athletic merit.
Start planning your creative costumes, awesome bikes, and spirited ride for the category prizes.
The grand prize and 'VAINQUEUER DE MELBURN ROOBAIX' is drawn from the raffle at the end - the only caveat is a complete and correct manifest. Easy peasy! The winner takes home the famed golden pavé trophy, a bottle of dodgy champagne, and a prize worth shouting about.