First ridden in 2020, the Big Ride has in each of its three years started in Warrnambool and finished at Melbourne’s Docklands.

It was formed on the back of the history of the second oldest one day cycling classic in the world, the Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic. The Melbourne to Warrnambool started in 1895, and whilst today it always runs from Melbourne to Warrnambool, for much of its history it was ridden in both directions.

The purpose of the Big Ride is to support Big Life, a Warrnambool initiative working in local schools building the mental health of our students. Big Life is about developing a strong growth mind set and building resilience in students. That way they can live a big life, unburdened by the shackles of poor mental health. Big Life

In 2023, for its first time, the Big Ride will start in Melbourne and finish in Warrnambool. Approximately 290 kilometres of rolling hills and brilliant cycling roads.


Cyclists will ride in pelotons of approximately 15 – 20 cyclists of similar speed. Therefore the fastest bunch leaves last with all groups aiming to arrive in Warrnambool mid-afternoon.

Each bunch is supported by support vehicles and medicos.

There are designated stops at Geelong, Colac and Timboon.


The purpose of the event is to fundraise for Big Life.

Each cyclist commits to fundraise a minimum of $550.00.

Upon registration, each cyclist will have their own gofundraise page, making fundraising a breeze.


Registration fee is $110.00. Upon registering you will receive an email which will include details about the jersey kit which must be worn on the day. The event jersey and socks are complimentary. You will also have an option to purchase a Big Ride gillet.

Contact Event Director, Shane Wilson, on email shane@abiglife.net, to express your interest in participating and to commence your registration process.