MELBOURNE cyclists will collectively pedal 1 million kilometres in the annual Around the Bay ride on Sunday.
Motorists are warned of lane closures on the West Gate Bridge as up to 10,000 riders tackle the charity event.
Cyclists will start from 5.30am at Albert Park in events ranging from 20km to the full 300km loop of Port Phillip Bay.
Bicycle Network events general manager Rebecca Lane said Around the Bay was more than just a bike ride.
“It’s when people unite to celebrate the freedom and joy of bike riding,” Ms Lane said.
“For some, it will be their introduction to an event on two wheels.’’
The event aims to raise $600,000 for the Smith Family.
Several major roads will be impacted by the event, including the West Gate Bridge and Princes Freeway.
Partial and full closures will be in place at various times along:
— Beach Road, St Kilda
— Kerferd Road, Middle Park
— Albert Road, South Melbourne
— Esplanade, Mount Martha
— Arthurs Seat Road, Dromana
— West Gate Bridge citybound, Spotswood
— Esplanade, Sorrento
— Roads around Albert Park
Major roads impacted by the event include:
— Princes Freeway between Geelong and Melbourne
— Kororoit Creek Rd through Altona
— Portarlington Road on the Bellarine Peninsula
— The Strand in Williamstown
— Nepean Highway around Port Phillip Bay
— Point Nepean Road on the Mornington Peninsula.