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Thanks to the annual Cycling Australia Road National Championships, Ballarat is fast becoming known as the home of cycling in Australia. Boasting an array of tracks for road and race cycling, mountain biking and cyclocross, the city has an experience to suit all capabilities.

Road National championship 2019

Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail

Immerse yourself in the serenity of Australia’s native flora and fauna at the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail. Leave behind the stresses of your day as you meander through the wide open grasslands, eucalypt forests, historic bridges and quaint 19th century villages.

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Ballarat Parkland Ride

Ride along two of Ballarat’s most iconic outdoor spaces – Lake Wendouree and Victoria Park. Admire the glistening waters and natural surrounds and include a coffee pit-stop (or more) at one of the featured cafes. The total ride length including both parks and back again is around 18km – perfect for a Sunday afternoon!

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Ballarat Heritage Ride

Admire some of Ballarat’s most significant historical sites and heritage buildings. Delight in the charming streetscapes and buildings with their iconic facades, and soak up a city that is built on gold. The entire ride is approximately 9km in length.

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Tour, hire or repair

Bike hire, repairs, tours and accommodation – here’s all you need to know for a comfortable and satisfying getaway in Ballarat.

For cycling hire & repairs

ShopHiring detailsContact details
Navajo Avanti Plus Ballarat$25 per day includes helmet and lock. Usually does not require pre-booking.430 Sturt St 
(03) 5331 3185
Bicycle Centre BallaratMountain bike and cruisers available. Hire includes helmet, lock, spare tube and pump. Bookings required.112 Lydiard St Nth (03) 5334 4388
CyclescapeCruiser and road bikes available. Inquiries in store. Hire can include helmet and lock.111 Sturt St
(03) 5333 2211
Shaw’s Cycling CentreE-bikes and manual bikes available. Hire includes helmet and lock.614 Skipton St
(03) 5335 6151
Gove Cycles and Bike Rack CaféNo hire available. Repairs undertaken.524 Doveton St Nth (03) 5333 7111
Cycle City BallaratNo hire available. Repairs undertaken.311 Mair St
(03) 5332 7930
Wares Plants and Things Café (Linton)Mountain bikes available for hire, great for use on the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail. Bike hire starts from $10 for a half day and includes a helmet. The cafe also has a tag along and cycle trailer available for hire. Bookings required.88 Sussex St, Linton
Kylie (03) 5318 3195
Woolmunda Park Cottages (Smythesdale)E-bikes available for hire to undertake the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail. Bookings are essential and you do not have to be a guest of the cottages.13 Wethling Lane, Smythesdale

For cycling tours

ToursDetailsContact details
Goldfields Track Cycling TourHosted by AllTrails Tours, this route takes you from Buninyong to Bendigo.(03) 9802 4465
Goldfields Bike ToursSmall-group guided tours (between four and 15 people) featuring cycle routes across Ballarat and the Pyrenees wine region. Range of bikes and e-bikes available for hire.0418 303 065

For cycle-friendly accommodation

Sovereign Park Motor InnThe only operator to feature a bicycle concierge service, Sovereign Park has been featured on Bike Exchange as a cycle-friendly accommodation provider.223 Main Rd
(03) 5331 3955
The Provincial Hotel
The hotel has two bikes available for guest hire. Hire includes a bike lock plus ride suggestions around Ballarat.121 Lydiard St Nth
(03) 5331 3399
Galwiji Homestead (Scotsburn)With five bikes available, guests are able to cycle around 400 acres of cleared paddocks and sugar gum forests during their homestead stay.0424 750 555
Faraday on Avoca (Pyrenees)Featuring secure storage, guests are welcome to bring their bikes and cycle around the region’s wineries or state parks.6 Faraday St, Avoca
0408 414 660
RACV Goldfields (Creswick)Secure bike storage hub and bikes available for hire for guests1500 Midland Hwy, Creswick
(03) 5345 9600
Linton Retreat BnBGuided night rides on the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail available for guests.

Cycling events

Cycling Australia Road National ChampionshipsBallarat is home to the Cycling Australia Road Nationals Championships. Taking place in January every year, the event attracts Australia’s most elite cyclists for a series of action-packed and crowd-friendly criterium races.
Fiona Elsey Ballarat Cycle ClassicFebruary’s annual Ballarat Cycle Classic provides all cycling enthusiasts the opportunity to take part in an iconic community event. There is an event for all fitness levels and cycling abilities, with a 50km, 60km, 85km and 100km course, all of which take-in varying degrees of the RoadNats course including the infamous climbs surrounding Mount Buninyong.

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