FAQS

Online Check-in

Online check in will run from Monday 7th to Monday 21st October. You will receive details via email when it opens on how to complete online check-in via the website.

This process is compulsory for all riders as it includes a mandatory video and safety waiver that you must complete to be approved to ride. This is also where you must double check your personal preferences – including dietary requirements, emergency contacts and tent preferences.

To complete online check in, you must have raised at least $2,500 for critical cancer research. If you are yet to meet your fundraising minimum, you will be able to self-donate the difference during the online check in process or pledge to continue fundraising until you do.

After online check in, we can allocate you your tent and your personal Ride ID which will identify you, your bike and luggage for the entire weekend, and which you can collect at Pack Pick Up.

Pack Pick up

Monday 21 – Thursday 24 October, 7am – 7pm – Pack Pick Up at the Perkins. Once you’ve completed online check in, you can pick up your pack at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, 6 Verdun St Nedlands, Room G24 on the ground floor. Refer to this MAP for parking or view in google maps HERE.

In your pack, you’ll find the following items:

  • Ride jersey
  • Any special jerseys or sleeves that you’ve earned (including Honour Roll)
  • Personalised bike plates (including Honour Roll)
  • Ride ID wrist band
  • Yellow flag allocation
  • Event Weekend Guide – with everything you need to know about those two days in October
  • Wave and tent allocation

Staff will be on hand to have a chat and answer all your questions. We’ll have Packs grouped by team, so you can collect for team mates – so long as they have completed Online Check In. 

And yes, before you ride diehards ask, you will be able to register for the 2020 MACA Cancer 200 at Pack Pick Up! 

Note you can pick up your pack at Optus Stadium on Friday 25 October, but we encourage you to do it sooner so that you can wash your new lycra before you wear it and can affix your bike plates and luggage tags before dropping them off. 

25 October, 7am – 7pm Optus Stadium – Late Pack Pick Up & Priority Bike and Luggage Drop Off – please refer to Bike and Luggage Drop Off below for parking and drop off information

Bike and Luggage Drop off

Your bikes and luggage can be dropped off at Optus Stadium at any time from 7am – 7pm on Friday 25 October. Please refer to Parking and Getting to and from Optus Stadium below for more information.

Bikes will be kept safe in a secure lock up that is patrolled 24/7.

Luggage will be secured at Optus Stadium, and trucked down to Mandurah prior to your arrival on Saturday.

Late luggage will also be accepted on Saturday 26 October from 5am – 6am.

Parking and Getting to and from Optus Stadium

There are dedicated bike and luggage drop off bays on the Northern Oval next to Optus Stadium open from 7am – 7pm on Friday 25 October to make drop off quick and easy.  Please refer to the Event Weekend Guide you will receive at Pack Pick Up or view it online HERE. You can view parking options HERE

On the Saturday morning, you can drive to Optus Stadium and park your car for the event weekend in one of the designated parking areas (please refer to your Event Weekend Guide or see the website - hyperlink). Volunteer Crew will be on site to direct you to parking areas from 5am.  Although there will be patrols, please do not leave anything of value in your cars.

Alternatively, grab a lift, uber or taxi to the Stadium and get dropped off in the drop off bay out the front of Optus Stadium. 

Please refer to public transport options HERE if this is your preferred method of transportation.

 

Morning of the event – Day 1

Parking – see Parking and getting to and from Optus Stadium

Bike Pick Up – show the security guards your Ride ID wristband to enter the bike lock up and collect it.

Breakfast – Please have breakfast before you arrive at Optus Stadium. There will be light snacks and coffee for riders, but we will not be serving a substantial breakfast prior to the ride commencing.

Weather – We are keeping a watchful eye on the weather but remember to pack sun, wind and rain protection.

Waste Wise – This is a waste-wise event, so remember to ride with refillable water bottles – one with water, one with eniQ electrolytes (provided in your Pack). We will provide fresh drinking water at each Fuel Stop and Hydration Fluid refills at the Lunch Stop.

Waves – You will have been allocated your starting waves at Pack Pick Up, so be sure to position yourself and your team in your allocated wave area by 6.30am at the latest for the Opening Ceremony.

Yellow Flags – Look out for the yellow flag riders. The yellow flag represents someone who is riding as a cancer survivor or someone who is in treatment. This year, the Yellow Flags will be leading the ride out of Optus Stadium.

Opening Ceremony – This emotionally-charged kick off includes a welcome to country, a rider with a very personal reason for riding, a safety and weather briefing and the official announcement of funds raised by you. It starts at 6.30am and ends with the official Ride Out at 7am.

Event Weekend Guide – which you’ll receive at Pack Pick Up will include all the key information you’ll need for the incredible two day weekend, including site maps and weekend timings.  Fold this up and carry it in your jersey, or pack it in your luggage. 

On the road

Signage – Directional signage and traffic wardens will be positioned along the route, so please look out for the arrows and listen to the support crew. Include an example of route sign

MACA HQ – This year we ride past the MACA offices in Welshpool as a cycling salute from the Perkins to the company that has been the backbone of this event for years. 

Honour Roll kms – Each kilometre of the ride is dedicated to an Honour Roll rider who has raised $4,000 or more, so look out for their personalised signs located along the route.

The Route

Emergency support – There are First Aid and sweep vehicles that will pick you and your bike up if you are in distress or need help.  The event control number is 0488 773 822 - it will be on your Rider ID wristband for easy reference. For any emergency, please call 000.

Event Control call 0488 773 822 at any time over the event weekend for help with anything - the number will be on your Rider ID wristband for easy reference.  Remember to call 000 in the unlikely case of an emergency.

Fuel Stations – There are four fuel stations on the route on both days – located roughly every 20 kms, with toilets, snacks, first aid and sunscreen, drink refills, and bike mechanics. Fuel Station #3 will include more substantial lunch options and eniQ electrolyte refills.  Because these are for rider refuelling and can get congested, please don’t invite your friends and family to meet you at Fuel Stops (see Cheer Stations)

Bike Mechanics – Bike mechanics will be available at Fuel Stations and at the Ride Village to assist you with bike maintenance. Or, if you have a mechanical on the route and can’t fix it yourself, call Event Control for a mobile mechanic.

Download route – please download the route to your phone HEREPlease note that there are no road closures, but traffic management will be in place to guide and assist riders as they exit the Stadium precinct and make their way out of Perth. The route will be clearly signed and marked. Keep your eyes open for these SIGNS

Volunteer Crew – Look out for our incredible volunteers in red tees and Perkins caps along the route who will be cheering you on, directing you and helping you out every kilometre of the way. Be sure to thank them for their support.

Cheer Stations – your friends and family can cheer you on at key locations along the route, and you can stop safely for an encouraging hug or selfie.  We will publish locations closer to the event weekend.

Ride Village

Your friends and family are welcome to come and cheer you across the halfway point at Hall Park, Mandurah.

Ride Village will include:

Information and re-registration tent staffed by friendly Perkins people who can answer any question you might have, and we’ll have ½ price registration and limited edition tee-shirts for those incredible humans who sign up again for 2020

A well-deserved lunch - Rapid Relief serving fresh hot tasty hamburgers on arrival (including GF and vegan options!)

Coffee get a caffeine hit from the mobile vans

The Handlebar – your very own licenced bar and Gage Roads beer garden.  Our generous friends at Gage Roads Beer and West Cape Howe wines are providing your first three drinks free, but after that, it’s a cash bar.  Please only drink in the licenced area.

Recovery Zone - with massage, yoga/stretching and eniQ serving recovery drinks to aid muscle recovery for day 2

Hot showers – available to all riders so you finish the day fresh as a daisy and ready to dance

Tents set up and ready to go 

City of Mandurah Family Zone with activities for kids (or big kids) to enjoy

Pedal Mafia onsite with anything you might have forgotten and want for day 2

Bike stuff - secure bike parking, a bike self-service zone to pump up your tyres and qualified bike mechanics for those who need it

VIP tents for our wonderful Event Partners and challenge winners

The Perkins Potty of Power – the mighty VIPee is for the lucky rider who wins it – share or don’t share! The winner decides…

The Saturday Night Celebrations

5pm – 7pm – Dinner for riders and crew is served in the main dining tent

7pm – Celebrations commence with speeches, special guests, shout outs, prizes - and the draw of the winner of the Optus Stadium Super Pass – you need to be there to claim it!

8pm – Dance the lactic acid away to Oats Supply, the world’s best 80s cover band. Dress code –1980s.

9.30pm – Last drinks!

10pm – Lights Out - ready to do it all again tomorrow

What you’ll need - On the road

Your recently serviced bike - with lights, bell and bike plates (from Pack Pick Up)

Hydration – we recommend two water bottles fitted to your bike, as hydration backpacks add weight and may make you overheat

Helmet, sunnies, and your cycling kit (bibs, jersey, butt cream, socks and appropriate footwear)

Mandatory - your mobile phone (so we can track your location and keep you safe), stored in a protective case, plus a portable charging unit

Rider ID Wrist band (from Pack Pick up)

Extra gear for the elements– sunscreen on, jacket and arm warmers as needed

Accessories - Spare tube (or you can purchase from our bike mechanics as needed), multi tool, tyre lever, pump or co2 canister 

Gels – we’ll have plenty of nutrition options at the Fuel Stops, but if want energy gels please BYO

 

What you’ll need - To pack in your luggage

Inflatable mattress, pillow and sleeping bag

PJs

Toiletries and towel - including mosquito repellent

Phone charger (if not carrying on the road)

Medical kit or First Aid as needed

Casual clothes for the afternoon/evening – including your 80s gear for the Saturday Night Celebrations

Cycling kit for day 2 – bibs, jerseys, extra socks, butt cream (we will have clotheslines if you want to hand wash your day 1 gear)

Weather protection for Ride Village – jacket, hat, rain coat.

Rider Safety

Emergency – in any emergency, please immediately call 000

Abide road rules – for your safety, abide by all road rules, including traffic lights and signs, and obey police and course marshals’ directions.

Assistance required – If you require assistance with your bike or can’t continue riding, please notify a volunteer at a Fuel Station or call the number on your Rider ID wristband. If you are on the road, turn your bike upside down in a prominent and safe position and wait off the road until we can provide assistance.

The following apply to all riders on this event:

  • Obey all road rules including all traffic signals and signage
  • Listen to and obey directions of WA Police and course marshals/volunteers
  • Always ride on the left-hand side of the road
  • Give way to pedestrians at crossings and when turning at intersections
  • Do not ride in the gutter as there may be unsafe grates
  • You must dismount to cross any railroad crossings
  • Road markings may be slippery when wet – take extra care
  • Riding in a group can be dangerous. Be consistent and predictable.  Never make sudden moves.  Use hand signals when turning or stopping and a loud voice to communicate your intent or hazards to other riders 
  • Only overtake to the right of another rider and call out ‘passing’ when doing so
  • Always look behind before pulling out to overtake another rider
  • Never ride more than two abreast, and only when safe to do so
  • Be courteous and look out for your fellow riders
  • It is your responsibility to follow the sign-posted route and have the route downloaded to your phone
  • Wear your Rider ID wrist band
  • Bikes must be mechanically sound with both front and rear brakes in working order, and fitted with lights and a warning bell
  • Do not ride with headphones or look at your phone whilst riding
  • Always wear your helmet correctly fitted when cycling
  • Alcohol is not permitted until you are safely at the day’s finish line

The MACA Cancer 200 is a ride, not a race.  Enjoy it, and keep yourself and others safe.

Morning of event Day 2

Breakfast - served in the main dining tent from 5am to 6.45am

Coffee - available in the dining tent and from coffee vans

Luggage - please pack up your personal belongings and drop your luggage to the bag drop area before 6.45am

Bike Collection collect your bike in time to check there are no mechanical issues before you start day 2!

Safety and weather briefing - Please assemble for a mandatory weather and safety briefing at 6.25am at the start line

Start time - Day 2 is not a wave start. All riders may leave Ride Village from 6.30am.  All riders must be on course by 7am

On the road please refer to On the road information above for more information on what to expect on Day 2.  Today, we’ll see the ocean (and with any luck get a tail wind!)

Finish Line at Optus Stadium will include:

Loved ones encourage your family and friends come and cheer you across the finish line after the incredible thing you’ve just done.  Refer to Parking and Getting to and From Optus Stadium for rider pick up and parking information.

Lunch - BBQ burgers and bratwursts (including GF and vegan options!)

Coffee

Bar - A licenced bar area – your first three drinks are on our generous event partners Gage Roads and West Cape Howe.  Please only drink in the licenced area and let your supporters know it’s strictly no BYO to the Optus Stadium precinct.  Family and friends waiting for riders to return are welcome to buy drinks from the bar. 

Recovery Zone - with massage and eniQ recovery drinks to aid muscle recovery.

Hit 92.9FM will be onsite with prizes and games.

Re-registration tent - if you love this event as much as we know you will, you’ll want to sign back up for 2020 - and we’ll have ½ price registration and limited edition tee-shirts for you if you do.

Luggage Collection – your luggage will be trucked back up to Optus Stadium before your arrival. Show the crew your Rider ID wristband to collect it from the Bag Pick Up area.

 

Want to talk to the team?

If you’ve got questions we haven’t answered here, call the team on 08 6151 0759 or email ride@perkins.org.au

How do I register for the MACA Cancer 200 Ride for Research? 

Registering is easy. Click HERE , fill out the form, pay the registration fee and we will be in touch to get you on your fundraising journey.

When is the ride?

The Ride takes place over the weekend of 26-27 October 2019. Starting at Optus Stadium at 7am on Saturday 26th October you will ride 100kms to Hall Park in Mandurah. There you will enjoy food, drinks, speeches, tears and laughter before camping overnight and returning to Optus Stadium on Sunday 27th October. Yep that is another 100kms!

How far is the ride?

Starting at Optus Stadium at 7am on Saturday 26th October you will ride approximately 100kms to Hall Park in Mandurah. There you will enjoy food, drinks, speeches, tears and laughter before camping overnight and retutning to Optus Stadium on Sunday 27th October. Yep that is another (about)100kms!

Where do we sleep?

To get the most out of the whole experience and really absorb the emotion and fun of the weekend, we encrouage all riders to camp in Mandurah on the evening of the 26th October. We provide tents, hot showers, toilets, amazing catering and there's a bar. We organise transport of your camp equipment and extra clothing to and from camp. It is best way to get the most out of all of your hard work.

We do understand, however, that camping is not possible for everyone and there are many nearby accommodation options. If you do decide to sleep off site, you are more than welcome to leave your bike in the secure facilities at Hall Park overnight.

Is there support along the ride route?

Yes! Traffic management, food and drink stops, toilets, bike mechanics, cheering stations and first aid are all provided along the route free of charge to help get you to the finish line safely and with a smile!

We have dedicated teams making sure you are well looked after across the whole weekend.

Will there be a challenge route?

Yes! Like 2018, there will be a challenge route for the super keen cyclists. It will be hilly and it will be hard but that's why it is there, right?

Stay tuned we will be announcing the challenge route soon.

What if I get injured?

An ambulance and first aid crew are on hand for the entire event so you will always have support should you need it. We also have vehicles on hand to transport you and your bike to various stages along the way should you just need a little support.