Frequently Asked Questions

When do registrations close?

Online and hardcopy Registrations close at 6pm on Thursday 20 September. You can however register in person at the event start on Saturday morning. Registrations may take between 5 and 10 minutes, so allow plenty of time to register, this will be helped by bringing a completed hard copy of the registration form.

When do I collect my Rider ID number?

Participants should collect their compulsory Rider ID number at their chosen start venue on Saturday 22 September. Registration & check-in is available from 1 hour prior to each start time.

Riders staying overnight in Clare will also be able to collect their Ride ID number at a special pre-registration at the Town Hall / Ennis Park in Clare on Friday 21 September between 5.00pm-6.00pm.

Registrations and issuing of Rider ID may take between 5 and 10 minutes, so allow plenty of time. Your Rider ID number will give you access to all food and refreshment stations en-route.

Your Rider ID number should be attached to the front of your jersey or the handlebars so it is visible from the front. This will assist in identifying you in the official event photographs

You can deposit small bags and items with the 'cloakroom' to be collected at the finish.

Where does the ride start from?

Clare: 125km ride - 8:00am start at Ennis Park, next to the Town Hall, on the main street in the centre of town.

Snowtown: 70km ride - 9.30am start from the Snowtown Memorial Hall, Railway Terrace East.

Bute: 45km ride - 9.30am start from Railway Reserve, Railway Terrace.

Wallaroo: Family Ride - 10.00am start from the Wallaroo Town Hall, Irwin St, Wallaroo

All rides finish at the Wallaroo Town Hall, Irwin St, Wallaroo

Where should I park my car at the start locations?

  • Clare: There is plenty of parking at the Clare Oval 180 Main North Rd, from where it's a short pedal to the ride start. Otherwise there is limited parking in the retail parking area at 23 Old North Road, just behind the Town Hall and also at 13 Gleeson St, just past the Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council offices.
    Note: The Main Street will be temporarily closed to vehicle traffic from 7.30am for the event start - traffic will be diverted via Old North Rd (runs parallel to the east side of the main street)
  • Snowtown: There is plenty of room for parking near the start along Railway Terrace East and adjacent side streets.
  • Bute: There is plenty of room for parking near the start along Railway Terrace or adjacent side streets.
  • Wallaroo: Details TBC

How do I get from Wallaroo back to the start?

Transfers are available to take you back to Bute, Snowtown and Clare. Cost is the same for all destinations. Your bike will be packed between cardboard/blankets for the journey. Tickets must be pre-purchased and are non-refundable.

WALLAROO TO CLARE (FRI 21 Sept) $TBC DEPART 5.00PM (via Bute and Snowtown)

WALLAROO TO CLARE (SAT 22 Sept) $TBC DEPART 2:00PM or 5.30PM (via Bute and Snowtown)

WALLAROO TO CLARE (SUN 23 Sept) $TBC DEPART 9.00AM (via Bute and Snowtown)

Will accommodation be available for staying overnight in Clare or Wallaroo?

Both Clare and Wallaroo have a wide range of accommodation options to choose from including caravan parks, motel/hotel rooms, apartments and Bed & Breakfasts.

In Clare you can stay at The Bentleys Hotel Motel, close to the ride start in the town centre and just a short stroll from the Town Hall - venue for the Friday evening Welcome Dinner. For information and accommodation bookings call 08 8842 1700.

For more information about Clare accommodation visit www.clarevalley.com.au

In Wallaroo you will find excellent accommodation at The Wallaroo Marina Apartments, right next to the Cooper Alehouse - the venue for the Saturday night Wine, Wheels & Whiting dinner. Participants wishing to book accommodation for the WWW weekend can receive a 10% discount if they book directly with the Wallaroo Marina Apartments(not through a 3rd party booking site). Please call reception on 8823 4068 to book direct and secure a discount.

For more information about Wallaroo accommodation visit www.farmshed.net.au/coppercoast/accommodation

How long will the ride take?

Depending on your riding speed/ability/time spent at refreshment stops allow:
Family Ride : 45 minutes - 1h5
45km: 1.5 hours - 2.5 hours
70km: 2.5 hours - 4.5 hours
125km: 4.5 hours - 7.5 hours
Note that ride times are not recorded.

What sort of roads will we be riding?

The route for Wine, Wheels & Whiting will be on secondary roads with a few crossings of main roads. There won't be any road closures, but there will be traffic calming and controls at busy intersections. The route will be marked with red arrows and normal road rules will apply - especially riding no more than two abreast at any time.

What should I wear?

Wine, Wheels & Whiting is a recreational road ride, offering 3 different distances to cater for all abilities (plus a family ride in Wallaroo). We suggest wearing comfortable cycling attire and bringing a rain or windproof jacket. Layering works very well, with cooler temperatures expected in the morning and warming up as the day goes on.

What sort of bike do I need?

Any bike would be suitable for the family ride along the foreshore, as this is just an 8 kilometre ride. For the longer distances from Snowtown and Clare - a road bike or hybrid is recommended with smooth tyres for an easier ride. For the 45km ride from Bute - either a hybrid, mountain bike or road bike would be ideal. Electric bikes are also welcome on any distance for Wine, Wheels & Whiting.

What happens if I get a puncture or mechanical failure?

All participants should carry a spare tube, puncture repair kit and pump. We have ride marshals and support vehicles, including bike maintenance which can assist you - if you are unable to change the tyre yourself. We recommend all bikes should be checked and serviced by your local bike shop before the event.

What is the minimum age?

Children are welcome to participate, however if aged under the age of 16 they must be accompanied by a registered, responsible adult at all times.

What if I have to cancel & can't make the ride?

The ride and transfer cost is non-refundable. You can transfer it to another person, however. To do this simply email office@bikesa.asn.au a hardcopy registration form of the new rider & your authority to transfer your registration to them.

Do I have to be a Bicycle SA member to participate?

Not at all, however being a Bicycle SA member not only gives you a discount on the ride entry fee but also on most other Bicycle SA ride events. Plus with membership you automatically receive third party and personal accident insurance cover, anywhere is Australia. Find out more here. Note you can join as a member at the same time as you register your ride, in one transaction.