Cycle for Change 2022

November 17th - 20th

The annual PukaUp bike ride is back in all its glory. Immerse yourself in three days of spectacular riding whilst supporting our quest to end suicide.

What we’re riding for

Tragically, 3139 people died by suicide in 2020. More than 65,000 Australians make a suicide attempt every year and suicide is the leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 44 years.

We work in the prevention rather than the crisis space, for one very important reason: we don’t believe that people need to become unwell or to reach crisis point before taking control of their mental health. We know that talking about mental health is an important starting point, but we also know there’s a lot more to do if we’re going to solve the problem.

Awareness alone is not enough.

The solution

We’ve partnered with the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Wellbeing Science to create Foundations of Wellbeing, a ten-module online program that proactively focuses on equipping people with tools and resources to help understand and manage their own mental health.

This is the most significant contribution to ending suicide that PukaUp has been able to make so far – and it’s because of the incredible support of more than 100 businesses, 75 riders, 54 individual fundraisers and 20 support staff from the 2021 ride. Let’s get – and keep – Australia mentally healthy.

The program combines best-in-class research from the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Wellbeing Science with PukaUp’s advocacy and inspiring storytelling reputation in the mental health space. Participants leave the course with foundational knowledge in wellbeing science, as well as the tools and skills to apply their new knowledge in their daily lives and workplace environments.

You have the power to improve your wellbeing. Science and storytelling says so (and so do we).

Event details

November 17th - 20th

Nestled in the foothills of Melbourne’s closest alpine resort area is the town of Marysville. Located only 90 minutes drive from Melbourne in the picturesque Yarra Valley, Marysville and surrounds is an ideal destination for lovers of nature and the outdoors and in recent years has become a popular destination for cyclists.

Based at Peppers Resort, riders will enjoy some of Victoria’s most stunning landscape, covering 313.9 kms across three days.

Why 313.9 kms? We are honouring the 3139 people who tragically died by suicide in 2020.

CHECK IN

Check in will be from 2pm onwards on the afternoon of 17th November. Riders and support staff will enjoy a relaxed dinner before a panel discussion involving some of cycling's biggest names in Australia and proud PukaUp supporters including four time Tour Down Under winner Simon Gerrans, 15 year UCI Pro Cyclist Mitch Docker, Australia’s leading cycling broadcaster Matt Keenan and our ride Ambassador who spent 3 decades bringing the colour of the Tour de France into our loungerooms, Mike Tomalaris.

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Day 1 Marysville - Healesville

98 kms, 2086 metres elevation

Departing Marysville riders head towards Healesville via the Maroondah Highway, with the route including a descent of the Black Spur. From Healesville we turn right towards Myers Creek Road, a beautiful 15 km climb before descending back to Healesville via Chum Creek Road with the final descent back into Marysville.

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Day 2 Giro Della Donna

123 kms, 2300 metres elevation

Reverse loop of the popular 'Giro Della Donna' route. Starting and finishing in Marysville, riders will travel in a counter clockwise direction taking on Archeron Way – the final 10kms of Mt Donna Buang – before descending to Warburton East to get ready to climb Reefton Spur, before the final descent back into Marysville.

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Day 3 Marysville - Lake Mountain

93 kms, 1464 metres elevation

The shortest route but no less challenging. Departing Marysville towards Taggerty returning to Healesville to tackle the 20 km Lake Mountain climb all the way to the sky resort. After conquering this amazing climb we roll back to Marysville on a fast but scenic descent.

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You can join Cycle For Change under four different package options. Ride, Ride & Raise, Ride & GoFundMe or GoFundMe. You can join as an individual, or a corporate sponsor. The more the better.

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