The 2008 Around the Bay in a Day, Australia's premier mass participation bike ride located around the city of Melbourne, will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2008. Leading into it's sixteenth year, the event is experiencing significant growth, with over 14,000 riders participating in 2007. With a final figure yet to be announced, it is anticipated that these riders will raise a record tally for the official charity partner, The Smith Family.
The event offers a choice of four ride distances: 50km, 100km, 210km and 250km. With the exception of the 100km ride, which starts in Sorrento, all rides will start and finish at the same location: Alexandra Gardens in the heart of Melbourne.
The Melbourne Cycling Festival will also be held over the weekend of October 17-19, 2008.