Mountain to Mouth Geelong, May 2016: there’s only one way to ride your bike!

Mountain to Mouth 2016 is on May 7 & 8

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Mountain to Mouth is a WALK.  You can’t participate as a cyclist.  But there’s a catch…


We’re looking for cycling marshals to ride the event stages.  So if, like me, you prefer to sit down for your exercise and fresh air, you can still participate, while helping others.

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The role of Cycling Marshals is:

  1. Ride in front or, or behind, the walk procession.
  2.  Help keep walkers on the correct route.
  3. Give encouragement.
  4. Provide feedback to event organisers where needed (e.g. call a support bus if walkers are finding the going tough).

What are needed:

  1.  Confident, enthusiastic, adult cyclists who enjoy interacting with people.
  2.  Riders who can ride slowly!  It’s a fast walk for participants, but a very slow ride.
  3. People who are prepared to give at at least 2 hours time to cycle one or more of the route stages of the event.

2016 m~m_flags bannerAbout the event:

Mountain to Mouth (M~M) is an award-winning arts event run every two years in the Geelong region.  Walkers walk an 80km route from the You Yangs to Barwon Heads over a 24 hour period.  The walk is in 11 stages.  Participants choose which stages they would like to walk (with many attempting the whole 80km).  At the start and end of the ride, and at the end of each stage, are arts installations and performances.  These are coordinated by lead artists who enlist a large number of community artists and community members to ensure each site is vibrant, exciting and thought-provoking.  The event is an initiative of the City of Greater Geelong Arts and Culture Department, under the artistic direction of Meme McDonald.

There is an overnight pause in Geelong.  The walk arrives in Geelong during Geelong After Dark, another high profile arts event.  (Event schedule below.)

How do I get involved?

You need to register as a volunteer on the M~M event website to be a Cycling MarshalOn the site, cycling marshals volunteer as ‘Walker Monitors’.

Ideally we need around 20 volunteers, to participate as cycling marshals, and enjoy the event.



  1. There are some night or dusk stages.  The procession of walkers is lit by torches and lanterns – an amazing site, especially as the procession winds its way along the bay past northern industries on day1, and as it crosses the Barwon Heads Bridge in the final stage.  Cycling Marshals will need lights for these stages.
  2. There are food and water available at the route stopping places.
  3. It is possible to participate in some stages as a registered walker, and to volunteer as a Cycling Marshal for another stage.

For more event details please see the event website.  For more information about riding as a Cycling Marshal, contact Helen Lyth (Cycling Geelong), phone 5278 6058.  To register as a cycling marshal go to the M~M volunteer page.

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Scheduled times for the event.

M~M2016 Stage Distances and Times
1:30 p.m. YOU YANGS 3:50 p.m. LARA RSL 11:52 km 2h 20min
4:05 p.m. LARA RSL 5:25 p.m. LIMEBURNER’S LAGOON 6.3 km 1hr 15min
5:40 p.m. LIMEBURNER’S LAGOON 6:40 p.m. MOORPANYAL PARK 4.8 km 1hr
6:55 p.m. MOORPANYAL PARK 8:20 p.m. STEAMPACKET GARDENS 6.7 km 1hr 25min

Rowing Precinct

2.9 km 35min
6:50 a.m. BARWON RIVER

Rowing Precinct

9.00 a.m. CHRISTIES ROAD 10.6 km 2hr 10min
9:15 a.m. CHRISTIES ROAD 10:45 a.m. DRYSDALE STATION 7.6 km 1hr 30min
11.00 a.m. DRYSDALE STATION 1:45 p.m. SWAN BAY – MFDC 13.9 km 2hr 45min
2.00 p.m. SWAN BAY – MFDC 2:35 p.m. POINT LONSDALE VILLAGE 2.8 km 35min
2:50 p.m. POINT LONSDALE VILLAGE 5:10 p.m. OCEAN GROVE SLSC 8.5 km *2h 5min
5:25 p.m. OCEAN GROVE SLSC 5:55 p.m. BARWON HEADS RIVER 3 km 35min



URGENT – M~M means great opportunity for cyclists


Due to a last minute cancellation there is the opportunity for Cycling Geelong members and other cyclists to take and official part in Mountain to Mouth (Geelong’s Extreme Arts Walk) as canoe bearers.  Canoe bearers will be walking, not riding!

The canoe needs at least 6 bearers – who push and steer the canoe (it’s long, but quite light and mounted on a wheel).

Our leg of the walk is from Steampacket Place to the Barwon River Rowing Precinct – leaving at 6am on Saturday!  (We’ll need to be there at 5:30 so as to be ready on the dot of 6am.)  The walk is straight up and down Moorabool Street to the river – 2.9km.  The procession of walkers, led by flags and the canoe, is scheduled to arrive at the river at 6:30am.

If you are already registered to do any or all of the walk, you can still take part as a canoe bearer.  We need 6.

At the Barwon River there is an art installation circle to walk and breakfast is available for purchase.  There is also a shuttle bus to return you to Steampacket Place if you need it.

If you can help, please contact me – 52786058, 0409903214 or email Helen.  Please leave a message if I’m not answering the phone – I’ll get back to you!

If you can’t personally help, but know of a cyclist who may be able to, please let them know.  A quick response is needed.  We need all teams in place by Thursday 8th May at the latest!

This is a great opportunity.  The walk follows part of the proposed route of the new north/south cycleway from the Barwon to the Bay.  There’ll be Bike Safe safety vests for all canoe bearers on this section – a wonderful exposure as there may be some hundreds of walkers following you as you steer the canoe.




Walk for a change: Mountain to Mouth Extreme Arts Walk

This inspiring walk starts at the You Yangs (Big Rock) with an Elders smoke ceremony at 3pm on Friday May 9th (the Elders are from the indigenous and multicultural communities).   Big Rock is the first art installation for walkers who will then walk from the Mountain (You Yangs) to the Barwon River Mouth in 24 hours.

If you take part, your $10 entry fee supports Karingal.

On the way, the walkers visit 11 other arts installations, each of which is a ‘walking circle’ on a story songline which stretches from the You Yangs to Geelong CBD and Queenscliff via the rail trail, then along the coast through Point Lonsdale and Ocean Grove to Barwon Heads.

There’s also a spectacular music/art/theatre event Geelong After Dark in Geelong on Friday evening May 9th.

Walkers will make a fast procession, led by a specially commissioned canoe (with one Leunig inspired wheel) and flag bearers representing each CoGG ward.

If you can’t commit to the full 80+ km in 24 hours, you are welcome to take part in one or more legs of the walk.  I thoroughly recommend the night legs from Lara to Steampacket Place – a procession of lanterns!  Here are are just a couple of wonderful glimpses of this area at night.

Even if you don’t want to walk, you are welcome to visit any or all of the arts installations (12 in all, see the website for opening times) and to cheer the walkers as they attempt to walk 80km in 24 hours.  Geelong After Dark is also open to all – Friday evening 6-10pm.

For more information and to register check out the M~M website and M~M Facebook pages.

The only downside is – it’s for feet not wheels!  Give up the cleats for trainers for just one day.