Melbourne is not only one of the best quality of life cities in the world, but it’s also one of the most pedal-able. Getting around by bike is one of the easiest ways to discover the city and what better way to do it than with an expert guide?
CBD Central Business District
Embark on a tour on the banks of the Yarra river with a bit of history about the beautiful city formerly known as Batmania and later named Melbourne. At this point, in front of the Eureka Tower (located on Southbank), Marley told us about the city’s founding, the gold rush in Australia, and substantial and strange facts about Melbourne. You can find a selection of bars, pubs, and melbourne restaurants.
Continuing east to stop at the William Barracks Bridge and immersed in Australia’s earliest inhabitants’ sounds and voices, we pass Melbourne’s sporting icons, the Rod Laver Arena, and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The former is home to the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year in professional tennis. The latter is one of the largest Cricket stadiums in the world and is considered the birthplace of Australian Rules Football.
It continued until we reached Fitzroy Park, where we got off our bikes and walked through this 24-acre park from the Victorian era. In this garden, we find Captain Cook’s house. This house was built in England, but in 1934 it was brought brick by brick to this place.
Past the Old Treasury Building and the Parliament Building until we reached the Putri’s Theatre. The theater opened in 1854, and legend has it that it was inhabited by the friendly ghost of Federici, a baritone who died in 1888 after completing his performance in a presentation of the opera Faust.
Fitzroy is renowned for being a reasonably eclectic neighborhood where you can find cafes, galleries, vintage boutiques, and bookstores.
Went on a tour through Carlton Gardens. The place where the modern Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building are located. The latter was the first building in Australia to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On the way through Carlton, it’s time to enjoy some great coffee and pastries at Brunetti, a pastry shop, cafeteria, and restaurant located on Lygon Street. This street is known as Little Italy for its wide variety of Italian restaurants and cafes, and its origins are strongly associated with bicycles.
The story of Nino Borsari, an Italian cyclist who was an Olympic medalist in 1932 in a 4,000-meter team chase. In 1939 he visited Australia and could not return to Italy due to the start of World War II. Unable to return to his country, he opened the 1941 Borsari Cycles bicycle shop and repair shop. The shop was located on Lygen Street and Grarattan Street, the corner now known as Borsani Corner and marked with the Olympic rings and neon-lit cyclists. Lamp. The shop is no longer around this corner, but there are still a few locations away. Nino was very active in the community, organizing cultural events and supporting Italian migrants to progress in Melbourne, giving rise to what is now Little Italy.
Back to CBD
Melbourne is an excellent example of mobility issues. This road crossing the CBD from North to South was declared a car-free zone in 2010. Only trams, bicycles, emergency vehicles, and small delivery vehicles circulate on it (with limited hours). Before arriving back at Yarra, pass Federation Square and the iconic Flinders Street Station.
The bikes are top quality, and the service is excellent. If you prefer to find Melbourne’s treasures on your own, you can rent a bike.
Five reasons to hit the bar after cycling
One of the quirks in the routines of many cyclists is going to the Melbourne bars after they finish the day’s route; some even use it as motivation to complete the remaining kilometers.
Every cycling route ends at the Melbourne bars, or at least some of the cyclists who storm the melbourne bars as soon as they finish pedaling sit at a table with the rest of the group and share a few moments of food and drink, closing the perfect day’s loop.
Arriving thirsty at the bar and the limit of hydration levels is expected on long routes. It is an excellent time to start recovering liters. Even if your case will be drinking water or isotonic fluids, the most common thing is to hold on to a beer cup. In this case, you must restrain yourself because, let’s remember that alcohol is not suitable for recovery, correct?
After spending three hours eating energy bars, the stomach needs “real food” this moment is significant because the voracious appetite that cyclists have can make us eat more than we should and end the route with more calories than we started.
Since the arrival of bikes, bars have inadvertently become a kind of “refilling point,” especially when the stop at the bar is at the route’s midpoint. We can see how the charger comes out of the backpack and starts looking for plugs to get a steady flow of energy during a stop.
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We all love to tell stories of war, and the bars are the pinnacle moments where all the cyclists tell what they experienced during the route, the choking trial period, the climb where they overtook their friend, or the private race between them. Screams, noise, and muttering conversations can overwhelm you.
Back to serenity
After every bike ride, we have to calm our bodies down; sitting for an hour at a table at the Melbourne bars makes our heart rate slow down, and our bodies relax, so it’s essential not to be too far from home because if we had to pedal again, it would cost much money to get started.