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Ride a bike or volunteer to raise funds for MS
It's on again. The MS Sydney to the Gong Ride, now in its 34th year, will be starting at 6am at Sydney Park, St Peters site for those doing the 90 km ride, and 8am at the Cooper Street Reserve at Engadine for those doing the 58 km ride down to the finish at Thomas Dalton Park at Fairy Meadow on Sunday the 1st of November.
For the first time the MS Wollongong Criterium (Crit) will see riders battle it out over 55 laps (35 kms) at Flagstaff Hill with shoulder to shoulder action! Watch Australian Pro Cyclist Mark Renshaw take on NSW Institute of Sport and the National Road Series elite - TV broadcast on SBS!
Why don't you join in to support the MS Foundation. Photo courtesy of the event organiser.
This is an event that you could do by yourself, with the family or a group of friends. Maybe you belong to a bike club and would like to be involved. It would be a fantastic way to not only get some exercise, but to help raise some much needed funds to support the MS Foundation.
Why don't you form a team or just go by yourself. It's for a great cause. Photo courtesy of the event organiser.
ABOUT THE EVENT
The MS Sydney to the Gong Ride is Australia's most respected and spectacular one day community bike ride and over its 33 year history it has become a cycling tradition, famous for its atmosphere, spectacular scenery through national parks, the wonderful volunteers and the generosity of its riders and supporters.
Since 1981, hundreds of thousands of cyclists have taken the challenge of riding to Wollongong and raised over $33 million dollars to support people with MS. If you are interested you will need to be quick to enter as the ride is capped at 10,000 cyclists and over the past years it had sold out quickly.
Not only will you be doing yourself good, you will also be helping out to raise funds for services and programs some of the hundreds of Australians affected by this debilitating disease.
If you enter this event, you will need to commit to raising at least $250 for the MS Foundation.
To help you out to try and raise more money for this great cause, the event organisers have kept the entry prices down. The standard entry as of from the 29th of July and up to 12 noon on the 29th of October will be as follows:
• Adult $100 • Child (12 - 16 years) $65 • Family = 2 adults 2 children $265 • T-Shirt discount package = adult t-shirt lunch $125 • Jersey discount package = adult jersey lunch $195
If you are starting from Sydney Park, St Peters you will wind your way through the suburbs until you reach the Waterfall entrance to the Royal National Park. Then you will wind your way to Stanwell tops, then Stanwell Park, Coalcliff and then head down the coast road until you reach Dalton Park at Fairy Meadow.
If you are starting from the Cooper Street Reserve and head off south through Heathcote, then you too will also turn off at the Waterfall entrance to the Royal National Park, joining in with the riders who have start from Sydney Park at St Peters.
Going over the Sea Clff Bridge is amazing. Photo courtesy of the event organiser.
Along the way there will be morning tea, lunch and fruit stop if you need. Or you can just ride straight on through from the start to the finish.
There will be live music, massages, shade, sponsor's stalls and food and drink stalls and vans. An official presentation will take place at approximately 1pm when the winners of the Teams Challenge will be announced.
PREPARATION AND TRAINING
What you have to remember is that this bike ride covers a lot of km and it is not just a matter of getting on a bike and taking off. There has to be a lot of preparation to go into getting yourself and your bike in tip top condition.
So I would suggest that you check out the great information on the website on how to get yourself ready. There are some fantastic weekly tips from Brad McGee and Ben Kersten of what you should be doing from 7 weeks out from the start.
Even if you don't own a bike or have never ridden a bike before, you can still get involved in the MS Sydney to the Gong Ride.
Unable to ride, why don't you become a volunteer? Photo courtesy of the event organiser.