Pedal power rules road in Sydney cycle
WHETHER you’re a Lycra-clad superhero on two wheels, or prefer to cruise around town with a baguette in your basket, the Spring Cycle bicycle event is set to have you pedalling with a smile on your face.
Running on Sunday, October 16, the annual event will see more than 10,000 cyclists of all abilities take over Sydney’s roads for a day. Pushing off from North Sydney in the morning, riders will be able to ditch the cycle lane and ride over the Harbour Bridge, which will be free of cars, before passing the Sydney Opera House, soaking up the atmosphere of The Rocks and exploring the city’s newest precinct, Barangaroo.
There are three ride options. The beginner and family-friendly 12km Sydney City Ride finishes with a festival at Pyrmont’s Pirrama Park. Those who are up for a bigger challenge can join the 50km Classic Ride which continues through the inner west to Sydney Olympic Park. More advanced riders can push it even further in the 105km Bikebug Challenge which goes to Western Sydney Parklands, taking in Parramatta and Prospect dams, before the festival finish at Sydney Olympic Park.
Tour de France champion Robbie McEwen will take part in the longest leg, while lifeguards from the Bondi
Rescue series, Rod Kerr, Anthony Carroll and Ryan Clark swap their surfboards for bikes and join the 12km ride.
“We are really excited to be involved in such a unique event and encourage Sydneysiders to dust off their bicycles and join us,” Clark says.
Run by the state’s peak cycling advocacy body, Bicycle NSW, and supported by Roads and Maritime Services, the annual event is designed to encourage more people to get on their bikes.
“There are lots of reasons to get on a bike, there are health benefits, environmental benefits and it’s a great way to get around,’’ Bicycle NSW CEO Craig Meagher says.
Get on your bike and ride across the Sydney Harbour Bridge at the annual Spring Cycle event.