Pedal power rules road in Syd­ney cy­cle

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - ADVERTISING FEATURE -

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.

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