A New Bike For Elke

by admin on May 23, 2016

Many of you who have been on our ride at some time will know Elke. A delightful lady of German extraction, now 75 years of age, Elke has completed (well almost) 13 rides so far, and has raised many thousands of dollars for Youth off the Streets in that time. A true inspiration!

The trusty old bike that she has used all those years, and it doubles as her shopping bike, has seen better days and Neil Matthews and Fraser Mackay-Sim decided it was time to replace it, and kicked off the fundraising with a substantial donation each.

The Proposition

Neil put the proposition to the pack captains at dinner one night and a bit of crowd fundraising soon had a further $1657 in the Kitty and with a couple of other promises this was soon exceeded.Neil then went to work, foregoing his morning ride to negotiate a deal of a new bike to the same specifications as Elke’s old one, and after a few phone calls was able to get a very good price from Bob Wallis cycles in Coffs Harbour.

The Plan

The original plan was to present the bike that night at the dinner, but the best-laid plans often go astray, and some parts were required to complete the bike which needed to come from Sydney.

The Surprise

The store arranged for some Shimano parts to be flown from Sydney and the package was delivered the next morning, the mechanics went to work and had it all completed by 4pm.

Trish and Michael Field, who live in Coffs Harbour had contacted us after the dinner there and kindly offered to collect the bike when it was ready and to bring it to Grafton.

That night in Grafton, Fraser presented Elke with the new bike, much to her surprise. Unfortunately, Elke only got to ride it for 100ks as just out of Casino she had a fall and was taken to hospital.

But, all is well, she is now home and recovering quickly and looking forward to getting back on the bike and training for the Sydney to the ‘Gong ride and next year’s Sydney to Surfers ride!

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Elke’s new bike!

Sydney to Surfers 2016 Recap

by admin on May 19, 2016

2016 saw another successful Sydney to Surfers ride completed!

We were fortunate enough to have a great contingent of 16 riders and crew from Youth off the Streets!

After a wet morning on the Sunday, the weather  improve and by Monday we were blessed with perfect sunshine.

Great numbers again this year, everyone enjoyed the ride and we can’t wait to see how much was raised for Youth off the Streets as there is still money coming in at this stage!

A huge thank you and congratulations to everyone who was involved this year, can’t wait for 2017.



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Another Great Year!

by admin on May 12, 2016

The annual Macsim  Sydney to Surfers bike ride wrapped up last Friday the 6th of May.

As always, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to ride with such wonderful people, for a great cause!

A massive thanks to everyone involved, we can’t wait to see you all back in 2017.

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Information for riders this weekend

by admin on April 29, 2016

Starting line

The Sydney to Surfers ride will start from the car park of Hornsby TAFE in Jersey Street, Hornsby on the west side of the Railway Station. There is no entry to the car park from the Old Pacific Highway.

Please note this is now a public car park and parking fees will apply. We are being given a pin number to the car park, so we suggest you don’t enter until we are there to control the boom arm at the entrance.

Starting time

Assembly time is from 6:45am.  Please report to the sign in tables to sign in. There will be 4 tables based on surnames grouped into: A-C, D-J, K-P and R-Z + YOTS. You will be given your ride clothes and a name tag for your luggage when you sign in.

Please put this label on your luggage even if you are using your own transport, as, if a bag is put down for any reason we need to know where it has to go.

If you are not camping, this will have the name of the accommodation that you have advised us you will be staying at each night on it.

For those camping or staying at Yarabah, the education facility in Morriset, your luggage will be put in the large truck.

For all others, please take your luggage to the smaller Thrifty truck. The drivers have been instructed to refuse any bags that do not have our luggage label attached.

You should then report to your pack captain at your back up vehicle which will have the pack number on display

The Pack captains are

Pack 1  –  Neil Matthews
Pack 2  –  Kristy Pettitt
Pack 3  –   Greg Briggs
Pack 4  –  David DeRosa
Pack 5  –  Mark Kelleher
Pack 6  –   Dean Harrigan

Packs will leave in reverse numerical order about 10 minutes apart starting from Pack 6, which will leave as soon as it is ready, but around 7.30am.

Good luck!


Quick Note Re Ride Clothing Orders

by admin on March 19, 2016

Hi Riders

The order for the ride clothing had to be in yesterday, and that while entries are still open, they will not come with the provision of jersey and knicks.

Cheers and have a good weekend.

Join The Fun in 2016 – Still Time To Enter!

by admin on February 7, 2016

surfers-ride-2016 The entry form for the 2016 Sydney to Surfers Ride to be held from is now available, and can be accessed through the Enter Now button on this page.  Entries will again be done electronically through Trybooking.com.

You will need to know your ride clothing sizes, your blood type and the name and contact number for an emergency contact person to complete the entry details

We will be using the same supplier for the ride clothing this year as we did last year (we are assured that the sizing is only marginally larger than Cannibal) and you should order the same size

You will need to select the deposit option to register and pay your deposit of $200.

As the Club requires individual registrations the number of tickets needs to be 1.

Payment Options

If you wish to pay the by credit card simply proceed through the form. We are assured that the site has secure encoding for credit card details.

If you wish to pay by cheque/money order or Bank transfer you need to enter “cheque” in the gift/promotion box.

This will reduce the figure to zero but still allow you to complete the registration. The registration will not be deemed complete until such time as the funds are held by the Club, either by post to P O Box 54 Engadine NSW 2233 or by direct credit to our Westpac Account BSB 032153 Account 143789 quoting your name as reference.

If you wish to pay the full amount of the ride fee, you should return after completion of the deposit entry and select the balance option and proceed from there.

Souvenir Polo Shirt

There is also an option to order a souvenir Polo Shirt by returning to the main entry and selecting the polo shirt option

Also, if you have standing accommodation bookings and will not be taking part in the ride can you please ensure that you cancel them.

I understand that there were some bookings current last year that were not cancelled or used. We will be staying at Forster and Coffs Harbour again next year. Accommodation details are listed at the end of each days route information on the web site

Kevin Stuart
For the Cycle Ride Committee

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2016 Ride Dates Announced

August 28, 2015

The date has now been set for the 2016 Macsim Sydney to Surfers Ride, which will start on Saturday 30th April and, due to roadworks on the Pacific Highway, follow the same route as last year, with overnight stays at: Morriset, Bulahdelah, Forster, Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Ballina ( and the uplift from Port Macquarie […]

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2015 Ride Result

June 19, 2015

G’day Riders Another year over with the Presentation Dinner being held last Monday, attended by some 75 people, both riders and support crew, including Father Chris Riley and 16 of the YOTS team from the ride. Father Chris spoke to us on the problems his organisation has been experiencing, getting the appropriate help for people […]

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Thanks Epicor Software!

May 12, 2015

Laurie Montague of Orange and Frank McLoughlin of Epicor Software taken at the start of the ride. A terrific donation from the team at Epicor Software to make up the $2,100 bid for the bike which was then presented to YOTS for their riding program. Nice work Superman (that’s Laurie) and Frank for a great […]

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Ride 2015 Done & Dusted

May 8, 2015

Another great ride for the Sydney to Surfers riders, with awesome support from the Support Crews. We’re all is here at Sea World carpark on the Gold Coast under perfect blue skies.  

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