Planning for the 2017 Sydney to Surfers Charity Ride (Robbo’s Ride) is well underway and there are some exciting changes proposed from previous years!
The ride is set to commence on Saturday 29 April 2017 – until Friday 5 May 2017 – so put that in your diary now.
Changes proposed include changes to the ride route – our aim is to have no uplifts, variation for the route on nearly every day and a carnival feel and celebration for our arrival at SeaWorld.
There will also be an opportunity for riders to complete 1,000kms in the week with a few added ride options for those who want to hit that 1,000km target.
In the meantime put the date in your diary, start your training program and start speaking to your friends and fellow riders about the date and encourage them to give it a go.
Entries will open in November 2016.
A FEW WORDS ABOUT KEN ‘ROBBO’ ROBINSON – THE SYDNEY TO SURFERS CYCLE RIDE FOUNDER
Ken Robinson, as a member of the Rotary Club of Engadine, was the founder and for many years the ride co-ordinator of the Sydney to Surfers cycle ride. Ken initiated the idea that the ride would generously raise funds for Youth Off The Streets.
Ken was passionate and committed to making sure the ride continued year after year and that not only was it to be a great fundraiser, he wanted everyone involved to enjoy the ride and embrace the new friendships it developed year after year.
Sadly Ken passed away on 10 August 2016 after putting up a great fight against pancreatic cancer.
As all who knew Ken would confirm, Ken was a larger than life person who always had the glass half full view on life and his inspiration and vision was second to none. He was a positive influence on all who knew him and with the addition of his nickname ‘Robbo’ to the name of the ride, he will always be remembered as the ride’s pioneer.
For the last 18 years the Rotary Club of Engadine has organised and managed the Sydney to Surfers Charity Bike Ride.
This exciting 7 day, up to 1,000 km event is an initiative of the Rotary Club and since its inception has raised almost $2.85 million in support of the Youth Off The Streets Program (www.youthoffthestreets.com.au) which is the major beneficiary.
A key focus for the Rotary Club is to conduct a safe, fun and memorable bike ride for up to 200 participants. The ride is designed to attract riders from all sectors of the community, of all ages and backgrounds with the overall intent of participating in a community charity event and fundraising.
Until the 2015 ride, the Ride was referred to as the Macsim Sydney to Surfers Charity Bike Ride, as Macsim Fastenings is the ride’s key sponsor, however in 2016, Fraser Mackay-Sim, Managing Director, Macsim Fastenings, asked that the ride include a reference to Ken “Robbo” Robinson whose idea started the ride some 18 years ago.
The Sydney to Surfers Ride is conducted on public roads including local town roads, freeway riding and some country roads too – just to mix it up for riders. With the exception of our last 10kms or so into Surfers Paradise, where we have a police escort to the finish line at SeaWorld, all roads are open to normal traffic during our event. The ride travels through some of the most beautiful and scenic countryside in Australia.
The Club works closely with the NSW Police Force to ensure that the ride is conducted in the safest way possible and each ride ‘Pack’ is supported by a dedicated vehicle creating a buffer between cyclists and general traffic and providing ready support to riders.
The ride is fully managed and coordinated by the Rotary Club of Engadine, with Kevin Stuart the Ride Secretary/Treasurer.
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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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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