2017 Ride Information

by admin on September 26, 2016

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.

Ken ‘Robbo’ Robinson’s passing

by admin on September 26, 2016


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.




by admin on September 26, 2016

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.

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

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 […]

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Quick Note Re Ride Clothing Orders

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.

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Join The Fun in 2016 – Still Time To Enter!

February 7, 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 […]

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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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