Ready or not! It’s nearly time to ride!

Riders, please read this update carefully – it contains important information about the ride and arrangements for the start at Hornsby this Saturday, 29 April.

Where do we meet?

The ride will commence from the carpark of Hornsby TAFE in Jersey Street Hornsby on the western side of the railway line. If you are driving to the start, please park in the street – do not drive into the carpark which is reserved for official vehicles and luggage trucks.

For those staying at the Ascot Motor Inn, The Blue Gum Hotel and the Hornsby Inn, our volunteers will call and pick up luggage from about 6.30 am. Please have it ready and at the front of the establishment. Riders should then ride the short distance to the start. When you arrive, you will need to retrieve your luggage from the truck.

When?

Assembly time is from 6.45am on Saturday. The ride will commence from around 7.30am but you will need time to register, stow your luggage and find your pack.

What do I do?

When you arrive, you will need to report to the registration desks immediately. There will be four desks based on surname (A-G, H-May, Mc-S  and T-Z + YOTS).

On registration, you will be given your ride kit (jersey and knicks) and a name tag for your luggage. Please put this label on your luggage even if you are using your own transport (if a bag is put down for any reason we need to know where it belongs). If you are not camping, the prepared label will show the name of the accommodation that you advised you are staying at each night. Please check it.

Additional blank labels will be available for any extra bags. Please ensure additional labels are completed with the same information as the prepared label, otherwise we cannot guarantee they will end up where they should be!

When you have labelled your luggage, please take it to load on the luggage trucks as follows:

  • For those camping or staying at the camp site on the first night (Swansea), please take your luggage to the larger of the two trucks.
  • For all others, 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.

Find your pack

The allocation of riders to packs was distributed to all riders in the last week. If you did not receive this email, please contact us immediately.

Support vehicles for each pack will be parked in the carpark with the pack number clearly displayed. Please find your pack vehicle, report to your pack captain and stow your day pack in the support vehicle. The Pack captains are:

  • Pack 1 – Neil Matthews    
  • Pack 2 – Greg Turton      
  • Pack 3 – Stephen Plummer    
  • Pack 4 – Rod Mackay-Sim    
  • Pack 5 – Andrew Taylor    
  • Pack 6 – Robin Weckert  
  • Pack 7 – Mark Kelleher    
  • Pack 8 – Sam Issa

Your pack captain will distribute a coloured ribbon to each rider. The ribbon must be firmly attached to your seat post or saddle bag. It is important that the ribbon is clearly visible so that support vehicle drivers can readily identify members of their pack.

Your ride kit

Riders who have participated in previous Sydney to Surfers rides are asked to wear one of your past Macsim ride jerseys for the first day. All riders are asked to wear the 2017 ride kit (jersey and knicks) on the final day for the mass peleton ride through Surfers.

Your day bag

Please ensure that your name is clearly written on your day bag and be sure to collect your bag from the support vehicle at the end of the day’s ride. Here are some tips on what to bring in your day pack.

When the support cars arrive at the end of each day, the drivers are keen to get to their accommodation and bags are emptied from the cars. We often have people looking for a day bag and we have no idea where it is or we have a day bag with no idea who it belongs to. A couple of years ago one was left in a shed at the caravan park at Morriset and was retrieved halfway through the night. It could easily have been taken.

What else?

Police Instructions

The conditions placed on the ride by police forces in both NSW and Queensland get more onerous each year. On day 1, we are required to have a police escort from Berowra to Calga. During this stage, please ensure that any police directions are followed as any problems your non observance causes will only be ammunition for the police to refuse future permission to ride. The police also insist that riders maintain single file on all roads that are not dual lanes and of course, all riders must wear a helmet at all times.

At the end

The ride will conclude with a mass ride into the Sea World precinct finishing in the car park just past Sea World Resort (at Muriel Henchman Drive). If you have visitors meeting you, please ensure that they do not park in the boat trailer parking area.

Final Dinner

The final dinner this year will be at Sea World Resort, Main Beach. *|TITLE:FNAME|*, you have already advised us that you *|DINNER|* attending the dinner and will have *|GUESTS|* guest(s). Please let us know on Monday or Tuesday night of any changes to these plans. For riders, the cost of dinner is included in the ride fee; guests will cost $50 a head, payable in cash on the night. (There are ATM facilities at Sea World Resort).

Accommodation at Sea World Resort

You will need to have a valid credit card when checking in to your accommodation at Sea World. This is required by the resort for security reasons and to cover any extra purchases you may make. Please ensure you have your credit card with you before commencing check in procedures.

Auction : SOLD!

There will be a live auction of select items at the final dinner. You can check out what’s on offer on our live auction page – pick your favourites and come along ready to bid generously. You can also bid on a range of other items on our online auction page.

Raffle tickets

If you have not already posted your raffle books back to us, please make sure you bring them with you and hand them in on Monday or Tuesday night. For audit purposes, we are required to account for all books issued.

Ready, Set, Go! … when its your turn

We know you’ll be keen to hit the road but there’ll be a lot going on at the start, so please be patient.

The start of the ride will be under the direction of the Ride Marshal. It is planned that packs will leave at 5 minute intervals starting from around 7.30am. Pack 8 (the Youth Off The Streets team) will leave first. Other packs will follow in reverse numerical order, with pack 1 departing last.

Packs will ride to a marshalling area at Cowan Rest Area Truck Stop – from here, all packs will ride out together with a police escort down to the Hawkesbury River and up Mt White. It is likely that packs will become disjointed over this leg – don’t worry, you can regroup at the morning tea stop at Calga.


For those participating in the Sydney to Surfers ride for the first time, we recommend that you review the information on the website, particularly the route and preparation pages. If you have any questions which have not already been answered, please contact us.

Finally, it’s now time to enjoy a week of great cycling. It’s also an opportunity to add a new angle to your fundraising efforts. We encourage riders to continue to use your social media channels to communicate with your networks and promote the value of donations to support the work done by our favourite charity, Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets.

*|TITLE:FNAME|*, the crew is ready to go and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday morning.

Kind Regards

Kevin, Steve, Fraser
and the team from the Rotary Club of Engadine

Sydney to Surfers Robbo’s Ride
Ride Organising Committee
http://www.sydneytosurfers.org.au/

A message from our coffee partner

Hi Riders
 
Some of you may remember us from the ride in 2014.  On that occasion, Glen and Brett rode the tandem and Carmela and Sandy helped with lunches and beer runs.

Well, this time round we are taking another option.  On 29 April, Glen and I will be there in the Silky Oak Espresso Coffee Van.  Since we only have a few weeks until then, we thought it would be a good time to let you know how things are going to work to make it a smooth process.
 
There will be 3 options:

  • You are more than welcome to just pay cash along the way – if so, it would be a big help if you had the right change.
  • You can make arrangements with us to deposit money on account prior to April 25th . Everything will be balanced at the end of the ride and refunded if needed.
  • We can set up a tab that can be monitored and be settled up on Thursday 4th May. 
The benefits:
  • 20% of all sales through the van will go directly towards the fundraising efforts. Additional fundraising events will occur along the way.
  • I will only be keeping 4 oz and 8 oz cups on board but if you are creative and prefer your drink served in your cycle shoes then I will happily supply that one Free Of Charge!
  • We will be at your beck and call for the duration of the ride time. Should you need a fix outside scheduled ride hours, we’re happy to oblige (but you may get hit with a fine and double fines may apply if I have to make your beverage in the rain). 
 Our prices will be reasonable at $4.00 and $4.50. The only additional charge will be for specialty milks – I will have Soy and Zymil on Board but please let me know if you require Almond, Rice, Goat, Camel or Armadillo milk!

Please send all correspondence directly to us at glencam09@gmail.com  (don’t reply to the Sydney to Surfers email address).
 
See you all at the start line
 
 
Carmela Baxter
Owner
Silky Oak Espresso
 
Check us out on Facebook or Instagram

A new fundraising resource

As you know, there are a number of resources on the website which you can use in social media and other avenues to engage with your networks to further your fundraising efforts.  These resources are available on our fundraising page.

The team have also produced a new short video to add to your efforts. The video is just 1-minute long, features Father Chris and Pink, a strong supporter of Youth Off The Streets, and is presented from the point of view of a rider seeking support from sponsors.

We hope you find it useful.

Sydney to Surfers – Raising Funds For Youth Off The Streets from Sydney to Surfers on Vimeo.

Launching our new online auction!

newAnd now for something new this year.

Previous riders will know that there is traditionally an auction of cycling goods and memorabilia at the final dinner – this year, we’re adding more with a new online auction.

There will still be the live auction of major items at the final dinner in Sea World, but we’ve also got a wider range of goodies which you can bid on in the period leading up to the ride.


There are two ways you can participate in this new opportunity:

  1. Donate (or source through your networks) goods, memorabilia or services which you can contribute to the auction.
    If you contribute or source items for the auction, the proceeds from the sale of those items will be added to your fundraising tally and could earn you additional tickets in the draw for the car donated by our major sponsor, Macsim Fastenings.
    Please contact us as soon as possible if you have goods or services you can contribute to the auction.OnlineAuction
  2. Bid for items in this online auction and at the final dinner.
    All of the items available for auction have been donated to support Youth Off The Streets and 100% of the proceeds of this auction will go to our fundraising total.
    We hope you find something to bid on – you may bag a bargain but remember the proceeds go to help Youth Off The Streets, so bid generously!

To view or participate in the auction, go to our auction page – you will need to register but it is a painless process and you will be able to log in immediately to browse around what’s on offer.

Cyclists love coffee

coffee_iconWe know cyclists love their coffee, so for those who take the view that a ride is not a ride without coffee, we’ve got great news!

We’ve partnered with Silky Oaks Espresso to make sure you don’t go without. Silky Oaks’ coffee van will accompany the ride all the way from Sydney to Surfers Paradise and will be available at breakfast, morning tea and lunch on most days to brew your favourite heart starter! 

SilkyOakEspresso_blackSilky Oaks Espresso is a small business with a vision to assist some of the most vulnerable people in our society. They work with young adults transitioning from foster care, young people with disabilities and survivors of domestic violence and they have agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds to our fundraising for Youth Off The Streets. We’re proud to have them associated with the ride.

Wanna see the final ride route?

Following our recent reconnoiter of the ride route, we’ve updated the maps and details on the website. Check out our video below for a quick preview of the upcoming ride!

We’ve also prepared GPX files* for each day’s route which are available for you to download. Follow the links for each day from the Route page of our website. Please keep in mind that roadworks and other circumstances may require last minute changes to the route during the course of the ride.

*While every care has been taken in preparing the route files, the organisers take no responsibility and provide no warranty as to the accuracy of the GPX files. Users acknowledge that any use of these files is at the your own risk.

Last days to register for your free ride kit!

FreeKitThere’s only a few days left now for new riders to lock in their FREE ride kit comprising the ride jersey and knicks.

We’ve just finalised the design of the ride jersey and knicks – they look great and we’re really excited by the quality and the look of this year’s kit. There’s no free previews however, so you’ll have to wait till you get to the start line to see it.

We can’t wait to see what it looks like on a peloton of up to 200 riders cruising through Surfers Paradise on the last leg of this epic ride!

If any of your cycling friends are considering joining you, now’s the time to encourage them to also make the commitment and register for the ride before 1 March. You may like to share our website and facebook page with them. 

a5-sydney-to-surfers-flyer-2017-mapIn other news, our team has just returned from a full inspection of the ride route. They’ve confirmed changes to the route this year which mean we will be riding the whole way from Sydney to Surfers (no bus uplifts) and covering 1,000km over seven days. We’ll be updating the website soon with final details of the route.

Also, our friends at Cycling-Inform have helped us put together some useful tips to help with your ride preparation. Our training resources page now has information on optimising your bike fit, maintaining your physical condition, nutrition and effective training techniques. Cycling-Inform have also put together a suggested training plan to help you make the most of the remaining weeks leading up to the ride. You can download the training plan here.

Bike Decals

As a fundraising initiative, rider Peter Yates is offering high quality vinyl decals for sale.

Decal4There are three different versions of the decals available and each comes in a pack of two. The decals are designed to be bike-specific and are just the right size to go on either side of your bike frame.

Your choice of decals is available in return for a minimum donation of $10 to Peter’s everydayhero page (that is, $10 for each pack of two identical decals). You can be sure that Peter (and Youth Off The Streets) would be happy to accept  a larger donation too! 

You can choose to pick up your order from Peter at the start line on 29 April or Peter will post to you at no charge (please allow a few days for postage).

Decal3    Decal2

If you’d like to take advantage of this great idea, make your donation to Peter’s everydayhero page and then complete the form below to place your order.





Welcome to 2017!

Now that the holiday season is behind us, its time to plan to make the most of the opportunities a new year brings. The 2017 Sydney to Surfers Robbo’s Ride is a great opportunity to do something important for yourself and for youth at risk in our community. 

There’s less than 100 days to go until we head off on this fantastic riding tour – have you signed up yet? We are strictly limited to 200 riders for this event and the next few weeks are when we generally see a rush of riders sign up for the ride.

We’re working on some great improvements to the ride this year. In particular:

  • there is a new route and the riding distance is increased to a full 1,000km;
  • there will be no uplifts (unless unforeseen circumstances dictate otherwise) – we’re riding every kilometre from Sydney to Surfers Paradise!
  • there’ll be a gala finish and end of ride celebrations at Sea World where we’ll stay for the final night.

We’d really love you to join us and if the 2017 ride is on your agenda, now is the time to:

  1. Commit to the ride and register – remember the number of riders is limited and spaces are filling fast;
  2. Convince your riding pals to join you – share our website and facebook page with your networks;
  3. Book your accommodation (if you are not camping) – accomodation options are listed on the accommodation page of our website;
  4. Start your training – we’ll be adding some training resources to the website soon;
  5. Start your fundraising – our fundraising page has some useful resources to help you;
  6. Ensure your bike is mechanically sound (remember it’s a 1,000kms).

Seasons greetings, riders!

Santa_On-BikeAs Christmas draws near, we want to take the opportunity to wish you and your families a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. May the treasures and traditions of your Christmas celebrations provide happiness that will last all year.

Our organisers are working very hard to make the 2017 ride the best yet – remember, we’ve got a great new route and we’ll be riding all the way to Surfers (1,000km and NO uplifts). Our new website has plenty of great information on the ride and we’ll be adding some training help and other new material in the new year. 

We still have room for more participants before we reach our 200-rider limit but … places are filling much faster than previous years.

We know you wouldn’t want to miss out on securing a place on the ride and we would love to see you along with a few of your riding buddies. So, don’t delay: register now and lock in your first New Year’s resolution!

In the meantime, when you are out there on your bike over the holiday season – stay alert, stay visible and stay safe!