Finally, the day has arrived. You’re bike is in good condition and you’re in even better shape! You’re excited; we’re excited.
So what can you expect at the start?
You’ll need to get yourself to start point early on Saturday morning. The ride begins from the Hornsby TAFE carpark at 5-19 Jersey Street, Hornsby. Timing will be advised to participants closer to the start of the ride.
If you’re being driven to the start, please park in the street – the carpark is reserved for support vehicles and luggage trucks. When you arrive, go to the registration desks to sign on, receive your ride kit and luggage tags. Tag your luggage and deliver it to the appropriate truck – trucks will be identified with signs for the accomodation sites they will serve.
For those staying in Hornsby the night before the ride, your luggage will be collected by the volunteer team and you should ride your bike to the start point. We recommend you stay at Ascot Motel Inn or Blue Gum Hotel as these are the only two locations serviced by the luggage pickup service.
Now its time to find your Pack Captain and support vehicle, stow your day pack and get to know your riding buddies. 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. No doubt, your Pack Captain will have some final words for the Pack and will hand out your coloured ribbons which need to be attached to your seat post or saddle bag.
The Ride Marshal will coordinate the departure of packs. The Youth Off The Streets Pack will depart first, followed by the other packs in reverse order, with Pack 1 (the fastest) leaving last.
Special police arrangements are in place for the departure from Sydney. Packs will ride to a marshaling 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.
After morning tea, normal arrangements apply, with packs riding off at intervals.