The Sydney to Surfers ‘Robbo’s Ride’ was established in 1998 and is organised and managed by the Rotary Club of Engadine to raise funds for Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets.
Since its inception, this exciting 1,000 kilometre 7-day event has raised almost $2.85 million in much needed funds to support the important programs run by Youth off the Streets.
Our goal 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 intention 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, recognising Macsim Fastenings as the ride’s key sponsor. In 2016, Fraser Mackay-Sim, Managing Director of 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 providing ready support to riders and creating a buffer between cyclists and general traffic.
The ride is fully managed and coordinated by the Rotary Club of Engadine. Our key representatives responsible for the conduct of the ride are: