Update on the 2018 ride route

Registrations for the 2018 twentieth anniversary Sydney to Surfers Ride opened a few weeks ago and we’re excited to see that registrations are still running ahead of the same time last year – if you haven’t already registered, we’d suggest that you secure your spot as soon as possible.

Planning for the ride is progressing well. Our team has recently completed their first trip north to reconnoitre the route for the 2018 ride as Ride Co-ordinator Steve Heathcote reports below:

2018 Ride Route Report

If you were feeling a little more fatigued than normal after the 2017 ride you had good reason: it was the longest and hardest we have ever undertaken in the 19 year history of the event.

Extra sections were added to the ride – like the ride out to beautiful Wingham and the scenic ride up the Maria River Road – in order to achieve the target 1,000 kilometres and avoid the need for mass trucking of bikes and riders up to Nambucca. This certainly made for a memorable cycle ride but may have limited the time at the end of long days for the socialising which is such an important part of our event.

Kevin, Hans and myself have just completed our first inspection run of the proposed course for next year’s ride. Progress on key sections of the Pacific Motorway is on schedule to be completed before the ride and this allows us much greater scope when working out new routes for this and future rides. In particular, in 2018, we will be riding the whole way to Surfers Paradise (no uplifts again) and will be riding on sealed roads all the way to Surfers Paradise! We will not be riding the Wingham extension or Maria River Road.

Our 20th Anniversary Ride in May 2018 is a special ride and we should all give thanks to the late great Ken Robinson for having the initiative and drive to start the ball rolling in 1999. He and Father Chris Riley were a good mix in that Ken could get the ride started and raise funds to support Youth of The Streets. Father Chris in turn could help more disadvantaged teens to a better life.

The sum raised by Engadine Rotary Club to date is well in excess of $3 million. The ride has grown progressively over the years and has hit the limit of 200 riders at various times. I have ridden the last 16 rides and thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie of the packs and look forward to the next ride every year.

Ken Robinson, Kevin Stuart and the Rotary Committee have developed this ride with the help of Friends of Rotary and other volunteers. We now have Youth Off the Streets Management Team on board as well. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to catching up in May 2018 for what we hope will be the best ride in 20 years.

Kind regards

Steve Heathcote
Ride Co-ordinator

Steve and the team will be working closely with police, RMS and local authorities to finalise the route over the coming months and will be conducting further route inspections in the new year.

Our team of volunteers are a crucial part of the success of the Sydney to Surfers Ride. We’d love to hear from people who can help with a number of important roles:

  • driving our luggage trucks and shuttle buses
  • driving the pack support vehicles
  • serving hungry riders at morning tea and lunch stops.

We would also like to hear from you if you can provide a vehicle to be used for pack support – vehicles need to have a least 2 rows of seats and a towbar.

If you can help or have questions about volunteer roles, please email us.

We hope you are looking forward to the twentieth anniversary ride as much as we are: it promises to be another fantastic event. If you’ve ridden with us before, you know what a great week’s cycling it will be. And if you haven’t, why not make the twentieth anniversary ride your first and enjoy one of Australia’s premier charity cycling tours!

You can access the online registration from our Register page. Before you begin the registration process, please take a few minutes to read up on the entry fee requirements and take care with sizing for your free ride kit. For those who rode in 2017, we expect sizing to be similar in 2018.

If you have any questions before you register, please contact us.


Until our next update, stay safe on the roads and we look forward to seeing you on the twentieth anniversary ride!