A special announcement

We promised you a special announcement, and here it is!


We’re very excited that SBS cycling guru, Mike Tomalaris, will be joining us in 2018 as ambassador for the twentieth anniversary Sydney to Surfers Robbo’s Ride!

For Australian cycling fans, Mike Tomalaris is cycling. Mike joined SBS in 1992 covering the Commonwealth Bank Cycle Classic and since then has covered a growing portfolio of local and international cycling events – including the Tour Down Under, the Giro d’Italia, the Vuelta a España, the Tour of California and Paris–Roubaix. Mike has been the face of the Tour de France for SBS for over 15 years.

In 2011, Mike featured in the Australian Sports Commission Media Awards which recognise excellence in sports journalism and broadcasting. Mike’s award for ‘Most Outstanding Contribution to a Sport by an Individual’ recognised his significant role in promoting the sport of cycling in Australia.

For the 2018 Sydney to Surfers Ride, Mike will be helping with promotion of the ride and fundraising for Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets.

And … he’ll be with us on 5 May to begin the long ride north to Surfers Paradise. Mike will be riding with our packs every day of the tour; he’ll be sharing the fun, the laughs and maybe a little pain. He’ll share in the camaraderie at meal times and be speaking with us to share some of his memories and experiences from a long career in the sport we love.

Mike will host the final dinner at the Watermark Gold Coast Resort and (schedules permitting) join us in Engadine for the Presentation Dinner in June 2018.

Mike was instrumental in establishing the Johnny Warren Jamberoo Classic to raise funds for Chris O’Brien’s Lifehouse and we’re very proud and excited to have him on board for the 2018 Sydney to Surfers Ride to raise funds for Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets.


Registrations continue to flow in – ahead of the same period last year – but we still have some places available. If you’re thinking of joining us – and Mike Tomalaris – for this special anniversary ride, now would be a good time to take the plunge and register for the ride. You may like to share our website and facebook page with your networks and get your cycling buddies along too!

We’ll have more news to share soon on planning for the 2018 ride.

In the meantime, let us know if you have any questions or suggestions – and stay safe on the roads!