The Sydney to Surfers Ride was established in 1998 and first run in 1999 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 7-day event has raised over $3 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.
The Ride has had two major sponsors – Stewart Toyota from 1999 to 2006 and Macsim Fastenings from 2007. In 2017, the ride was designated “Robbo’s Ride” to acknowledge the lasting impact of Ken ‘Robbo’ Robinson whose founded the ride some 18 years earlier.
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 Engadine Rotary 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:
- Kevin Stuart – Ride Secretary/ Treasurer
- Steve Heathcote – Ride Co-ordinator