Season Greetings, riders!

As Christmas draws near, we want to take the opportunity to wish you and your families a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

Many of the Sydney to Surfers community have already registered for the twentieth anniversary ride and we’re excited to see that registrations are still running well ahead of the same time last year! We’d love to have you as part of a 200 rider contingent for the 2018 event and we can’t think of a better Christmas gift for yourself or New Year’s resolution!

Our organisers are working very hard to make the twentieth anniversary 2018 ride the best yet – with the benefit of roadworks due to be completed in the new year, we’ll be riding all the way to Surfers – NO uplifts and NO dirt roads! Our website has tips and resources to help riders with fundraising and guidance to help focus training for the event. There’s also other suggestions to help with preparation for you and your bike.

Why not gather some of your riding buddies and register now for one of Australia’s premier charity cycling events.

In the meantime, if you are out on your bike over the holiday season – stay alert, stay visible and stay safe!

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!

 

Registrations are now open!

We’re excited to announce that registrations are now open for the 2018 Sydney to Surfers Robbo’s Ride.

As you know, this will be the twentieth anniversary of the ride and we’re looking forward to 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 best charity cycling tours!

As a result of feedback on the 2017 ride, we will ensure that ride distances allow time at the end of each day for the camaraderie which is such an important part of the ride for the Sydney to Surfers community. We also expect that completion of roadworks on the north coast will allow us to stick to the bitumen for the entire ride!

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.

As you know, the 2017 ride raised over $260,000 for Youth Off The Streets through the efforts of riders and our dedicated support crew. We’re keen to top that amount in 2018 and we’re determined to make the twentieth anniversary Sydney to Surfers Robbo’s Ride a very special event.

Numbers are strictly limited to 200 riders so don’t delay – now’s the time to organise your calendar, get your cycling buddies together and secure your places on the 2018 ride!

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

 

Announcing the twentieth anniversary ride

We’re excited to announce the dates for the twentieth annual Sydney to Surfers Ride raising funds for Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets!

The ride will kick off from the usual spot in Hornsby on Saturday 5 May and conclude on Friday 11 May with the traditional mass peloton ride through Surfers Paradise. Our end of ride accomodation and celebrations will be at the Watermark Gold Coast Hotel.

While there will be some changes to the route, our daily destinations will remain the same as the 2017 ride – we’ll be staying at Swansea, Buladelah, North Haven, Nambucca Heads, Grafton and Ballina before reaching Surfers Paradise.

Entries for the ride will open in early November and if you’ve signed up to our newsletter, you’re part of the Sydney to Surfers community and you’ll be among the first to know when the online entry system is live. 

To help with planning for the ride, we’d appreciate your input on your experiences with the ride and suggestions for the future. You can complete a short feedback survey here or simply contact us with your suggestions. The survey is anonymous and your responses will remain confidential.

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

 

 

A new car!

On 2 July a group of Sydney to Surfers riders, our major sponsor Fraser Mackay-Sim and a representative of Youth Off The Streets gathered at Engadine for an important event.

For the 2017 Sydney to Surfers Ride, Macsim Fasteners once again provided a new car as a prize for those riders who take the opportunity to fundraise for Youth Off The Streets. Fundraisers who meet the target of $2,000 earn one entry in the prize draw with every additional $500 earning an additional ticket in the draw.

The winner for the 2017 Ride was Steve Anderson. Steve has been a long time participant in the ride and a dedicated fundraiser for Youth Off The Streets. He received the keys to his new car in a presentation from Fraser Mackay-Sim and Youth Off The Streets. Judging by the feedback on Facebook, it was a very popular and well deserved win; congratulations, Steve!

 

The final tally – Sydney to Surfers 2017

On Tuesday 13 June riders, support crew and Youth Off The Streets gathered at 
Engadine RSL for the final accounting of the 2017 Sydney to Surfers Ride. Father Chris Riley, Veronica Robinson, Luke Robinson (Ken’s grandson), and Fraser and Kay Mackay-Sim were special guests for the evening.

Steve Heathcote gave a rundown on this year’s ride including feedback on the extra kilometres on the
3 rd and 4 th riding days. Some people have suggested Steve needs some serious reprogramming as to the meaning of ‘fun’ days.

Several presentations were made during the dinner:

  1. The Ken Robinson Memorial Trophy, a perpetual award to be given each year to the most outstanding YOTS rider, was presented to this year’s winner.
  2. Father Chris gave us a short talk on what YOTS have been up to since last year, mainly that they’ve been able to open two new schools, one out west the
    other in the eastern suburbs.
  3. Then the big presentation by Kevin Stuart to Father Chris on behalf of Engadine Rotary, a cheque for $261,000.

The evening concluded when Veronica Robinson drew a winner of the car sponsored by Macsim Fasteners. The winner was Steve Anderson, a regular rider with the YOTS pack for many years – it was a well deserved reward for years of commitment to fundraising for Youth Off The Streets and to the Sydney to Surfers Ride.

Our final update before the ride

Are you excited yet?! We are, and we can’t wait to meet everyone at Hornsby on Saturday morning.

This is our final note to you before the ride and we just wanted to let you know a bit about what will happen when we roll in to Sea World Resort on Friday afternoon.

riders

Don’t forget that you need to wear your new 2017 ride kit on Friday. After lunch, packs will gather at Kurrawa Surf Club. From here, the Youth Off The Streets Pack will lead the entire group under police escort for the last 10 kilometres along the famous Surfers Paradise beaches and into the gala finish at Sea World Resort.

It’s not often you get to ride in a peloton of around 150 riders: this finish is very special and something you won’t want to miss! But…. we need everyone to ride carefully and be alert to those around them. The final turn into the carpark can be congested – just keep riding on into the carpark and wait until you’ve passed well through the finish banner before you find space to pull over.

Have a close look at the area where we will finish so you know what to expect.

FinishPlan

If you have visitors meeting you at the finish, let them know that we expect to get into Sea World around 3.30pm (although much depends on how things go on the day – you may update your guests when we meet at Kurrawa Surf Club).

The finish line will be in the car park just past Sea World Resort (at Muriel Henchman Drive) here. Please ensure your guests do not park in the boat trailer parking area – council rangers are likely to be present to enforce parking restrictions.

For those having their bike transported back to Sydney, you’ll need to pack and tag your bike and get it loaded onto the appropriate truck. Your luggage will have been delivered to Sea World Resort where you’ll be accommodated and enjoy the final dinner.

Now you’re free to celebrate the end of the ride, relax and look forward to the final dinner. We’ll have refreshments available at the finish and we’re aiming to get a group photo if we can. We encourage everyone to take the opportunity to mingle and reflect on what you’ve achieved over the last 7 days.

When you’re ready, head on into the resort to check in to your accommodation; don’t forget, you will need to have a valid credit card with you when you check in. You’ll have time to relax, shower and change before we get together again for the final dinner. The plan for the evening is as follows:

  • 5.00 pm Gather for pre-dinner drinks in the Waterfall Cafe (Normal cash bar service at your own cost).
  • 6.00 pm Move to Shoreline Restaurant for Dinner (Buffet dinner is complimentary for riders and $50 per person for guests payable in cash on entry. Beverages at own cost in cash).
  • 8.00 pm Move to Ocean Room for presentations and live auction.
  • 8.30 pm Presentations and auctions commence.
  • 10.30pm Presentations and auctions finish – you can continue your celebrations in other areas of the resort.

We’ve added several more items to our auctions. You can check out what’s on offer on our live auction page – pick your favourites and come along ready to bid generously on the night. You can also bid on a range of other items on our online auction page. The online auctions will close prior to the final dinner and items must be paid for and collected at the dinner.

A couple of final reminders:

  • It’s not unusual for packs to have a Super hero day so think about bringing  something suitable to wear or add to your ride kit for that day.
  • On one night during the ride, dinner will include a Ladies Only Table – it’s a great opportunity to frock up for those who want to participate.
  • Finally, we encourage riders to continue your fundraising efforts during the week, particularly through keeping your networks updated with your progress on the ride.

If you have any questions which have not already been answered, please contact us.

Riders, the crew is ready to go and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday morning.

Kind Regards

Kevin, Steve, Fraser
and the team from the Rotary Club of Engadine

Sydney to Surfers Robbo’s Ride
Ride Organising Committee
http://www.sydneytosurfers.org.au/

Ready or not! It’s nearly time to ride!

Riders, please read this update carefully – it contains important information about the ride and arrangements for the start at Hornsby this Saturday, 29 April.

Where do we meet?

The ride will commence from the carpark of Hornsby TAFE in Jersey Street Hornsby on the western side of the railway line. If you are driving to the start, please park in the street – do not drive into the carpark which is reserved for official vehicles and luggage trucks.

For those staying at the Ascot Motor Inn, The Blue Gum Hotel and the Hornsby Inn, our volunteers will call and pick up luggage from about 6.30 am. Please have it ready and at the front of the establishment. Riders should then ride the short distance to the start. When you arrive, you will need to retrieve your luggage from the truck.

When?

Assembly time is from 6.45am on Saturday. The ride will commence from around 7.30am but you will need time to register, stow your luggage and find your pack.

What do I do?

When you arrive, you will need to report to the registration desks immediately. There will be four desks based on surname (A-G, H-May, Mc-S  and T-Z + YOTS).

On registration, you will be given your ride kit (jersey and knicks) and a name tag for your luggage. Please put this label on your luggage even if you are using your own transport (if a bag is put down for any reason we need to know where it belongs). If you are not camping, the prepared label will show the name of the accommodation that you advised you are staying at each night. Please check it.

Additional blank labels will be available for any extra bags. Please ensure additional labels are completed with the same information as the prepared label, otherwise we cannot guarantee they will end up where they should be!

When you have labelled your luggage, please take it to load on the luggage trucks as follows:

  • For those camping or staying at the camp site on the first night (Swansea), please take your luggage to the larger of the two trucks.
  • For all others, take your luggage to the smaller Thrifty truck.

The drivers have been instructed to refuse any bags that do not have our luggage label attached.

Find your pack

The allocation of riders to packs was distributed to all riders in the last week. If you did not receive this email, please contact us immediately.

Support vehicles for each pack will be parked in the carpark with the pack number clearly displayed. Please find your pack vehicle, report to your pack captain and stow your day pack in the support vehicle. The Pack captains are:

  • Pack 1 – Neil Matthews    
  • Pack 2 – Greg Turton      
  • Pack 3 – Stephen Plummer    
  • Pack 4 – Rod Mackay-Sim    
  • Pack 5 – Andrew Taylor    
  • Pack 6 – Robin Weckert  
  • Pack 7 – Mark Kelleher    
  • Pack 8 – Sam Issa

Your pack captain will distribute a coloured ribbon to each rider. The ribbon must be firmly attached to your seat post or saddle bag. It is important that the ribbon is clearly visible so that support vehicle drivers can readily identify members of their pack.

Your ride kit

Riders who have participated in previous Sydney to Surfers rides are asked to wear one of your past Macsim ride jerseys for the first day. All riders are asked to wear the 2017 ride kit (jersey and knicks) on the final day for the mass peleton ride through Surfers.

Your day bag

Please ensure that your name is clearly written on your day bag and be sure to collect your bag from the support vehicle at the end of the day’s ride. Here are some tips on what to bring in your day pack.

When the support cars arrive at the end of each day, the drivers are keen to get to their accommodation and bags are emptied from the cars. We often have people looking for a day bag and we have no idea where it is or we have a day bag with no idea who it belongs to. A couple of years ago one was left in a shed at the caravan park at Morriset and was retrieved halfway through the night. It could easily have been taken.

What else?

Police Instructions

The conditions placed on the ride by police forces in both NSW and Queensland get more onerous each year. On day 1, we are required to have a police escort from Berowra to Calga. During this stage, please ensure that any police directions are followed as any problems your non observance causes will only be ammunition for the police to refuse future permission to ride. The police also insist that riders maintain single file on all roads that are not dual lanes and of course, all riders must wear a helmet at all times.

At the end

The ride will conclude with a mass ride into the Sea World precinct finishing in the car park just past Sea World Resort (at Muriel Henchman Drive). If you have visitors meeting you, please ensure that they do not park in the boat trailer parking area.

Final Dinner

The final dinner this year will be at Sea World Resort, Main Beach. *|TITLE:FNAME|*, you have already advised us that you *|DINNER|* attending the dinner and will have *|GUESTS|* guest(s). Please let us know on Monday or Tuesday night of any changes to these plans. For riders, the cost of dinner is included in the ride fee; guests will cost $50 a head, payable in cash on the night. (There are ATM facilities at Sea World Resort).

Accommodation at Sea World Resort

You will need to have a valid credit card when checking in to your accommodation at Sea World. This is required by the resort for security reasons and to cover any extra purchases you may make. Please ensure you have your credit card with you before commencing check in procedures.

Auction : SOLD!

There will be a live auction of select items at the final dinner. You can check out what’s on offer on our live auction page – pick your favourites and come along ready to bid generously. You can also bid on a range of other items on our online auction page.

Raffle tickets

If you have not already posted your raffle books back to us, please make sure you bring them with you and hand them in on Monday or Tuesday night. For audit purposes, we are required to account for all books issued.

Ready, Set, Go! … when its your turn

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.

The start of the ride will be under the direction of the Ride Marshal. It is planned that packs will leave at 5 minute intervals starting from around 7.30am. Pack 8 (the Youth Off The Streets team) will leave first. Other packs will follow in reverse numerical order, with pack 1 departing last.

Packs will ride to a marshalling 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.


For those participating in the Sydney to Surfers ride for the first time, we recommend that you review the information on the website, particularly the route and preparation pages. If you have any questions which have not already been answered, please contact us.

Finally, it’s now time to enjoy a week of great cycling. It’s also an opportunity to add a new angle to your fundraising efforts. We encourage riders to continue to use your social media channels to communicate with your networks and promote the value of donations to support the work done by our favourite charity, Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets.

*|TITLE:FNAME|*, the crew is ready to go and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday morning.

Kind Regards

Kevin, Steve, Fraser
and the team from the Rotary Club of Engadine

Sydney to Surfers Robbo’s Ride
Ride Organising Committee
http://www.sydneytosurfers.org.au/

A message from our coffee partner

Hi Riders
 
Some of you may remember us from the ride in 2014.  On that occasion, Glen and Brett rode the tandem and Carmela and Sandy helped with lunches and beer runs.

Well, this time round we are taking another option.  On 29 April, Glen and I will be there in the Silky Oak Espresso Coffee Van.  Since we only have a few weeks until then, we thought it would be a good time to let you know how things are going to work to make it a smooth process.
 
There will be 3 options:

  • You are more than welcome to just pay cash along the way – if so, it would be a big help if you had the right change.
  • You can make arrangements with us to deposit money on account prior to April 25th . Everything will be balanced at the end of the ride and refunded if needed.
  • We can set up a tab that can be monitored and be settled up on Thursday 4th May. 
The benefits:
  • 20% of all sales through the van will go directly towards the fundraising efforts. Additional fundraising events will occur along the way.
  • I will only be keeping 4 oz and 8 oz cups on board but if you are creative and prefer your drink served in your cycle shoes then I will happily supply that one Free Of Charge!
  • We will be at your beck and call for the duration of the ride time. Should you need a fix outside scheduled ride hours, we’re happy to oblige (but you may get hit with a fine and double fines may apply if I have to make your beverage in the rain). 
 Our prices will be reasonable at $4.00 and $4.50. The only additional charge will be for specialty milks – I will have Soy and Zymil on Board but please let me know if you require Almond, Rice, Goat, Camel or Armadillo milk!

Please send all correspondence directly to us at glencam09@gmail.com  (don’t reply to the Sydney to Surfers email address).
 
See you all at the start line
 
 
Carmela Baxter
Owner
Silky Oak Espresso
 
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A new fundraising resource

As you know, there are a number of resources on the website which you can use in social media and other avenues to engage with your networks to further your fundraising efforts.  These resources are available on our fundraising page.

The team have also produced a new short video to add to your efforts. The video is just 1-minute long, features Father Chris and Pink, a strong supporter of Youth Off The Streets, and is presented from the point of view of a rider seeking support from sponsors.

We hope you find it useful.

Sydney to Surfers – Raising Funds For Youth Off The Streets from Sydney to Surfers on Vimeo.