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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
Kevin, Steve, Fraser
Sydney to Surfers Robbo’s 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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kevin, Steve, Fraser
Sydney to Surfers Robbo’s Ride
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.
We know cyclists love their coffee, so for those who take the view that a ride is not a ride without coffee, we’ve got great news!
We’ve partnered with Silky Oaks Espresso to make sure you don’t go without. Silky Oaks’ coffee van will accompany the ride all the way from Sydney to Surfers Paradise and will be available at breakfast, morning tea and lunch on most days to brew your favourite heart starter!
Silky Oaks Espresso is a small business with a vision to assist some of the most vulnerable people in our society. They work with young adults transitioning from foster care, young people with disabilities and survivors of domestic violence and they have agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds to our fundraising for Youth Off The Streets. We’re proud to have them associated with the ride.
Following our recent reconnoiter of the ride route, we’ve updated the maps and details on the website. Check out our video below for a quick preview of the upcoming ride!
We’ve also prepared GPX files* for each day’s route which are available for you to download. Follow the links for each day from the Route page of our website. Please keep in mind that roadworks and other circumstances may require last minute changes to the route during the course of the ride.
*While every care has been taken in preparing the route files, the organisers take no responsibility and provide no warranty as to the accuracy of the GPX files. Users acknowledge that any use of these files is at the your own risk.
There’s only a few days left now for new riders to lock in their FREE ride kit comprising the ride jersey and knicks.
We’ve just finalised the design of the ride jersey and knicks – they look great and we’re really excited by the quality and the look of this year’s kit. There’s no free previews however, so you’ll have to wait till you get to the start line to see it.
We can’t wait to see what it looks like on a peloton of up to 200 riders cruising through Surfers Paradise on the last leg of this epic ride!
If any of your cycling friends are considering joining you, now’s the time to encourage them to also make the commitment and register for the ride before 1 March. You may like to share our website and facebook page with them.
In other news, our team has just returned from a full inspection of the ride route. They’ve confirmed changes to the route this year which mean we will be riding the whole way from Sydney to Surfers (no bus uplifts) and covering 1,000km over seven days. We’ll be updating the website soon with final details of the route.
Also, our friends at Cycling-Inform have helped us put together some useful tips to help with your ride preparation. Our training resources page now has information on optimising your bike fit, maintaining your physical condition, nutrition and effective training techniques. Cycling-Inform have also put together a suggested training plan to help you make the most of the remaining weeks leading up to the ride. You can download the training plan here.
As a fundraising initiative, rider Peter Yates is offering high quality vinyl decals for sale.
There are three different versions of the decals available and each comes in a pack of two. The decals are designed to be bike-specific and are just the right size to go on either side of your bike frame.
Your choice of decals is available in return for a minimum donation of $10 to Peter’s everydayhero page (that is, $10 for each pack of two identical decals). You can be sure that Peter (and Youth Off The Streets) would be happy to accept a larger donation too!
You can choose to pick up your order from Peter at the start line on 29 April or Peter will post to you at no charge (please allow a few days for postage).
If you’d like to take advantage of this great idea, make your donation to Peter’s everydayhero page and then complete the form below to place your order.
Now that the holiday season is behind us, its time to plan to make the most of the opportunities a new year brings. The 2017 Sydney to Surfers Robbo’s Ride is a great opportunity to do something important for yourself and for youth at risk in our community.
There’s less than 100 days to go until we head off on this fantastic riding tour – have you signed up yet? We are strictly limited to 200 riders for this event and the next few weeks are when we generally see a rush of riders sign up for the ride.
We’re working on some great improvements to the ride this year. In particular:
- there is a new route and the riding distance is increased to a full 1,000km;
- there will be no uplifts (unless unforeseen circumstances dictate otherwise) – we’re riding every kilometre from Sydney to Surfers Paradise!
- there’ll be a gala finish and end of ride celebrations at Sea World where we’ll stay for the final night.
We’d really love you to join us and if the 2017 ride is on your agenda, now is the time to:
- Commit to the ride and register – remember the number of riders is limited and spaces are filling fast;
- Convince your riding pals to join you – share our website and facebook page with your networks;
- Book your accommodation (if you are not camping) – accomodation options are listed on the accommodation page of our website;
- Start your training – we’ll be adding some training resources to the website soon;
- Start your fundraising – our fundraising page has some useful resources to help you;
- Ensure your bike is mechanically sound (remember it’s a 1,000kms).
As Christmas draws near, we want to take the opportunity to wish you and your families a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. May the treasures and traditions of your Christmas celebrations provide happiness that will last all year.
Our organisers are working very hard to make the 2017 ride the best yet – remember, we’ve got a great new route and we’ll be riding all the way to Surfers (1,000km and NO uplifts). Our new website has plenty of great information on the ride and we’ll be adding some training help and other new material in the new year.
We still have room for more participants before we reach our 200-rider limit but … places are filling much faster than previous years.
We know you wouldn’t want to miss out on securing a place on the ride and we would love to see you along with a few of your riding buddies. So, don’t delay: register now and lock in your first New Year’s resolution!
In the meantime, when you are out there on your bike over the holiday season – stay alert, stay visible and stay safe!