The 2015 Spring Cycle is coming up on October 18th and offers families the unique opportunity to ride over the main deck of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Supported by Transport for NSW and attracting around 10,000 riders, the exhilarating and unique ride is suitable for Australians of all ages and abilities, on bikes of all shapes and sizes.
This year, riders can choose to partake in three ride options; the 12km Sydney City Ride; the 50km Polygon Classic Ride; or the 105km Challenge Ride.
The 12km Sydney City Ride is ideal for families and novice riders who want to experience the thrill of cycling over, around and under some of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks including the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and historic Rocks area.
For those looking for an adventure, the 50km Polygon Classic Ride offers the best of both worlds. Participants will take in the spectacle of Sydney’s icons and continue on through the scenic and diverse neighbourhoods of the inner west.
For the more advanced riders, the 105km Bikebug Challenge Ride fuelled by Etixx will challenge your cycling performance with a ride across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, traversing the diverse Inner West, before taking you out to Western Sydney Parklands via picturesque Parramatta and Prospect Dam.
“The Spring Cycle is a perfect opportunity to see Sydney at its bike riding best,” Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said. “With something for everyone, from new riders and families with kids to seasoned riders looking for a challenge, it’s a great way to enjoy a Sydney spring day.”
The Spring Cycle doesn’t stop once you have crossed the finish line. The 12km ride finishes at Pirrama Park Pyrmont while for the 55km or 100km riders, the adventure finishes at Sydney Olympic Park. As part of the Sydney Rides Festival, there will be a fantastic day of family fun at both Festival Finishes.
The Big Air School will showcase their gravity defying demonstrations and action sports workshops, there will be live music, street performers, face painting, food and market stalls, and a relaxation zone. So whether you still have the energy for the games and activities or if you’d rather chill out under a tree and enjoy a picnic in the park, there will be something for everyone.
Along with the unique experience of riding across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Spring Cycle is your chance to create a better environment for cycling by helping to fundraise for either TAD Disability and their Freedom Wheels Program or the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
You might like to raise funds for TAD Disability Services, the only charity in NSW which designs and builds custom equipment to enable people with disabilities to lead more independent lives. Alternatively, your Spring Cycle fundraising efforts can help a child along the road to recovery by supporting The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
Ray Rice, Bicycle NSW CEO, said “Spring Cycle has captivated NSW and Australia for over 30 years. We are working to create a better environment for cycling by showcasing Sydney’s unique cycle ways, the increasing popularity of bike riding and the importance of an active lifestyle. Spring Cycle is proud to fundraise for TAD Disability Services Freedom Wheels as well as The Children’s Hospital at Westmead”.
Bicycle NSW encourage everyone to dust off their bicycle and join in this celebration of cycling. For more information and to register for the 2015 Spring Cycle, go to www.springcycle.com.au. To join in the conversation on Twitter, check out #springcycle15.