07Nov12:00 am11:59 pmMS Sydney to the GongAn iconic ride along scenic coastlineSydneyState:NSWDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:41-80 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Century,Charity,Gran-fondo,Recreational
MS Sydney to the Gong is an iconic ride along a spectacular route with an atmosphere that you can’t beat! The MS Sydney to
MS Sydney to the Gong is an iconic ride along a spectacular route with an atmosphere that you can’t beat!
The MS Sydney to the Gong ride one of Australia’s premier community cycling events, as it takes riders on a spectacular 90km journey through forests and along coastlines. This ride is a vital part of Sydney’s cycling heritage since 1981, and has a reputation as being a well organised, atmospheric and enjoyable ride.
As the name suggests, this event starts in Sydney and goes through to Wollongong. It starts on the edge of Botany Bay, 10km south of the Sydney CBD. This is a 20 min car trip, or better yet, take the train to Wolli Creek and then a short ride, literally around the corner, to the start.
There are 2 distances to suit riders of different levels. The full 82km route from Sydney with almost 900+m of elevation and the shorter 58km route from Engadine with 600+m of elevation.
The route travel along the lesser roads and paths through to the Princes Highway at 20km in, then continuing through to the Waterfall Train Station. This is the highest point of the ride with one more major lump to go. Then onto the side roads east towards the coastline heading south over the final climb at Otford Lookout. Then it is downhill along the coastline weaving in and out of the bays at Clifton, Scarborough, Austinmer and Bulli Beach Point and then Pioneer Drive into the Gong.
There is public transport back to Sydney from Wollongong.
The MS Sydney to the Gong ride raises money for those who suffer multiple sclerosis.
The Weather in October is best described as mild, and is in the middle of spring. The mins are around 10-15 and the max is 20-25. Best to check the weather report to see if there is a chance of rain but please do bring a jacket or a gilet.
If you need an excuse to get out of town then this is worth the trip, as the MS Sydney to the Gong ride is a great mass participation event to add to the bucket list.
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