One of the best charity rides in Sydney, Sydney CC’s Ride for a Reason (R4R) is this year on Saturday 17 September 2016 – and it’s our 10th Anniversary.
Each September, SCC organises the Ride for a Reason charity challenge from Sydney to Bowral, supporting Bowral’s Tulip Time Festival and its chosen charities.
Since 2007, we’ve raised over $330,000 for our various charities: The Black Dog Institute, The McGrath Foundation, Father Chris Riley’s Youth off the Streets, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Parkinson’s NSW, Lifeline, CanTeen, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and last year The Garvan Institute for Cancer Research.
This year’s vitally important charity is the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. Around 1600 people are diagnosed with brain cancer in Australia annually, and approximately 1200 die from the disease every year. Brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease and more people under 40 that any other cancer. Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is dedicated to accelerating the development of new treatments to increase survival from the current 20 percent to 50 percent by 2023.
The Ride for a Reason is for experienced cyclists. It’s a challenging 165 km from Centennial Park to Bowral, via the spectacular 11 km climb of Macquarie Pass. Participation in the Ride is not limited to SCC members with over 100 cyclists from clubs all over Sydney taking on the challenge every year.
Despite its challenging nature, the Ride is a safe and enjoyable event – it is not a mass ride. There are usually at least six bunches of riders graded according to ability. The fastest bunch departs first from Centennial Park at 6.00 am; there are a number of refreshment stops along the way and most bunches reach Bowral by 2 or 3 pm to enjoy the annual Tulip Time Parade and other festivities.
R4R is organised by volunteer members of SCC with support cars for each bunch as well as mechanical and medical support throughout the Ride. At the finish, Bowral’s Lions Club rewards everyone with a tasty BBQ at Bradman Oval.
In the months leading up to the big event, SCC organises a series of longer, sunday training rides heading both north and south of Sydney to ensure everyone is well prepared for the Ride. Once registered, all participants are welcome to join these SCC training rides. Download the current training plan R4R16_training-31May16.
Also check our R4R Facebook page for regular training updates due to weather and road conditions.
Registration and fund-raising
Online registration for Ride for a Reason 2016 is now available at Eventbrite.
Each participant receives a special R4R jersey as part of their entry fee of $100 (plus $8 postage). Check out our jersey size chart before ordering: Ventou size chart
Insurance for the Ride is provided by Cycling Australia as a benefit of membership. Non-CA members need to pay an additional $7.50 insurance fee for the event. Please note that online entry also attracts Eventbrite and credit card fees. To avoid extra fees, you can also register by downloading the R4R 16 Rego-Waiver and emailing with your EFT receipt to email@example.com, or posting with your cheque to SCC Charity Ride, PO Box 537, Paddington NSW 2021.
Once registered, participants are asked to please set up their own Ride for a Reason fundraising page at Everyday Hero in aid of the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and invite family, friends and work colleagues to support them.
Getting home – Return Buses
Many participants choose to stay the weekend in Bowral with family and friends. Those wishing to return to Sydney on the Saturday afternoon can book minibus tickets, $28, back to Centennial Park, or catch the train from Bowral station to Central. Bus bookings essential via firstname.lastname@example.org – details will be announced closer to the day. Sponsors BikeBug will very kindly provide return bike transport for those using the buses.
We are very excited to announce Science in Sport (SiS) as our ‘Official Sports Nutrition Partner’ sponsor for the 10th Anniversary Ride for a Reason. SiS is a leading sports nutrition company offering a wide range of superior products to help you train harder, race faster and recover more quickly. It’s the preferred brand of many professional athletes; in the 2012 London Olympics, 24 medal-winning athletes or teams used SiS products, so they must be doing something right! Make sure you check out their full product range and ‘Like’ the SiS Facebook page for regular nutrition updates and advice.
Both major sponsorship and product sponsorship is available for SCC Ride for a Reason. In addition to inclusion in all promotional material leading up to the event, sponsors will also benefit from having their brand name displayed on the exclusive R4R jersey, which participants always continue to wear long after the event is over.
We encourage everyone to participate. It’s always a mega fun and rewarding day.
All enquiries to Sarah at email@example.com