Sydney CC Ride for a Reason
Saturday 14 October 2017
What a day!
One of Sydney’s top annual charity rides
This was our 11th Ride for a Reason event, and after 10 years of tackling our epic 165k ride from Sydney to Bowral supporting the Tulip Time Festival, we decided to take on a 175k new challenge starting and finishing at historic Balls Head Reserve, North Sydney (1.5kms away from the Harbour Bridge) .
From Balls Head, we headed North to the spectacular Wisemans Ferry, following the beautiful Hawkesbury River and enjoying a welcome brunch while admiring the river view. The quiet winding country road offered stunning scenery and ample opportunities for fabulous photos.
Once refuelled for the return ride to Sydney, we looped back down to Cattai and hit Galston Gorge one more time, then it was the last satisfying straight home down the Highway for the big BBQ at Balls Head where family and friends joined us to help celebrate our mammoth 175k achievement in style. You can check out the route here.
Our R4R 2017 Ride Guide with all the details can be found here.
Our $25,000 Reason
In 2017, we were also super excited to raise $25,000 for the fabulous Freedom Wheels ‘Children with disabilities’ project for TAD NSW, which enables children with disabilities to ride a bike when it was never thought possible. Many of these children cannot walk but with the help of Freedom Wheels they can ride. What better charity can a cycling club support? Read more about how they are using the funds raised by SCC R4R participants here.
Since 2007, Sydney CC’s R4R has raised over $405,000 for 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, The Garvan Institute for Cancer Research, Cure Brain Cancer, and this year Freedom Wheels.
A 175 km challenge
Ride for a Reason is for experienced cyclists. Participation in the Ride is not limited to SCC members with around 100 cyclists from clubs all over Sydney taking on the challenge every year.
Despite its challenging nature with over 3,000m of climbing, 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.
R4R is organised by volunteer members of SCC with support cars for each bunch; refreshment stops along the way to keep you going and a tasty BBQ at the finish.
Registration and fundraising
Your entry fee includes a special R4R jersey, which we ask you to please wear on the day. Entry is $100 (late entries $115), plus $8 postage for your jersey. Insurance for the Ride is provided by Cycling Australia (CA) as a benefit of membership. Non-CA members need to pay an additional $7.50 insurance fee for the event.
Once registered, participants are asked to set up their own fundraising page at MyCause.com.au, and invite family, friends and work colleagues to support them.
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.
Official Sports Nutrition Partner
Science in Sport (SiS) is our ‘Official Sports Nutrition Partner’ sponsor for the 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, including Team Sky and USA Cycling; and 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 2018Freedom ThankU website.
We encourage everyone to participate. It’s always a mega fun and rewarding day.
All enquiries to Klaudia at firstname.lastname@example.org