Sydney CC Ride for a Reason  

Since 2007, Sydney CC’s Ride for a Reason (R4R) has been one of Sydney’s most challenging charity rides for experienced cyclists. For 10 years we tackled the epic 165k ride from Sydney to Bowral via Macquarie Pass; and since then headed North to spectacular Wisemans Ferry and along the beautiful Hawkesbury River.

Last year, for the first time, we offered two R4R ride options – a long 207 km course and a shorter 150 km route. This was a fantastic opportunity for those who aren’t able to put in the extra training rides for the longer route to get involved. 

Both options started and finished at Centennial Park, with a BBQ reward at the finish.

Option one route:  Sydney > Dural > Cattai > Wisemans Ferry > Forest Glen > Berowra Waters > Sydney. Total Distance: 207 km. Elevation: 2700 m.

Option two route:  Sydney > Galston> Berowra Waters > Bobbin Head > Church Point > Narrabeen > Sydney. Total Distance: 150 km. Elevation: 1950 m

Ride for a Reason is an event for experienced cyclists. Entry is not just limited to Sydney CC members; keen cyclists from clubs all over Sydney are invited to participate in the Ride.

Despite its challenging nature with plenty of climbing, the Ride is a safe and enjoyable event. It’s not a mass ride; there are always 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.

The Reason for our Ride

This year we are once again supporting the unique charity Freedom Wheels. In 2018, we raised $20,000 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.


Ride details and Registration information for R4R 2019 will be announced soon.

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Insurance for the Ride is provided by Cycling Australia (CA) as a benefit of membership. Non-CA members need to pay an additional $11.50 insurance fee for the event.


Once registered, participants are asked to set up their own fundraising page for Freedom Wheels at and invite family, friends and work colleagues to support them.

Since 2007, Sydney CC R4R has raised over $425,000 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 now Freedom Wheels.

Training Rides

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.

Check out our 2018 R4R training program here  , and ‘Like’ our R4R Facebook page for regular training updates tuned to weather and road conditions.


Both major sponsorship and product sponsorship is available for SCC Ride for a Reason events.

We encourage you to participate. It’s always a mega fun and rewarding day. All enquiries to