Pedal Pop

The wet start to the Festival of Cycling at Sydney Olympic Park yesterday didn’t dampen the spirits of pedal pushers in the Ramsay Health Care Triathlon Pink. The triathlon is one of many fundraising in October for the National Breast Cancer Foundation – because you all know its National Breast Cancer Awareness month don’t you?

The Festival runs for the next three weekends and is designed for ‘bikies’ of all ages and all fitness levels. Even if you aren’t entering an official event the Park has 35km of cycling tracks including three scenic and unique Bike Safari Cycling Circuits and hosts so many free events throughout the year but the warmer months.

A family winner right now is 780+ creative works by NSW school students at Armory Gallery. The artists are aged kindergarten to year 10 and its fabulous to see the works from such young minds. Also free and funky is the great line up of Jazzy/Funky/Soulful turns by jazz artists down by the riverside.

Upcoming Festival of Cycling are listed below. For everything else good and groovy down at the park call the Sydney Olympic Park Infoline on 02 9714 7888 or visit sydneyolympicpark.com.au

Festival of Cycling Events

13-14 OCTOBER: 2012 SUNSUPER RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER – A new addition to the Festival of Cycling, the Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer is a two-day ride for anyone who loves a challenge! The event is designed to raise money for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA – a world-class cancer treatment and research facility that provides integrated care and support services to public and private patients.

The ride will begin at 6am at Cathy Freeman Park (opposite ANZ Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park), with an inspiring Opening Ceremony to honour those lost to cancer and to those who continue the fight. From the starting position, riders will follow the winding route out of the Park and through some of New South Wales’ most beautiful scenery. Entry is $50 per rider. In addition to an entry fee, riders must commit to raising $2,500. To enter or for more information, visit conquercancer.org.au  or call the Sydney Olympic Park Infoline on 02 9714 7888.

SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER: SYDNEY BMX CLUB RACE DAY

 Sydney BMX Club will host Round Two of its race series on Sydney Olympic Park’s Monster BMX Track on Hill Road. Spectators will get to see fantastic racing on the Monster BMX track and the event will be FREE to watch! Current BMX race licence holders are eligible to enter for a race entry fee of $7 per person. sydneybmx.bmxa.com.au/bmx

SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER: FINANCIAL REVIEW CORPORATE CYCLING CHALLENGE

For the first time in the history of the Festival of Cycling at Sydney Olympic Park, the Financial Review Corporate Cycling Challenge will run from 8am-5pm and it will offer corporate teams the chance to compete with, and against, the elite in Australian cycling as well as other sporting talent.  Spanning 12km, the course is predominantly flat with wide smooth roads and tracks around all the iconic Sydney Olympic Park sporting venues. The race is sure to be fast and very competitive and is likely to see Sydney’s corporate world cross the finish line out of breath in record time!corporatecyclingchallenge.com.au

SUNDAY 21 OCTOBER: TOM KERR CRITERIUM

With a prize money value of at least $2,000, the Tom Kerr Cycling Criterium is open to all Cycling Australia licensed ridersRacing will commence at 8.30am from Olympic Boulevard, and will be conducted across four grades, with the main event to showcase Sydney’s elite ride in a rare club level team event. Juniors will also have the chance to race along with the hand cyclists from Wheelchair Sports NSW.  The cost to participate ranges from $8-$25 per person and a team of six riders and one reserve rider costs $125.  To enter and for more information visit nsw.cycling.org.au

SUNDAY 21 OCTOBER: NSW HANDCYCLING CRITERIUM

In conjunction with Lidcombe Auburn Cycling Club, Wheelchair Sports NSW will host the NSW Handcycling Criterium race along a 1.72km course to start on Olympic Boulevard at Sydney Olympic Park. Racing will start at 9.20am and costs $5 for members of Wheelchair Sports NSW to participate. Spectators are welcome to watch how fast the athletes can go in their hand-propelled bikes for FREE! To enter and for more information, visit wsnsw.org.au

 SUNDAY 21 OCT: 2012 SPRING CYCLE, PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY TRANSPORT FOR NSW

Sydney’s premier recreational cycling event for families and cycling enthusiasts, the 2012 Spring Cycle, proudly supported by Transport for NSW, is an annual highlight on Sydney Olympic Park’s events calendar.  Part of the Festival of Cycling at Sydney Olympic Park, the Classic Ride route will start in North Sydney and cross the Harbour Bridge before passing by some of Sydney’s most famous landmarks and finishing on Olympic Boulevard. Riders will have the opportunity to unwind and enjoy FREE entertainment at the end of the 50km route, with live music, food stalls and other festivities fit for all ages at Sydney Olympic Park.  

The advanced riders will be the first group to leave North Sydney at 6.30am for the Classic Ride to Sydney Olympic Park. All Spring Cycle participants will be able to travel FREE on CityRail trains and Sydney Ferries to and from the event.

Children aged younger than 5 years receive FREE entry to the event, and the cost of entry per child aged 5-17 years is $10. General admission fees for the Classic Ride start at $70 per adult and $150 for a family of two adults and two children. Online entries will close on Thursday 15 October springcycle.com.au 

CYCLING CIRCUITS, MONSTER BMX & MOUNTAIN X

OLYMPIC CIRCUIT (8km) – allows riders aged 5yrs+ to relive the “Best Games Ever,” highlighting spectacular Olympic venues and architecture.

PARKLANDS CIRCUIT (6km) – a ‘must-see’ for nature-lovers that begins in the tranquil atmosphere of Bicentennial Park before passing Lake Belvedere and the Badu Mangroves boardwalk with spectacular views of the Bird Hide and Waterbird Refuge as well as historic shipwrecks which now rest in the Bay. 

HERITAGE CIRCUIT (approx 15km) – the track meanders along the Parramatta River past Newington Armory and the Wetlands, before finishing at one of the vantage points of Woo-la-ra and the Haslam’s Creek markers. With panoramic views of the Park and city skyline – the ride is well worth the effort!

All three Bike Safari Cycling Circuits are open from sunrise to sunset, and maps are available at the Park to assist riders. Visitors can bring their own bikes or hire a bike at Sydney Olympic Park from $10 per hour.

Sydney Olympic Park is also home to Monster BMX, which is a 306m long track with dirt jumps and wicked bends. Monster Mountain X, comprising 250m of meandering downhill dirt jumps and turns is also located off Hill Road at Sydney Olympic Park. Both Monster BMX and Monster Mountain X are FREE of charge and open daily from sunrise to sunset. 

Get on your bikes and ride!

Author: Sharon Quill

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