Bobbo’s coming

Slip on your lycra…this year’s annual Bobbin Head Cycle Classic is imminent

Meredith Quinlan will be one of over 2,000 cyclists  competing on March 26 at the sixth annual Bobbin Head Cycle Classic, a major fixture on Sydney’s cycling calendar. Choose from one of four different distances to ride, from the pleasant to the downright gruelling,  while raising money for charity at the same time.

Known as Bobbo as all rides take in the scenic beauty of Bobbin Head and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, the 2016 event attracted 2,300 cyclists and raised $155,000, with half going to Lifeline’s mental health services. The other half is shared between the four Rotary Clubs which organised the event to donate to charity.

Riders can go it alone or in teams, with cash prizes for best male and female riders, highest team fundraiser and best individual fundraiser.

While no-one gets to be an ultramarathon runner and do crazy 24-hour mountain bike rides without extraordinary endurance and determination, Meredith is modest about her capacity to compete in what she calls a short course – in fact the longest in the Bobbo – the 104 kilometre ride.

“Any decent girl rider would do more than 100 kilometres in a ride,” Meredith said, worried the course is a bit short for her to shine. “I’m not very good at achieving speeds over short distances.”

The riders start from Karuah Oval in Turramurra and can take the 27, 57, 80 or 104km routes, finishing at Karuah Oval where there are marquees and a beer garden. To register, go to the Bobbo website:

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