Serious or social? Whether you’re a keen, regular cyclist or someone who takes their bike out once a month or even less, there’s an event coming up soon which has a distance to suit you. On March 24 riders of all levels will take to the streets for the Bobbin Head Cycle Classic, which starts and finishes at Karuah Oval in Turramurra.
From the start all four rides head down to the waterfront at Bobbin Head via Hornsby and Asquith. After climbing back out of the National Park the 27 km riders head to the finish, while the 57 km riders pedal on to Terrey Hills and back. The 80 km riders continue to Acuna Bay and the 104 km riders push on to West Head.
For serious riders the 80 and 104 km rides provide great variety including a couple of challenging hill climbs, particularly out of Acuna Bay, and some really fast sections along the undulating bushland and waterfront stretches. And the 104 km includes the 24 km fast and smooth leg to and from West Head.
This great cycling event is now in its 8th year. It attracts over 2,500 riders and is acclaimed by those who take part as one of the best road cycling events in Sydney. Here are some typical comments from our last rider survey:
“…best organised event I’ve ever done…”
“…my legs knew about it afterwards – which is what I wanted!”
“…The volunteers were awesome, they all had smile on face and all said hello!”
The volunteers are indeed awesome! This comment occurs again and again from so many riders. In fact we have over 500 volunteers on the day – which is about 5 volunteers per rider – not a bad ratio! The volunteers are recruited from the 4 local Rotary clubs who organise the event, the 8 charities who benefit from the funds raised, and some of the local schools, which gives the event its unique local community vibe.
The main charity which benefits from the funds raised is Lifeline, the personal support service for people in crisis including suicide prevention. Each year the event contributes well over $100,000 to Lifeline and other charities local to the area. Fundraising is not mandatory but keenly encouraged.
So if you’re a serious cyclist, you’ll love the 80km or 104km rides. If you’re more of a social cyclist why not have a go at the 27km and 57km rides. One more parting quote:
“…great ride, great marshalls, great organisation…”
To register for the Bobbo go to www.bobbinheadcycleclassic. org.au