History of the Spring Cycle

The Spring Cycle
The Spring Cycle was first run in 1984 as the Sydney Spring Cycle. Starting in Hyde Park the ride headed north over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, stopping at Lane Cove River Park before making its way into Parramatta Park – a vastly different ride to what we see today.  In 1996, the Spring Cycle moved its start location from the city to North Sydney which has remained the iconic start location for the ride since.

Throughout the 80’s and 90’s the Spring Cycle took on many different names including the Panasonic Sydney Spring Cycle2UW Sydney Spring CycleRTA Sydney Spring CyclePortfolio Partners Spring Cycle and Panthers Big Sydney Bike Ride to name a few.

For the first time in 2005, the Portfolio Partners Spring Cycle moved the finish line to the world famous Sydney Olympic Park, showcasing the facilities and parklands that gained international exposure during the 2000 Olympics.  Sydney Olympic Park quickly became the perfect finish site for the iconic Spring Cycle and has remained the major finish location since.

2011 saw the introduction of the City Ride, an amazing 15km route that wandered its way through Sydney iconic landscape, crossing the harbour bridge, gently rolling down the Cahill express way, through the botanic gardens and the City, finishing at Pyrmont. The City Ride brought with it thousands of young cyclists and first timers to the Spring Cycle experience.

Today, the Spring Cycle attracts around 10,000 riders annually and is Sydney’s landmark cycling event.  It provides safe cycling conditions and allows a broad range of riders both young and old to experience some of Sydney’s iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

SPRING CYCLE HISTORY

DATE EVENT NAME START FINISH ROUTE DETAILS
14-Oct-84 Sydney Spring Cycle Hyde Park Parramatta Park Crossing Harbour Bridge northbound, stopping at Lane Cove River Park
20-Oct-85 Sydney Spring Cycle Hyde Park Parramatta Park Crossing Harbour Bridge northbound, stopping at Lane Cove River Park
19-Oct-86 Panasonic Sydney Spring Cycle Hyde Park Parramatta Park Crossing Harbour Bridge northbound, stopping at Lane Cove River Park
25-Oct-87 Sydney Spring Cycle Hyde Park Parramatta Park Crossing Harbour Bridge northbound, stopping at Lane Cove River Park
23-Oct-88 2UW Sydney Spring Cycle Observatory Hill Parramatta Park Crossing Harbour Bridge northbound, stopping at Lane Cove River Park
15-Oct-89 2UW Sydney Spring Cycle Observatory Hill Parramatta Park Crossing Harbour Bridge northbound, stopping at Lane Cove River Park
14-Oct-90 Sydney Spring Cycle Observatory Hill Parramatta Park Crossing Harbour Bridge northbound, stopping at Lane Cove River Park
13-Oct-91 Sydney Spring Cycle Observatory Hill Parramatta Park Crossing Harbour Bridge northbound, stopping at Lane Cove River Park
20-Sep-92 RTA Sydney Spring Cycle Observatory Hill Parramatta Park Crossing Harbour Bridge northbound, stopping at Lane Cove River Park
19-Sep-93 RTA Sydney Spring Cycle Observatory Hill Parramatta Park Crossing Harbour Bridge northbound, stopping at Lane Cove River Park
29-May-94 Panthers Big Sydney Bike Ride Penrith Penrith 60km ride at the foothills of the Blue Mountains
17-Sep-95 Cycle Sydney Macquarie Street The Domain Circular route: northbound over Harbour Bridge – Lane Cove – Gladesville – Bicentennial Park – Enfield – Stanmore – Sydney Uni – Domain
22-Sep-96 Cycle Sydney North Sydney Oval Hurstville Crossing Harbour Bridge southbound – Showground – La Perouse – Botany Bay – Georges River – Hurstville
21-Sep-97 RTA Cycle Sydney, supported by Sunday Telegraph North Sydney Oval Parramatta Park Crossing Harbour Bridge southbound – The Rocks – Old Glebe Island Bridge – proposed 2000 Olympic Marathon course to Homebush – Parramatta Park
20-Sep-98 RTA Cycle Sydney, proudly presented by the Sun Herald North Sydney Oval Parramatta Park Crossing Harbour Bridge southbound – The Rocks – Old Glebe Island Bridge – proposed 2000 Olympic Marathon course to Homebush – Parramatta Park
19-Sep-99 RTA Cycle Sydney North Sydney Oval Parramatta Park Crossing Harbour Bridge southbound – The Rocks – Old Glebe Island Bridge – proposed 2000 Olympic Marathon course to Homebush – Parramatta Park
3-Dec-00 RTA Cycle Sydney St Leonards Park, North Sydney; Brays Bay Reserve, Rhodes; Parramatta Park Crossing Harbour Bridge southbound – The Rocks – Old Glebe Island Bridge – proposed 2000 Olympic Marathon course to Homebush – Parramatta Park
18-Nov-01 RTA Cycle Sydney, Proudly Presented By The Sun-Herald North Sydney Oval Parramatta Park Crossing Harbour Bridge southbound – The Rocks – Old Glebe Island Bridge – proposed 2000 Olympic Marathon course to Homebush – Parramatta Park
17-Nov-02 RTA Cycle Sydney St Leonards Park, North Sydney; Brays Bay Reserve, Rhodes; Parramatta Park Crossing Harbour Bridge southbound – The Rocks – Old Glebe Island Bridge – proposed 2000 Olympic Marathon course to Homebush – Parramatta Park
30-Nov-03 RTA Cycle Sydney St Leonards Park, North Sydney; Brays Bay Reserve, Rhodes; Parramatta Park Crossing Harbour Bridge southbound – The Rocks – Old Glebe Island Bridge – proposed 2000 Olympic Marathon course to Homebush – Parramatta Park
28-Nov-04 RTA Cycle Sydney St Leonards Park, North Sydney; Brays Bay Reserve, Rhodes; Parramatta Park Crossing Harbour Bridge southbound – The Rocks – Old Glebe Island Bridge – proposed 2000 Olympic Marathon course to Homebush – Parramatta Park
23-Oct-05 Portfolio Partners Spring Cycle St Leonards Park, North Sydney Sydney Olympic Park Crossing Harbour Bridge southbound – The Rocks – Old Glebe Island Bridge – Five Dock – Rhodes – Sydney Olympic Park
22-Oct-06 Portfolio Partners Spring Cycle St Leonards Park, North Sydney; Brays Bay Reserve, Rhodes; Rhodes Reserve, Rhodes, Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park Sydney Olympic Park Crossing Harbour Bridge southbound – The Rocks – Old Glebe Island Bridge – Five Dock – Rhodes – Sydney Olympic Park
12-Oct-07 City of Sydney Spring Cycle St Leonards Park, North Sydney Sydney Olympic Park Crossing Harbour Bridge southbound – The Rocks – Old Glebe Island Bridge – Five Dock – Rhodes – Sydney Olympic Park
19-Oct-08 City of Sydney Spring Cycle St Leonards Park, North Sydney; Blacktown Olympic Park; Warwick Farm Sydney Olympic Park Crossing Harbour Bridge southbound – The Rocks – Old Glebe Island Bridge – Five Dock – Rhodes – Sydney Olympic Park
27-Sep-09 City of Sydney Spring Cycle St Leonards Park, North Sydney; Rooty Hill Station Sydney Olympic Park Crossing Harbour Bridge southbound – The Rocks – Old Glebe Island Bridge – Five Dock – Rhodes – Sydney Olympic Park
17-Oct-10 NSW Government Spring Cycle St Leonards Park, North Sydney; Kendrick Park Sydney Olympic Park Crossing Harbour Bridge southbound – The Rocks – Old Glebe Island Bridge – Five Dock – Rhodes – Sydney Olympic Park
16-Oct-11 Spring Cycle, presented by Bicycle NSW in partnership with Bicycleinfo St Leonards Park, North Sydney Sydney Olympic Park (Classic Ride) / Pirrama Park, Pyrmont (City Ride) Crossing Harbour Bridge southbound; Macquarie Street, Botanic Gardens, Cahill Expressway; Rocks; Pyrmont; ANZAC Bridge; Rozelle; Lilyfield; Five Dock; Rhode & Sydney Olympic Park
21-Oct-12 Spring Cycle Proudly Supported by Transport for NSW St Leonards Park, North Sydney Sydney Olympic Park (Classic Ride) / Pirrama Park, Pyrmont (City Ride) Crossing Harbour Bridge southbound; Macquarie Street, Botanic Gardens, Cahill Expressway; Rocks; Pyrmont; ANZAC Bridge; Rozelle; Lilyfield; Five Dock; Rhode & Sydney Olympic Park
20-Oct-13 Spring Cycle Proudly Supported by Transport for NSW St Leonards Park, North Sydney Sydney Olympic Park (Classic  & Club Rides) / Pirrama Park, Pyrmont (City Ride) Crossing Harbour Bridge southbound; Macquarie Street, Botanic Gardens, Cahill Expressway; Rocks; Pyrmont; ANZAC Bridge; Rozelle; Lilyfield; Five Dock; Rhode & Sydney Olympic Park
19-Oct-14 Real Insurance Spring Cycle Proudly Supported by Transport for NSW. St Leonards Park, North Sydney Sydney Olympic Park (Polygon Classic & Challenge Ride) / Pirrama Park, Pyrmont (Sydney Rides the City Ride) Crossing Harbour Bridge southbound; Macquarie Street, Botanic Gardens, Cahill Expressway; Rocks; Pyrmont; ANZAC Bridge; Rozelle; Lilyfield; Five Dock; Rhode & Sydney Olympic Park