Top 10 Cycle Tracks in Sydney

By Nikole Matkovic.

Whether you’re an experienced cyclist or a newbie to riding, every cyclist needs a good track where you can pedal to get your km’s up and get your blood pumping. With this in mind, we have put together our top 10 favourite rides that will have you geared up for #SpringCycleSydney on Sunday, October 14.

1. Centennial Parklands: Ideal for 10km – 105km riders

Ride sunrise to sunset in Sydney’s stunning Centennial Parklands. Enjoy a leisurely 3.5km pavement ride among the trees and surrounding lakes circling Grand Drive. For those that are not experienced cyclists; children and beginner cyclists can practice on the Learners Cycleway, which features an adjacent playground for when the kids get bored of the wheels. If you and the little ones get peckish there are several food and beverage outlets to stop at along the way.

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2. Prospect Loop Cycleway: Ideal for 10km – 105km riders

Explore Western Sydney on a 50km off-road sealed cycleway. Ideal for experienced riders to first timers, The Prospect Loop connects Guildford and Canley Vale on the Parramatta-Liverpool Rail Trail and reaches as far as Abbotsbury. Along the way you can stop for a bite to eat at Prospect Dam picnic ground but remember to BYO food. It’s the ultimate trail to get those legs moving.

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3. Parramatta Valley Cycleway: Ideal for 10km and 18km riders

Move away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s busiest roads and clock up your kilometres on the 18km track from Parramatta to Olympic Park. This shared path is perfectly designed for all ages and riding abilities, so it’s the ideal excuse for a family funday. Plus it’s perfect practice for the 18km River Ride! Make sure you grab a bite to eat and explore all Olympic Park has to offer before jumping back on the bike back to Parramatta.

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4. Cooks River Cycleway: Ideal for 10km – 18km riders

Ride one of Sydney’s oldest and most popular shared paths. The 23km ride starts at Settlers Park in Ryde, meander through Gough Whitlam Park, following the gorgeous Cooks River most of the way and finish at peaceful Botany Bay. Various town centres, railway stations and parks are en route, so you can make a day of it, stopping for coffee, lunch and snacks as you go. Perfect for a family day out!

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5. Bay Run: Ideal for 10km – 18km riders

The Bay Run is one of Sydney’s most popular harbourside shared paths and for a good reason. The flat 7km pavement track follows the Iron Cove foreshore through Rozelle, Lilyfield and Drummoyne, never deviating more than 20m from the water. The Bay Run is an enclosed shared path for cyclist and pedestrians, so you can start and finish at any point and it’s perfect for riders of all abilities and ages. As a busy running track keep an eye out for pedestrians as you ride. Post cycle, treat yourself at one of the several cafes with a big breakfast feast and a cup (or two) of coffee!

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6. Narrabeen Lagoon Trail: Ideal for 10km – 50km riders

Grab your mountain bikes and hit the 8.4km Narrabeen Lagoon Trail for the perfect weekend ride. Immerse yourselves in the history, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area as you pedal away. Don’t forget to stop along the way to take in the natural beauty of the lake and capture a quick #Insta snap while you’re at it. This flat dirt track is great for the little ones to see what their mountain bikes are made of off road.

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7. M7 Cycleway: Ideal for 10km – 50km riders

Do you want an uninterrupted, traffic light free 40km stretch through Western Sydney Bushlands? Then check out the off road cycleway next to the M7. Get your blood pumping and those kilometres up with over 60 entry and exit points which line the route from Glenwood in the North to Prestons in the South. This cycle track attracts approximately 300 riders on a weekday and 1000 plus on weekends. Get your piece of the action! Tip: Make sure you pack enough water on this ride. There is only one spot to fill up over this 40km ride.

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8. Kurnell: Ideal for 18km – 50km riders

Want to mix it up with off- and on-road riding while enjoying a view? Cycle along the Botany Bay coast, on the shared pathway at Brighton-le-Sands and down to Cronulla on the on-road cyclepath. Take a well deserved break to refuel then head down Captain Cook Drive to Kurnell and up into the National Park to the whale lookout point. All in all this is a good and easy weekend ride so take your time on the bike and break up your day with a beer and pub lunch half way through.

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9. Three Gorges: Ideal for 50km – 105km riders

Get those gears going on a 60km on-road cycle on a strenuous but rewarding trek through Galston Gorge, Berowra Waters and Bobbin Head. There may be more than 1km of vertical climbing and stomach-dropping hairpin turns, but the sweeping views of the Hawkesbury River and Ku-ring-gai’s rolling hills are hard to beat. The whole ride may take more than four hours to complete, so be prepared with water and food.

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10. Royal National Park: Ideal for 50km – 105km riders

Seeking a challenge? Then look no further than the Royal National Park! With three on-road scenic trails at your disposal you can be sure to put yourself and your bike to the test.

  • Lake Carrington Drive –  The 9.6km two metre wide track is recommended for supervised children and family groups. It’s also for those seeking a chance to encounter an echidna or lyrebird.
  • East Heathcote Trails – Try your hand at a variety of loops on the East Heathcote Trail. The terrain is generally flat although some steep sections are encountered at creek crossings.
  • Loftus and Grays Point Trail – Comprises some 8km of fire trail and 2km of single track accessible from a variety of locations. Terrain varies from flat, wide open trails, to steep rocky fire trails to medium grade single tracks. WARNING: Steep sections of fire trails are not recommended for inexperienced riders.
  • Don’t have a mountain bike but want to experience the Royal National Park? There is some great riding on-road for the more experienced riders. Enter the park at Loftus (Farnell Ave) and follow the road. It will take you up Audley Road (steep hill) and all the way down into the park. You can then choose to go up the hill towards Waterfall and back on the Princess Highway or continue up to the Stanwell Tops lookout. Loftus entry to Waterfall or Stanwell Tops is both approximately a 27km ride with some challenging hills.

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Media Release

Spring Cycle is about to get even bigger and better!

Sydney's iconic Spring Financial Group Spring Cycle event is about to get bigger and better! In exciting industry news it was announced today that Bicycle NSW have joined forces with Fairfax Events & Entertainment, Australia's leading events company.

In making the announcement Bicycle NSW President, Jon Leighton, stated “We are the peak advocacy body in NSW, and exist to create a better environment for all bicycle riders across our state. Our pinnacle each year is creating a day for cycling for all types of riders. For over 35 years we have worked with State and Local Government to close Sydney's inner city streets, and give the road to riders to encourage them to enjoy life on a bike. It's a mass participation event which encourages anybody and everybody to hop on their bikes and see how great Sydney really is. Plus, how great our city would be with more cyclists. In 2017 Spring Financial Group became a major partner, and now working directly with Fairfax Events & Entertainment, this iconic ride will become accessible to all bicycle riders not only in NSW but across Australia. Spring Cycle will become an iconic international event right in the heart of Sydney - something we should all be proud of.”

Managing Director of Fairfax Events & Entertainment, Martin Jolly, added "We are excited to partner with Bicycle NSW and welcoming the Spring Cycle event to our mass participation event portfolio. As part of our strategy we have focused on successful growth across our cycling portfolio that already includes; The Great Ocean & Otway classic, The Audax Alpine Classic, Giro Della Donna, Ride Daylesford and the Amy’s Gran Fondo. The opportunity to partner with Bicycle NSW to deliver the Spring Cycle event, with its rich history, is a perfect fit for us. Our first-class team have built The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac into the world's largest mass participation fun run and our aim is to apply these skills coupled with the Fairfax media power to create another truly world class event."

Each year, over 9,000 cyclists take to the streets of Sydney for Spring Cycle. The riders cycle over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, past the Sydney Opera House, through the City and out to the Western Suburbs, in Sydney’s largest display of cycling advocacy. Bike riders from throughout New South Wales and even overseas culminate in one location for one purpose to come together as a community and to ultimately change and improve bike riding accessibility in NSW. From Inner Sydney out to the West, riders can rediscover the joys of bike riding on this premier day of cycling.

For over 40 years, Bicycle NSW has been the peak advocacy body for cycling in NSW. Their primary aim is to to create a better and safer environment for all bicycle riders across the state.

Fairfax Events & Entertainment is Australia's leading events organisation, delivering world class, mass participation experiences and providing significant social and economic impact to local communities.

 

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A WIN for Cyclists!

Over 10,000 cyclist took over the streets of Sydney on Sunday, October 15. The riders came together to cycle over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, past the Opera House and through the City, in Sydney’s largest display of cycling advocacy.  From Inner Sydney out to the West, riders rediscovered the joys of cycling in the Spring Financial Group Spring Cycle, supported by the NSW Government. Bike riders from Sydney, NSW, and even overseas culminated in one location for one purpose.

Spring Cycle is the only day of the year, where all bike riders can stand up and be counted, to come together as a community, to ultimately change and improve bike riding accessibility in NSW.The 2017 Spring Financial Group Spring Cycle was one for the history books with the appearance of some of Australia’s A-list athletes.

8 time BMX and Mountain Bike World Champion, Caroline Buchanan, opened the 105km Challenge with Spring Financial Group’s Managing Director, Keith Cullen. Australian cycling hero and 12 times Tour de France rider, Robbie McEwen along with SBS cycling commentator, Mike Tomalaris, led out the 105km Challenge Ride to start the 2017 Spring Cycle.

Experiencing a ride on a penny fathering, Minister for North Shore, Felicity Wilson, happily opened the 50km Classic Ride. While inspirational speaker, writer and triathlete, Turia Pitt opened the 10km Sydney City Ride.

Everyone from the once-a-year rider to the daily commuter and even centurions came out in force to enjoy a scenic and safe ride. Thanks to the advocacy work of Bicycle NSW, the many voices of Spring Cycle participants were on show.

“It is days like the Spring Cycle that really showcase the important work we do to create a better environment for cycling. Joining us on one of our four rides – our Spring Cycle riders stood up and were counted, helping us secure a better future for bike riding”, remarked Craig Meagher, Bicycle NSW CEO.

Jane Robertson, Bicycle NSW Event Director, continued “One of our aims for Spring Cycle is to highlight the cycling infrastructure in Sydney that people just do not know about. We want to support as many people to get out on their bike and showcase cycling routes that everyone can enjoy all year round. It is wonderful to give riders the opportunity to cycle over the Harbour Bridge, through the corkscrew, Cahill Express and the Western Distributor. It is incredible to see so many happy faces from families to experienced riders as they all come together on this one day to celebrate cycling. It is an honour to be a part of it.”

Bicycle NSW new bike share partner, ofo, took on Sydney Harbour Bridge with 100 riders on their brand new bikes. “Following the successful launch of our pilot scheme in Adelaide earlier this month, ofo was extremely proud to be the exclusive bike share event sponsor of one of Australia’s favourite cycling events - Spring Cycle.  As the international market leader in bike-sharing, we want to lead the market in launching in Australia ‘the right way’, and so it was great to be part of Spring Cycle, getting to know Sydney and showing Sydney not only what ofo can do, but how we have designed our bikes and service with Sydneysiders in mind. We’re committed to working with local stakeholders to provide the best possible bike-sharing service for each city, so keep your eyes peeled for a bright yellow ofo bike near you soon.” Says Scott Walker, Head of Strategy, ofo Australia.

We would also like to thank Waterview in Bicentennial Park who kicked off the entire weekend by hosting the inaugural Bicycle NSW Fundraising Dinner on Friday, October 13.  We had over one hundred guests who were there to support and celebrate all the advocacy work Bicycle NSW does.

“We had some fantastic items up for auction including the Chris Froome’s signed yellow jersey from the Tour de France. It was a great evening to get all of our sponsors and supporting in the same room to showcase all the work Bicycle NSW does, and can do.” Commented Craig Meagher.

Turia Pitt on Spring Cycle!

Without doubt, Turia Pitt is one of Australia’s most admired and widely recognised people. At 24, Turia was an ex-model, fitness junkie and successful mining engineer when she became trapped in a grass fire while competing in a 100km ultramarathon in the Kimberley region of Australia.

She was choppered out of the remote desert, barely alive, with full thickness burns to 65 per cent of her body. Turia lost seven fingers, endured six gruelling months in hospital, underwent over 200 operations and spent two years in recovery. But surviving against overwhelming odds is the least of her achievements, Turia has gone on to thrive in the ultimate story of triumph over adversity.

Renowned for her pure grit, indomitable spirit and passion for humanitarian work, she’s raised well over well over a million dollars for the not-for-profit organisation, Interplast.

A bestselling author, highly sought-after motivational speaker, mindset coach and twice Ironman Finisher, Turia has mentored over 6,000 people through her online programs and inspired millions through her books, achievements and global media presence.

She’s been shortlisted for Australian of the Year; was a finalist for the Telstra Business Women’s award and was the winner of the NSW Premier’s Women of the Year.

She’s engaging, refreshingly candid and her story, and “never give up” attitude, inspires others to drop their excuses; conquer their fears and be their best.

You can read more about Turia here.

Free Cyclist Hotline!

As Spring unfolds more and more people are getting out and about on bikes which we think is great.

It’s also a good time to brush up on the ‘essentials’ of what to do if you are involved in an accident.

Thankfully our legal partners Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers have developed a Fact Sheet on all you need to know. Click here to see Fact Sheet.

If you are a Bicycle NSW Member you can call Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers’ Free Cyclist Legal Information Line on 1800 059 278 or email enquiries@codea.com.au anytime and talk to one of their experts to assist you with any legal problem.

 

 

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