Giving All Children the Opportunity to Ride the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Ten year old Mitchel has cerebral palsy.  He can’t stand or walk independently but on Sunday October 20, 2013 he rode the Sydney Harbour Bridge on his own customised Freedom Wheels bike.

Riley also has cerebral palsy.  His legs and arms are severely affected by this condition and he normally moves around using a wheelchair.  But on Sunday October 18, 2015 he rode his customised Freedom Wheels bike over the bridge.

Seven year old Matthew has spina bifida. His lack of balance and limited core strength means he struggles to ride a standard bike.  But on Sunday October 16, 2016 he rode his Freedom Wheels bike over the iconic bridge with his family and Matt Keane MP, Member for Hornsby.

In 2017, Freedom Wheels will be providing other children with disabilities the chance to ride across one of Sydney’s most famous landmarks.  Spring Financial Group Spring Cycle is proud to once again say that we have partnered with Freedom Wheels!  They believe that every child – even with a disability – deserves the chance to ride a bike. At Spring Cycle we believe that every child deserves the chance to ride across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

“Freedom Wheels does an inspirational job giving children with disabilities independence.  To see children that are unable to walk be given this independence on a bike is why they are our charity partner this year”, commented Craig Meagher, Bicycle NSW CEO. “Children have always ridden free in the Spring Cycle but with the help of Freedom Wheels, all children can ride in this iconic event.”

“We’re thrilled to be the charity partner for the Spring Financial Group Spring Cycle so people who love their bikes can fundraise to share that joy with kids with disabilities. Cycling gives so much more than just exercise and we appreciate riders making their ride count to support more kids to ride for the very first time,” Danny Kapustin, CEO, Freedom Wheels.

Freedom Wheels are the only charity in NSW that design and build custom bikes for children with disabilities.  They give children the independence they or their families never thought was possible.

Building custom bikes for children with disabilities enables them to play on two wheels just like their friends.  Many of these children cannot walk but they can ride. These special bikes are designed to suit the individual child’s age, height, weight and physical and cognitive abilities.   Each bike is individually designed and built for the child. 

With the help of Spring Cycle riders, Freedom Wheels has been able to offer free assessments and subsidise costs of the bike.  This is the help those families need who often are facing overwhelming financial hurdles.  Each child deserves the equal opportunity and affordability of a bike.

This year, Spring Cycle riders will once again be given the opportunity to generously help Freedom Wheels and get every child pedalling.

Picturesque Venue Joins Spring Financial Group Spring Cycle

In 2017 the Spring Financial Group Spring Cycle is growing to a cycling festival weekend – Spring Financial Group Spring Super Weekend on October 14-15.  With the heart of this festival based at Sydney Olympic Park, Waterview is in the prime location to support Spring Cycle Super Weekend as a Venue and Catering Partner. Located at Bicentennial Park in Olympic Park, it is known for its view over the picturesque parklands and lakes.

“We are thrilled to announce this partnership,” stated Craig Meagher, Bicycle NSW CEO, “The Waterview is a great venue and their offering is vast allowing them to cater for all occasions, from a rest stop while out riding to corporate events. It really is a hidden gem within Bicentennial Park, and we are excited to showcase what they have to offer at this year’s Spring Cycle weekend.”

As a family business with over 45 years’ experience in the industry, Waterview hosts numerous successful functions from business events to weddings.  This year they will also be hosting the Bicycle NSW Fundraising Dinner on October 13.

Managing Director of Waterview, Theodore Drivas, says “This collaboration is a positive partnership for the community and welcomes members and guests alike, to enjoy all Waterview has to offer.”

When not hosting functions, Waterview Café offers exceptional, freshly roasted and brewed coffee, morning and afternoon treats. It is the ideal for breakfasts, lunches, business meetings and special occasions.

Waterview is also supplying the delicious all you can eat buffet for the corporate teams and VIPs at the Spring Cycle Finish Site.  Upgrading to a VIP for Spring Cycle enables you to relax and enjoy the full Spring Cycle treatment at the finish line. Receive a discount off the ride itself, free merchandise, private bike parking and a free massage. Along with the Waterview supplied buffet, their gourmet coffee and the opportunity to meet with our ambassadors – Robbie McEwen, Turia Pitt and Mike Tomalaris.

Become a Bicycle NSW Member today and enjoy the best worldwide insurance available in NSW, discounted entry off Spring Cycle and also entry into the Members Tent at the Spring Cycle Finish Festival. Keep the wheels rolling after Spring Cycle day.

Come and join us and Waterview for some VIP Treatment on Spring Cycle Day!

Trans Tasman Challenge – Amy’s Gran Fondo

Aim for that one day in September and Australia’s… Grandest Fondo 

This September 16 & 17, Victoria’s Great Ocean Road will again be home to Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo (Italian for a big bike ride). It’s Australia’s Grandest Fondo and there’s a stack of new events making it more exciting than ever before.

Now in its seventh year, Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo offers an impressive endorphin-inducing weekend of cycling to watch in awe or participate with vigour all on fully-closed roads with the spectacular natural backdrop that is the Great Ocean Road.

With events and distances to appeal to all in your family, from the youngest through to the most enthusiastic of cyclists, here’s a snapshot:

  • Go Long- 45km Medio Fondo or 120km Gran Fondo with 2021m vertical climbing
  • Go Short 14km Family Fondosat both Lorne & Apollo Bay
  • Go Gravel- 65km Amy’s Gravel Fondo - The perfect ride for those who want to take their riding off the bitumen and onto the gravel including 1,500 metres of climbing - ideal for those who prefer mountain or cyclocross bikes to road bikes.
  • Go CycloCrossCycloCross racing takes to the Apollo Bay foreshore, yep, on the beach. This event will take place on Saturday 16 September, enabling entrants to participate in this event as well as one of the longer rides on the Sunday, or just take in the spectacle.
  • Go Wall– Challenge yourself to a new feat, by taking part in Amy’s Wall – a hill sprint to add to the challenge - while only measuring 110 metres long, Amy’s Wall has an average gradient of 15% (yup, it's quite steep!).

Go Watch – Take in the atmosphere across the Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo cycling festival with so much to do and see for participant and spectator alike, including the Women’s & Men’s  Subaru National Road Series events, with a new criterium course that now includes the infamous Amy’s Wall (wow! this will be exciting, bring the popcorn!!).

Don’t delay, continue training but remember to enter here.