Ride Options

The 2016 Spring Cycle offers a ride distance for everyone with the 12km Sydney City Ride, 50km Classic Ride and 105km Bikebug Challenge Ride.  All rides provide the unique experience of riding across the Sydney Harbour Bridge main deck.

You can also join our Bicycle NSW community to receive a great discount on your entry, and all of the benefits that membership offers, including Personal Accident and Public Liability insurances.

You can find the entry fees and registration links here.

Have a question? Try our Frequently Asked Questions.

The 12km City Ride is ideal for families and novice riders who want to experience the thrill of riding over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and past some of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks including the Sydney Opera House and historic Rocks area. Celebrate your Spring Cycle success with a coffee, food or enjoy the Big Air School BMX show at the festival finish in Pirrama Park, Pyrmont.

Ride Facts

  • Distance: 12km
  • Average Speed: 5-15kms per hour
  • Start Time: 8:00am
  • Start Location: North Sydney (map & transport)
  • Finish Location: Pyrmont (map, transport & festival)
  • Age restriction: Minimum 8 years+, must ride with paying adult.

Cut-off times

If you have not passed these points within the specified time, you will not be able to complete the ride under event conditions. Cut-off times:

  • 10:30am – Sussex Street, Slip Street and King Street

Each ride is equipped with Route Marshal Volunteers, Ride Crew Bicycle Mechanics, Sweep/Support Bus, Police, Qualified Traffic Controllers, First Aid Response Teams and a Last Rider to assist you throughout the ride.

Map

Stops

There is no designated Rest Stop along the route. The start and finish sites on the ride will be equipped with water, toilets and St John Ambulance first aid officers, along with food, bike mechanics and live entertainment.

The 50km Challenge Ride is for those who are looking for an adventure. This route takes in the best of the 12km Sydney City Ride including riding over the spectacular Harbour Bridge, past the Opera House and historic Rocks area, before exploring the diverse Inner West and venturing out to Sydney Olympic Park for a festival finish and cycling expo.

Ride Facts

For those looking for a challenge this route takes in the best of the City along the City Ride route before taking riders through the Inner West and into Sydney Olympic Park.

  • Distance: 50km
  • Average Speed: 10-20kms per hour
  • Start Time: 7:00am 
  • Start Location: North Sydney (map & transport)
  • Finish Location: Olympic Park (map, transport & festival)
  • Age restriction: 12yrs and older, under 17yrs children must ride with paying adult.

Cut-off times

If you have not passed these points within the specified time, you will not be able to complete the ride under event conditions. Cut-off times:

  • 8:40am – Pier St & Darling Drive
  • 9.45am – Pioneers Memorial Park
  • 10.30am – Halliday Park
  • 11:45am – Bicentennial Park Shared Path & Observatory Tower Shared Path<
  • 11.45am – Kevin Coombs Avenue & Olympic Boulevard

Each ride is equipped with Route Marshal Volunteers, Ride Crew Bicycle Mechanics, Sweep/Support Bus, Police, Qualified Traffic Controllers, First Aid Response Teams

Map

Stops

There are three Rest Stops along the route. All Stops have water and toilets. Most sites have first aid and some of the sites will also have bike mechanics and food. They are situated approximately every 10 to 15 km.

 

Stop Location From Start From Finish Site Open Site Close
Start Site St Leonards Park
(Miller St North Sydney)
0km 50km 6:00am 8:30am
Rest Stop Pioneers Memorial Park
(Leichhardt)
16.5km 33.5km 6:45am 10:00am
Rest Stop Halliday Park
(Five Dock)
22.5km 27.5km 7:00am 10:45am
Rest Stop Meadowbank Park
(Meadowbank)
35.5km 14.5km 7:15am 12.30pm
Finish site Cathy Freeman Park
(Sydney Olympic Park)
50km 0km 7:30am 2:00pm

Challenge your cycling performance with a century plus by riding greater Sydney. Clock up 50kms riding across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, past the Sydney Opera House and traversing the diverse Inner West before taking your challenge out to Western Sydney Parklands via picturesque Parramatta and Prospect Dam. Return for your festival finish and cycling expo at Sydney Olympic Park.

Ride Facts

For those looking for the challenge of riding a century, this route takes in the best of the City along the Sydney City Ride route before taking riders through the Inner West, Parramatta, Prospect Dam, Western Sydney Parklands and into Sydney Olympic Park.

Cut-off times

If you have not passed these points within the specified time, you will not be able to complete the ride under event conditions. Cut-off times:

  • 8:40am – Pier St & Darling Drive
  • 11:45am – Bicentennial Park Shared Path & Observatory Tower Shared Path
  • 9:15am – Silverwater Road at Silverwater Bridge
  • 10:00am – M4 Cycleway & Margaret Street
  • 10:15am – Fowler Road & Guildford West Cycleway
  • 10:45am – Widemere Road, Reconciliation Road & Prospect Dam Cycleway

Each ride is equipped with Route Marshal Volunteers, Ride Crew Bicycle Mechanics, Sweep/Support Bus, Police, Qualified Traffic Controllers, First Aid Response Teams and a Last Rider to assist you throughout the ride.

Map

Stops

There are six Rest Stops along the route. All Stops have water and toilets. Most sites have first aid and some of the sites will also have bike mechanics and food. They are situated approximately every 15 to 25km.

 

Stop Location From Start From Finish Site Open Site Close
Start Site St Leonards Park
(Miller St North Sydney)
0km 105km 6am 8:30am
Rest Stop Pioneers Memorial Park (Leichhardt) 16.5km 88.5km 6:45am 10:00am
Rest Stop Halliday Park Shared Path 22.5km 82.5km 7:00am 10:45am
Rest Stop Meadowbank Park
(Meadowbank)
35.5km 69.5km 7:15am 12:30pm
Rest Stop Rita St & Morgan St (Merrylands) 53.5km 51.5km 7:45am 1:15pm
Rest Stop The Dairy Picnic Area (Western Sydney Parklands) 67.5km 28.5km 8:30am 11:45am
Rest Stop Rita St & Morgan St (Merrylands) 95.5km 9.5km 7:45am 1:15pm
Finish Site Cathy Freeman Park
(Sydney Olympic Park)
105km 0 km 7:30am 2:00pm