Festival of Cycling at Sydney Olympic Park 2011

09 Aug 2011

Festival of Cycling at Sydney Olympic Park 2011

Whether you ride a penny-farthing, a tandem bicycle, a freestyle BMX or a conventional push-bike, the wheels will be set in a motion this October for the seventh annual Festival of Cycling at Sydney Olympic Park.

Unlike previous years, the 2011 Festival of Cycling will take course over two weekends, 8-9 and 15-16 October. Designed for ‘bikies’ of all ages and all fitness levels, this year’s Festival will feature a range of activities including:

Saturday 8 October: 2011 Triathlon Pink Series

The Ramsay Health Care Triathlon Pink is an annual fundraising event for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

The female-only event is open to individuals and groups aged 7-70 and it will kick-off at 7am. Featuring the classic triple-sport combo of swimming, cycling and running, participant ‘pinkies’ will have four course options to choose from:

1 Long Course: 300m SWIM (Aquatic Centre) / 9km RIDE (Olympic Boulevard) / 3km RUN (Cathy Freeman Park)

2 Medium Course: 200m SWIM (Aquatic Centre) / 6km RIDE (Olympic Boulevard) / 2km RUN (Cathy Freeman Park)

3 Short Course: 100m SWIM (Aquatic Centre) / 3km RIDE (Olympic Boulevard) / 1km RUN (Cathy Freeman Park)

4 Kids Course: 50m SWIM (Aquatic Centre) / 1.5km RIDE (Olympic Boulevard) / 500m RUN (Cathy Freeman Park)

After the final pinkie crosses the finish line, the Fitness First Fun Run Pink series will commence for BOTH genders and all ages to fundraise and have fun! A new addition to the Triathlon Pink program, the Fun Run Pink will cover the 3km bike- ride course, with a 6km option to run the course twice.

Entry costs to the 2011 Ramsay Health Care Triathlon Pink series start at $20 per person, and 10% of all profits raised will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Entries will close at 5pm on Thursday 6 October. To enter or for more information, visit triathlonpink.com.au or call the Sydney Olympic Park Infoline on 02 9714 7888.

Sunday 16 October: 2011 Bicycle NSW Spring Cycle

The Bicycle NSW Spring Cycle is Sydney’s premier recreational cycling event for families and cycling enthusiasts.

Part of the 2011 Sydney Rides Festival, the event is for Sydneysiders who enjoy being active, social and outdoors on weekends, participants of this year’s event will be able to choose between two routes:

Classic Ride (approx 55km) – 2011 Route passes more of Sydney's iconic landmarks. It starts in North Sydney, crosses the Harbour Bridge and finishes on Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park

City Ride (approx 16km) – 2011 new route, ideal introduction to the Bicycle NSW Spring Cycle. It starts in North Sydney, crosses the Harbour Bridge and finishes at Pirrama Park, Pyrmont

The advanced riders – including Ironman Champion Guy Leech – will be the first group to leave North Sydney at 6.30am for the Classic Ride to Sydney Olympic Park. This year, all Spring Cycle participants will be able to travel FREE on CityRail trains and Sydney Ferries to and from the event.

Children aged younger than 5years will be permitted FREE entry to the 2011 Bicycle NSW Spring Cycle, and the cost of entry per child aged 5-16years is $15. General admission fees for the Classic Ride start at $60 per adult and $135 for a family of two adults and two children. City Ride general admission entry starts at $30 per adult and $75 per family.

Online entries will close at 4pm on Thursday 13 October, and $5 from each adult / family entry will be donated to the entrant’s pick of three 2011 Spring Cycle beneficiary charities – the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the Amy Gillett Foundation or the Bicycle NSW Environmental Trust.

To enter or for more information, visit springcycle.com.au, or call the Sydney Olympic Park Infoline on 02 9714 7888.

8-9 & 15-16 October: Free Bike Safari Cycling Circuits, Monster BMX and Mountain X

Sydney Olympic Park boasts 35km of FREE cycling tracks including three scenic and unique Bike Safari Cycling Circuits:

1 Olympic Circuit (8km) – allows riders aged 5yrs+ to relive the “Best Games Ever,” highlighting spectacular Olympic venues and architecture

Parklands Circuit (6km) – a ‘must-see’ for nature-lovers that begins in the tranquil atmosphere of Bicentennial Park before passing Lake Belvedere and the Badu Mangroves boardwalk with spectacular views of the Bird Hide and Waterbird Refuge as well as historic shipwrecks which now rest in the Bay

3 Heritage Circuit (approx 15km) – the track meanders along the Parramatta River past Newington Armory and the Wetlands, before finishing at one of the vantage points of Woo-la-ra and the Haslam's Creek and Blaxland Common markers. With panoramic views of the Park and city skyline – the ride is well worth the effort!

All three Bike Safari Cycling Circuits are open from sunrise to sunset, and maps are available at the Park to assist riders. Visitors can bring their own bikes or hire a bike at Sydney Olympic Park from $10 per hour. Sydney Olympic Park is also home to Monster BMX, which is a 306m long track with dirt jumps and wicked bends. Monster Mountain X, comprising 250m of meandering downhill dirt jumps and turns is also located off Hill Road at Sydney Olympic Park. Both Monster BMX and Monster Mountain X are FREE of charge and open daily from sunrise to sunset.

For more information about the 2011 Festival of Cycling, call the Sydney Olympic Park Infoline on 02 9714 7888.

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Susan Darwiche or Louise Di Francesco of Verve Communications
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E: susand@vervecommunications.com.au or louised@vervecommunications.com.au

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