Biggest Ever Festival of Cycling

16 Oct 2013

Biggest Ever Festival of Cycling

With more featured events, activities and the longest running programme in almost a decade of ‘wheely’ good fun, fitness and charity-fundraising, this year’s Festival of Cycling at Sydney Olympic Park will be the biggest to-date!

Boasting 11 headline events and activities – including the debut of a Bicycle and Lifestyle Show and the hugely-popular Spring Cycle proudly supported by Transport for NSW – the 2013 Festival of Cycling is guaranteed to amp-up the pedal power at Sydney’s ultimate destination for cycling-enthusiasts.

With 35 kilometres of FREE cycling tracks and many of Australia’s best sporting facilities, Sydney Olympic Park will host the Festival of Cycling for the ninth consecutive year from 28 September – 17 November 2013.

Family-friendly and designed for ‘bikies’ of all fitness levels, the 2013 Festival of Cycling will include… 


SAT 28 SEPTEMBER: RAMSAY HEALTH CARE TRIATHLON PINK AND BROOKS FUN RUN PINK

The opening event of the 2013 Festival of Cycling at Sydney Olympic Park, the Ramsay Health Care Triathlon Pink series will raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Breast Cancer Network Australia and the McGrath Foundation.

The female-only event is open to individuals and groups aged 7-70 and it will start at 7am. Featuring the classic triple-sport combo of swimming, cycling and running, participant ‘pinkies’ will have a range of 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 TRIATHLON: 50m SWIM (Aquatic Centre) / 1.5km RIDE (Olympic Boulevard) / 500m RUN (Cathy Freeman Park)

5 TRIPLE CHALLENGE: Long course, medium course and short course – to be completed consecutively

Entry-costs start at $40 per child aged 15 or younger and $65 per adult. Relay teams can also enter from $90 per team aged 15 years or younger and $120 per adult team. 10% of all profits will be donated to breast cancer charity partners.

After the final pinkie crosses the finish line, the Brooks Fun Run Pink will also be offered for BOTH genders and all ages keen to take part but don’t want to get wet. The Brooks Fun Run Pink will include 1km, 2.5km and 5km running courses.


SAT-SUN 12-13 OCTOBER: 2013 SUNSUPER RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER

A two-day adventure for cyclists of all ages and abilities, the Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer will raise funds for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA - a world-class cancer treatment and research facility that provides integrated care and support services to public and private patients.

The ride will begin at 7am on Olympic Boulevard at Sydney Olympic Park, where an inspiring Opening Ceremony will be held to honour those lost to cancer as well as those who continue the fight. From the starting position, riders will follow the winding route out of the Park and through some of New South Wales’ most beautiful scenery.

Entry is $50 per rider. In addition to an entry fee, riders must commit to raising $2,500.


FRI 18 OCTOBER: URBAN OBSTACLE CHALLENGE @ SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

NEW to the Festival of Cycling at Sydney Olympic Park, the event will comprise of 10 obstacles over a 5km course that will see individuals and groups aged 14 years and older run, climb, push, pull, lift, laugh, scream and more!

The event will commence in waves from 3pm-6pm on Olympic Boulevard and entry-costs start at $75 per person.

To enter or for more information, visit eliteenergy.com.au.


FRI 18 OCTOBER – SUN 20 OCTOBER: BIKE AND LIFESTYLE SHOW 2013

Also NEW to the Festival of Cycling at Sydney Olympic Park, the Cycling Australia and SBS Bike and Lifestyle Show will feature a broad range of products and services for cycling enthusiasts at the Dome, Sydney Showground from 10am-5pm.

Attendees will find the latest, lightest and fastest in cycling and multisport gear plus other lifestyle accessories. There will also be an action-packed program of races and demonstrations with elite riders on road, mountain bikes, BMX and more.

Cost of entry will be FREE for participants of other Festival of Cycling events on 19-20 October - that is, the Urban Obstacle Challenge, Duathlon @ Sydney Olympic Park and the Spring Cycle, proudly supported by Transport for NSW.

For more information and tickets, visit bikeshow.org.au.


SAT 19 OCTOBER – DUATHLON @ SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

Get set for the inaugural Duathlon @ Sydney Olympic Park, where roads will be closed for two speedy course options:
1) ENTICER: 2km RUN / 10km RIDE / 1km RUN or 2) SPRINT: 5km RUN / 20km RIDE / 2.5km RUN

Entry-costs include a pass into the Bike and Lifestyle Show and start at $55 per person for the Enticer course and $80 per person for the Sprint course. The event will start at 8am on Olympic Boulevard

To enter or for more information, visit eliteenergy.com.au.


SAT 19 OCTOBER – SUN 20 OCTOBER: TOM KERR CYCLING CRITERIUM CHAMPIONSHIPS

With thousands of dollars in prize-money up for grabs, the Tom Kerr Cycling Criterium Championships will see Cycling Australia licensed-riders battle it out across a range of graded races on Olympic Boulevard.

FREE to watch, the cost to race ranges from $8-$25 per licensed rider and $125 for a team of six riders and one reserve.

To enter and for more information visit nsw.cycling.org.au.


SAT 19 OCTOBER: NSW STATE CRITERIUM CHAMPIONSHIPS

The NSW State Criterium Championships will see elite cyclists battle it out across various categories for glory as well as for NSW medals from 11.30am on Olympic Boulevard

FREE to watch, the cost of entry is $30 per rider, per category.

To enter and for more information visit nsw.cycling.org.au.


SUN 20 OCTOBER: NSW HANDCYCLING CRITERIUM – ROUND 2

Showcasing some of the state’s best handcyclists using cycles propelled by arm cranks, the second of five event rounds will be held at Sydney Olympic Park on Olympic Boulevard from 10.30am.

FREE to watch, more information is available at wsnsw.org.au.


SUN 20 OCT: 2013 SPRING CYCLE, PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY TRANSPORT FOR NSW

Sydney’s premier recreational cycling event for families and cycling enthusiasts, the Spring Cycle proudly supported by Transport for NSW  is an annual highlight on Sydney Olympic Park’s events calendar.

Part of the Festival of Cycling at Sydney Olympic Park, the Classic Ride route will start in North Sydney and cross the Harbour Bridge before passing by some of Sydney’s most famous landmarks and finishing on Olympic Boulevard. Riders will have the opportunity to unwind and enjoy FREE entertainment at the end of the 50km route, with live music, food stalls and other festivities fit for all ages at Sydney Olympic Park.  

The advanced riders will be the first group to leave North Sydney at 7.00am for the Classic Ride to Sydney Olympic Park.

All Spring Cycle participants can enjoy FREE entry to the Bicycle and Lifestyle Show at Sydney Olympic Park as well as FREE travel to-and-from the event on CityRail trains and Sydney Ferries.

Standard entry-costs start at $85 per adult, $10 per child aged 5-17 years and $180 per family of two adults and unlimited children. Online registrations will close at midnight on Monday 14 October 2013

To enter or for more information, visit springcycle.com.au.


SUN 17 NOVEMBER: FINANCIAL REVIEW CORPORATE CYCLING CHALLENGE


The Financial Review Corporate Cycling Challenge will offer teams the chance to compete in a team time trial format against and alongside World Tour Cyclists such as 2013 Tour de France stage winner Marcel Kittel.

To commence at 7.30am, teams will race against the clock across a 17km closed course from Olympic Boulevard.

FREE to watch, the cost to race per person is $125. To enter or for more information, visit corporatecyclingchallenge.com.au.


28 SEP – 17 NOV: FREE BIKE SAFARI CYCLING CIRCUITS, MONSTER BMX & 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

2 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 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.


2013 FESTIVAL OF CYCLING AT SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK: 28 SEPTEMBER – 17 NOVEMBER

- 28 September:  Ramsay Health Care Triathlon Pink Series – triathlonpink.com.au
- 12-13 October:  Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer – conquercancer.org.au
- 18 October: Urban Obstacle Challenge @ Sydney Olympic Park – eliteenergy.com.au
- 18-20 October: Bike and Lifestyle Show – bikeshow.org.au
- 19 October: Duathlon @ Sydney Olympic Park – eliteenergy.com.au
- 19-20 October: Tom Kerr Cycling Criterium Championships – nsw.cycling.org.au
- 19 October: NSW State Criterium Championships – nsw.cycling.org.au
- 20 October: NSW Handcycling Series: Round 2 – wsnsw.org.au
- 20 October: Spring Cycle proudly supported by Transport for NSW – springcycle.com.au
- 17 November: Financial Review Corporate Cycling Challenge - corporatecyclingchallenge.com.au
- Daily:  FREE Bike Safari Cycling Circuits and Monster BMX and Mountain X– sydneyolympicpark.com.au


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