Preparation & Start Times

Cycling Preparation
Getting Your Bike Ready for the Day

It's very important that you service your bike before the ride and take a puncture repair kit, pump and basic tools with you so you can get yourself going in case of a breakdown. Here's a few more tips to make sure you and your bike are ready for this epic ride:

  • Helmet – yes they protect you from magpies but they also save your life and are the ‘must have’ statement piece to complete your cycling kit on the day.  Use your noggin and make sure it fits properly and is in good condition.  
  • Lights, camera, action! Make sure these are in good working order, flashing red for the rear and white for the front of your bike. These babies will help light you up on the roads and the start site. As bright as you can find, it may just save your butt and it doesn't bother anyone.
  • Fluros and reflectors – yes we are going back to the 80s but these are necessary for a safe ride so don’t be shy and light the roads up!
  • Cycling skills – know your limits. Training for the ride is not essential but recommended depending on your fitness levels and cycling abilities. If you have not ridden in a peloton before, or don’t know what that means, get out there and ride with a group and see our Training Tips page for more info. PS Peloton = pack of riders. 

Bike Mechanics 

  bike mechanics

We have got you well and truly covered for any minor repairs you may need on the day with bike mechanics located at the start site, each rest site and a Mobile Support Crew for anything in between.

If you do need some bike repairs while on course, simply turn your bike upside down in a safe place away from other riders and look out for your heroes, the Mobile Support Crew, in their red 'Mobile Support' jerseys.

Tip: So that you’re not standing there red-faced while your mates zip past you, make sure your bike is in good working order before you start your ride. Don’t take the ‘she’ll be right mate’ approach, but rather the Nike approach ‘Just Do It!’

Pre-Ride Checklist

tickServiced your bike? 
tickGot insurance? 
tickOrdered your MS Gong Ride Cycling Gear…you’ve gotta look the part! 
tickTrained and been out for a few rides? 
tickPacked your helmet, pump, spare tube, small tool kit, lunch voucher, money, water bottle, and a smile?
tickChecked your start time and have your riders bib?
tickKnow how you are getting to and from the event? Packed your train ticket wristband if pre-ordered?
tickPrepared for all weather conditions – sunscreen and a lightweight rain jacket in check?
tickDrunk plenty of fluids and have a good brekkie planned? 
tickKnow the road rules and how to be polite to other cyclists?

GREAT – Have a wonderful ride!

Ride Preparation & Training

Some basic training will prepare you and ensure that you get the most out of the day. You don’t want to be worrying about how to navigate riding alongside other cyclists when you are riding over the Sea Cliff Bridge, so get out there, do some training rides and brush up your cycling skills. 
Paralympic Gold Medallist, Carol Cooke AM, has put together some Training Tips for you and if you haven’t heard of a little thing called ‘Rider Etiquette’ before, best you get acquainted on our Training Tips page. 

Safety @ the Gong

We pride ourselves on having the highest safety standards and emergency procedures in place to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and safe ride. We have 16 medical support vehicles, 22 police vehicles with 124 police members, 430 volunteers and 5,000 traffic cones to help direct and assist you along the course – this is a much higher level of support than most cycling events in the country! We work closely with the NSW Police Force and Roads and Maritime Services to provide extensive traffic management along the way reducing the volume of traffic along the course creating buffers between cyclists and vehicles ensuring that you have a safe and enjoyable ride. Please note the course is not a fully road closed event. There are varying road conditions along the course. Some sections of the course are shared roads i.e. share roads with regular traffic and some sections are lane closures. The Royal National Park section of the course is the only section where the road is closed to all vehicle traffic.

Insurance

We work alongside NSW Police and Roads and Maritime Services to ensure the MS Gong Ride is safe for all riders on the day. However, for your peace of mind we strongly urge all riders to take out Personal Accident Insurance to cover themselves for personal health and safety. 

Start Times

  Start Times

Ok so you are pumped and ready to go – but when do you start? You will be allocated a start time based on your expected finish time and a range of other factors. We have planned start times to make the flow of the group work along the whole course. Please stick to your allocated start time, which will be indicated in your Welcome Pack.  

Sydney Start Site

The 90km* ride starts from 6.00am with last start time at 8.00am. Start times will be allocated in 30 minute blocks to reduce congestion and spread riders evenly along the course. You will have a start time allocated to you.

Engadine Start Site

The 58km ride starts at 8.00am with last rider leaving at 8.45am. To reduce congestion and spread riders evenly along the course, riders will be released in intervals.

*Distance subject to change

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