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:
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 blue '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!’
Serviced your bike?
Ordered your MS Gong Ride Cycling Gear…you’ve gotta look the part!
Trained and been out for a few rides?
Packed your helmet, pump, spare tube, small tool kit, lunch voucher, money, water bottle, and a smile?
Checked your start time and have your riders bib?
Know how you are getting to and from the event? Packed your train ticket wristband if pre-ordered?
Prepared for all weather conditions – sunscreen and a lightweight rain jacket in check?
Drunk plenty of fluids and have a good brekkie planned?
Know the road rules and how to be polite to other cyclists?
GREAT – Have a wonderful ride!
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.
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.
Cycling Australia, the national body for the sport of cycling in Australia, has partnered with MS Sydney to the Gong Ride to offer all participants an exclusive membership and insurance offer.
The MS Gong Ride team work alongside NSW Police and Transport for NSW to ensure the MS Sydney to 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.
Cycling Australia's Recreation Membership provides comprehensive cover and peace of mind with 24 hour a day Personal Accident Insurance and up to $20 million in public liability insurance which covers you for medical and property damage in the event of you causing a crash. Our special offer MS Gong riders can be taken either for the day of the ride, or for the whole year ahead.
Sign up to Cycling Australia before 30 November for a chance to Win a VIP experience at the 2017 Road Nationals Gran Fondo including entry into the Gran Fondo event, 2 laps in a VIP car for the National Men’s Championship race, return airfares and 2 nights’ accommodation (conditions apply).
On top of this, you will have access to CyclingRewards, Cycling Australia's member loyalty program, giving you real savings on purchases such as groceries, petrol and movies tickets!
For more information on the exclusive MS Gong Ride Membership and Insurance offer, go to - 2017 MS GONG RIDE MEMBERSHIP OFFER
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.
The 82km 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.
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.