The ride is capped at 10,000. We had a huge amount of interest this year and the 2018 MS Gong Ride is sold out! 2019 Gong registrations open end of 2018.
2018 Gong Registrations and 2018 Gong Waitlist have closed. 2019 Gong Registrations will open later this year!
Aside from securing your place in one of Sydney’s most scenic and well-respected bike rides, your entry fee also provides you with:
MS Gong Rider Packs will be sent from August 2018. The Rider Pack will contain:
The last of our Entry Kits are in the post. Please allow approximately 5-10 business days for Australia Post to deliver. If you haven't recieved your Entry Kit, you will be able to collect a replacement Entry Kit from the Bib Collection Marquee at the start site on Event Day. Please have your registration confirmation email and some ID with you to assist our Bib Collection Assistants.
Call us on 1300 733 690 or email email@example.com to let us know so we can update our records. Unfortunately, entry fees are not refundable or transferable if you are no longer able to participate in the MS Sydney to the Gong Ride.
The minimum age to be able to participate is 12 years old (as of 4th November 2018). Safety remains our number one priority, and due to the number of riders and difficulty of the course, we have set the minimum age as 12. Any riders between the age of 12-17 are the responsibility of their guardian and are expected to remain with them throughout the duration of the ride.
Anyone with a moderate level of fitness can take part in the MS Gong Ride. We suggest that you undertake some training to make the event more enjoyable and to ensure you reach the finish line with a smile on your face!
You are still able to request a change of distance until midnight of 28/10/2018. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 733 690 to request a change to your distance and we will advise you of a new start time via email. Please note that you will not be issued a new bib.
MS Sydney to the Gong participants are not covered by personal accident or public liability insurance. Cycling Australia provide various memberships which incorporate personal accident and public liability insurance. Starting from a 1 day membership at $20. For further information visit https://eventdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=14967&OrgID=4912.
Both the 82km and 58km courses offer a scenic route through the Royal National Park, Stanwell Tops, Sea Cliff Bridge and along the NSW coast to end in Wollongong, with sufficient rest stops along the way to make it an achievable ride for most. Both courses can have steep inclines and declines which you can easily see in the Elevation Chart. To find out more information about the route of your course you can view the Course page. We expect you have a moderate level of fitness and are confident cycling with a group to enjoy and be safe on the course.
Including our two start sites, there are 7 Rest Sites along the 82km course, and 5 Rest Sites for the 58km course. All Rest Sites have first aid, water, toilets, bike mechanics and information. Some also have complimentary food or food for sale.
Up to 200 volunteers will be working along the route, as well as bike mechanics and first aid personnel. They are ready and happy to provide assistance to anyone who may breakdown, feel ill or experience other difficulties. We recommend that you have your bike serviced before the ride and carry a puncture repair kit and pump. If you breakdown, turn your bike upside down and wait. The MS Gong Ride has a sweep bus which travels behind the last group of riders on event day. The sweep bus ensures all riders cycle within the allocated time allowed to travel the course and also assists riders in the instance of breakdown. If riders choose to delay their travel and fall behind the sweep bus, the services of the sweep bus will no longer be available, and participants will no longer be deemed to be a part of the event.
Participants can ride back to Sydney from Wollongong, but please be aware it’s not part of the event, and you won’t be supported.
The MS Gong Ride is not a closed road course. There are sections of the course which are dedicated cycle lanes that are coned off and only cyclists are permitted. On other sections of the course, cyclists are riding with cars on shared roads. If you follow basic road safety rules and follow marshal and traffic management instructions and signage you will have a safe and enjoyable ride.
Safety of riders is our top priority. We collaborate with NSW Police, the Transport Management Centre, a traffic management company & Ambulance NSW to ensure your safety. The course is not a closed road course, however if you follow basic road safety rules, drink plenty of fluids and follow marshal and traffic management instructions and signage, you'll have a safe and enjoyable 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 so you are in safe hands. Please remember that there may be less experienced riders around you so signal, look behind and call out when overtaking.
As we know, cyclists are built tough – so the event goes ahead rain or shine! The course takes you throughout such varied areas of Sydney and Wollongong, the weather can range in different sections. The ride will go ahead, regardless of the weather forecast (safety permitting!)
Riders can choose from a selection of bikes to ride in the event, including road bikes, mountain bikes, city bikes, hybrid bikes, e-bikes and cross bikes. While road bikes are the preferred bicycle, the course has been designed to be accessible to all level of riders on any type of bike.
The 82km ride will start at Tempe Recreation Reserve. Tempe Recreation Reserve is close to public transport, with Tempe & Wolli Creek Train Stations just a couple of minutes away.
The 58km ride starts from the fantastic Cooper St Reserve, Engadine. The park is located on the corner of Cooper St and Princes Highway. Engadine train station is located a short ride away and we’ll ensure the route is clearly signposted from the station. The site will be equipped with everything you’ll need on the morning including coffee, first aid, toilets, luggage service and bike mechanics (for those last-minute adjustments).
Your official entry details, including start time, will be in your Rider Pack which we will be sent to you from August 2018, and confirmed in an email a couple of weeks before the event.
Allocations are now exhausted, so there is no room to move participants around. As this is now a sold-out event, we thank you for your understanding.
For more information, please visit our website.
Yes! Visit our very friendly volunteers at either Start Site to use our Cloak Room service. For a $5 donation, you can have a small backpack delivered to the Finish Site at Wollongong. The first bags will arrive in Wollongong around 8:30am and the second delivery approximately 11:30am.
Please ensure that your backpack is labelled with the tear off tab located under your bib. All care will be taken however we accept no responsibility for lost or damaged items.
Yes, the MS Gong Ride has implemented cut-off times along the 82km & 58km course. Please adhere to the cut off times agreed by NSW Police and the Transport Management Centre. Don’t panic though! We’ll have a support vehicle following the last group of cyclists to ensure nobody is left behind, and can drop participants at the nearest train station to make their way home.
For more info on the cut-off times, please see the table below:
|Rest Site||First rider||Cut Off Time|
|1. Cook Park||6:13am||9:00am|
|2. Loftus Oval||6:35am||10:15am|
|4. Red Cedar||7:09am||12:30pm|
|5. Bald Hill||7:19am||1:30pm|
|7. Nicholson Park||7:49am||2:45pm|
|8. WA Lang Park||8:03am||3:30pm|
Participants are encouraged to use public transport to get to and from the event. We work closely with Sydney Trains and NSW Public Transport to ensure there are more services available. To plan your trip, visit www.transportnsw.info
It would be great to have your family and friends join you at the finish. We recommend where possible public transport as the preferred mode of transport. To plan your trip, visit www.transportnsw.info
Participants, friends and family travelling by train from Wollongong back to Sydney must purchase a Special Events Train Ticket. Opal cards cannot be used on the return trip. Special Event Train Tickets will be available to purchase at the Finish Village Train Ticket Marquee in Wollongong from 8.15AM on Event Day, right next to the Merchandise Marquee.
Travelling to the Start Site? Participants must use their Opal card or purchase a single trip ticket from a train station.
Opal cards cannot be used on Special Event Train Services on the return trip.
Wollongong, North Wollongong, Thirroul, Stanwell Park, Otford, Waterfall, Engadine, Sutherland, Hurstville, Wolli Creek, Tempe, Central. Please check the indicator boards and listen for announcements on the day for any changes. The Special Events trains timetable is here.
Parking is limited. We are currently identifying suitable parking areas and will provide maps soon.
Although the route will be open for regular traffic, we like to keep the roads as traffic free and safe for our riders. We recommend using an alternative route to Wollongong to make the ride as clear for your friends and family as possible.
Please visit the MS Shop to view our range of 2018 merchandise.
Visit our Merchandise Marquee at the Event Village to see more of the range of merchandise and to place an order.
Ordering of lunch packs is now closed. The Event Village at the finish has plenty of food options, showcasing culinary delights from the Illawarra Region. Please refer to the course map for rest stop locations that are stocked with on-the-go fruit and muffins.
A Special Events Train Ticket entitles you to travel on one of the 26 Special Event Train services that Sydney Trains will be running on the day from Wollongong to Sydney. The Special Events trains timetable is here.
Please send an email to email@example.com with your name and order number (if you have it handy) and our Merchandise Coordinator will follow up with you within 48 hours.