Entries close Wednesday 25th October at midnight. The ride is capped at 10,000 and is often a sell-out event, so make sure you get in quick to avoid disappointment!
Aside from securing your place in one of Sydney’s most scenic and well-respected bike rides, your entry fee also provides you with:
Gong Rider Packs will be sent from August 2017 through to 25 October 2017. The Rider Pack will contain:
We’ll send you a text when it’s on its way.
Call us on 1300 733 690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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. In exceptional circumstances we do make exceptions for transferring registration fees. If you would like to request to transfer your registration fee to another person or another event, please email us.
Safety remains our number one priority due to the number of riders and difficulty of the course, we are unable to accept entries of riders under 12 years of age. This is part of a combined policy of NSW Police and MS. 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.
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 82km course page and the 58km 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 58km or 82km courses.
Including our two start sites there are 10 Rest Sites along the 82km course, and 7 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 is no longer 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 the ride is as safe as possible. 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. Even though there are up to 10,000 cyclists on the road, it only gets crowded along a few short sections of the course. Cyclists start over a 2 hour period and soon spread over the route. 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!)
You can hire a bike from Livelo, who are offering registered participants a special offer. More information on bike hire.
Riders can choose from a selection of bikes to ride in the event, including road bikes, mountain bikes, city bikes, hybrid 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.
All Rest Site bike mechanics will have tyres, and we endeavour to have universal tyres that fit most bikes.
The 2017 MS Sydney to the Gong bike ride will now start at Tempe Recreation Reserve. This site has much bigger site than previous years with a longer start chute, with only one entrance to make sure that your ride starts smoothly and on time. New 30-minute start time windows and a dedicated drop-off zone to make life easier on the day. 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).
A letter containing your official entry details, including start time, will be in your Rider Pack which we will be sent to you from August - October 2017.
Start times have been allocated based on rider experience (beginner, social, etc.) as specified by you at registration. This is done to improve the flow and experience of the ride for everyone. Our preference is to not change start times where possible, but allowances will be made in exceptional circumstances. If you would like to discuss a possible start time change, please contact us on 1300 733 690.
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:
|KM||Location||Cut Off Time|
|$81.3km||WA Lang Park||4:00pm|
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. Train tickets are available for purchase through our MS Online Shop.
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.
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 shop.ms.org.au to view our range of 2017 merchandise. There will be more merchandise items added to the range in the coming weeks so keep an eye out.
Lunch packs can be purchased during registration and shortly are also available through the MS Online Shop. We are pleased to be able to be able to cater for the following dietary requirements, Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan.
A Special Events Train Ticket entitles you to travel on one of the 30 Special Event Train services that Sydney Trains will be running on the day from Wollongong to Sydney.
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.
At the Finish Village, you'll be able to meet up with family, friends and other riders and chat about the wonderful experience of having just finished “the Gong”. Sit back and enjoy the afternoon – there will be numerous food vendors, as well as a bar to enjoy a beverage with mates. Live entertainment on stage throughout the day, presentations, entertainment for children and more.
A wide variety of food and beverages will be available to purchase. We have listened to your feedback and we will have more healthy options available this year! Don’t forget to purchase your Lunch Pack with us either when registering or from the MS Online Shop. We are pleased to be able to be able to cater for the following dietary requirements, Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan.
Yes the Finish Village is wheelchair friendly. We are currently working with local council to secure accessible parking close to the Finish Village. We will have a map available soon.