Celebrating its 32nd year, the MS Sydney to Gong bike ride is a special part of Sydney’s cycling heritage and one of the most respected and spectacular one day community cycling events in Australia.
On Sunday, November 3 thousands of cyclists will once again converge on the scenic Sydney to Wollongong route to raise $4.5 million for people living with multiple sclerosis, a devastating neurological condition which affects more than 23,000 Australians.
“The Gong Ride is the largest mass participation event on the NSW cycling calendar,” said Event Manager, Karl Kinsella. “It’s a fun day out for a serious cause. Money raised by Gong ride participants will provide essential day-to-day assistance and support to people living with MS, while the search for a cure continues,” added Mr Kinsella.
Some notable Australians who are affected by MS include comedian and former Doug Anthony Allstar, Tim Ferguson; 2012 Paralympic Cycling Gold Medallist, Carol Cooke, author Gillian Mears and 2011 Australian of the Year, Simon McKeon. Registrations are now open and riders are already training hard and fundraising for the event. Register before August 30 for your early entry discount.
Cyclists can choose to ride either the long 90km course from Sydney Park, St. Peters or a shorter 58km course from Engadine. Either way all riders will experience the spectacular scenery through the Royal National Park, Sea Cliff Bridge and the coast road to Wollongong. “Rider numbers are capped at 10,000 entries and fill up quickly, so we encourage people to register as soon as possible,” Mr Kinsella said. “Entry fees only cover the significant cost of staging the event, so riders are encouraged to commit to fundraising a minimum of $250.”
To sign up to ride, volunteer or donate, visit the MS Sydney to Gong site HERE
About Multiple Sclerosis: • MS is a chronic and often debilitating disease which randomly attacks the central nervous system and currently affects more than 23,000 Australians. The consequences can include extreme fatigue and chronic pain, vision, cognitive, continence and mobility issues, right through to total and permanent disability. • Diagnosis of MS is typically between 20 and 40 years of age. Three quarters of people living with MS are women. • An additional 1,000 people are being diagnosed each year and there is no known cause or cure.