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Sydney to Newcastle Challenge
The Sydney to Newcastle Challenge is New South Wales' newest single day ride, fully supported by Bicycle Network, Australia's largest bike riding organisation.
27 June 2013: Bicycle Network today announced an exciting new bike ride from Sydney to Newcastle. The ride will be held for the first time on Sunday 16 February 2014.
It is set to grow into one of Australia’s premier bike rides, attracting thousands of riders. The 170km ride is a challenge event, not a race and will be open to anyone who can tackle the distance and the hills.
Chief Executive Officer Craig Richards explained why Sydney to Newcastle is the latest addition to Bicycle Network’s existing suite of challenge rides: the iconic Bupa Around the Bay and the internationally acclaimed SCODY 3 Peaks Challenge.
"NSW riders have been crying out for a testing one day challenge ride. Bike riding is booming as people realise it’s a great way to improve your health. But our roads are often hostile environments for riders in small groups or going solo,” he said.
"To ride from Sydney to Newcastle without traffic management and back up support is taking a big risk. Rightly, only a handful of intrepid cyclists do it. "We’re taking care of the worries so riders can focus on what they do best—pedaling hard and enjoying the camaraderie. They get to enjoy the type of conditions riders should experience every day."
Richards explained that the Sydney to Newcastle ride was chosen because NSW riders wanted an event which genuinely challenged their fitness, yet was accessible and achievable.
"Sydney to Newcastle is a great point to point ride. Newcastle is also an ideal place to finish an event. It has great facilities and plenty of opportunities to entertain the finishers and their friends and family.
https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/gener ... des/95094/
It seems NSW Police are having second thoughts, as they do for a lot of cycling events.
Ride hits pause button
Entries for the Sydney to Newcastle Challenge were due to open on Monday. We know you are "champing at the bit" to be among the first to sign up and you wanted more precise details about the route.
But, due to unanticipated issues during consultations with NSW Police and the NSW Department of Roads and Maritime Services about the route of the ride, we are unable to reveal it, or to open entries at this time.
We hope the news is not too disappointing for riders wanting to take on the challenge. We hope to be able to cheer you up soon enough with all the details and get the entries in your hot little hands. For updates as they happen, please follow us via Facebook or Twitter, or check the website periodically.
I just find it unbelievable that NSW is the only state where the Police and RTA make it unbelievably hard to hold an event like this.
"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever" Lance Armstrong
Apparently these events aren't common in NSW
Latest drama for the organisers is that the authorities want to put a limit on riders doing the event, so any further entries are being put on hold for the time being. Its one drama after another for the organisers thanks to the likes of the RTA and Police.
"To ride from Sydney to Newcastle without traffic management and back up support is taking a big risk."
No it's not. It is about the easiest long distance ride to do. Once you get to Calga it is comparatively flat and you are never that far from a train station for bail out and shops to refuel.
Exactly. I did Morisset - Brooklyn return. Only 2-3 idiots. Cramped horribly from the 43deg day and just sat at a servo drinking powerade and eating salty chips till my legs cooperated at the 150km mark. I'm tempted to do Morisset - Hornsby return on friday and if the legs are ok change kit and take on more water/food and add a lake loop with a newcastle CBD onto it for 300kmin a day.
It is nuts. I don't see RTA or police putting limits on how many people can drive to work over the harbour bridge, but they get spooked by more than 1 cyclist heading somewhere.
I reckon everyone should just do the Sydney to Newcastle route an let the RTA and police figure it out. Why does riding a bike from a to b need to be "special event"?
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It is because it IS a special event. If a few hundred riders happened to ride the same route at the same time, then it would not be.
NSW Authorities will only allow 200 riders to participate. Please join the Australian Cyclists Party since political representation is the only way cyclists will get a fair deal in this country.
So yes, the limit is 200 riders.
Thanks to the NSW police, RMS, and all others involved in this debacle. Great to have you guys looking out for our safety.
I don't agree with everything BN says and does, but they're much more effective advocates than the equivalent NSW body (BNSW aren't even quoted in news reports on the 20 year NSW master bike plan issued yesterday. Is there at least some response on the BNSW website? No, not that I can find.).
Speaking to Max Stevens (CA high performance manager) a few weeks ago, he reckons that the Tour Down Under experience has made SA police and road authorities much more cooperative with racing events such as NRS (and I'm guessing cycling events generally). Here in the most populous state, we just get to battle on with outdated "it's too hard" thinking from state and local government of all colours, and their agencies and authorities.
BNSW still exist? That's news to me.. as a regional NSW resident (Hunter, not that regional) and an ex-member I thought they had all curled up and died in their new offices from caffeine overdose....
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