MS Sydney to the Gong Bike Ride

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The MS Sydney to the Gong Bike Ride is being held on 3rd November 2013. The event is dedicated to raising much needed funds for people with the chronic and debilitating disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The event has been running since 1980 and involves a 58km or a 90km bike ride through the scenic Royal National Park and Sea Cliff Bridge from Sydney to Wollongong.

The Gong ride is considered the best organised, most respected and spectacular one day community cycle events in Australia. The day is all about experiencing a fulfilling sense of camaraderie, enjoying stunning scenery, getting out and keeping fit and of course acknowledging the importance of continued research for MS.

Over 23,000 Australians are affected by MS, which is a lifelong disease that attacks the central nervous system. The Sydney to the Gong Bike Ride 2013 has set the goal of raising a massive $4.5 million to facilitate scientific discoveries of this largely under-researched disease. The bike ride has raised over $20 million throughout its 32 years of running and continues to exceed its previous fundraising levels each and every year. Each participant is expected to raise at least $250 for their participation in the fundraiser. Yet some teams go above and beyond this level, with the most successful team this year already having raised over $100,000.

The 90km race starts at Sydney Park in St Peters while the 58km course begins at Cooper Street Reserve in Engadine. Both distances finish at Stuart Park at the University of Wollongong. The course meanders through a plethora of parks and reserves and feature spectacular waterfalls and lookouts. There are eight rest stops along the way with water, first aid, toilets and bike mechanics. There are free snacks along the track or  you can also pre-order a lunch to keep your energy reserves up throughout the bike ride.

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The MS Sydney to the Gong Bike Ride has worked closely with NSW Police and Roads and Maritime services to minimise traffic congestion and ensure a safe and enjoyable ride for all participants. Anyone from 12 years and up can enter the ride (12-16 years must be accompanied by an adult) for an entry fee starting from just $60.

If you are unable to ride but still want to contribute to this worthy cause, you could volunteer on the day or simply donate now to one of the participating teams or individuals.

Don’t let living outside of the area restrict you from taking part in this worthwhile event. Making the trip to Sydney and staying at a Sydney Hotel is a convenient way for you  to enjoy this unforgettable event while simultaneously providing you with a break and some time away. Giving yourself something to look forward to, which involves the satisfying task of helping others, is well worth a trip to NSW’s capital. Staying at the Royal North Shore Hospital Hotel following the ride, would ensure you experience a relaxing and pampering experience following the arduous charity ride. There is plenty of public transport running to and from the event, at discounted prices, making accommodation at an Urban Hotel Sydney the easiest option.

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