Has it finally happened? Sydney to Newcastle Challenge

https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/great-rides/95094/

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 families."

BN(V) running rides in NSW? 

Where does that leave that NSW peak body ? 

Anyone with the scoop?

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I'm going to enter. I might even do the ride!

1. "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.

Maybe instead of crying out they should have done one of the 200km+ Audax rides that are on every weekend? I'm certain that BV will be charging more than $6 for CNSW members, $16 for non members.

2. There is only one way to go to Newcastle, and that is overnight (which will be running again when the weather gets warmer and is free).

but, but, there is no valet service, no bag drop or pickup for your, your.... what is it you can't carry on a 170km bike ride???

Or is this to cater for those that can't imagine carrying stuff on a bike?

I'll bring the Big Dummy.

what is it you can't carry on a 170km bike ride???

A spare rim.

ha, yeah fair enough. Will a rim fit in their valet service bag?

Depends how big the valet bag is and how many pieces the rim is in. Put it this way, you can probably very easily make the rim that's the reason you need the spare rim fit in just about any bag.

I carried a spare rim home once. I used cable ties to lash it to the left hand side of my dropbars. I got some looks going over the SHB in the afternoon.

A spare rim

That sounds like a challenge! Although I'd prefer not to cable tie it onto my handlebars.

I'm going to have to go with Rob on this, I did Newcastle by night, and sure, while I overheated majorly and only got to Gosford you can be pretty self sufficient without much effort. It is also in taxi range if you do have a major incident.

I am soooo looking forward to the next Newcastle by night.

our roads are often hostile environments for riders in small groups or going solo

maybe they can run a road closing event on every road 365 days a year.

Yes, that line and "To ride from Sydney to Newcastle without traffic management and back up support is taking a big risk" got to me. 

It is simply not true, riding on country roads is safe. All the traffic management and back up support you need are a couple of lights for when it gets dark, two water bottles and a saddlebag with some snacks, a spare tube and a multitool. It is pretty disgraceful to see a peak bicycle body using unjustified fear of cycling in order to justify them collecting $100 or $200 off ride participants.

Newcastle Overnight - it's already on the wish-list.

I may be interested in the BN ride, depending on the cost.

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