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GONG RIDE 2010 – another tale of survival

So, I survived another Gong Ride. For those who may not be lucky enough to have spent time cycling Down Under, it’s the annual Sydney to Wollongong classic bike ride.

10,000 riders, nearly $4,000,000 raised for Multiple Sclerosis, 83.32km. I had the Garmin GPS on the job this year, so I now know that the course is a little shorter than the 90km advertised. This could be due to Continental Drift or some such phenomenon moving Wollongong closer to Sydney than it used to be, thereby squeezing the hills in between a little higher, like rumples in a tablecloth. Continue reading


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AUSTRALIA’S BEST BIG RIDES – Spring on the bike

There are many reasons to hate mass organised bike rides – the crowds, the bottlenecks, the collisions, the toilet queues. But there are plenty of reasons to love them too. Continue reading


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So ends another great Sydney event – the annual ride through suburbs, national park and beachfront to Wollongong. If you
want to do it next year, book early – places are limited. See http://www.gongride.org.au

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The Tour in numbers:

$2,656,025 raised for MS charity,

10,000 riders,

500 volunteers,


41 photos, most useless due to bike cam wobble,

7am start (on a Sunday, mind!)

5 hours on the road

2 very sore legs,

1 ice bath required, ditto massage

0 stitches needed this time
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