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MS Sydney to the Gong 2018

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Tempe/Engadine to Wollongong

82km ride start from
06:00
58km ride start from
08:00
Finish
16:00

Additional event information

10,000 cyclists will take part in the annual MS Sydney to Gong Bike Ride which starts in two waves - from Tempe and from Engadine with both events will finish at W.A Lang Park at Wollongong.

For the safety of cyclists, road closures, lane closures, special event clearways and speed reductions will be in place on key roads including Princes Highway, Lawrence Hargrave Drive and Cliff Road around both start lines and along the event route through the Royal National Park to Wollongong between 04:00 and 16:00.

Participants are encouraged to catch public transport to and from the event – trains are the best mode of transport for cyclists travelling with their bikes and additional special event train services will run back from Wollongong to Central between 09:30 and 17:30. Check MS Shop to purchase your ticket ahead of the event.

Start line at Tempe: the closest stations to the 82km starting point are Tempe and Wolli Creek. The Recreation Reserve is a 5 min cycle from both stations along Station Street and Princess Highway from Tempe and along Brodie Spark Drive and Princess Highway from Wolli Creek.  

Start line at Engadine: the closest station to the 58km starting point is Engadine. Cooper Street Reserve is a short 5 min (1.3km) cycle ride away.

Customers are reminded to be considerate when sharing these services with the rest of the public as stations will be busier than normal. Make sure your bicycle is stowed safely with you when travelling on trains and that it isn't obstructing doorways or passageways.

Getting there:

Additional extra early morning services will run on the South Coast Line up towards Sydney to get you to the starting line at either Tempe or Engadine:

  • South Coast Line:
    • Services leave Wollongong at approximately 04:25, 05:05, 05:35 and 05:50, stopping all stations to Austinmer, then Stanwell Park, Helensburgh, Engadine, Sutherland, Hurstville, Wolli Creek, Tempe, Sydenham and then Central.
    • The 04:15 service from Kiama and the 05:30 service from Wollongong will make an additional stops at Tempe and Wolli Creek.
    • The 05:57 service from Kiama will make an additional stop at Engadine
  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line:
    • Services to and from Central will also make an additional stop at Tempe and Wolli Creek between 05:30 and 08:30.
    • Services from Bondi Junction between 06:15 and 09:56 will make an additional stop at Engadine.
  • Participants travelling from the upper North Shore and Northern Suburbs should plan ahead as trackwork between Hornsby and Wynyard via Gordon will affect their trip to the start line. Buses will be replacing trains however bikes aren’t allowed on-board buses.
  • From Northern Suburbs - participants can consider utilising commuter parking at Concord West Train Station. From there, participants with their bikes can catch a train to Strathfield to connect with services to Tempe or Wolli Creek.
  • Drop off zone: riders participating in the 82km ride from Tempe can get dropped off at the IKEA carpark in Tempe where the start line in the Recreation Reserve is a short 600m cycle along a dedicated cycle lane on the Princes Highway.

Getting home:

  • The closest station from the finish line at WA Lang Park on Marine Drive in Wollongong is North Wollongong on the South Coast Line.
  • Special event train services will run from Wollongong back to Central every 10 to 20 minutes between 09:30 and 17:30, stopping at North Wollongong, Thirroul, Stanwell Park, Otford, Waterfall, Engadine, Sutherland, Hurstville, Wolli Creek, Tempe and Central

Note: to use these additional services back to Central from Wollongong, event participants need to have a pre-purchased Special Event Train ticket as Opal cards cannot be used on these special event services (riders can also purchase a ticket at the finish line to use these services) A wristband will be provided after purchase and participants must wear this to board the return services. Check the special event trains timetable for train times.

Trackwork

  • Trackwork is carried out on an ongoing basis to maintain the safety, reliability and efficiency of the Sydney Trains network. Trackwork may affect how you travel to and from the event.
  • Train services between Port Kembla and Wollongong will be replaced by buses between 09:00 and 18:00 while the event is underway.
  • Trackwork is scheduled from 02:00 Saturday 3 until 02:00 Monday 5 November on the T1 North Shore Line and T7 Olympic Park Lines with buses replacing trains between the following stations:
    • Hornsby and Wynyard via Gordon
    • Olympic Park and Lidcombe

To note: As of Sunday 30 September, the Epping to Chatswood rail line has temporarily closed for upgrades for around 7 months before Sydney Metro Northwest services begin in 2019. The new high-frequency bus service, Station Link, replaces trains between Epping and Chatswood. For more information on Station Link, visit transportnsw.info.

For the latest information, check trackwork service updates or use the Trip Planner.

You won't be able to bring your bike on board bus services, so plan ahead and make the most of the extra train services running to get you and your bike to and from the event - Learn more here about travelling on public transport with bikes

Due to road closures, some Sydney Buses services will be diverting from regular routes and using temporary bus stops from 06:00 to midday including:

Route 422 - Central to Kogarah: normal route to Arncliffe then divert via Wickham Street and West Botany Street, then operate as normal.

Routes 478 - Services to Miranda from Rockdale /Sans Souci: services will be unable to access bus stops along The Grand Parade during the above times. Services will operate all stops to Bay St and The Grand Pde, and then operate express to Ramsgate. Customers wishing to alight from this service along The Grand Parade will need to remain on the bus until Ramsgate.

Services from Miranda to Rockdale/Sans Souchi: services will stop at all stops on The Grand Parade, then normal route to Clareville Street, then divert via Russell Avenue, Napoleon Street, Sandringham Street, then as normal route.

Check if your bus service is affected before heading out for the day. You can search your route number in travel alerts or use the Trip Planner.

Sydney Ferries are a great way to get around the city, but services are very popular and may reach capacity, especially on Sundays.

Please note: the crew may refuse to allow bicycles on board if there is a safety concern or not enough room for it to be safely stowed on board.

For Ferry network information see ferry maps and timetables.

 

Motorists are advised to exercise caution as there will be large groups of cyclists sharing roads with vehicles along major roads between Sydney and Wollongong throughout the day. Motorists are advised to expect delays and use alternate routes while closures are in place around the start and finish areas.

Road and lane closures will be in place around the start lines at Tempe and Engadine in Sydney, along the course through the Royal National Park and around the finish line in Wollongong:

  • Between 04:00 and 10:00 in Tempe, Arncliffe, Kyeemagh and Dolls Point
  • Between 04:00 and 11:30 from Sutherland to Waterfall (lane closures only)
  • Between 05:00 and 15:00 in Waterfall, Royal National Park, Otford and Bulli
  • Between 06:00 and 17:00 in Wollongong

Speed limit reductions of 60km/h will be in place between 04:00 and 11:30 on Rocky Point Rd, Taren Point Rd and on sections of the Princes Hwy between Kirrawee and Waterfall. Speed limited reductions to 40km/h will be in place between 06:00 and 15:00 on Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Squires Way and George Hanley Dr between Stanwell Park and North Wollongong.

For the latest traffic information visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app from the App Store or Google Play, or call 132 701.

 

Drop off zone: riders participating in the 82km ride from Tempe can get dropped off at the IKEA carpark in Tempe where the start line in the Recreation Reserve is a short 600m cycle along a dedicated cycle lane on the Princes Highway.

Special event clearways will be in place on sections of major roads along the event course route from Sydney to Wollongong between 04:00 and 15:00.

Check signs carefully as vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee applies. For clearway details including times and locations visit Live Traffic NSW,

For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney and Illawarra areas visit NSW Taxi Council.

Accessible trips are shown in the Trip Planner with the wheelchair icon. You can select "accessible services only" in the Options to ensure you only see accessible services. Only trip plans with accessible train platforms, ferry wharves and buses will be presented. See accessible travel or download a transport app (select the "Accessibility" filter).