The Macsim Sydney To Surfers Ride

Fraser Mackay-Sim, Macsim’s Managing Director, kept a diary of the Macsim Sydney to Surfers Ride…

Day 1 – 115 cyclists set of from Hornsby in Sydney’s North on to cover a 124km ride to Morisset. In scorching temperature and high humidity, some riders (including the author) suffered from heat exhaustion and had to recover in the backup vehicle. Even so, all riders finished the ride that day.

Day 2 – to Bulahdelah 128km was completely different. It rained all day, but at least the temperature was pleasant. It was a day of punctures as the wet conditions are contusive to them.

Day 3– to Laurieton 120 Km was up the highway, sometimes on freeway conditions and mostly flat. It was fast and enjoyable.

Day 4 – to Nambucca Heads, 136 Km and again a pleasant sunny day with just a few more rolling hills on sometimes narrow roads, but with some good fast sections.

Day 5– to Grafton was 152 Km probably second hardest day as we go up over the mountain at Coffs Harbour then its high rolling hills all day which really gets your legs working, especially in the hot conditions in the middle of the day.

Day 6 – to Kyogle 130 Km – a much easier day after yesterday, but still hot.

Day 7 – to Surfers 127 Km and we can taste victory. However, we have to go straight into big hill climbing mode for the first 30 Km after brekkie, and that’s all you want after a big night out. Then it gets easier with another biggie after lunch into Tweed Heads.

We rode into Surfers at exactly the right moment for Macsim. The HBT conference had just broken up and the delegates emerging outside witnessed 115 Cyclists sailing past in Macsim ride gear.

On April 27th (the final day) the pinnacle event of the ride was the presentation dinner with the car, a Toyota Yaris donated by Macsim Fastenings P/L, drawn and given to the winner, then a cheque for over $175,000 presented to Father Chris Reilly for his Youth Off the Street (YOTS) program which operates in NSW and QLD. Also for its effort in organising the ride, the Rotary Club of Engadine, received $37,000 for its community service projects. The total to YOTS after 9 rides is now $850,000. Our Rotary Club is the largest non Government donator to YOTS.

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