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Sydney saddles up for two-wheeled extravaganza

From heart-stopping races to pedal yoga classes, guided bike tours and an illuminated night-time ride of spectacular City landmarks, this year’s Sydney Rides Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Now in its fifth year, the three-week festival will run from 10-31 October and include more than 20 events right across Sydney.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the Sydney Rides Festival was becoming one of Sydney’s most-loved, with activities for young and old enthusiastic bike riders and the broader community.

“Sydney Rides Festival is a great opportunity to explore our city by bike,” said the Lord Mayor.

“It’s a great chance for people to see for themselves the infrastructure that’s supporting more people to ride and get fit, while reducing congestion.

“We’ve broadened the Festival to include new events for children and pedestrians, along with workshops, film nights and group rides to help people explore our stunning city on two-wheels.

“I’m sure the hundreds of families who attended last year’s twilight ride around Mrs Macquarie’s Chair will be happy to hear Light the City will again bring the festival to a spectacular close.”

Sydney Rides Festival highlights include:

Sydney Rides the Park (10 October)

This family-focused launch event takes place in one of Sydney’s most beautiful open spaces, Sydney Park. It kicks off at 7:30am with morning bike-yoga sessions, a bike-powered juice lounge, the Taronga zoo-mobile, plus a BMX arena and super-cross track with breath-taking displays. Try your hand at mountain boarding or rock climbing and enjoy gourmet food. Bring the kids to try out the City’s new state-of-the-art Children’s bike track.

Sydney Rides Challenge (10-31 October)

An online competition allowing riders to clock their trips and kilometres to compete for great prizes.

Sydney Rides to Eat (10-31 October)

Visit supporting local cafes and restaurants for rider freebies and discounts during the Sydney Rides Festival.

Light the City Discovery Rides (13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 October)

Sign up for a stunning evening Discovery Ride showcasing the joy and exhilaration of riding at night.

Suit Ride (Ride2Work Day 14 October)
Don your business best and join city workers on a Midday Sydney Suit Ride and lunch to celebrate National Ride2Work Day.

Sydney Rides Film Night (15 October)

A selection of bicycle inspired films from around the globe at Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay

How to Cycle with Style for Women and Men (16 October)

Vélo-à-Porter’s Sarah Imm is passionate about combining riding and fashion. In this workshop at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sarah will show cycling fashionistas how to cycle with style.

Dirt Film Night (16 October)

Held in an old warehouse on the harbour, Pier 2/3, Dirt will be an eventful night of off-road films, bike games and a pop-up bar.

Explore Your Wild Ride:Night Ride Workshop (17 October)

Presented by Sutherland Shire Cycling Club, beginner and intermediate mountain bike riders are invited to attend this free workshop for practical tips on riding at night. It includes a guided night ride in the Royal National Park.

Saturday Slowies (17, 24 and 31 October)

Grab your bike and join a relaxed weekend ride through Newtown and Redfern to Centennial Park. Cruise the flats or take to the hills for a more strenuous ride before returning to Marrickville for bunch at the Marrick Café.

Spring Cycle (18 October)

Join Sydney’s most iconic bike ride and choose either 12, 50 or 105 kilometres for a picturesque ride through the City. The family City Ride rides finishes in festival style at Pirrama Park, Pyrmont or make the extra journey to the final finish line at Sydney Olympic Park.

Copenhagenize Sydney (20 October)
In partnership with the Danish Consulate, this event brings together world cycling experts from Denmark.

Roller Racing (24 October)

An event at The Standard in Taylor Square featuring bands, DJs, pinball machines, 10-pin bowling and roller racing on stationary bikes.

Tour De Hunters Hill (25 October)

Enjoy a guided ride around stately Hunters Hill as the jacarandas are blooming.

Light the City (31 October)

A night-time ride like no other, experience light installations and special effects on a 2.5-kilometre loop around Sydney’s stunning harbour at twilight. The closing event of the Sydney Rides Festival will kick off with a special Family Hour from 6pm-7pm. Relax at the outdoor lounge at Mrs Macquaries Point and enjoy roller racing, silent disco and gourmet food trucks.

The full Sydney Rides Festival program will be released on August 20. Visit sydneyridesfestival.net  for program details and booking information.

For more information, contact City of Sydney Manager of Community Engagement, Leanne Bridges, phone 02 9265 9617, mobile 0402 208 986 or email lbridges@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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