THE 2012 RIDE
FOR LIFE IS HERE!
SUNDAY 19 August 2012
Yes, the Ride for Life is back again in 2012, for the ninth consecutive year, and this year it will be once again staged on a Sunday but at a new location - Heffron Park. Centennial Park has been a wonderful venue since the inception of the Ride for Life but due to increased costs, the committee had no alternative but to make the move, because the Ride for Life is about enhancing cycling and raising funds for the NSW Cancer Survivors Centre.
It will be fun day for everyone! And it’s for all ages. Whether you are there to compete, cheer on the cyclists, provide support for your corporate team, join in with the fun ride, check out the latest cycling equipment with the bicycle trade show, jump on the jumping castle or just enjoy the atmosphere it is a day to mark in your calendar. The new Ride for Life course is a fast and challenging 2-kilometre circuit at Heffron Park, to be raced in an anti-clockwise direction and has been made possible due to the support from Randwick City Council, our sponsors and the SES.
Activities for children include the recreational family fun ride at 10.00am, some great music & entertainment and a jumping castle. There will be plenty of food available or you may like to bring a picnic hamper.
Why Ride for Life?
Rick Christie and his wife Vicki were both diagnosed with cancer in 2002 and underwent cancer treatment at the same time. Rick, inspired by the feats of Lance Armstrong and his world acclaimed book "It’s not about the bike" not only became motivated to overcome testicular cancer, but to also emulate what Lance Armstrong had achieved in America with the "Ride for Roses" Charity Ride. He looked for a way to raise funds for cancer treatment and do something to assist other people who were diagnosed with cancer and went onto establish Ride for Life.
Rick Christie brought together an energetic and committed group of people who shared his vision including Phil Bates AM, NSW’s leading cycling promoter, Professor Michael Friedlander AM and several other community volunteers (including some cancer survivors) and set up The Ride for Life committee in 2004 .They have focused on raising money to support cancer survivors and people living with cancer ever since.
The Ride for Life is an established cycling event that has become a feature on the NSW Cycling calendar and has raised in excess of $400,000 for the Cancer Survivorship.
Here's where your money goes… Funds so far, have been allocated towards a number of programs including:
1. An exercise program known as "Fighting Fit for Cancer" for patients undergoing chemotherapy
2. A Fatigue Clinic which is conducting research into speeding up recovery times for cancer patients after treatment
3. Supporting the salary of Dr Kate Weber a medical oncologist who is the inaugural Fellow in Cancer Survivorship and has been working hard to establish the Cancer Survivorship program at the UNSW
Ride for Life, the UNSW Lifestyle Clinic and University of NSW have joined forces to establish the NSW Cancer Survivors Centre. The centre is the first of its kind in Australia and brings together cancer specialists working with children, adolescents and adult cancer survivors, to assist their full recovery after treatment. The facility is currently co- located with the Lifestyle Clinic at the UNSW and more detailed information of the centre can be downloaded here.
Building on the success of the past eight years the committee is again focused on making this year's Ride for Life Day a great day of cycling.
The day will cater for all standards and skills, with all grades of cycling, children's races, a corporate challenge and a fun recreational ride.
For those that want to spend the day with the family this is it!!
There will be a picnic atmosphere. Randwick City Council has welcomed the staging of a festival atmosphere featuring some great music, entertainment, food stalls and a bicycle trade show.
The day will also show off some of our professional cyclists with Olympians and Games champions Steve Wooldridge OAM and Ben Kersten, both ambassadors for the event.
Entry fees are $30 for a standard entry, $40 for a late entry whilst a corporate team of five cyclists can enter in the Corporate Teams Challenge for a fee of $250. The Fun Ride is being staged as a great occasion for families to pedal along with the many celebrities and raise funds for the UNSW Cancer Survivor Centre.
The racing events and the fun ride will be staged on a closed 2-kilometre circuit - free from all traffic. It will have safety barricades and SES marshals allocated at points around the course to ensure everyone can enjoy their day. The fun ride is the ideal opportunity to join other recreational peddlers, celebrities, members of parliament, Olympic champions and cancer sufferers to raise the much-needed funds. The $10 fee for an individual or $20 for a family will certainly help with the ride due to be staged in the centre of the racing program, from 10.00am to 10.30am.
RIDE FOR LIFE RACE LAUNCH - PARLIAMENT HOUSE SYDNEY
Ride for Life Race Luncheon - Parliament House Sydney FRIDAY 24 August 2012.
The Hon Marie Ficarra, MLC, will host a luncheon at Parliament House Sydney to celebrate the 2012 Ride for Life.
This year’s "Poly’s Plate" (in honour of the late Andrew Polivis) is expected to be a sellout. Andrew’s wife Nicole, a great supporter and such an enthusiastic worker of this day, heads the team and is a way to express appreciation for the great care that Andrew received from Professor Friedlander during his illness.
Some of our wonderful special guests have include Alan Jones AO, a cancer survivor himself, Roy Billings, Marcella Zemanek and have been very motivating, assisted greatly by Glenn Wheeler, a multi media star as the emcee. Along with many leading businessmen and dignitaries, guests will be entertained in the Stranger’s Dining Room this year by Michael Milton OAM, an inspirational speaker, ACT Australian of the Year in 2007, a cancer survivor and winner of four Olympic gold medals at Salt Lake City, to add to his two previous gold medals. Michael is one of the most outstanding Paralympians the World has seen and voted in the top 21 all time great athletes of Australia. Michael is also an ambassador of the NSW Cancer Survivors Centre and with join with several Olympic champions who will be in attendance.
Tickets are $120 each and tables of ten are available - lunch is from 12 noon to 3pm. To purchase tickets, click here The UNSW payment link for tickets to the lunch is now set up. It can be accessed here.
- Women's race
- Open C Grade
- Open B Grade
- Recreational Fun Ride
- The Health Professionals Cup
- Corporate Race
- Tafe Relay Challenge
- Under 15
- Under 13
- Open A Grade
- 24 kilometres
- 24 kilometres
- 30 kilometres
- 1/2 hour maximum
- 8 kilometres
- 24 kilometres
- 16 kilometres
- 16 kilometres
- 10 kilometres
- 40 kilometres
The 2-kilometre undulating course at Heffron Park provides the scope for
competitive and enjoyable cycling - depending on the event.
It is a fast and exciting course for grade riders, whilst also providing a safe race circuit with barricades to ensure safety for cyclists and pedestrians.
Another safety feature for all riders is the assistance given by SES who not only man the course but assist as qualified first aid attendants.
With 10 cycling events scheduled throughout the day there will be action aplenty and lots of entertainment and fun activities as well for the whole family.
A printable PDF of the map can be downloaded here.
Trade Show -
Bikes, Clothing & Accessories
The Trade Show will provide the opportunity for everyone to enjoy their FREE
entry to check out the latest in bikes, cycle clothing and accessories.
Many will have a chance to pick up some great information as well the opportunity to take advantage of some special prices on what will be on show. Best of all you will be able to see what will be coming out in 2013.
Scattered around the Trade Show area will be some food, drink and craft stalls, and there will be various children activities and non-stop entertainment.
If you are interested on exhibiting at our tradeshow, please contact Lenneke Lucas
Events & Entry Forms
A printable PDF download of the program of events can be downloaded
here. Please note all riders will need to be registered and ready to start at
least 30 minutes before their event. Inter Club Events
All entries for age events and graded events will need to be lodged with Cycling NSW. These events are open to registered racing cyclists and entries should be made via website www.nsw.cycling.org.au
Corporate Challenge Event
To participate in the Corporate 24k challenge, staged at 11am, there are two
1.As a team of five competitors. Much focus will be directed to the Corporate Teams award, with the winner declared from the best four performed riders from each team. Their times will be added together and the least accumulated time will be declared the winner of the Corporate Teams Challenge. NB. Members of the team will be eligible for individual prizes as well 2.As an individual. Individual prizes will be awarded to the first three place getters. Enter here.
Recreational Family Fun Ride
The recreational family fun ride will commence at 9:50am and be staged on the
same closed circuit as the racing. This is the ideal event to get with your
family and friends, register to take part and even gain support for the pedal by
being sponsored as an "everyday hero".
You can pedal a leisurely few laps or the maximum number in the half an hour allotted for the ride. Enter here.
Sydney Institute TAFE relay challenge Event
A Sydney Institute TAFE relay challenge event, organised by Randwick TAFE,
will commence at noon and has been included again this year following the success
of the last three years.
2012 will be an 8-lap (16 kms) race where each member will race one lap(2 kms). TAFE teams from throughout the Sydney Metropolitan area contest this keenly sought after trophy.
All cyclists will be pleased to have Randwick TAFE NSW back again actively supporting the ride this year with their able bodied masseurs providing FREE massages for those who may need one after their ride.
Please remember that this is a generous donation of volunteer time for all to share and if there are many who would like a massage you may need to wait your turn ... so bring something warm to wear and something to drink.
HEALTH PROFESSIONALS CUP
The Health Professionals Cup commences at 130am and is a relay challenge for
organisations associated with the Medical profession including hospital staff and
This event is a team relay race comprising of four competitors where each member will ride their 1-lap (2 kilometres) to race other teams. Teams will need to wear their own designed T Shirt and register their team colour when entering the Medico Cup.
First Prize: The Achielle Craighton Oma & Opa
Made in Belgium by the 3rd generation of the Oosterlink family who have been making bicycles since 1946, with Shimano Nexus 8-speed hub gears; front & rear drum brakes, with handlebar levers; Brooks honey leather saddle & Italian leather handgrips. RRP $1695.00
Second Prize: Samsung Galaxy S3
Inspired by nature, the GALAXY S III offers a more human experience with a slim, comfortable design yet is packed full of features and intelligence. Dubbed the next revolution in Smartphone technology this is the best Samsung has delivered yet. RRP $899
Third Prize: Dining for Four
In Surry Hills one guy is reinventing the idea of the evening meal by opening his space for a weekly gathering of friends & strangers. So grab yourself a seat, pass the wine & pitch in because this is neighbourhood dining at it's very best. There are thousands of normal restaurants in Sydney. This is not one of them and you will get to share this experience with three of your nearest and dearest! RRP $28
And top the night off with a 2011 Marsanne Magnum from Tahbilk Wines.
Ticket Prices are:
1 for $10
3 for $20
9 for $50
20 for $100
Click here to purchase a ticket.
The event organisers can be contacted through Phill Bates AM at 124 Forest Road
Hurstville NSW 222
Telephone 02 9570 5556
Fax 02 9570 4402
Mob 0419 127 189
Hon Kristina Keneally - Member for Heffron
The Ride to Life Team comprises of the following representatives:
Professor Michael Friedlander PhD FRACP - NSW Cancer Survivor Centre
Professor David Goldstein - MBBS FRACP FRCP (uk) NSW Cancer Survivors Centre
Phill Bates AM - Life Member Cycling NSW - Sports Promoter & Ride for Life Chairman
Richard Christie - Lawyer, Christie Law
Walter Cole - Organiser Manly Beach Cole Classic
Adrian Atherton - Member of Sydney Cycle Club
Nicole Polivis - Luncheon Supporter
Roshana Sultan - Executive Officer NSW Cancer Survivors Centre
Special thanks go to all who are supporting the event this year and to those who have supported in previous years including:
SES Volunteers who help with Marshalling, first aid, pedestrian safety and traffic
Rangers and staff from Randwick City Council
All our registered riders in all events
Our Trade Show exhibitors
Volunteers from the NSW Cancer Survivor Centre
and particularly our supporters and sponsors to the right...