FAQs - 26 Mar 2023
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Now in it's 12th year, we've got most of the questions answered. Find out more about this amazing event.
Located in the west of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Bobbin Head National Park is about 35km north of Sydney on the upper north shore. The National Park is situated on the banks of Cowan Creek which is a stunningly beautiful drowned valley with steep sides, and flows into the Hawkesbury River.
The Bobbin Head Cycle Classic includes four scenic rides through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Bobbin Head, West Head and Akuna Bay. The event is not a race but a community bicycle ride for bike enthusiasts and recreational riders. This year we have the 104km, 80km, 57km and 27km rides for all types of cyclists.
The event is organised by a team from the Rotary Clubs of Ku-ring-gai, St Ives, Turramurra and Wahroonga. All of the organisers are volunteers.
The event is on Sunday 26th March 2023
Would you like to ride with peace of mind knowing that you are covered by worldwide, comprehensive insurance? We recommend a Bicycle NSW Membership and as a registered Bobbin Head rider you will receive 15% discount on any Bicycle NSW Membership. Please visit here https://bicyclensw.org.au/bnsw-membership/ for more information.
Bicycle NSW members get a 15% discount on the ride fee, if the BNSW discount code is entered during registration. To access the code, log in to Members Benefits page here. Can't access the code? Call the office on 02 9704 0800
The entire route is carefully researched and resourced with personnel from the NSW Police, SES, St John Ambulance, medical staff from the San Hospital, plus hundreds of willing volunteer marshals. here
You understand that cycling on open roads is an inherently dangerous and potentially hazardous activity, which involves the real and foreseeable risk of serious injury or death from matters including, but not limited to, accidents with other road users (whether cyclists or motorists), road and weather conditions, equipment failure and the effects of strenuous exertion and activity.
Specific risks for this Event include:
- Steep descents, including Bobbin Head (all rides), Tooronga Road at Terrey Hills (57km, 80km and 104km rides), McCarr’s Creek Road (80km and 104km rides), West Head (104km ride) and Akuna Bay (80km and 104km rides);
- You will be riding on open roads, where there will be both passing and oncoming motor vehicles and non-event cyclists; and
- You may be riding at times in a large bunch of cyclists, where there is an increased risk of sudden stopping or collisions between cyclists.
You agree to abide by the road rules of NSW, obey any directions of NSW Police, Event Volunteers and ride with care and consideration of other users and Event Participants on the road. You also understand that the roads are designed for the traffic of motor vehicles and you will obey the instructions of Event Volunteers.
You warrant that you are physically fit and that your bike is mechanically and legally suitable for public road riding prior to undertaking the Event. Only two-wheeled bicycles can be used in the Event.
During the Event you, and any children or minors accompanying you, will wear, at all times:
- a cycling helmet, with straps fastened at all times, that complies with the relevant Australian Standard and is in good repair;
- a highly visible jersey (preferably yellow)
- closed-toe shoes appropriate for cycling.
You must supply these items and ensure that they are compliant with the relevant Australian Standards and in good repair. You are responsible for ensuring that any children or minors accompanying you comply with these obligations. We also recommend that you wear riding gloves and eye protection.
While riding in the Event, you must not wear earphones or headphones. This is a Police condition of the Event, so that emergency and other vehicles, and other riders may be heard.
If you are a Ride Participant in the 104km ride which is scheduled to start before sunrise, you will display while riding before sunrise or in the dark all of the following:
- a steady or flashing white light on the front of the bike that is visible for at least 200 metres;
- a steady or flashing red light on the rear of the bike that is visible for at least 200 metres; and
- a red reflector on the rear of the bike that is visible for at least 50 metres when illuminated by a vehicle’s headlight on low beam.
The Bobbo is a charity event run by volunteers. We strongly encourage you to fundraise and we give you the online tools to reach out to your friends for their support. This is unbelievably easy, painless and a wonderful way to show your concern for those less fortunate,
The Bobbo is a circular ride starting and finishing at the same location….no need for return transport.
If you registered by Tues 14 March 2023 and have not received your bib by end of Monday 20 March, please email your name to email@example.com.
Then collect a replacement bib at Registrations on Karuah Oval 60 minutes before your ride
Online registrations will be taken up to 12 noon on Saturday before Bobbo. Collect your bib at Registrations on Karuah Oval 60 minutes before your ride.
If you registered by Saturday 2 weeks before Bobbo and have not received your bib by end of Friday i week before Bobbo, please email your name and registration email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Then collect a replacement bib at Registrations on Karuah Oval 60 minutes before your ride.
Ride Day Registrations
Registration can be done on the day. You need to arrive at least 45 minutes before your ride.
It would be easier for you (and us) if you register online up to 12 noon Saturday before Bobbo.
We will be able to issue replacement bibs on site for those whose bibs have gone missing or who registered late.
Any team of riders raising at least $2,500 will be given free entry to the Hospitality Marquee at the start/finish area where you can enjoy a BBQ, cold beer, coffee and tea, cakes, juices, fruit salads while your team winds down and shares experiences after the event.
Please note that access to the Marquee will be based on the amount raised and the riders in the team at midnight on Friday before Bobbo.
Four distances (27, 58, 80, 104km) enable you to select a distance to suit your ability.
The start and finish points are at the same location at Karuah Oval. Karuah Oval is at the corner of Karuah Road and Eastern Road, Turramurra.
From there marshals will line riders up with Covid safe distancing.
Public transport and Trackwork
There is no trackwork planned for the weekend
The closest train station to the start line at Karuah Oval is Turramurra on the T1 North Shore Line. Trains run regularly on weekends. From the station, the start line is a short ride away. Plan your trip using the Trip Planner.
For more information and to plan your trip visit transportnsw.info.
When catching public transport keep in mind there are restrictions on travelling with bikes on some services. For details visit travelling with bikes. Plan ahead at transportnsw.info, allow extra time and sit or stand on the green dots. You can also check real-time capacity indicators when planning your trip or boarding services.
Remember it’s mandatory to wear a face mask on public transport, and you'll need to use an Opal card or contactless payment card/device. Register your details online at Opal or via the app ahead of time.
Nearby parking is available at:
- Train Station car parks (The oval is about 750 metres from Turramurra and Warrawee Train Stations)
- Local council car parks, see Council website for details.
- Coles Car Park, Turramurra
Please do not block resident access to driveways when using on-street parking.
Parking restrictions will be in place around the start area to improve safety for all riders - no parking areas include:
- Eastern Road, Turramurra, northbound lane, between Brentwood Avenue and Chilton Parade, 5am to 3pm
- Turramurra Avenue, northbound and southbound, between Karuah Road and Brentwood Avenue, 5am to 3p
- Karuah Road, Turramurra, eastbound and westbound, between Turramurra Avenue and Katina Street, 5am to 3pm
- Special event clearways will be in effect in St Ives from 7am to 1:30pm on the eastern side of Mona Vale Rd from Property No.425 to Kitchener St. Clearways are strict no-parking zones even for local residents and Mobility Scheme Permit holders. Check signs carefully as vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee applies.
Road and Lane Closures
Changed traffic conditions including lane closures, speed limit reductions and parking restrictions will be in effect along and surrounding the course through in Turramurra, Mount Colah, Ku-Ring-Gai chase National Park, St Ives & Terrey Hills. Motorists will be sharing roads with cyclists along the course so exercise caution and ride to the conditions.
- From 5am until 3pm sections of Karuah Rd and Turramurra Ave will be closed.
From 8am until 1:45pm, lane 1 northbound on sections of Bobbin Head Rd will be closed.
- From 6:15am until 9:30am lane closures will be in place on sections of Bobbin Head Rd and Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Rd.
- From 6:45am until 1:30pm a section of Bedford Ave will be closed
- From 6:45am until 1:30pm a section of Warrimoo Ave will be closed
- From 6:30am until 2:30pm, lane 1 westbound along sections of Mona Vale Rd will be closed
- From 8.30am until 1:30pm a section of Woodbury Rd will be closed.Ku-Ring-Gai Chase
- From 7:30am until 12:30pm a section of General San Martin Dr will be closed
- From 6:15am until 8:45am, lane 1 northbound lane along sections of the Pacific Hwy will be closed.
Speed limit reductions will be in place between 6.15am and 12pm along sections of Mona Vale Rd, West Head Rd, Bobbin Head Rd, McCarr's Creek Rd and Pacific Hwy.
For full details of road closure, clearway information and real-time traffic conditions visit livetraffic.com.
Please note that entry to the start at Karuah Oval is ONLY via Gilroy Rd (off Brentwood Ave).
Accommodation in the area
Golden Chain Ascot Motor Inn, 18 Ingram Rd
Phone: 1800 026 370
The Blue Gum Hotel, 55 Pacific Hwy
Phone: (02) 9489 3220
Waldorf Waitara Residential Apartments, 47 Waitara Ave
Phone: (02) 8837 8000
The Hornsby Inn, Cnr Hunter & Burdett St
Phone: (02) 9477 5555
Ibis Sydney Thornleigh, 200-212 Pennant Hills Rd
Phone: (02) 9481 7500
Pymble Hotel, 1134 Pacific Hwy
Phone: (02) 9144 1039
** Stair access, no lift **
Seranin Gordon, 807 Pacific Highway
Killara Inn, 480 Pacific Hwy
Phone: (02) 9496 2100
Linridge Rest Bed & Breakfast, 94a Bent St
Phone: (02) 9416 1684
Mantra Chatswood, 10 Brown St
Phone: (02) 9406 5500
Silkari Suites at Chatswood, 88 Archer St
Phone: (02) 8188 1818
Astra Apartments Chatswood, 809 Pacific Hwy
Phone: 1300 797 321
Quest Chatswood, 38 Albert Ave
Phone: (02) 8423 1600
The Charrington of Chatswood, 22 Centennial Ave
Phone: (02) 9419 8461
The Sebel Sydney Chatswood, 37 Victor St
Phone: (02) 9414 1600
Mt Kuring-gai Motel, 705 Pacific Hwy
Phone: (02)9457 9393
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The 104 and 80 km routes were changed slightly to avoid the Terrey Hills circle and shops.
See these route changes on this page New in 22
The rider instruction booklet provides detailed information for the Ride Day. All registered riders will receive a printed copy by mail along with their Rider Bibs prior to the event. We encourage you to read it. The current booklet can be downloaded here 2 weeks before Bobbo.
Every aspect of the ride is being planned to ensure that all state and federal Covid safety rules are being followed.
Access to the start.
Departure from Karuah Oval.
Ride Safety Instructions, covid safety instructions and Rider Bibs will be mailed to individual registrants a week or so prior to the event.
During the ride there will be marshals with first aid available along the route, including at Bobbin Head Bridge and at the drink stops. Routes will be signposted and a bicycle repair van and mobile support riders will follow the 104 Km riders to provide assistance as necessary.
All marshals and drink stop personnel with be following our Covid safety precautions.
All drink stops will be observing our Covid safety precautions including hand disinfectant and social distancing measures.
Karuah Karuah Oval Karuah Oval,Turramurra 6.00 am to 3.00 pm St Ives Toolang Playing Field Crn Toolang & Warrimoo Ave, St Ives 7.00 am to 1.00 pm Terrey Hills Kinka Reserve Tooronga Road & Kinka Road, Terrey Hills 7.30 am to 10.45 am West Head West Head Resolute Bay Picnic Area 8.00 am to 11.30 am Terrey Hills Beltana Ave Nr 1 Beltana, just prior to entrance to Terrey Hills Oval 8.30 am to 12.30 pm
Each rest stop will have the following facilities:
- Snacks, water, electrolyte
- Medical and first aid assistance
For more experienced riders and teams in the 104 km, 80 km, 57 km and 27 km events, we offer an individually timed “uphill section” competition. Timing is over a distance of approximately 3.93 km up Bobbin Head, starting at the Bobbin Head bridge, and finishing just before the Park entry gates near Sphinx Road. In order to compete you need to use a Strava device. Trophies will be awarded to the best male rider, best female rider and the best team.
- Team competition - your best 4 rider's times are added to get the team time. Note that riders need to be joined to the team by midnight on Friday before Bobbo to be included in the team time.
- Results will be published late on Tuesday after Bobbo
|KC NP Gate at Mt Colah||All rides||0825 am||Return to Karuah|
|Bobbin Head Rd and Apps Ave||57. 80, 104 km||0910 am||Do not turn left, return to Karuah|
|Toolang Oval||57, 80, 104 Km||0950 am||Return to Karuah|
|West Hd Rd and Lib Gen San Martin Drive||104 Km||0920 am||Continue via Akuna Bay|
|Booralie Rd & Neerang Avenue, Terrey Hills||80, 104 km||09.50 am||Do not continue past Terrey Hills, Return to Karuah|
|Terrey Hills Drink Stop at Beltana Avenue||80,104 Km||12.15 pm||Do not continue as part of event. Please surrender your bib|
The answer is that if the event were timed, it would be considered by the NSW authorities to be a race. The extra traffic control, closed roads, and safety measures would then preclude the running of the even altogether.
E-Bikes are very welcome.on the Bobbo. However E-Bikes can not be included in the Mountain Challenge competition
After the event you can purchase rider photos here. These identify you on our Geosnapshot site by facial recognition, your bib number or time. Your photos should be available within 24 hrs of the event
Photographers will be stationed throughout the course taking action shots as you ride by. Be on the lookout, they will to be wearing a safety orange or yellow vest.
Locations are start / finish line, in & around the oval, bottom and top of Bobbin Head, Terrey Hills drink stop, Akuna Bay,
Prizes for Fundraising are awarded to:
- The top individual fundraiser male and female
- The top fundraising team.
Note that fundraising continues for 2 weeks after the event
closing at midnight on Sunday 2 weeks after event
Prizes for the Mountain Challenge are awarded to:
- King of the Mountain
- Queen of the Mountain
- Team of the Mountain (aggregate time of the best 4 riders in the team)
This will be announced on Karuah Oval on ride day
Please note that E-Bikes can not be included in the Mountain Challenge competition
Prizes will be announced in due course
After the ride you can see see the winners on our website.
Team members need to be joined to their team in our system by midnight on Friday before Bobbo to qualify for the teams event.
Riders are welcome to join a team after that time, but they can not be included in the Team competition.
Please note that E-Bikes can not be included in the Mountain Challenge competition
Any team of riders raising at least $2,500 will be given food and drink vouchers to use in the start/finish area.
Now, more than ever, our charities need your support, as mental health is being hit hard by the impact of Covid. Please do your best to help us raise extra funds.