Let's Ride ! Sydney to Surfers

Supporting Father Chris Riley's Youth Off The Streets

Update 15 January 2021

The Ride Organising Committee met a few days ago to make a final decision on whether we are able to proceed with arrangements for the 2021 Sydney to Surfers Robbo’s Ride. 

The team is committed to organising the ride when it is safe to do so and have been heartened by the many expressions of support from riders following recent communications with you. However, it is also important that we give appropriate consideration to the practicalities and risks associated with delivering a large, complex event in the current environment.

Recent developments with community transmission of COVID-19, abrupt changes in social distancing rules, capacity constraints on hospitality venues and border restrictions have demonstrated that we are likely to be living with uncertainty and volatility for some time yet. We are also very conscious of the potential impact on our team of volunteers who are the backbone of the Sydney to Surfers Ride and the risk that the necessary official approvals may be withdrawn at short notice in the event of an outbreak.

Unfortunately, these risks mitigate against committing financial and other resources to such a major event. The committee considered alternatives, including the possibility of running a shorter ride or a different route, but the same risks remain. 

With a great deal of reluctance, the committee concluded that it is not possible for Engadine Rotary to stage a Sydney to Surfers Robbo’s Ride this year and the ride is therefore cancelled for 2021.

We hope you’ll join us for a new Sydney to Surfers Robbo’s Ride in 2022! Sign up to our newsletter here and we’ll let you know when we’re ready to hit the road again!

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About the ride

The annual Sydney to Surfers Robbo’s Ride is Australia’s premier long distance charity cycling event. The ride is in it’s 22nd year and has raised well over $3million for Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets.

The 2020 ride will begin on Saturday 2 May and conclude on Friday 8 May. 

Click the info symbol on the left for all the details you need to know about the ride – how to enter, the cost, training and preparation and more.

There’ll be 7 days of fantastic riding from Sydney on Saturday 2 May 2020 into the heart of Surfers Paradise on Friday 8 May 2020. 

From highways, to by-ways with gorgeous coastal and hinterland scenery to thrill your senses.

You don’t have to . . .  but why not use your ride to gather support for Father Chris Riley’s Youth off the Streets? 

We’ve got some great fundraising resources to help you along the way.

Are you ready to be part of Australia’s premier long distance charity cycling tour?

Registration is easy and painless. Click the icon on the left to go to our registration page.

Our cause

Robbo’s Ride raises much needed funds for Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets. 

Youth Off The Streets supports chronically homeless and drug addicted young Australians as they work to turn their lives around. 

The goal is that these young people will leave their care drug free, with a high school education, living skills and a full or part time job in hand. 

There is simply no better cause.

Our major sponsor

Macsim Fastening Systems are delighted to be involved in the ride – as a leading supplier of fasteners we know it’s the little things that hold the big things together! Our contribution is one of the little things and I just want to acknowledge the big things: the work of Rotary Club of Engadine, the Youth of the Streets team and the riders. 

I congratulate them on making such a big difference in the lives of so many deserving young people.

 

Fraser Mackay-Sim

Our sponsors

Our riders say . . . .

The number of people who continue to come back year on year to do this ride is a testament to Rotary and Youth Off the Streets. Seeing the young people thrive on the challenge and conquer the ride is truly inspiring, even for experienced riders. I can't wait to come back again next year!!
John D
Absolutely amazing ride which takes in some fantastic sights along the way. The team that support you daily are awesome and you are treated like a rockstar the entire ride. No where else can we get supported riding of this quality!
Kelly S
I love this ride - its atmosphere, its purpose, its community and its challenge. Overall it's an enjoyable, demanding event that achieves great outcomes - both for the YOTS riders, and for the funding of YOTS. I look forward to many more years.
Sam P

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Robbo's ride

The first Sydney to Surfers Ride was staged by the Rotary Club of Engadine in 1999 to raise funds for Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets. Since then, this popular annual event has raised more than $3 million to support the important programs delivered by YOTS team.

The Ride was the brainchild of Rotary member, Ken “Robbo” Robinson who was the inspiration and driving force behind its continued success for many years. Sadly, Robbo passed away in 2016.

In his memory, Fraser Mackay-Sim (Managing Director, of the ride’s key sponsor, Macsim Fastenings) asked that the name of the event be changed to acknowledge Robbo’s pivotal influence which sustained the ride for so many years.

As all who knew Robbo would confirm, Ken was a larger than life person who always had the glass half full view on life and his inspiration and vision was second to none. He was a positive influence on all who knew him and with the addition of his nickname ‘Robbo’ to the name of the ride, he will always be remembered as the  pioneer of the Sydney to Surfers “Robbo’s” Ride.

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