The Bondi2Berry Ride

Saturday 16 November 2024

Bondi2Berry is a challenging, yet beautiful ride – 155km in distance, and elevation of 1,700m.

Starting at the North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club, we ride out of the Eastern Suburbs and travel through parts of the Royal National Park to Wollongong and Kiama before finishing in Berry on the NSW south coast.

The ride is an open road event. It adheres to normal road rules and is sanctioned by AusCycling. Please note that only road bikes are able to be utilised (no TT / triathlon or mountain bikes).

There will be support vehicles for each of the groups, as well as first aid and bike mechanics on the course. Nutrition, food and beverage is provided at all pitstops and the finish in Berry.

Click here for a Map My Ride file of the route.

Register to ride

Click the link below to register for Bondi2Berry 2024.

Volunteer

Want to help but don’t want to cycle? No problem. We have plenty of volunteer opportunities.

What do I get as a rider?

Each group will be riding 2 abreast as a pack, and will remain together as a riding group for the duration of the ride. There are three pitstops on the course with hydration and nutrition available at each stop, and a finish line BBQ in Berry.

Riders receive:

  • An exclusive 2024 event jersey made by Cuore (sizing chart available here)
  • Mechanic support throughout the ride.
  • On course nutrition at pit stops with hydration, bars, gels, bananas and savoury items along the route. 
  • Free BBQ at the finish line in Berry. 
  • Post ride event in Berry on Saturday evening, with meal deals for purchase via the bistro.

How much does it cost?

Early Bird

Early bird tickets are $145 (+ transaction fees) and are available for purchase before midnight Friday 10 May. 

Standard

Standard entry fee is $160 (+ transaction fees) and can be purchased before midnight on Saturday 31 August.

Late

Late registrations are subject to availability. The fee is $170 (+ transaction fees) and can be purchased before midnight Sunday 6 October, if not sold out earlier. Please note, we can’t guarantee preferred jersey sizes for late registrations

Which group should I ride in?

There will be seven different riding groups catering for different abilities and pace.

Group 1 – average pace of 30-35 km/hr

Group 2 – average pace of 30 km/hr

Group 3 – average pace of 25-30 km/hr

Group 4 – average pace of 25-30 km/hr

Group 5 – average pace of 20-25 km/hr

Group 6 – average pace of 20-25 km/hr

Group 7 – Randwick CC group

Group 8 – Ant Scotts group

Group 9 – WAM group

Training Rides

Registered riders will need to join at least three training rides. This will give riders the opportunity to meet one another and get used to riding as a pack.

Training rides will depart from Centennial Park with more details provided in the rider newsletters.  

      Training ride schedule

Intro ride – Sunday 23 June; Centennial Park (50kms)

Training ride 1 – Saturday 6 July; Waterfall return (88kms / 524m)

Training ride 2 – Sunday 28 July; Helensburgh return (105kms / 785m)

Training ride 3 – Saturday 17 August; Helensburgh return (105kms / 785m)

Training ride 4 – Sunday 8 September; Waterfall, Helensburgh, RNP, Waterfall (118kms / 1,220m)

Training ride 5 – Saturday 28 September; Waterfall, RNP, Helensburgh (118kms / 1,220m)

Training ride 6 – Sunday 13 October; Sublime Point return (130kms / 1,060m)

Training ride 7 – Saturday 2 November; Sublime Point return (130kms / 1,060m)

Training ride 8 / wet weather back up – Sunday 10 November; Sublime Point return (130kms / 1,060m)

Event day

      Start area – North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club, Campbell Parade, North Bondi

Each group will roll out as a group at designated times (see below), and riders are to check in at the lead support car for your group no later than 15 minutes before your departure time.

Bag drop for small back packs or day bags will be at the lead support car for your group (please clearly name your bag / belongings).

Group 6 and Group 5 – arrive from 5:30 to sign in and bag drop.

Other groups – arrive from 5:50am.

Start times

5:50 am – Group 6 departure (sign in and bag drop closes at 5:35 am)

6:00 am – Group 5 departure (sign in and bag drop closes at 5:45 am)

6:10 am – Group 4 departure (sign in and bag drop closes at 5:55 am)

6:15 am – Group 3 departure (sign in and bag drop closes at 6:00 am)

6:20 am – Group 7 departure (sign in and bag drop closes at 6:05 am)

6:30 am – Group 2 departure (sign in and bag drop closes at 6:15 am)

6:35 am – Group 1 departure (sign in and bag drop closes at 6:20 am)

Start procedure

  1. Arrive at the lead car for your group
  2. Sign in and bag drop (small day bags / back packs only)
  3. Head to the marshalling spot for your group (Group 6 and Group 5 go straight to the start area)
  4. Rack your bike and use the amenities
  5. Check in with your ride captains
  6. Take a selfie and tag @bondi2berry

Pitstops

See below what nutrition and food is provided at the pitstops. If you have specific nutrition that you prefer to use, or specific food you wish to consume, please bring this with you.

Pitstop 1 – Stanwell Tops; 65km

  • PURE Sports Nutrition hydration and water
  • Bananas, banana bread & gluten free banana bread
  • Winners bars and gels

Pitstop 2 – Wollongong; 90km

  • PURE Sports Nutrition hydration and water
  • Cheesymite scrolls
  • Winners bars and gels, and chews

Pitstop 3 – Kiama; 125km

  • PURE Sports Nutrition hydration, Coke cans and water
  • Sandwiches, gluten free and vegetarian sandwiches
  • Sausage rolls
  • Winners bars and gels, and chews

Finish – Berry Bowling Club; 155km

  • BBQ and salad for riders and volunteers

Transport

      Departure point (ALL groups)

North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club.

      Start time

Registration and briefing: from 5:30am

The groups will start to depart at 5:50am. 

      Getting to the departure point

By car or bike: Drive or ride to the North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club, Campbell Parade, North Bondi.

By train: The T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra line terminates at Bondi Junction. From there it is a 10 minute bike ride down hill to North Bondi.

Bag drop: Bag drop will be available from the start area. Please ensure your bag is clearly labelled with your name and contact number, and is a backpack (no wheelie bags or suitcases). This will make it easier for you to ride with, either to the start in Bondi, or to your accommodation in Berry.

      Transport from Berry to Sydney

NOTE – there is trackwork on the South Coast Line with buses replacing trains between Port Kembla and Wollongong, and between Dapto and Waterfall.

We are looking at bus and bike transfer options for Bondi2Berry riders and will provide more information through the rider newsletters – email us to confirm your spot.

The Berry train station is an easy 10 minute bike ride from Berry Bowling Club and the one way trip will cost approximately $6 with an Opal card. Please be mindful of track work on event day and bus replacements will be operating.

Please check the NSW Transport website for specific scheduling.

Refund Policy

Refunds will be provided to riders who wish to withdraw from the ride in line with the below schedule:

Before midnight on 30 June 2024 – full refund of registration*

Before midnight on 31 August 2024 – 50% refund of registration*

Before midnight on 19 October 2024 – 25% refund of registration*

After 19 October 2024 – no refund is available

*all refunds will incur a $10 administration and transfer fee.

Rider Fundraising

Each rider is committed to fundraising a minimum of $500 which will go towards funding research for a cure for dementia.

Riders sign in to your rider fundraising page here.

Insurance

To participate in the Bondi2Berry ride, you must have a valid AusCycling Membership. If you don’t have one of these, a day licence will be provided for you as part of your registration (note, an additional $20 will be charged on registration) which provides insurance coverage on the event day only. 

We strongly encourage all cyclists to have some form of cycling insurance which covers personal and third party, for training rides and every day commuting and cycling.

For additional information and options you can contact AusCycling, Bicycle Network, and Bicycle NSW.

Berry information

Find out more about this historical destination.