The event has two courses – an 82km ride from Tempe from 6am and a 58km ride from Engadine from 8am. Both rides will finish at Lang Park in Wollongong by 4pm.
The 82km ride will head from Tempe along the Princes Highway, Bestic Street, West Botany Street, The Grand Parade, Sandringham Street, Rocky Point Road, Taren Point Road and Kingsway. It will rejoin the Princes Highway from Sutherland to Waterfall, then travel through the Royal National Park and along Lawrence Hargrave Drive to the finish line.
Motorists are urged to plan ahead as up to 10,000 cyclists hit the roads from Sydney to Wollongong this Sunday 4 November for the annual MS Sydney to the Gong Bike Ride.
Participants in the 58km course will start from Engadine, joining the 82km ride and continuing to Wollongong.
“Roads and lanes will be closed, speed limits will be reduced and special event clearways will be in place between Sydney and Wollongong from early Sunday morning,” a Transport Management Centre spokesperson said.
“Traffic will be heavy along parts of the course, especially on the Princes Highway between Sutherland and Waterfall, so motorists need to allow extra travel time and take care as they’ll be sharing the roads with cyclists,” the spokesperson said.
Roads in Sydney will start closing at 4am and all road and lane closures, special event clearways and reduced speed limits will be lifted by 11:30am.
In the Royal National Park, McKell Avenue and Lady Wakehurst Drive will be closed from 5am until 3pm but there will still be access to the park via Farnell Avenue.
Roads in Wollongong will close from 5am, and most will reopen by 4pm.
Motorists are advised to expect delays and use alternate routes while closures are in place around the start and finish areas.
Motorists also need to check the signs as vehicles parked in special event clearways will be towed and a fee applies.
“For anyone taking part in the MS Sydney to the Gong, trains are the best way to travel to the start and home again.”
T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line will make an extra stop at Tempe and Wolli Creek between 5:30am and 8:30am, and an extra stop at Engadine between 6:15am and 9:56am.
As well, extra early morning South Coast Line trains to Sydney will leave Wollongong at 4:25am, 5:06am, 5:38am and 5:52am, stopping all stations to Wolli Creek and Tempe.
Anyone travelling from Sydney’s North should be aware that buses will be replacing T1 North Shore Line trains between Hornsby and Wynyard (via Gordon) due to planned weekend trackwork.
Bikes are not allowed on board buses so riders can consider parking at Concord West Station and continuing their trip by train to the start lines at Tempe or Engadine.
To enable extra services to provide return trips from the event, trains between Port Kembla and Wollongong will be replaced by buses between 9am and 6pm on Sunday.
Another way to get to the start of the 82km course is to be dropped off in the IKEA carpark at Tempe and ride along a 600m cycle lane on the Princes Highway to the start line.
After the rides, special event trains will run from Wollongong back to Central every 10 to 20 minutes between 9:30am and 5:30pm. Cyclists will need to show their pre-purchased special event wristband or buy one at the finish line as Opal cards cannot be used on these trains.