On Sunday 5 November, 10,000 cyclists participated in the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Sydney to Wollongong cycle to raise money for people suffering from MS.
It has been an annual event for the last 36 years with cyclists enjoying the spectacular ride from Sydney to Wollongong of either a distance of 58km or 82km.
Both the long and the short courses take you through spectacular scenery as you make your way through the Royal National Park, enjoy incredible views from Stanwell Tops, pedal over the breathtaking Sea Cliff Bridge and cross the finish line in Wollongong amongst a backdrop of sun, sand and surf.
Finishing the course was not an easy feat. There were numerous hills to climb and fast downhills. Although there was some rain, it didn’t dampen the strong determination of the cyclists who were there to cycle to the finish line and make a positive contribution to those in need by raising awareness and much-needed funds.
A strong contingent of nine Muslim women including myself participated from the Sydney Cycling Sisters as well as many more Muslims from other groups.
At the rest stations, it was very pleasing to be greeted by Unity Grammar staff and students who had volunteered for this event and were handing out fruits to all cyclists.
It was a great sense of euphoria and accomplishment to finish the course among our fellow Australians who share the same passion for cycling and making a difference to those suffering from MS.
Cyclists received their medals at the finish line and enjoyed the festival atmosphere at WA Lang Park, Wollongong with fellow cyclists, family and friends.