More than 10,000 cyclists participated in the MS Sydney to Wollongong charity ride to raise more than 5 million dollars for people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.

It has been an annual event for the last 37 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.

On the way to Wollongong.

Finishing the course was not an easy feat. There were numerous hills to climb and fast downhills. It was a beautiful sunny day with some wind. Although there were a few accidents, 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 six Muslim women including myself participated from the Sydney Cycling Sisters as well as many more Muslims from other groups.

Sabrina Allam with her medal.

Randa Ghazi with her medal.

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.

To join Sydney Cycling Sisters or Swim Sisters, visit their facebook page: www.fb.com/sydneycyclingsisters

May Fahmi with her husband Mohamed Nasr, who also participated in the Wollongong cycle.