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Thousands of cyclists converge on local roads

Cyclists at Sandon Point, Bulli during last year’s ride. PHOTO: gongride.com

TEN thousand cyclists are set to tackle the Sydney to Wollongong 90km stretch today (Sunday) with the aim of raising funds in support of people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Motorists are advised to avoid Lawrence Hargrave Drive with thousands of cyclists expected to cause delays.

* Royal National Park (Waterfall and Otford): The McKell Avenue, Sir Bertram Stevens Drive, Lady Wakehurst Drive and Lawrence Hargrave Drive until 3pm.

* North Wollongong: Stafford Street and Station Street until 5.30pm.

* There is no access to the Royal National Park from Waterfall until 3pm. Motorists can only access the Royal National Park between Loftus and Garie.

* Lawrence Hargrave Drive is closed to traffic southbound from Stanwell Tops to Stanwell Park until 3pm. Local access only.

* A 60kmh speed restriction is in place on Princes Highway between Sutherland and Waterfall and a 40kmh speed restriction on Lawrence Hargrave Drive between Stanwell Tops and Thirroul.

More information: RMS website

Meanwhile 36 Wollongong City Council staff will take part in the Sydney to Gong Ride as part of the Live Well program.

The program aims to encourage staff to exercise and lead healthier lives through activity, eating well and enjoying work. As a part of the Live Well Program, Council also participated in the Global Corporate Challenge. Council staff walked a total of 155,480,088 steps over 16 weeks to become the 5th most active council in Australia.

Council Live Well co-ordinator Terry Dwyer has organised the team of riders, including Councillor George Takacs, to tackle the 90km ride to raise funds for research into Multiple Sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system affecting more young adult Australians than any other neurological condition.

So far Wollongong City Team has raised more than $3,330.

The team will travel to Sydney on Sunday for a 6.30am start, and then ride the 90km back to Wollongong where they will meet to share lunch and stories.

More information: Gongride.com

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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