Sunday November 4, 09:20 AM
Thousands of cyclists took to Sydney streets today to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
About 10,000 riders were expected to complete a fundraising trip from Sydney to Wollongong, MS Society event manager Karl Kinsella said.
The riders left Moore Park from 6.30am (AEDT) including six-year-old Jordan Lynch, the youngest ever rider.
Olympic silver medallist Michelle Ferris and wheelchair athlete John MacLean were also tackling the 92km course.
Only a handful of people were involved in the first Sydney to Gong ride 19 years ago but now it is one of the society's biggest fundraisers, Mr Kinsella said.
"The `Gong ride is special ... it has become an institution for Sydney's cyclist," Mr Kinsella said.
"It's a challenge and there is a great sense of achievement at the finish.
"There is a tremendous camaraderie among the riders - teams of friends and workmates ride in uniforms and mums and dads do it with their kids."
Police advised there would be traffic delays on Lawrence Hargrave Drive from Stanwell Tops to Thirroul.
The ride is Australia's largest one-day recreational cycling event and last year more than $200,000 was raised for the MS Society.
The money is used for research into
the cause of and a cure for multiple sclerosis.
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