When is the Heart Foundation Gear Up Girl?
  • Sunday March 10, 2019
What time do the start sites open? What time will my ride begin? Are there any rest stops along the course?
How much does it cost to enter?
  • Please visit our ride prices page here to access ride pricing.
Can I enter on the day?
  • Unlike previous years, there will be no registration on the day for Gear Up Girl, however we will be taking online registrations up until the evening prior to the ride; registrations will close at 5pm on Saturday March 9, 2019.
How can I change my registration or access my active account?
  • Login to your Active Dashboard and go to My Events; this allows you to make changes to your registration, buy additional merchandise or transfer your registration (during the designated period).
  1. Please add in your Registration ID (this can be found in the confirmation email) in the blue box on the right hand side of the page that states ‘Claim Registration’
  2. Then double check all personal details are correct
  3. Once personal details are confirmed you will be able to do the following things:
    1. View registration
    2. Edit registration information
    3. Change event category
    4. Purchase additional merchandise
    5. Transfer registration to someone else
    6. Create a team or join a team
  • You can make changes to your registration up until Monday 11:59pm February 11. After this time no changes will be permitted as Rider Packs will be posted out.
Can I transfer my registration to another participant?
  • You can transfer your entry to someone else by logging into your account via your Active Dashboard. Please note transfers can be made up until Monday 11:59pm February 11, no changes are possible after this date.
Can men ride in the Gear up Girl Ride?
  • Gear up Girl is a women’s only event, we encourage all men who wish to be involved in Gear Up Girl to volunteer and help us provide a fun and safe event for all the ladies. There are plenty of volunteering roles from site and route marshals, to riding bike mechanics and logistical support. If you are interested in volunteering click here.
What is in my Rider Pack?
  • Your Gear Up Girl Rider Pack will be your ride number. The ride number needs to be displayed at the front of your bike on the day of the ride.
Will my Rider Pack be posted to me?
  • Free Rider Pack postage is available to all participants who register on or before 11:59pm on Monday February 11, 2019. Rider Packs will be sent to the postal address entered upon registration, therefore please ensure the correct details are entered. Mailout of Rider Packs will commence on Monday February 18, 2019.
  • Those who register after February 11 will need to collect their Rider Pack from Ride HQ at the start site on the day of the ride. All online registrations close 5pm on Saturday March 9, 2019.
I have not received my Rider Pack.
  • All Rider Packs, for those registered on or before Monday February 11, will be sent via Australia Post. It can take up to 5 working days for your Rider Pack to arrive. If for some reason your Rider Pack does not arrive by post, we can arrange a new one at Ride HQ at the start site on the day of the ride. If you have lost or damaged your Rider Pack, you will be issued a replacement on the day, at Ride HQ for a replacement fee of $20.
  • For those who registered on or after Tuesday February 12, your Rider Pack will be available for collection at Ride HQ. For those picking up their Rider Packs on the day of the ride from Ride HQ, please bring a copy of your confirmation email (with your Bib Number on it) and we will have your Rider Pack waiting for you. We recommend getting to the start site at least 30min prior to your start time. For times and locations of each ride, click here.
What is a child entry?
  • Child entry is available for all children 16 and under on the day of the ride. Unfortunately, children under 8 years old will not be permitted to ride in Gear Up Girl independently on their own bicycle. However they are most welcome to ride with a parent/guardian in a baby seat, trailer or connected via a tag-along or similar device. Children riding on the bicycle of a parent/guardian ride for free.
Why do I have to pay for my child to ride?
  • We charge a small fee for children to ride in Gear Up Girl independently on their own bicycle, in order to cover the hard costs involved. Gear Up Girl is about getting children out exploring Sydney on a bike so we have tried to keep the cost down as much as possible.
Can a child ride alone? Is there a Parent/Guardian Consent Form?
  • All children riding in Gear Up Girl must be accompanied by an adult. Please see Gear Up Girl Terms & Conditions. If the rider is under the age of 18, the Parent/Guardian must consent to the Event Terms & Conditions at the time of registration.
What are the age restrictions for each ride?
  • Children under the age of 8 are not allowed to ride independently in Gear Up Girl. If the rider is aged 16 years or younger on the day of the ride they must be accompanied by a Parent/Guardian, as nominated at the time of registration. Please click here for specific information on the ride of your choice.
  • As a result of the recommendations from the NSW Police and government authorities, we have enforced the following age limits for those riding independently on their own bicycle:
  1. 20 km Beach Ride – 8 years and older
  2. 40km Classic Ride – 10 years and older
  3. 60km Coast Ride – 12 years and older
  4. 80km Challenge Ride - No children, 17 years and older
Why are there age restrictions?
  • For safety reasons we have had to revise and adjust the age restrictions due to safety priorities from the NSW Police and government authorities.
  • The age restrictions only apply to participants riding independently, on their own bike, without any assistance by an adult. It does not apply to children who are positioned in a child seat on the back or front of an adult bike, are connected to your bike via a trailer, tag along or similar device. If your child will be riding with you in an ‘attached’ style, we welcome them to ride Gear Up Girl in any ride, excluding the 80km Challenge Ride.
Why are there speed restrictions?
  • The ride is not a race, but a celebration of cycling. Therefore speed restrictions are in place for safety reasons and to put emphasis on the nature of the event. The most important part is to come together as a community and enjoy the ride safely. The restrictions are as follows:
    • 20km: 25 km/hr
    • 40km: 25 km/hr
    • 60km: 30 km/hr
    • 80km: 30 km/hr
What if I can’t make the distance on the day?
  • We provide a Sweep Bus which follows the last rider of each ride and can pick you up if you can’t manage to ride any further. The Sweep Bus will take you to the nearest public transport or major site so that you can make your way home from there or continue to the finish site to join in on all the fun and festival activities.
What do I need to bring with me?
  • You will need to carry at least one full water bottle (ideally two) with you to keep yourself hydrated. There are three stops along the 40km Classic Ride, 60km Coast Ride and 80km Challenge Ride and one stop on the 20km Beach Ride. At these stops you can fill up your water bottle, use the bathrooms and some of the sites will also have food vendors where you are able to buy refreshments. You might also like to carry some snacks with you. There will be food outlets and market stalls at the event village so make sure you bring some money with you to make the most of what’s on offer.
What sort of bike do I need?
  • All routes use sealed roads, cycleways and shared paths. Riders are permitted to use mountain bikes, road bikes, hybrids, tandems, unicycles, recumbents - you name it! It is a ride for everyone so any bike will do. Please check our safety recommendations to be sure your bike is up to par! See our Event Terms & Conditions for more details.
Can I ride with my child in a trailer or baby seat?
  • Yes, Gear Up Girl is a family event for all. However, please make sure that your child is also a registered entrant in the event (it is free for children riding on a parents bicycle, however all participants must still be registered for safety reasons). 
Can I ride an eBike in Gear Up Girl?
  • Electric bikes are more than welcome to join in on Gear Up Girl.
Will the traffic be stopped for bike riders?
  • All riders will have to obey road rules and give way to pedestrians on shared pathways. Our wayfinding marshals are there to direct the riders, not motor traffic. There will be police and traffic controllers at certain points in the rides to control traffic.
What public transport is available on Gear Up Girl day?
  • Participants of Gear Up Girl are advised to travel by public transport on the day. Travel on public transport services is covered for all Gear Up Girl 2019 participants and volunteers. Simply present your ride number or volunteer transport ticket to transport staff when boarding public transport on Sunday 10 March 2019. The free transport includes:
    • Sydney Train Services
    • NSW Train Link Intercity Services
    • Ferry services (at the discretion of ferry crew, depending on the capacity of the ferry)
    • Volunteers without bicycles are allowed to use buses, Please note: Bikes are not permitted on buses
Am I insured when I am on the ride?
  • Gear up Girl participants are not covered by insurance by default. To ensure that you have Personal Accident and Public Liability cover, it is best to become a Bicycle NSW Member. Existing Bicycle NSW Members will be covered by their membership and receive a discount off their entry fee. Click here to find out more about Bicycle NSW membership.
What happens if it rains on the day?
  • Gear up Girl will go ahead come rain or shine! No refunds for wet weather will be provided. Please refer to our Terms & Conditions for more info.
Is there a bag drop?
  • We do not have a bag drop for this event, we recommend keeping essential belongings you will need on the day with you on your person.
I have already registered, but would like to buy event merchandise. Can I do that?
  • Yes, you can buy additional merchandise via your Active Dashboard and then click on ‘additional merchandise.'
What if I register and then become injured, or am unable to attend the event?
  • When registering for Gear Up Girl the Terms & Conditions must be accepted by each individual entrant. To see our refund policy click here. There are no exceptions to this rule and no refunds will be given for change of mind. However, please visit your Active Dashboard to transfer your registration.
Click here to view the full Terms & Conditions.