Gear Up Girl SA
Bonython Park | Adelaide | Sunday 20 November 2022
This fantastic ride is about giving women from all kinds of cycling backgrounds a great excuse to get the girls together and enjoy a great day out on their bike. It doesn’t matter how fast you get to the finish line, what matters is the fun you have on the way there!
Haven’t ridden for a while? No problems. Gear Up Girl SA lets you decide how far you want to ride and it’s not a race.
Keen rider? Well time to convert some friends. This is about getting more women cycling.
So what are you waiting for? Bring your sister, your mum, your friends from work, and even the kids and prove you can achieve anything.
Gear up Girl SA offers a choice of three routes making it suitable for women of all ages and abilities to ride. All rides start and finish at Bonython Park in the centre of Adelaide.
A glass of complimentary bubbles is included with each ride. A gourmet cheese pack can be purchased as part of your registration.
Note: Route information displayed below is from 2021 event. Final 2022 route information TBC.
All routes are subject to change pending road and trail conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
The River Ride / 9.45am start
Approx 1-1.5 hours. Perfect for first timers, rusty riders or if you haven’t been on the bike for a long time
The River Ride is a circular route around the River Torrens following the Linear Park. This ride is suitable for all levels of ability. Great for those who haven’t done much riding and would like to take advantage of a mainly traffic free environment – you will have to watch out for pedestrians on the shared-use Linear Path however. It’s also a great option for those with young children.
This ride is approximately 10km in length
Beach Ride / 9.15am start
Approx 2 -3 hours. A great challenge but still great fun. (Yes, no hills). Good for ‘rusty’ to intermediate riders,
The Beach Ride will follows the Outer Harbour Greenway corridor from Bowden to Port Adelaide, using a mix of quiet roads and shared use paths. After stopping for free refreshments at the Harts Mill precinct, we head west to the coast near Semaphore and then follow the beach south via Grange and Henley Beach to the mouth of the River Torrens at Henley Beach South. Riders then head east along the Linear Path, which follows the meandering path of the River Torrens, all the way back to the finish. The Beach Ride distance is suitable for all riders with moderate fitness levels.
This ride is approximately 40km in length
Harbour Ride / 9.00am start
Approx 2.5-3.5 hours. Good for those up for a bit of a longer ride and get those muscles working. Great for intermediate riders
The Harbour Ride offers a longer distance for those who would like to test their endurance a little more. This route follows the same Outer Harbour Greenways corridor from the City as the Beach Ride. However from Port Adelaide the ride continues on through Birkenhead to Outer Harbour and back along the beach front to Semaphore. From here you rejoin with the Beach riders and return to the City via Military Rd, Henley Beach and the River Torrens Linear Path.Suitable for reasonably fit riders who are keen for an extra challenge.
This ride is approximately 55km in length
Prices & Registration
|10km River Ride||$32||FREE|
|40km Beach Ride||$45||FREE|
|55km Harbour Ride||$45||FREE|
|Gear Up Girl Maintenance Course – ladies only|
(Tuesday 8 November 5.30pm-8.30pm – Limited Spaces)
|*NOTES: Children aged 16 and under ride for FREE – you will be asked to give their name during the registration process|
- Participation rider bib
- Fully signed route
- Glass of bubbles for each rider (Sparkling wine or soft-drink)
- Support vehicles and ride marshals
- Refreshments at rest stations along the route
- Music at the event village
- Bicycle SA membership, if you’re not already a member (save money and be insured)
- Gear Up Girl jersey and merchandise
- Coffee and food available for purchase at Cafe Bonython
- Gourmet cheese pack at the finish line @ $15 per pack
- Massage at the finish (minimum 15 minutes @ $1/minute)
*Persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and in the care of a nominated adult who is responsible for them throughout the event. Children under the age of 6 ride must be in an Australian Standards child’s bike seat, trailer or tag-along (unless riding their own bicycle in the River ride). Each child’s name is required for the registration process.
News / Updates
Gear Up Girl SA Jersey / Merchandise
Below you will find essential information to help you enjoy your ride. Please take your time to read over the information.
Start / Finish Venue Information
- LOCATION: BONYTHON PARK
- REGISTRATION OPENS @ 7.45am – you MUST be registered before the Rider Briefing *
- RIDER BRIEFING – 8:40am for Harbour Ride; 8:40am for Beach Ride; 9:30am for River Ride
- START TIME – 55km 9:00am – Harbour Ride
- START TIME – 40km 9:15am – Beach Ride
- START TIME – 10km 9:45am – River Ride
*Registrations may take between 10 and 15 minutes, so allow plenty of time
- All Gear Up Girl SA routes start and finish at BONYTHON PARK on Port Rd, Thebarton
- The Event Village is on the beautiful riverside with plenty of shade and open space, ideal for a relaxing picnic at the end of a challenging but fun ride
- And if you don’t pack a picnic, there will be outlets offering food, snacks, coffees and cold drinks
Car parking – off street car parking is available in Bonython Park close to the event village. The best access is via the entry road / driveway directly opposite the old Coca-Cola factory. Click here for details.
Collection of Ride ID & Information
- All riders should collect their unique Ride ID for Gear Up Girl SA from the Bicycle SA office (11a Croydon Rd, Keswick) between 9.00am and 5.00 pm, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 November. If you have not collected your Ride ID, by 5pm, Thursday 17 November, you must check in at the registration desk at the start location to collect them on the morning of the ride. Your Ride ID will give you access to all food and refreshment stations en route and at the finish.
- PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU COLLECT YOUR RIDE ID PRIOR TO THE EVENT, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO CHECK IN AT THE START – you can go straight to the rider marshalling area. You can deposit small bags and items with the “cloakroom” to be collected at the finish.
- Bonython Park registrations are open at 07.45am and all riders MUST be registered before the Rider Briefings which will commence at 8:45am for Harbour Ride; 9:00am for Beach Ride; 9:30am for River Ride
Road Safety Awareness
- You must obey all Australian Road Rules.
- GEAR UP GIRL SA is an open road event
– You will be sharing the road with other traffic
– On shared-use paths there will be pedestrians and other users, so keep to your left, give way, pass only on the right of others and give plenty of clear warning of your approach
- Move to the left to allow motor vehicles to overtake.
- Keep your distance from those in front.
- Move off the road before you dismount.
- You must wear an approved Australian Standards bicycle helmet.
- You must ride in single file where appropriate and no more than 2 abreast at any time.
- Pass only in single file and only on the right of other riders.
- Be aware of your fellow riders and other traffic. Indicate and call out your intention to slow down, stop or change direction
- Be sociable and safe. Ride with someone who can tell you to slow down.
- Take care as other traffic may be travelling at high speeds.
- Private support vehicles are not permitted along the route. Vehicles belonging to family and friends must use an alternative route.
- The police will be patrolling the route and any riders found to be riding outside of the road rules will be subject to penalties under the Australian Road Rules.
Signage & Marshals
- From start to finish there will be Bicycle SA RED arrows and other signage marking the route.
- Signs will also indicate when you are approaching a refreshment station.
- There will be marshals (wearing fluorescent vests) on the route, riding bicycles and in vehicles, as well as at stationary posts. All volunteers and staff involved in the event will be clearly identifiable. The marshals do not have the authority to stop motorists; they are there for your safety and other road users. Please listen and follow their instructions.
River Ride – 10km
- The 10km River Ride is a circular route along the River Torrens starting and finishing at Bonython Park.
- The River Ride is a mix of shared-use bike paths and relatively quiet roads, including sections with bike lanes. This ride is suitable for all levels of ability. More details coming soon. Please Note: Take care and watch out for pedestrians on the shared-use path along the river.
Route map will be posted closer to the event
Beach Ride – 40km
- The Beach Ride will follows the Outer Harbour Greenway corridor from Bowden to Port Adelaide, using a mix of quiet roads and shared use paths. After stopping for free refreshments at the Harts Mill precinct, we head west to the coast near Semaphore and then follow the beach south via Military Rd, Grange and Henley Beach to the mouth of the River Torrens at Henley Beach South. Riders then head east along the Linear Path, which follows the meandering path of the River Torrens, all the way back to the finish. The Beach Ride distance is suitable for all riders with moderate fitness levels.
- Please Note: Take care and watch out for pedestrians on the shared-use path along the beachfront and the Torrens River. Please stay to the left of the path, pass with care and follow directions of traffic marshals.
Route map will be posted closer to the event
Harbour Ride – 55km
- The Harbour Ride offers a longer distance for those who would like to test their endurance a little more. This route follows the same Outer Harbour Greenways corridor from the City as the Beach Ride. However from Port Adelaide the ride continues on through Birkenhead to Outer Harbour and back along the beach front to Semaphore. From here you rejoin with the Beach riders and return to the City via Military Rd, Henley Beach and the River Torrens Linear Path.Suitable for reasonably fit riders who are keen for an extra challenge.
- The Harbour Ride is suitable for reasonably fit riders who are keen for an extra challenge.
Please Note: Take care and watch out for pedestrians on the shared-use path along the beachfront and the Torrens River. Please stay to the left of the path, pass with care and follow directions of traffic marshals.
Route map will be posted closer to the event
There will be drink stations along each route as indicated below:
55km HARBOUR RIDE
- PORT ADELAIDE, HARTS MILL 15km
- HENLEY BEACH STH, OZONE RESERVE 30km
40km BEACH RIDE
- PORT ADELAIDE, HARTS MILL 15km
- HENLEY BEACH STH, OZONE RESERVE 43km
10km RIVER RIDE
- BONYTHON PARK, CBD 10km Riders along on the River Ride can access refreshments at the finish
– At each station Nippy’s water and juices, plus hydration product will be available. The refreshment station at Henley Beach Sth will also offer fresh fruit, cake and biscuits
– All riders must bring water to the start of the event and we suggest you bring some extra snacks to eat along the way or should you happen to break down
– Food and drink vendors will be onsite at Bonython Park. There will also be supplementary water and hydration product available
– Additional public toilets and mains water taps are available at regular intervals along the route where you can stop and refresh between official drink stations
– Drink Stations are the ideal places to step off your bike for a moment, have a rest, catch up with your riding buddies, enjoy the scenery and importantly, re-apply your sunscreen and make sure that you keep your hydration levels up.
Mechanical support will be available at start and limited roaming mechanical support en-route will also be available. All official event vehicles and marshals will have the resources to help with punctures, though riders are responsible for carrying their own repair kits and spare tubes as well as ensuring that their bike is mechanically sound before the event.
Thanks to the following businesses for providing mechanical support on the day
- ADELAIDE MOBILE BICYCLE SERVICE ADELAIDE & SUBURBS – Mobile service Tel: 0466 343 885www.adelaidemobilebicycleservice.com.au
Emergency / Incident Procedures
IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL 000
In the event of an incident, use the following checklist as a guide:
- Ensure your safety first
- Ensure the safety and welfare of any injured person, any participants, volunteers and/or public
- Contact appropriate emergency authorities, stating your name, location, phone number, role and service(s) required
- Remain at the scene until emergency assistance arrives, unless safe to do so
- Provide all possible assistance to emergency services
- Record all actions and times and details of all involved, including possible witnesses as soon as practical. If necessary / possible take photographs
- Contact Bicycle SA as soon as possible
- BONYTHON PARK / EVENT OPERATIONS 0427 771 821
- BICYCLE SA OFFICE (general enquiries) 8168 9999 Mon – Thurs only
- EVENT MANAGER 0427 771 821
Please note that every attempt has been made to ensure the details contained in this information are accurate at the time of posting, however things can change and we urge you to check the validity of the information yourself.
Gear Up Girl Ambassadors
Gear Up Girl SA Ambassadors
Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor
The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor is a community leader and role model, a fit and active woman despite her demanding schedule and a firm believer in enabling and encouraging women and girls everywhere to defy barriers and achieve everything they are capable of. As such she jumped at the chance to be an Ambassador for Gear Up Girl to use her leadership role to draw attention to an event that starts and finishes in the City of Adelaide at the beautiful Bonython Park.
Mayor Verschoor believes cycling is a great way to improve your health and enjoy the City of Adelaide’s beautiful streets and the Adelaide Park Lands.
“As an ambassador for Gear Up Girl, I’m encouraging women to hop on their bikes and head to Bonython Park for a scenic ride around the River Torrens / Karrawirra Parri along the Linear Park trail. With reed beds to one side and River Red Gums on the other, this picturesque path is a natural oasis in the heart of the city. It is perfect for a relaxing day out on your bike.”
After cycling as a commuter for some years Margaret was drawn to cycling for sport at a later stage in life, switching from horse riding in 2005. As a cyclist Margaret learned to ride twice over after she had a serious accident in 2011 resulting in a serious traumatic brain injury. She had to go back to being a beginner again!
After fitting her passion for cycling in around her legal career for some years, and recovering from the accident, Margaret re-trained as a Cycling Coach and Personal Trainer and set up First Principles Fitness and Coaching in 2014. In ‘First Principles’ she puts her many years of coaching and leading in her previous career and her experience in having to become a beginner again to work, enabling and supporting recreational riders to gain fitness, skill and confidence as cyclists. She trains one on one or in groups, in particular with the AusCycling Ride Nation ‘She Rides’ program, and indoors at Echelon Cycling Studio.
Margaret loves sharing her passion for cycling with women and helping them share in all the wonderful ways that getting better at cycling helps you get better at “doing” life too! She is proud to be involved with Gear Up Girl as an initiative encouraging women of all ages and cycling abilities to participate in a fun, safe bike ride. She’s looking forward to sharing some tips about preparing and training for the ride and about riding safely.
Sharlene started riding in 2015. She turned up at Cycling Australia’s She Rides confidence course run by Margaret Boylan of First Principles Coaching with her old bike, a big smile and a positive attitude. This was the start of a very exciting relationship between Marg and Sharlene and the beginning of Sharlene’s love for cycling.
Since then Sharlene has gone on to ride in lots of Bike SA cycling events. She has competed various challenges including the Claire Classic, Noosa Classic, Revolve2 4 team event (2018), Revolve24 SOLO event (2019) and even begun cycling across the USA in 2020! Yet sadly when Covid-19 hit, the ride of a lifetime had to be cut short. But once the world returns to the new normal, she plans to go back and finish the ride. It’s amazing how far we can go on two wheels!
Sharlene is also a bike education instructor, teaches swimming and enjoys instructing aqua fitness classes.
Sharlene went on to become a cycling coach working alongside Margaret under First Principles Coaching and the AusCycling Ride Nation ‘She Rides’ programs, with the desire to encourage more women to ride.
Sharlene is also an active member of the Skinny Lattes Cycling Group.
With all she has achieved in such a short time, Sharlene has shown that you can achieve lots on a bike with determination and work in building your skills and fitness as a cyclist. Sharlene is a great contributor to our Gear Up Girl event.
Prepare Your Ride
Prepare Your Ride
Check out the following resources to prepare yourself for Gear Up Girl SA in November.
You can also register for a Bike SA course for extra support and training in the lead up to the event.
If you are looking for inspiration to get on your bike, read Tara’s story, Ten Things I’ve Learned From Cycling – a cycle-chic lady who knows how to roll in style, and reap the benefits of a daily bike ride.
Or, ask your girl friends to join in the event and encourage each other to give it a go, like Kay, our Bike Education Manager.
- “Last year, I asked my girl friends to join in – some were a bit hesitant – and registered 8 of us to take part in the 40km beach ride. We varied in fitness and ability – to some of us the morning was an enjoyable ride, to others a real challenge – but the best bit of all was we all had a good laugh!
- Stopping at a few water stops we enjoyed a good natter although we did that whilst riding too. The event was an excuse for us to get together and it was also a focus to start thinking about fitness as summer was around the corner. None of my friends had taken part in a bike event before and all enjoyed the challenge and girlie camaraderie on the day.
- Now, my friends are asking if we are joining in again this year; We have 10 girls already registered in our group and I hear we have more friends of friends coming along too. So come on girls, dust off those bikes and Gear up Girl!” (Kay)
Bike SA Courses for women
Bike SA does offer year-round courses and events to suit your needs. Try our Bike Maintenance Courses. If you’re confident riding on the road, but are afraid to get stuck with mechanical problems on the way, try our bike maintenance courses. They will give you plenty of handy tips and tricks to make any mechanical break-down a no-brainer!
Join a Ride Group and meet friends
Each year Bike SA organizes over 1,000 free rides as part of the comprehensive Rides Program. A quarterly produced Rides Program lists all rides, so you can easily find a group near you. Read more
“Last year I joined Bike SA which has provided many program for riders. Sometimes I join ride groups. Now I have a few friends as riders. Thank you for your help…. ” Sakura on Facebook
For more information about volunteering, click here.
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So much fun... so well organised. My friends and I loved it.
Last year was so much fun. I'd never really been into cycling, but this was just a really well organised event. It was great excuse to get some friends together, go for a ride and relax at the end. I didn't even realise how long I'd ridden for until I'd finished