The first ever Sydney Rides Festival finishes this Sunday, October 16, but until then keen riders can enjoy art, films and some of the most spectacular rides the city has to offer.

Key events of the festival’s final days include rides through some of the city’s most scenic spots, and opportunities for people without their own bikes to give cycling a try.

Head to Pyrmont Bay Park for a free ‘try a bike’ session on Friday, October 14, noon-2pm. Bikes will be available for anyone wanting to take a spin. Clock up your 10 minutes of riding for the challenge and grab a free coffee or sausage from the BBQ.

Later on Friday night, those looking to mix aerobic exercise with their Friday night drinks should head to the Standard Hotel above Kinselas in Darlinghurst for the BFF Gold Sprints. A gold sprint is a bicycle-rollers racing and social event where riders on stationary bikes compete in front of spectators. These sprint races are open to anyone, with qualifying rounds from 8–10.30pm and knock-out rounds to follow.

Four major cycling events will take place across the city on Sunday. Serious cyclists can take part in the Spring Cycle Classic Ride, a 55-kilometre course that starts in North Sydney, crosses the Harbour Bridge and finishes along Olympic Boulevard in Sydney Olympic Park. The 16km City Ride and the City to Bondi Ride offer shorter, more relaxed rides,

The festival’s official closing event is an all-day celebration at Pirrama Park in Pyrmont, with music, market stalls, kids’ activities, arts and crafts, free bike mechanics and more. It’s also the finish point for the City Ride, so you can cheer on cyclists as they cross the finish line.

“Even if you haven’t ridden a bike for a while there should be something to interest you — and, who knows, it may even tempt you to join the growing number of people who are finding that bike riding is a safe, healthy, quick and convenient way to get around the city,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said of the festival.

INFO: www.sydneyrideschallenge.net/events

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