In support of the annual Gear Up Girl cycle event on Sunday 8 March, Sutherland Shire Council has put together a council team to take part in Bicycle NSW’s female only recreational ride in Sydney which finishes at Don Lucas Reserve, Cronulla.

The event which offers 20, 40 and 60 km cycle routes was first run in 2008 and is supported by the Heart Foundation and Go Red for Women with Sutherland Shire Council an event partner.

Councillor Tracy Cook will join with council employees to take on the challenge and is looking forward to the opportunity to ride with many other female riders from across Sydney in a fun event which features some of the best cycling routes in Sydney.

“I’m proud council is supporting the Gear Up Girl event which is held on International Women’s Day. I can’t think of a better way for women to celebrate the day than getting outside to enjoy the friendship of other women while also improving our health,” Cr Cook said.

“Gear Up Girl raises awareness of heart disease which is the biggest killer of women in Australia. We can all look after our hearts better by eating well and exercising and by taking part in this event, we can make a difference in making people more aware of this significant health issue.

“That’s why I am involved in Gear Up Girl this year and I encourage females of all ages over 10 to join us,” said Cr Cook.

Sutherland Shire Mayor, Kent Johns welcomed the return of Gear Up Girl to the Shire and the many riders from all over Sydney. “It is going to be a great event again this year and I wish all riders a safe and fun day,” the Mayor said.

There are three ride options catering for all levels of fitness. The 60km Coast Ride is for those looking for a challenge with the route starting in Bicentennial Park at Sydney Olympic Park and then heading south along the Cooks River cycleway and on to Kurnell before returning to Cronulla to finish at Don Lucas Reserve.

The 40km Classic Ride is a more leisurely ride, ideal for all abilities. Starting at Bicentennial Park at Sydney Olympic Park, the route will take riders south along the Cooks River cycleway and on to the finish line at Cronulla.

For those wanting a shorter ride which is ideal for mums and young daughters, the 20km Beach Ride starts at Don Lucas Reserve, Cronulla and takes you out along dedicated cycle lanes to Kurnell and then returns back to the Cronulla to the finish line. Children must be 10 years and over and must ride with a paying adult.

Gear Up Girl doesn’t stop once you have crossed the finish line. At the Cronulla Festival Finish, you can celebrate your achievements and enjoy the atmosphere with a Pamper Zone, the Dressed to Impress Parade, live music, street performers and market and food stalls.

Females can enter as an individual or you can create or join a team when you register online. For more details