This website is devoted to information about our charity bicycle ride of 59 km between two Crowne Plaza Hotels. This event has run successfully for four years running, and the event for 2013 will be held again on Sunday 27th October, 2013.
The ride is starting from CROWNE PLAZA NEWCASTLE on SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER from the ALFRESCO (adjacent to SEASALT).
Crowne Meetings Director
Crowne Plaza Newcastle
Cnr Merewether Street & Wharf Road (PO Box 411)
Newcastle NSW 2300, Australia
Direct Line: +61 2 49075059
Main Line: +61 2 49075000
Fax: +61 2 49075080
Crowne Plaza Newcastle
PO Box 411
Newcastle NSW 2300
1. What time will Riders depart Crowne Plaza Newcastle?
Crowne Plaza Newcastle will be hosting a light breakfast for riders to enjoy before departing from Newcastle on the journey to Hunter Valley, with breakfast to start from 7.30am. A compulsory briefing will be held for all riders from 8.30am with riders departing soon after. Riders will be marshalled in small packs of riders (up to 20 riders in each pack) with support from a lead and rear support vehicle. Riders are scheduled to arrive at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley from noon.
2. Is transported provided for the return journey to Newcastle?
Support vehicles will be travelling with riders from Crowne Plaza Newcastle to Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley and will be available should any rider feel they need to withdraw from the ride or require assistance due to breakdowns. We encourage riders to invite friends and family to join us post ride at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley so as you have returned transport available.
3. Can friends and family join in for the post ride celebrations?
We encourage friends and family of riders to join us all for the post ride BBQ at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. For those wishing to join us for our BBQ we kindly ask for a $5 donation to the Westpac Helicopter.
4. What is the route for the ride?
Please see the ride route pdf for the route for the riders to take. Please remember that all riders will be supported by a support vehicles, with two breaks along the way.
5. What happens if I need assistance during the ride?
Support vehicles will always be available to all riders, with our 'social riders' leaving behind the 'advanced riders' so as not to feel rushed. Should any rider not feel comfortable continuing the ride, a support vehicle will pick up both the rider and their bike and transport them to the finish line.
6. Can anyone register for Crowne2Crowne?
The more the merrier! Please invite all your friends and family to join us! Together we can support Westpac Helicopter!
7. Will there be breaks along the way?
Included in the registration fee of $50 is the following: light breakfast, first on route break at Hexham with refreshing drinks and snacks, second on route break at Kurri Kurri with refreshing drinks and snacks and a enjoyable BBQ lunch at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley post ride.
8. Can donations be made on the day?
Of course! We will have donation buckets available at the start, break stops and finish line and encourage all to drop a few coins in the bucket to support Westpac Helicopter. Every dollar counts.
9. Where does my $50 donation go?
Every dollar from your registration fee will be donated directly to Westpac Helicopter! In addition to this all donations will be handed over to Westpac as well.
We had a great time. I have been on a number of organised rides over the past 15 years and I would have to say that the Crowne to Crowne is the best of all the rides. The people were extremely friendly...it was for a good cause... and the Crowne was extremely generous in supplying something to eat before and after the event. I would genuinely encourage you to advertise the ride in the future, even if it was just some flyers and to contact the local media. It is amazing how people will get behind a good cause. This weekend I am off to Melbourne to cycle the Around the Bay in a Day because it is for a good cause and I enjoy cycling!
Please extend my thanks to all who assisted at the Crowne!