Spectacular photos from the 2018 MS Sydney to the Gong charity ride

Thousands of cyclists put their pedal to the metal at the weekend, hitting the road in droves for this year’s MS Sydney to the Gong charity ride.

After a few days of hot weather, Sunday morning’s milder conditions were certainly welcomed by the thousands of people who pulled on their Lycra and strapped on a helmet.

The event, now in its 37th year, saw 10,000 riders tackle an 82km course from Tempe or a shorter 58km ride from Engadine – raising money for people living with multiple sclerosis in the process.

Bikes parked at Lang Park in Wollongong at the end of the race. Picture: Robert Peet

Bikes parked at Lang Park in Wollongong at the end of the race. Picture: Robert Peet

Among them was Tim Hand, from Balmain, who rode from Engadine.

The 64-year-old last did the ride in “howling” wind about 18 years ago, but said Sunday’s conditions – which included a “beautiful sea breeze” – couldn’t have been better.

“It’s a gorgeous ride, just stunning,” Mr Hand said.

“It’s got to be one of the best charity rides, I think, in Australia.”

The ride was capped at 10,000 participants, meaning this year’s event was a sell out.

Donations are still being counted.