WELCOME TO SOFT COGS INC.
The Soft Cogs Incorporated is a team of riders who share their love of riding bikes (road, mountain, triathlon, recumbent, tandem… you name it!). We predominantly come from the Hunter Valley however have riders who live in Sydney, Qld and beyond. We choose to band together and put our fundraising efforts into the MS Sydney to Wollongong bike ride (MS Gong Ride) every November.
Everyone is welcome to ride with us, our objectives are:
- Spread the word of riding and healthy lifestyles to our networks.
- Promote a safe, fun, responsible and sustainable riding atmosphere.
- Raise funds for local charities.
As you can see, it’s about more than just fundraising. We’re all about our network and their families.
Our 3 objectives are driven by 3 concerning observations:
- Increase issues with living unhealthy lifestyles
- Helping new riders learn proper bike etiquette and bike safety
- Use a social platform to increase enjoyment of riding whilst also raising funds for charity
There are so many other causes out there and we aim to spread our wings and help as many people as we can!
WHAT DO WE DO?
We campaign one fundraising event, the MS Gong Ride event, held in November each year. We obtain sponsors and symbolise the team on a new jersey each year. The ride is Australia’s premiere one-day organised ride, established in 1981. After the ride, the Soft Cogs have a marquee at the finish site and catering and refreshments are provided, historically free of charge. Not bad!
We often support our fundraising efforts through fundraising events during the year, such as trivia nights, dinner functions, or our biggest event ever, the 2012 Soft Cogs Ball.
Each year we average 110 riders in our team and collectively raise $100,000.
Gong Ride 2017
Our 12th Gong Ride, raising over $62,000 bringing our total to over $1.15Million for MS. 72 riders, and some tough riding weather made the feeling of accomplishment even greater! Go team!