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Members of the San Cyclists team.

Doctors and nurses from Sydney Adventist Hospital will be swapping their scrubs for lycra as they prepare to take part in the Bobbin Head Cycle Classic on Sunday.

General manager Brett Goods expects to lead out at least 20 keen cyclists, including surgeons, intensive care, radiology and administrative staff, in the challenging event, which includes a choice of four rides through scenic Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Bobbin Head.

Mr Goods has been a keen cyclist since childhood on a large farm when bikes were a critical link to neighbours. These days he rides for pleasure with his family and friends, and remembers rides around Lake Macquarie, the Spring Cycle, the Tour Down Under and the challenging but picturesque French Alps, as highlights.

“Riding is a great change from hospital management,” he said. “Riding provides stress relief, time with friends and a chance to appreciate nature.

“Although it can be exhausting, it is also exhilarating and it rejuvenates me—when I’m finished I feel great.

“It will be the same with the Bobbin Head Cycle Classic. I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a chance to celebrate life.”

Mr Goods has put a call-out to other cyclists to be part of the fun and join the hospital team on Sunday.

Register at www.bobbinheadcycleclassic.com.au/register and look for the team San Cyclists.