Inaugural Brisbane Cycling Festival pedals into town
Rolling into Brisbane on March 28, the inaugural Brisbane Cycling Festival will showcase Brisbane as an international cycling destination and attract thousands of attendees.
Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the Brisbane Cycling Festival was a new 18-day multi discipline event featuring a unique range of professional, amateur and mass participation events from 28 March to 14 April 2019.
“The Festival will feature the Tour de Brisbane, which includes a 110km UCI Gran Fondo World Series event, a 110km National Road Series event, and public events including the Amy Gillet Foundation 110km ride, a 45km ‘piccolo’ recreation ride and a free 8km community ride,” Cr Schrinner said.
“The Brisbane Cycling Festival will also play host to the Six Day Cycling Final where international stars will race at the Anna Meares Velodrome, the Track National Championships to crown Australia’s Junior, Elite and Master champions and feature 50 free events and activations across Brisbane.
“More than $8 million is expected to be injected into Brisbane’s economy through the event, which was secured for an initial three-year period by the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane City Council via Brisbane Marketing.”
Cr Schrinner said the Brisbane Cycling Festival would put Brisbane in the spotlight as a cycling destination and showcase everything the city has to offer.
“Brisbane is an ideal city to host such an event and the range of events will entice visitors from across Australia and around the globe to our city.
“We are blessed with an enviable outdoor lifestyle, a strong cycling culture, the wonderful Anna Meares Velodrome and a comprehensive network of cycle paths and bikeways.
“Council is currently investing $100 million over four years to extend Brisbane’s network of bikeways, following on from $220 million spent since 2008 on improved cycling networks across our city.
“In addition to enhancing Brisbane’s reputation as a major cycling destination, the influx of visitors to the festival will provide an economic boost to Brisbane, create jobs across the city and support our accommodation, retail, hospitality and service sectors.”
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the Brisbane Cycling Festival was an exciting new event for the state.
“The Brisbane Cycling Festival is a great opportunity to showcase our state as a world-class events destination. Over the coming weeks we’ll be welcoming thousands of cyclists from elites through to amateurs and families to the city streets and the Anna Meares Velodrome,” she said.
“Visitors and locals alike will have the chance to experience the city from a unique perspective and gain a great appreciation for this state.
“We support events because they deliver millions of dollars for our tourism industry and support local jobs. The Brisbane Cycling Festival is one of six events kicking off in Brisbane this month, which are set to inject more than $36 million into the local economy.
“We’re proud to support the Brisbane Cycling Festival through Tourism and Events Queensland.
“We’ve more the doubled the value of Queensland’s major events calendar – this year tipped to pump more than $800 million into Queensland’s economy.”
Cycling Queensland CEO Sean Muir said the Brisbane Cycling Festival has been a long time in the making.
“Queensland has gained the infrastructure that has enabled us to host events like the Track Nationals and Six Day events - without investments from the State Government in the new Anna Meares Velodrome, and Brisbane City Council’s development of cycling infrastructure, this Festival could not be possible,” Mr Muir said.
“Cycling Queensland is thrilled to be a key part of the festival, and seeing more people riding, racing and watching cycling.
“For cycling fans, the Festival is 18 days of cycling euphoria. For the general sport or event goers, there are plenty of activities to involve you and your friends and family.
“It’s not every day that a major international cycling festival comes to town, so I encourage everyone to grab a Festival program and be a part of the Brisbane Cycling Festival.”
Tickets and entry for Brisbane Cycling Festival are still available for the Tour de Brisbane, the Track National Championships and the Six Day Series Final. The full program is available at www.brisbanecyclingfestival.com/events.
For more information about the event, visit www.brisbanecyclingfestival.com, or for up-to-date information about road closures and changed traffic conditions, visit www.tourdebrisbane.org/roads.