Today marks 100 days to go until the second iteration of the Brisbane Cycling Festival with athletes Katherine Bates (Track & Road), Michael Shippley (Para Cycling Track), Cameron Wright (MTB), Brandon Loupos, Izaac Kennedy and Natalya Diehm (BMX) coming together for a ‘ride on the river’ at the cities newest tourist attraction, the Water Bikes at Riverlife.
The photo represents the unification all cycling disciplines, aligning with the recently announced AusCycling and showcases the breadth of content within the Brisbane Cycling Festival to mark the 100 days to go.
With the 2020 event postponed due to Covid-19 the Brisbane Cycling Festival will be back bigger and better than ever in 2021.
The Brisbane Cycling Festival will host the Tour de Brisbane partnered with Splatt Lawyers including the UCI Gran Fondo World Series, the AusCycling Track Nationals and will be supported by all of the Festivities at the new home of the Brisbane Cycling Festival, the Brisbane Showgrounds.
The Festival Village will be pumping after announcing a new partnership with the Kingdom of Beers Festival, Brisbane’s premier Beer festival. The Festival Village will also feature an Active Lifestyle Expo, live entertainment and activities for people of all ages and abilities.
AusCycling Queensland, General Manager Sean Muir said “Six weeks ago, the sport of cycling came together, with BMX, Road, Track and Mountain Bike all agreeing to form a new organisation – AusCycling. The purpose of AusCycling is to bring together the sport’s membership and resources to create greater lifestyle, riding, and racing opportunities.
AusCycling will educate, advocate, and create a nation of bike riders. There is no better way to promote these outcomes, than with the achievements of the Brisbane Cycling Festival.
The festival has worked hard this year to build new partnerships, and bring additional cycling and community-based events and experiences into the festival. Our aim is to be the biggest multidisciplinary cycling festival, to show people the health and wellbeing benefits of riding, and display Brisbane as a leading cycling destination.
After the year we have all had to endure, there has never been a better time to get on your bike and be a part of the Brisbane Cycling Festival.”
The 100 days to go announcement coincides with the release of the 2021 Tour de Brisbane partnered with Splatt Lawyers courses that welcomes anyone with two wheels to get on their bike and go for a ride on fully closed roads with 110km, 70km, 30km and 7km courses for people of all ages and abilities.
Event Director Mile Crawley said “2021 will be a year with secondary courses changes given the 2020 postponement. For the first time ever we are using the Western Freeway and operating two courses – North and South, at the same time. The northern course will open for the National Road Series and Oceanic races; whilst the Southern Course will open for the Gran Fondo, who will then ride the northern course. This is truly an international ride and race course and with an expected 6,000 participants”
Australia’s finest track cyclists will compete in Brisbane in the AusCycling Track National Championships before representing Australia at the Tokyo Olympics 2021. This will be the final domestic event for the Australian athletes.
The AusCycling Track National Championships are slated to be the biggest we’ve seen to date. With a number of new inclusions into the schedule, participants and spectators will have more reasons to be part of the Championships.
The Brisbane Cycling Festival will be instrumental in the economic recovery encouraging visitation to Queensland and spending in the local economy, after an extremely tough year.
Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Brisbane Cycling Festival was another sporting triumph for the Queensland capital.
“Hosting the Brisbane Cycling Festival is an opportunity for Queensland’s capital city to once again shine as a hub for significant sporting events, as we’ve done with the AFL, Australian Women’s Cricket, Super Netball and the WNBL,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“Not only does the Brisbane region have some of the country’s best cycling infrastructure, the Brisbane Cycling Festival is an excellent way of showcasing our city’s quality visitor experiences.
“The Brisbane Cycling Festival brings elite athletes, crew and visitors to Queensland, who in turn support local businesses, local jobs and the South East’s COVID-19 economic recovery.
“As a feature of the It’s Live! In Queensland events calendar, the Brisbane Cycling Festival is proudly supported by the Palaszczuk Government through Tourism and Events Queensland.”
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said “This year’s Brisbane Cycling Festival is shaping up to be one of our best events to date and I’m looking forward to the atmosphere a mixture local and interstate visitors and athletes will bring to back to Brisbane,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Events and live entertainment are things we’ve sorely missed during the coronavirus pandemic, and this festival will be a big boost for business confidence by filling up our pubs, clubs, restaurants and retailers, pedalling us further towards economic recovery.”
AusCycling’s Para Track Cyclist Michael Shippley said “The Anna Meares Velodrome is a world class facility, I can’t wait to be back in Brisbane for the Brisbane Cycling Festivals AusCycling Track National Champions ships in 2021.”
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