Cyclists across Australia are buzzing today following the release of the course of the Australian Unity Tour de Brisbane bike ride scheduled for Sunday 10 April 2022.
After a hugely successful event in 2021, the Australian Unity Tour de Brisbane will showcase Brisbane City once again on the world sporting stage.
Supported by world renowned cyclist Robbie McEwen AM as Official Event Ambassador, the course starts and finishes from the Brisbane Showgrounds and encapsulates the most iconic landmarks of Brisbane including the Story Bridge, Inner CBD, Centenary Motorway, Inner City Bypass, and Mount Coot-Tha.
For the first time, cyclists will also ride underground beneath Queen Street and King George Square before heading up the Inner Northern Busway past QUT Kelvin Grove and then entering the Legacy Way Tunnel.
The ride sets itself apart by being one of the only UCI Gran Fondo World Series events worldwide held on fully closed inner city roads and offers a range of distances including the 110km, 80km, 50km, 14km and a Free Community Ride.
Australian Unity Tour de Brisbane runs alongside the Brisbane Cycling Festival presented by King St, Australia's biggest multi-disciplinary cycling event scheduled for 24 March – 14 April 2022.
The line-up for 2022 is already shaping up to be epic with the return of the AusCycling Track National Championships, Festival Village, Active Lifestyle Expo plus the addition of the Combined Oceania Cycling Championships.
Brisbane Cycling Festival Director Aaron Flanagan was excited to see the course officially launched for 2022.
“We’re approaching 100 days until the Festival officially kicks off and today’s launch is super exciting, the Australian Unity Tour de Brisbane team have once again created an exciting course with over 110km of fully closed city roads departing from the Brisbane Cycling Festival Village. This is one Sunday ride you won’t want to miss!”
Flanagan was also thrilled to announce an expanded program for the Festival in 2022.
“We’re also excited to announce the return of the Brisbane Cycling Festival Village over three huge days with the addition of Be-Well Day on 8 April focussing on Healthy Workplaces including the Spokes n’ Jokes Launch Party, Corporate Teams Challenge, Street Racing with VIP views and the first day of the Active Lifestyle Expo.”
“The Saturday our Family Fun Day will see the addition of a Colour Ride, Cyclo-Cross, Bike Polo, family entertainment for all and of course Sunday, 10 April is when the Australian Unity Tour de Brisbane takes over for our Super Sunday!”
Race Director Mike Crawley says that he continues to be amazed at the commitment by Brisbane City Council and the Queensland State Government to deliver this event and support the growth in cycling and sports tourism.
“Brisbane is fast becoming well known as Australia’s cycling capital. With considerable investment in cycling infrastructure and a dedicated local cycling cohort, it is exciting to see this event compliment the future growth of the sport in Queensland,” says Crawley.
Deputy Mayor Krista Adams said events like the Australian Unity Tour de Brisbane cements the city’s position as an enviable world-class cycling destination, and in turn, inspire a new generation of resident roadies.
“The Tour de Brisbane is a fantastic family-friendly event that showcases the active transport available across the city while encouraging our communities to stay healthy and active,” Cr Adams said.
“Getting around Brisbane by bike has never been better, with new cycling infrastructure and green bridges creating better connections from the city to the suburbs.”
“Over the next decade, major sporting events like this will be an important part of the city’s preparation for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Australian Unity Tour de Brisbane and Brisbane Cycling Festival would be a significant event for professional and amateur riders alike.
“The Brisbane Cycling Festival is a major feature of the State’s It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar,” said Hinchliffe.
“Over the next decade, major sporting events will be an important part of Southeast Queensland’s preparation for Brisbane’s transformational 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said $308 million had been invested in on and off-road cycling infrastructure by the Palaszczuk Government since 2015.
“Our quality cycling infrastructure and enthusiastic riding community makes Brisbane the obvious choice to stage high calibre, multi-discipline events like the Tour de Brisbane,” said Bailey.
“As an avid cyclist myself, it’s incredibly exciting to see the course today for this world class event."
“As the highlight of the Brisbane Cycling Festival, the Tour de Brisbane brings competitors, support crew and spectators to our city who also make a significant contribution to our visitor economy.”
The Australian Unity Tour de Brisbane will continue to work with official charity The Common Good, an initiative of the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation.
CEO of The Common Good, Michael Hornby is encouraging all riders to step up to ride for a cause this year and give precious time to medical researchers, and in turn more time for those we love.
“We are thankful for every rider at Australian Unity Tour de Brisbane who steps up to raise much-needed funds for The Common Good. Our goal this year is to raise $250,000 and we’ll need every rider to pitch in to get there,” said Hornby.
Each rider who joins the Australian Unity Tour de Brisbane is automatically set up with a fundraising page for The Common Good on their rider profile, the only step is to begin the fundraising.
Herston Quarter Development Director Richard McLachlan said Australian Unity was delighted to announce their partnership with The Common Good and as part of that agreement become the Naming Sponsor for Brisbane’s premier cycling event the Australian Unity Tour de Brisbane.
“Australian Unity is a company built on a brand promise of real wellbeing and there is great synergy in our partnership with The Common Good, which supports medical research into heart, lungs, dementia and mental health,” McLachlan said.
“Established in 1840, Australian Unity was Australia’s first member-owned wellbeing company, delivering health, wealth and care services."
“Australian Unity is the master developer for Herston Quarter, a $1.1 billion redevelopment that will transform the five-hectare site within the Herston Health Precinct into a revitalized, master planned, mixed-use community,” McLachlan said.
It is expected overall participation over the weekend to double to 10,000 for April 2022.
To learn more visit www.tourdebrisbane.org.
The 2022 Australian Unity Tour de Brisbane is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council, through Brisbane Economic Development Agency and the Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland.
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