Brisbane Cycling Festival Celebrates Festival Program

Wednesday 4 December 2019 marks the 100-day countdown until thousands of visitors descend into Brisbane for the city’s second year of the Brisbane Cycling Festival. To celebrate the 100 days to go milestone, the Brisbane Cycling Festival have launched the full festival program which highlights additional events for 2020 including the Festival Gala Luncheon, Sunday Sessions, Festival Village, and the Amazing Ride.

Taking place from 12 March – 5 April, Brisbane Cycling Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland, and Brisbane City Council through Brisbane Marketing.

The Festival’s major events including Cycling Australia’s Track National Championships, Six Day Series Final and Tour de Brisbane are experiencing a strong spike in interest coming off the back of a successful 2019 inaugural festival. This attention is amplified with riders and spectators alike looking towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Brisbane Cycling Festival’s major events including Cycling Australia’s Track National Championships, Six Day Series Final and Tour de Brisbane are experiencing a strong spike in interest coming off the back of a successful 2019 inaugural festival. This attention is amplified with riders and spectators alike looking towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Cycling Queensland Sean Muir said that additional events had been included into the program to provide great opportunities for visitors and locals alike to enjoy everything that the Brisbane Cycling Festival has on offer.

“The Brisbane Cycling Festival is shaping up to be bigger and better in its second year, with incredible major events paired with over 30 affiliated events delivered across Brisbane.”

Brisbane Cycling Festival fans will see the return of events that were popular in the inaugural festival, alongside the addition of new events that are set for stardom.

“There are some fantastic affiliated events that are returning in 2020 including Cycling Brisbane’s free events, where participants can attend workshops and learn how to mountain bike, where children can learn how to ride without training wheels, and everyone can join in fun riding activities to learn skills” said Muir.

For those who are looking to immerse themselves in an experience, festival goers have an opportunity to ride on the boards of the Anna Meares Velodrome at a Come and Try Track Cycling Program.

New to the Brisbane Cycling Festival affiliated events calendar is the Big Bike Film Night, an evening dedicated to the love of cycling through short films.

“For film lovers, the Big Bike Film Night has something for everyone and will take you on a journey showcasing the very best cycling films from around the world. For those who follow the European racing scene, prepare to be treated to a screening of the most famous and the most dramatic of the spring classic “monument” race the Paris-Roubaix in A Sunday In Hell” said Muir.

Participants and visitors will be invited to the Brisbane Cycling Festival’s Sunday Sessions which run throughout the whole festival period.

“There is something for everyone in the festival’s program, with live entertainment and music at the Sunday Sessions and at the Festival Village where family and friends can come together and enjoy the best of what Brisbane has on offer” said Muir.

In 2020, the Brisbane Cycling Festival’s Amazing Ride will take you on a journey through Brisbane to experience the city’s amazing destinations for free.

“The Amazing Ride has something for the whole family to get involved in, welcoming all ages and abilities, with different distances to choose from and sites to see, there is no better way to experience Brisbane than on bike” said Muir.

Off the bike, the inaugural Gala Luncheon will have attendee’s entertained by cycling royalty, keynote speakers, live music whilst enjoying lunch in one of Brisbane’s newest riverside precincts Howard Smith Wharves.

Brisbane Cycling Festival’s Tour de Brisbane is again a jewel in the festival crown, with an offering for everyone across four rides; 120 km Gran Fondo, 60 km Medio, 30 km Piccolo and a Free Community Ride of 8 km. In the festival’s second year, the 120 km Gran Fondo is again a UCI Gran Fondo World Series Qualifier Race for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Whistler, Canada September 9-13 2020.

Tour de Brisbane’s Race Director Michael Crawley describes the return of the iconic inner-city Brisbane course, which will see some changes in 2020, though ensures riders will enjoy the world class course.

“The 2020 Tour de Brisbane retains its most iconic features from its inaugural ride and includes a key changes that even organisers NX Sports believe will improve the flow of traffic around the road closures while at the same time, build on the world class cycling experience participants experienced in year one” said Crawley.

These additional activities in the Brisbane Cycling Festival 2020 program are expected to drive increased visitation to Brisbane and attendance to the festival’s major events.

The inaugural festival saw over 20,000 participants and spectators embrace the event over its 18 days. In 2020 the festival will be extended to be held across 25 days, and is expected to increase participation by 25%.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the Brisbane Cycling Festival generated 21,000 visitor nights and more than $4.7 million for Brisbane in 2019.

“We back events that support local jobs and deliver a strong return for our economy,” she said.

“The feedback from businesses earlier this year was great. We’re looking to grow this event in 2020.

“We want as many people as possible to come and enjoy this festival and spend more time in Brisbane. The new course will enable more fans to watch the elites go head to head in our city.”

Visit https://www.brisbanecyclingfestival.com/program for more information!

Media contact: Letty James | Cycling Queensland | 0412 658 468


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