Cyclists around the world are buzzing today following the release of the course of the second annual Tour de Brisbane bike ride scheduled for Sunday 5 April 2020.
After a hugely successful inaugural event, the Tour de Brisbane will showcase Brisbane City once again on the world sporting stage.
The Tour de Brisbane sets itself apart by being one of the only UCI Gran Fondo World Series events held on fully closed inner city roads in the world and offers a range of distances including the 120km, a 60km, 30km and a Free Community Ride.
The unique program of events lends itself to first timers, recreational riders, families, as well as professional racers in the Cycling Australia National Road Series.
Supported by world renowned cyclist Robbie McEwen and Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander as official Tour de Brisbane ambassadors, the course starts and finishes from central South Bank and encapsulates the most iconic landmarks of Brisbane including the Story Bridge, Inner CBD, Legacy Way Tunnel, Centenary Motorway, Inner City Bypass, Go Between Bridge and Mount Coot-Tha.
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 quickly 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.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the Tour de Brisbane would attract thousands of riders from across the country.
“It is a world-class cycling event and it’s going to attract competitors and spectators from all over,” Ms Jones said.
“We support events to come to Queensland because the visitors they attract create local jobs in tourism. This event is part of the Brisbane Cycling Festival, which contributed almost $5m to the state’s economy in its inaugural year.”
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the Tour de Brisbane and the wider Brisbane Cycling Festival would put the city in the spotlight as an international cycling destination.
“With multiple distances to choose from including a free community ride, this is a fantastic way for residents and visitors to see our beautiful city and its surrounds. Cr Schrinner said.
Last night the Tour de Brisbane announced its official charity as The Common Good, an initiative of the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation.
“We are very proud to raise valuable funds for this important local cause to assist with medical research that has an impact around the world,” said Crawley.
The Common Good is a medical community working together to give precious time to medical researchers, so they can give more time to us and those we love to live happier, healthier, longer lives.
This charitable cause aligns strongly with the Tour de Brisbane’s broader organ donation agenda and Crawley look forward to sharing the stories of families who have donated their organs and who have also been recipients.
“We urge and encourage our riders to support this worthy cause by either fundraising as part of their entry or can donate via www.thecommongood.org.au,” says Crawley.
“Our Safety Partner remains the Amy Gillett Foundation who will also receive a financial benefit from the Tour de Brisbane.”
It was also announced last night that the ‘The Buzz at Muzz’ Criterium will return on Saturday 4 April in partnership with the Balmoral Cycling Club. Held at the Murarrie Recreation Reserve, the criterium has been included in the Tour de Brisbane program and has also been granted UCI Elite status on the international calendar.
“We anticipate that this will attract cycling enthusiasts from around the world to take part in a fast-paced event before they hit the roads on Sunday, and also allows spectators to get up close and personal to the action” says Crawley.
It is expected overall participation over the weekend to double to 6,000 for April 2020 with over 45% of riders already registered for the Tour de Brisbane being new entries.
To view the new course or to secure your Early Bird entry visit www.tourdebrisbane.org
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