Tour de Brisbane Launches Trek Free Community Ride

Brisbane City is set to become a cycletopia on Sunday 5 April as the Tour de Brisbane launches its Trek FREE Community Ride.

With overwhelming feedback following the inaugural event in 2019, the Tour de Brisbane will again host the Trek FREE Community Ride on the streets of Brisbane on Sunday 5 April 2020.

With event organisers expecting over 3000 riders to take part in the Community Ride, the course will be held on fully closed roads - with the aim to get the young and the young at heart out of the house and on the bike.

Starting and finishing from South Bank, riders will cross the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, the Story Bridge, inner CBD, and the Goodwill Bridge for a finish back in South Bank.

The ride will be non-competitive, available to anyone and everyone from 6 years old and up. To encourage the local community to get involved, the ride is also totally free, including one-day rider insurance.

Aaron Lean from Trek Bicycle Australia said Trek were pleased to be this years partner of the FREE Community Ride.

"Trek Bicycle has been involved in professional cycling across the world for many years now, and we are very excited to be supporting a large scale grassroots ride such as the Trek FREE Community Ride."

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the 9km FREE community ride offered a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to participate in one of the city's major sporting events.

"As part of the wider Brisbane Cycling Festival, the Tour de Brisbane brings together amateur and elite cyclists to explore the city in a fun and safe way," Cr Schrinner said.

"This year we expect even more people to join the community ride, whether to achieve a personal best or simply get outdoors and enjoy the exciting festival atmosphere in our beautiful city."

"Major events such as this showcase our city and generate great economic value for our city every year."

As well as the Trek FREE Community Ride, the 2020 Tour de Brisbane will host a 120km UCI Gran Fondo World Series Qualifier, with hopefuls setting their sights on the 2020 Gran Fondo World Championships in Whistler, Canada.

Other courses also include a 30km Piccolo and a 60km Medio.

The Tour de Brisbane will mark the final event of the Brisbane Cycling Festival, a 24-day program from 12 March 5 April. The Festival is also hosting the Cycling Australia Track National Championships and Six Day Cycling World Final, as well as a suite of new activities promising to keep spectators on the edge of their seat.

The Tour de Brisbane not only offers riders a picturesque ride through some of Brisbanes most iconic landmarks, but also promotes safe cycling through its work with the Amy Gillett Foundation as Official Safety Partner.

As a not-for-profit event, the Tour de Brisbane also raises much needed funds for The Common Good, animportant local cause to assist with medical research in organ transplantation, that has an impact around the world. The Common Good aims 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.

One fortunate recipient is Wade Eathorne, who in 2016 at the age of forty-one suffered a massive heart attack and underwent a heart transplant. He will be riding in the Trek FREE Community Ride this year with his daughters Savannah and Indiana.

Every entry for the ride comes with a personal fundraising page for The Common Good to support organ and tissue transplant research.

Tour de Brisbane is part of the Brisbane Cycling Festival supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the Its Live! in Queensland events calendar, worth $880m to the state's economy in 2020.

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