Rolling into Brisbane tomorrow, the inaugural Brisbane Cycling Festival will showcase Brisbane as an international cycling destination and attract thousands of attendees.
Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the Brisbane Cycling Festival was a new 18-day multi discipline event featuring a unique range of professional, amateur and mass participation events from 28 March to 14 April.
“The Festival will feature the Tour de Brisbane, which includes a 110km UCI Gran Fondo World Series event, a 110km National Road Series event, and public events including the Amy Gillet Foundation 110km ride, a 45km ‘piccolo’ recreation ride and a free 8km community ride,” Cr Schrinner said.
“The Brisbane Cycling Festival will also play host to the Six Day Cycling Final where international stars will race at the Anna Meares Velodrome, the Track National Championships to crown Australia’s Junior, Elite and Master champions and feature 50 free events and activations across Brisbane.
“More than $8 million is expected to be injected into Brisbane’s economy through the event, which was secured for an initial three-year period by the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane City Council via Brisbane Marketing.”
Cr Schrinner said the Brisbane Cycling Festival would put Brisbane in the spotlight as a cycling destination and showcase everything the city has to offer.
“Brisbane is an ideal city to host such an event and the range of events will entice visitors from across Australia and around the globe to our city.
“We are blessed with an enviable outdoor lifestyle, a strong cycling culture, the wonderful Anna Meares Velodrome and a comprehensive network of cycle paths and bikeways.
“Council is currently investing $100 million over four years to extend Brisbane’s network of bikeways, following on from $220 million spent since 2008 on improved cycling networks across our city.
“In addition to enhancing Brisbane’s reputation as a major cycling destination, the influx of visitors to the festival will provide an economic boost to Brisbane, create jobs across the city and support our accommodation, retail, hospitality and service sectors.”