Brisbane Cycling Festival unveils ‘Tour de Brisbane’ and city-first Gran Fondo

Gran Fondo Brisbane

Move over France – more than 2,000 amateur and elite cycling enthusiasts are expected to converge on Brisbane next year for the city’s newest cycling event, the Tour de Brisbane.

The Tour de Brisbane will include a number of cycling events and activations from 11 – 14 April, leading up to a mass participation ride taking in iconic city highlights such as South Bank, the Story Bridge and Mount Coot-tha on Sunday 14 April.

Staged as part of the new Brisbane Cycling Festival, the event will engage locals and attract visitors, showcasing Brisbane as a world-class major event and cycling destination.

In a coup which will see more riders converge on the city, cyclists riding in the Tour de Brisbane will be able to participate in an international Gran Fondo – one of a series of high-profile UCI-sanctioned road races staged all over the world.

Brisbane will host this event for the first time, enabling cyclists of all levels - from those after a podium position to those chasing a personal best - to compete for points in the World Series Championship.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the event reinforced Queensland’s position as a world-class sporting events destination and builds on the legacy from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“The Tour de Brisbane will put Queensland on the map with Brisbane joining the ranks of France’s La Bourgogne and Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro in hosting a UCI-sanctioned Gran Fondo event,” Ms Jones said.

“The event will showcase Brisbane’s beautiful scenery and attract cyclists and their supporters from around the world.

“The Tour de Brisbane together with the three other cycling events will make up the Brisbane Cycling Festival and will inject upwards of $8 million into Queensland’s economy each year over 2019-2021.”

Gran Fondo Brisbane

Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner said that Brisbane was the perfect city to celebrate the sport of cycling.

“With beautiful natural features, year-round sunshine, and a comprehensive network of cycle paths and bikeways, competitors will race the clock in one of the world’s most enviable cities,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Brisbane is already well known for its blockbuster sporting events and we’re thrilled to add an event that encourages spectators to get out of the stands and onto their bikes.

“The Tour de Brisbane and Gran Fondo will coincide with the final of the Six Day international series at the Anna Meares Velodrome, allowing riders who spent the day cycling through Brisbane to see their favourite track cyclists in action that evening.

“Events like the Tour de Brisbane are a great driver for Brisbane’s economy and contribute more than $150 million of economic impact each year by supporting local jobs as well as the accommodation, retail, hospitality and service sectors.”

NXsports Race Director Mike Crawley said that the Tour de Brisbane has a ride for anyone with a bike.

“With four different distances, everyone from kids and families to the pros can have a pedal and see our city on two wheels,” he said.

“This is a chance to see and experience Brisbane like never before in a safe, supported environment.

“We are proud to partner with the Amy Gillett Foundation to promote safe cycling in the city and to raise funds for the Ride for a Metre Matters campaign.”

Cycling Queensland CEO Sean Muir said he was excited about another international cycling event being added to the Brisbane Cycling Festival.

“The Tour de Brisbane is another jewel in the crown of the Brisbane Cycling Festival, and is yet another enticement for people to get out on their bikes to ride, race or come and watch the sport of cycling,” he said.

“The event is going to attract a lot of international and national attention from the cycling community, especially for those aspiring to qualify for the 2019 World Championship in Poland.

“Around the world, events of this status continue to have many positive benefits on the broader community.

“At Cycling Queensland we are looking forward to this event encouraging more people to ride their bikes, reaping the health, environmental and social benefits that are associated with an active lifestyle.”

Gran Fondo Brisbane

The Tour de Brisbane is part of the Brisbane Cycling Festival held from 26 March to 14 April 2019. The festival will feature the final of the internationally-renowned Six Day series, the Cycling Australia Track National Championships and the Cycling Australia National Road Series The Classics.

The festival has been secured for an initial three-year period by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane City Council through Brisbane Marketing in partnership with Cycling Queensland.

For early access to enter the Tour de Brisbane, register your interest now.

For more information, visit www.tourdebrisbane.org or www.brisbanecyclingfestival.com