Cycling takes centre stage in Brisbane

Festival returns with even more to offer cycling enthusiasts of all abilities.

The Brisbane Cycling Festival rolls back into town this year with a bigger schedule of events.

Home for the event from 24 March to 2 April will be the new Festival Village at the Brisbane Showgrounds which will showcase an array of events and attractions for all ages.

Cycling Queensland CEO Sean Muir said he was looking forward to seeing the Festival Village come to life.

“The Brisbane Showgrounds is a fantastic city icon and is the perfect hub for the Brisbane Cycling Festival,” Mr Muir said.

“Boasting diverse spaces, a flexible outdoor footprint, and connectivity to the King Street precinct and to Brisbane city, making it an excellent platform to deliver immersive cycling experiences for all from elite competitive through to mass participation events.”

The Brisbane Cycling Festival Active Lifestyle Expo on 9-11 April will be the signature event at the Festival Village, displaying the latest cycling technology, products and trends as well as exhibitors showcasing their health and wellbeing products.

The expo will also include lots of fun activities for the family, live entertainment, cycling clothing stalls, fashion parades, food and beverage outlets.

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“The Brisbane Cycling Festival will truly have something for everyone and being positioned in the April school holidays really does present us with a fantastic opportunity to attract strong visitation to Brisbane to partake in what we believe will be the start of a long-term partnership with the Brisbane Showgrounds as the home of the Brisbane Cycling Festival,” Mr Muir said.

The festival will be headlined by the Track National Championships and Tour de Brisbane.

The national championships will be held at the Anna Meares Velodrome and will see Australia’s best cyclists in elite and under-19 categories racing for the coveted green and gold national champion’s jersey.

AusCycling’s Chief Executive Officer Marne Fechner said she was looking forward to Queensland crowds enjoying the championships which would provide a vital racing opportunity for several of the Australian Olympic team athletes. 

“Track cycling is a thrilling spectacle, and to have Australia’s best talent in action on home soil in one of the world’s best velodromes, is exciting for everyone,” Ms Fechner said.

Riders in the Tour de Brisbane will take to closed roads around Brisbane on 11 April over 110km, 75km and 33.2km courses.

The program will also include a free community ride starting at the showgrounds on 11 April and two events as part of the National Road Series on 10-11 April.

Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Brisbane Cycling Festival was another sporting triumph for the city.

“Hosting the Brisbane Cycling Festival is an opportunity for Queensland’s capital city to once again shine as a hub for significant sporting events, as we’ve done with the AFL, Australian women’s cricket, Super Netball and the WNBL,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“Not only does the Brisbane region have some of the country’s best cycling infrastructure, the Brisbane Cycling Festival is an excellent way of showcasing our city’s quality visitor experiences.”

In 2019, the Brisbane Cycling Festival attracted more than 11,000 people and delivered $4.7 million and 21,000 visitor nights for the Queensland economy.