OLYMPIC HOPEFULS SET FOR BRISBANE CYCLING FESTIVAL 2020!

The Brisbane Cycling Festival is back 12 March – 5 April 2020, and is set to showcase Australia’s Olympic hopefuls on their 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games campaign.

In 2019, the Brisbane Cycling Festival delivered a multi-million-dollar boost into Queensland’s economy and continues to build on the legacy of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Brisbane Cycling Festival will see more growth in 2020, with a suite of events returning, as well as new activities which will entice people to Brisbane and Queensland to watch, play and stay during the 24-day festival.

Cycling Australia Track National Championships, Tour de Brisbane, Six Day Cycling Brisbane Final will be headlines in the 2020 Brisbane Cycling Festival program, as well as a suite of new activities promising to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Spectators will have the unique offering of being able to see Australia’s finest track cyclists in peak condition, bound for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games 3 months following the Brisbane Cycling Festival.  

Cycling Australia’s General Manager Kipp Kaufmann expresses Cycling Australia’s pleasure to be involved in the Brisbane Cycling Festival in 2020.

“The Cycling Australia Track National Championships continue to see great growth with hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators coming to Brisbane to be part of the festival.

“We look forward to continuing to be part of the Festival and to inspire more people to ride, race and watch,” said Kaufmann.

As in 2019, the 2020 Brisbane Cycling Festival will host the UCI-sanctioned Tour de Brisbane Gran Fondo, enabling cyclists of all levels to compete on the iconic Brisbane course for their chance to qualify for the 2020 World Championships in Whistler, Canada.

Tour de Brisbane Race Director Mike Crawley is excited to take the Tour de Brisbane to a new level in 2020.

“We were overwhelmed with positive feedback from 2019 and riders are still telling us the inner-city course was surreal and like nothing else in the world.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone for a bigger and better bike ride next April.”

International track cycling stars are to descend on the Anna Meares Velodrome as the Six Day Cycling International Track Series Final returns to Brisbane. The best riders from each series, qualify for the Six Day Cycling Brisbane Final where riders and spectators alike enjoy the party atmosphere.

Six Day Australian General Manager Richard Foote is delighted to return to the world class Anna Meares Velodrome for the 2020 Six Day Series Final.

“Our first ever Brisbane event earlier this year saw an amazing response from Queenslanders and people travelling from around Australia and across the globe to see the best local and international cyclists go head to head.

“We know that our event in April 2020 will be bigger and better and can’t wait to once again be part of the amazing Brisbane Cycling Festival.”

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said next year’s Brisbane Cycling Festival would build on the success of the inaugural event.

“The 2020 Brisbane Cycling Festival will build on the success of the 2019 event, providing more great opportunities for visitors and locals alike to explore Brisbane and celebrate cycling.

“These are significant events the city has been able to host due to the state-of-the-art Anna Meares Velodrome, which is an infrastructure legacy of the Commonwealth Games.

“We invest in events because they attract visitors, support jobs and provide a significant contribution to Queensland’s economy, with the It’s Live! In Queensland events calendar tipped to generate more than $800 million to the state this year.”

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said he was looking forward to seeing the Brisbane Cycling Festival return after a successful inaugural year.

“Brisbane succeeded in staging an international cycling event on a scale never before seen in our city, with around 20,000 cyclists and spectators across 18 days,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Hosting the Brisbane Cycling Festival in 2020 will heighten our reputation as a major sporting destination, attract national and international visitors and showcase the wide range of things to see and do in Brisbane.”

Cycling Queensland CEO Sean Muir said Brisbane embraced the Brisbane Cycling Festival in 2019, and looks forward to seeing it flourish again in 2020.

“The introduction of the Brisbane Cycling Festival did a number of things for cycling as a whole throughout Queensland in 2019,” he said.

“It brought major and national and international events and riders from interstate and overseas to Queensland, again providing more opportunities for those who want to ride or race their bike.

“The Brisbane Cycling Festival continues to aim to get more people active on their bikes, positioning Brisbane as a major cycling tourism destination are our aims.

“Without the support of the State Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland, and the Local Government, through Brisbane Marketing, this festival would not have been possible in 2019 and going forward into 2020 and 2021” said Muir.

“The event is supported by Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane City Council through Brisbane Marketing, this festival would not have been possible in 2019 and beyond without their ongoing support” said Muir.

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