30 Aug 2018

Brisbane to host its first 'Tour de Brisbane' next April

Thousands of cyclists are expected to gather in Brisbane in 2019 for the city's first Tour de Brisbane.

The cycling event, for amateur and elite cyclists, will be a mass participation ride past Brisbane landmarks including South Bank, the Story Bridge and Mount Coot-tha on Sunday, April 14.

The ride, which is expected to attract more than 2000 cyclists, would conclude the city's recently announced event, the Brisbane Cycling Festival.

Brisbane City Council's Public and Active Transport chairman Adrian Schrinner said Brisbane was the perfect city to celebrate the sport of cycling.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

Xsports Race Director Mike Crawley said 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.

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

“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," he said.

SOURCE ; https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/brisbane-to-host-its-first-tour-de-brisbane-next-april-20180821-p4zyuh.html

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