Brisbane is set to host a new cycling festival featuring professional, amateur and mass participation events as part of the Australian city’s strategy to become an international destination for the sport.
The inaugural Brisbane Cycling Festival will take place from 26th March to 14th April 2019 and will feature the final of the Six Day Series, an international track cycling series which originated in Great Britain.
Other events to be held during the three-week festival, which is expected to draw 20,000 participants, include the Cycling Australia Track National Championships and the Cycling Australia National Road Series The Classics, as well as a slate of other festivities not yet announced.
An early legacy of the recent 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Queensland, the festival has been secured for the next three years thanks to a multi-stakeholder partnership between Tourism and Events Queensland, the Brisbane City Council, Brisbane Marketing and Cycling Queensland.
“Queensland just hosted a raft of cycling events during the Commonwealth Games and this new event is a great opportunity to again showcase the state-of-the art Anna Meares Velodrome – one of the great pieces of infrastructure left behind as a legacy of the Games,” said Kate Jones, Queensland’s minister for tourism industry development.
“Together we expect these events to inject upwards of AUS$8 million into our economy each year of the three-year deal. The event highlights the success of Tourism and Events Queensland’s events strategy which has seen the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar double in value to AUS$780 million and has seen major events like this secured for the state which play to Queensland’s strengths.”
Next year’s Six Day Series - which sees elite riders compete in various racing formats - will comprise rounds in London, Berlin, Copenhagen, Melbourne and Manchester before the final event in Brisbane from 12th to 14th April 2019.
“The award-winning Six Day Series is a spectacle that Australian fans will love and to have the culmination of the Series as part of the Brisbane Cycling Festival is a great honour,” said James Durbin, the chief executive of London-based Six Day Series organisers Madison Sports Group.
“We are extremely excited to launch ticket sales today and encourage fans to get in early to secure their place at the world's biggest track cycling series.”