Described as ‘the ride for everyone,’ cycling enthusiasts from all around Brisbane came together for the highly anticipated Great Brisbane Bike Ride held last Sunday, 7 May.

Organised by the West End based Bicycle Queensland, this featured event for Bike Week was in celebration of Brisbane’s cycling community, with the race offering a range of distances and tacks suitable for all ages and fitness types.

“The day turned out perfectly – it was a great Brisbane autumn day with early light cloud to keep the riders cool followed by brilliant sunshine to welcome across the finish line in West End. The exclusive use of the Moggill Ferry was a huge success giving 110km route riders a largely uninterrupted ride. A total of 1915 riders took part – more than 50 from West End,” said Bicycle Queensland’s Claire Usmar.

Starting off at West End’s very own Riverside Drive, the 40km and 10km ride Family Fun Ride took riders through the Gateway Bridge, a closed, car-free Inner City Bypass and Moggill Ferry, with the cyclists finishing the round course triumphantly at where they began.

Under perfect weather conditions, the toughest riders took on the Mount Cootha Challenge, which pushed racers to complete a 75km or 110km route, of which 2.3km was raced on a steep 9% incline.

The timed climb up was labelled the highlight for many of the racers, with the winners rewarded with many congratulations and cash prizes.

Participants also had something to look forward to at the finish line, where a party atmosphere saw attendees treated with

the best food, music and massages West End had to offer.

Bicycle Queensland’s CEO and long term West End resident Ben Wilson said this 25-year-old event was all about promoting healthy choices and encouraging the public to hop on their bikes more often.

“We make choices in life – cycling is important the world over as a healthy transport mode. It’s sustainable, and best of all – it’s fun,” Mr Wilson said.

“While this event is not really for spectators, friends and families will have a great time waiting for loved ones to make it home at the finish site.”

All proceeds raised from this event will be donated to Diabetes Queensland, with organizers hoping to beat last year’s donation of $21, 508. Bicycle Queensland is yet to receive official confirmation on the total figure.

Read our story about Dave McAdam’s 14-day cycle journey, here.