Peddling into Brisbane on Thursday 28 March is the inaugural Brisbane Cycling Festival, showcasing Brisbane as an international cycling destination. Thousands of patrons are expected to attend the new 18-day multi discipline event, which will be featuring a unique range of professional, amateur and mass participation events from 28 March to 14 April.

Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner expects over $8 million is to be injected into Brisbane’s economy throughout the event, putting Brisbane in the global spotlight. “Brisbane is an ideal city to host such an event and the range of events will entice visitors from across Australia and around the globe to our city,” he said. “We are blessed with an enviable outdoor lifestyle, a strong cycling culture, the wonderful Anna Meares Velodrome and a comprehensive network of cycle paths and bike ways.”

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the Brisbane Cycling Festival was an exciting new event for the state. “Over the coming weeks we’ll be welcoming thousands of cyclists from elites through to amateurs and families to the city streets and the Anna Meares Velodrome,” she said. “Visitors and locals alike will have the chance to experience the city from a unique perspective and gain a great appreciation for this state.”

Cycling Queensland CEO Sean Muir said the Brisbane Cycling Festival was thrilled to be a key part of the festival, hoping to encourage Queenslanders to be more active. “For cycling fans, the Festival is 18 days of cycling euphoria. For the general sport or event goers, there are plenty of activities to involve you and your friends and family.”

Tickets and entry for Brisbane Cycling Festival are still available for the Tour de Brisbane, the Track National Championships and the Six Day Series Final. The full program is available at here.

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