Mas­sive week­end of cy­cling for all abil­i­ties

Multisport Mecca - - News -

HUN­DREDS of cy­clists are mak­ing their way to the Sun­shine Coast for two days of cy­cling ac­tion next month.

The Sun­shine Coast Cy­cleFest will see rid­ers take part in a range of po­lice con­trolled events de­signed for rid­ers of all ages on Oc­to­ber 7-8.

The two-day event in­cludes the final round of the Queens­land Road Team Se­ries (QRTS) and has at­tracted both pro­fes­sional and am­a­teur rid­ers from across Aus­tralia. Cy­cleFest com­bines the best el­e­ments of ma­jor road race events where par­tic­i­pants en­joy a per­fect rid­ing cli­mate and the mag­nif­i­cent scenery of the Sun­shine Coast.

Now in its third year, Cy­cleFest will see up to 600 par­tic­i­pants ride through des­ti­na­tions such as Cot­ton Tree, Montville, Palm­woods, Eu­mundi, Yan­d­ina and Coolum. From the hin­ter­land to the head­land, the Coast will be show­cased ex­ten­sively.

Cy­cleFest spokesman Adam Mathieson said while there are many cy­cling events across Aus­tralia, he wanted to cre­ate an event that fo­cused on the so­cial side of cy­cling and al­lowed peo­ple to “give it a go” in a sup­ported en­vi­ron­ment.

“Cy­cleFest is not about win­ning or los­ing. It is all about get­ting on a bike and do­ing some­thing that you thought ‘I couldn’t pos­si­bly do that’,” he said.

There are events for the be­gin­ner right through to the ad­vanced rider.

The head­line event is the 110km gran fondo on Sun­day morn­ing. Start­ing in Cot­ton Tree, the route takes in some of the most scenic

ar­eas of the Sun­shine Coast but with 1000m of climb­ing, your legs will re­mind you of the achieve­ment you have just com­pleted.

“The event needed to have its chal­lenges. We wanted peo­ple to set a goal but even more, we wanted them to get their friends, work col­leagues and fam­i­lies to set a goal,” Adam said.

“We wanted peo­ple to ask them­selves ‘Could I ac­tu­ally ride up that moun­tain?’ ‘Maybe I could ride for 55km?’ ‘There is no way I could ride 110km – or could I?’ There is only one way to find out.”

Cy­cleFest helps to raise funds for SANDS Queens­land and proudly utilises the ser­vices from lo­cal busi­nesses. For more in­for­ma­tion about the event, in­clud­ing changed traf­fic con­di­tions, course maps, visit www.sc­cy­cle­fest.com.au.

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