Massive weekend of cycling for all abilities
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.