It’s the first day of a new month and what better way to start it than by jumping on your bike and riding to work on this beautiful Tuesday morning. The middle month of Spring brings blue skies, warmer temperatures and happy days, so why not get outside and enjoy it. There are many cycling events to participate in this October, ranging from family-friendly rides to those more physically demanding.
One of these events is the Green Heart Fair family fun ride, a short 4 kilometre ride that is perfect for bringing the family together in a fun and healthy way. This ride is on Sunday 13th October and goes through Carindale, with a free hot brekky provided afterwards.
For all the women out there, “bicygals” is a group of female cyclists who do various cycling activities together. Exercising while socialising and having fun at the same time, “bicygals” welcomes all females to join. So what are you waiting for! Join them on Sunday 13th October at Clayfield to do a Northside loop ride.
The major ride of the month is the upcoming Santos GLNG Brisbane to Gold Coast cycle challenge. This ride will be held on Sunday 20th October and will begin at Southbank where cyclists will then ride 100km down the coast. This event raises funds for the Heart Foundation and tests your strength, both physically and mentally.
And we can’t forget the most important day of the month, National Ride2Work Day! Wednesday 16th October is National Ride2Work Day, where people all around the country are encouraged to jump on their bikes and ride to work. Registration for this event helps campaign for better bike facilities across the country, and inspires others to take the healthy option and start riding. Ride2Work community breakfasts will also be held nation-wide.
If you would like to know more about any upcoming cycling events in Brisbane, visit http://www.brisbanecyclist.com/events or http://www.bq.org.au/ride/events-calendar/ for more information.
The Brisbane BMW and Westside BMW’s Ride for Life Challenge is approaching again quickly! Now in its fourth consecutive year, a new 80km route is being introduced around Brisbane city and surroundings, which both starts and finishes at Hamilton’s Northshore Riverside Park. Last year more than 800 cyclists raised $27,000 for charity simply by taking part in this ride, with all race proceeds going towards three different charities – Guide Dogs Queensland, The Pyjama Foundation and Nexgen Foundation.
Riders are encouraged to hop on their bikes this Sunday 10th November to support this year’s challenge, with the chance to once again rub shoulders with cycling great and Ride for Life ambassador, Robbie McEwen.
Cyclists who participate in this event will receive a Ride for Life jersey, a fully supported ride with a full police escort, a rest stop with refreshments, course Cycle Guides, first aid, mechanical support and support vehicles, as well as an exclusive after-party at Byblos Bar and Restaurant.
Corporate groups, local teams and individuals are all encouraged to register for the non-competitive social event, and spectators are also encouraged to attend.
So what are you waiting for! Registrations are now open, sign up today to have some fun for a good cause. Visit www.rideforlifechallenge.com.au for more information.
Queensland’s biggest bike ride is back! On the 20th October 2013 thousands of riders will pedal for 100km from South Bank in Brisbane to South Port on the Gold Coast. The ride begins along the South East Busway and then follows both service and suburban roads all the way to the coast, with rest stops available along the way.
This event aims to get more people cycling more often and will raise vital funds for the Heart Foundation. Heart Disease is Australia’s number one killer, so all money raised through this event will be used for both research and prevention strategies.
Early bird entries are available now until 1st September so jump online and register today!
Please be advised of the following Update to the full bike ramp opening:
Due to the weather over the weekend again this past week, the works on the bike ramp have been delayed until closer to the weekend. Work will continue over the weekend (27/07 and 28/07) when there are no cyclists using the ramp – this will avoid intermittent temporary disruption occurring
The ramp will be closed from and including Friday 26th July through to Wednesday 31st July. All cyclists are asked to use the lifts during this period as there must be no traffic of any sort on the ramp to ensure that the full curing and application of anti skid is undertaken without any issue
We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may be causing, and thank you all for your patience.
The line between insanity and genius is said to be a fine one, and in early 20th century France, anyone envisaging a near-2,500-km-long cycle race across the country would have been widely viewed as unhinged. But that didn’t stop Géo Lefèvre, a journalist with L’Auto magazine at the time, from proceeding with his inspired plan. His editor, Henri Desgrange, was bold enough to believe in the idea and to throw his backing behind the Tour de France. And so it was that, on 1 July 1903, sixty pioneers set out on their bicycles from Montgeron. After six mammoth stages (Nantes – Paris, 471 km!), only 21 “routiers”, led by Maurice Garin, arrived at the end of this first epic. Having provoked a mixture of astonishment and admiration, le Tour soon won over the sporting public and the roadside crowds swelled. The French people took to their hearts this unusual event which placed their towns, their countryside and, since 1910, even their mountains, in the spotlight. Le Tour has always moved with the times. Like France as a whole, it benefited from the introduction of paid holidays from 1936; it has lived through wars, and then savoured the “trente glorieuses” period of economic prosperity while enjoying the heydays of Coppi, Bobet, Anquetil and Poulidor; it has opened itself up to foreign countries with the onset of globalisation, and now finds itself at the forefront of the debate on the malaise afflicting world sport in general. Over a hundred years after its inception, le Tour continues to gain strength from its experience.
There are always a numerous amount of organised charity bike rides being held in Queensland, including the upcoming Brissie to the Bay ride to fight MS and the ride to Conquer Cancer in August. These rides are a great opportunity to meet new people and enjoy the great outdoors while supporting a great cause. An awesome reason to get on those bikes & get riding this winter!