Cyclocross spectacular takes the stage for Bike Week

April 18th, 2018

Extreme sport lovers who want to try something new are being urged to attend a Cyclocross spectacular at Chandler’s Anna Meares Velodrome on Sunday 6 May in celebration of Bike Week.

The sport has been likened to ‘Tough Mudder’ on wheels.

Bicycle Queensland CEO, Anne Savage, said riders and spectators were in for a thrill.

“Cyclocross is an obstacle course event for bike riders, combining riding, running, jumping and skilful bike handling,” Ms Savage said.

“No Cyclocross course is the same – competitors need to jump off and on their bikes to make it to the finish line.

“It’s truly a test of sporting strength, agility, endurance, and mental stamina.

“Cyclocross is rapidly emerging as a popular event for bike riders – drawing worldwide followers who enjoy watching extreme sports.”

The Bike Week Cyclocross Spectacular will be an event for the whole community, with competition categories for juniors, beginners, and experienced riders, as well as a relay and prizes for best costume or fancy dress.

“If you’re looking for a new sporting challenge – come along and give it a go,” Ms Savage said.

“Australian Cyclocross has been adapted from Northern Europe, where the sport began, and has massively grown in popularity in Queensland.

“Brisbane’s first Bike Week Cyclocross event was in 2009, spurring a local Cyclocross community comprised of mountain bike riders, road racers, and ordinary cycling commuters.

“The Cyclocross Spectacular is one of many great events in the line-up for Bike Week 2018 – we’re looking forward to showcasing some of the best social events that bikes have to offer.”

Queensland Cyclocross Racing Director Andrew Demack said the sport’s rider community had grown significantly since its debut in 2009.

“Cyclocross appeals to people from all walks of life and can be just as much fun for spectators as the riders,” Mr Demack said.

“Since launching Cyclocross at Bike Week in Brisbane we’ve grown an enthusiastic community of riders.

“Queensland Cyclocross has sent competitors to national and world championships, where the Queensland ‘have a go’ spirit really shines,” Mr Demack said.

To find out more go to bikeweekqld.com.au or call 3844 1144.

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Please call Kim Ryan from BQ on 0459 395 875.

 

 

 

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