Cyclocross takes centre stage for tough riders during Bike Week

April 23rd, 2018

Bike Week is gearing up to be bigger than ever this year, inspiring 46-year-old Camp Hill rider Scott Hutchison to take part in a sport that has been likened to ‘Tough Mudder’ on wheels.

The Cyclocross event at Chandler’s Anna Meares Velodrome is an obstacle course for bike riders, combining riding, running, jumping, and skilful bike handling.

Mr Hutchison said he had been riding and racing bikes for most of his life but was only recently introduced to Cyclocross.

“I knew about it but I didn’t realise we had a series here in Brisbane. When I had my first race I was hooked,” he said.

“I loved the variety it offered compared to track racing and the fact that I could go off road and have some fun.

“The extra special thing about it is that nearly everyone can give it a go, including kids.”

Bicycle Queensland CEO, Anne Savage, said riders and spectators were welcome to attend the Cyclocross spectacular.

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

“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.”

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

 

For more information

Please call Kim Ryan from BQ on 0459 395 875.

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