RALLY YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND JOIN THE FREE STORY BRIDGE RIDE AND VICTORIA PARK RUN!

You don’t need to be a lycra-lover to join the Australian Unity Tour de Brisbane.

Get in on the action in the FREE 4km Story Bridge Community Ride or FREE 5km Victoria Park Fun Run, non-competitive events for the young and the young at heart. Join your family, friends, and neighbours for a once a year celebration through the city on fully closed roads.

The FREE Community Ride and Fun Run are all about getting moving together and making a difference – perfect for everyone on and off the pushy!

 

FREE COMMUNITY EVENTS Summary

DateSunday 2 April 2023
Distance

4km Community Ride

5km Fun Run

StartGregory Terrace, Brisbane Showgrounds
RegistrationBrisbane Showgrounds
Who Can RideAll participants in the Free Community events must be at least 7 years old on the day of the event.
Kids 6 years and younger can join via a tag-along, pram or bike seat
E-Bikes, Recumbants, Paracyclists, and Handcycles are permitted in the Community Ride
Minimum Speed10km/h average speed
 

Program

Sunday 26 March 2023

  • Gran Fondo Course Safety Meeting

    Microsoft Teams

Friday 31 March 2023

Saturday 1 April 2023

 

The Course

Featuring fully closed roads and an iconic city-based course, this is a world-class experience on two wheels.

Your favourite course features are back with a world unique inner city ride with multiple river crossings including the Story Bridge.

The course embraces our lifestyle, shows off our unique environment, and reflects our city’s vision to be the world’s most liveable city.

The 2023 course is to be released in late 2022. 

*Note all distances are subject to change until receipt of final approvals from Queensland Police

 

RIDER INFORMATION

Ride Rules

The Australian Unity Tour de Brisbane is governed by AusCycling policy and rules. 

Insurance

If you are not an AusCycling member, you will need a one day membership to participate in any category at this event.

One day memberships are automatically added to your entry at time of purchase if you do not enter a valid AusCycling number.

Nutrition

Click here to read the Official Tour de Brisbane Nutrition Plan written by Winners. 

Withdrawals

To request a withdrawal, transfer or refund you must email tourdebrisbane@nxsports.org in advance of the event.

Refer to our Terms & Conditions for details.

Wave Starts

Wave starts will be uploaded after official entries close 10 days prior to the event.

Start List

Start lists will be uploaded closer to the event date.

Registration

All participants must collect their rider packs between Friday 31 March and Sunday 10 April.

All riders must register prior to entering the marshalling area.

Your registration pack (except Community Ride) includes:

  • Bike Sticker 
  • Two Bib Numbers - One to be worn on the left ribcage and one to be worn on centre of your back. 
  • Timing transponder 

Your Community Ride registration pack includes:

  • One bib number 

Bag Drop

Bag drop is available at the Brisbane Showgrounds adjacent to the Registration.

Parking

Event Information

Check In and Pack Collection will be open between Friday 31 March and Sunday 2 April 2023 at the Brisbane Showgrounds. 

You can collect for a friend as long as you have their confirmation message. 

The Tour de Brisbane will be held from Friday 31 March to Sunday 2 April 2023.

The main event rides take place on Sunday 2 April 2023 from the Brisbane Showgrounds with an estimated start at 6.00am.

Italian for big ride, a Gran Fondo is a mass participation cycling event. First started in Europe, Gran Fondos are picking up popularity around the world as thousands of cyclists of all ages and abilities get on their bikes.

Gran Fondos feature an active and exciting event base, a scenic and often iconic course, inclusive participation, and a festival atmosphere.

The UCI stands for Union Cycliste Internationale and they are the world governing body for cycling.

The UCI Gran Fondo World Series has qualifying events around the world where the top 20% qualify for the Gran Fondo World Championships. 

We are proud to be a part of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series.

There is no member organisation required. You will need to purchase additional insurance if you are not an AusCycling member.

National Road Series teams must be approved by AusCycling .

Wave start times for each distance will be finalised in the ten days prior to the event, after official entries have closed. 

Excluding the Community Ride, yes each participant receives a timing chip as part of their race pack which is to be stuck on your seatpost. 

Times are calculated live and officials sign off on final results by late afternoon of the event. 

Both the start and finish line are located on Gregory Terrace adjacent to the Brisbane Showgrounds.

We recommend you leave all valuables at home however if you have a bag and personal belongings you can leave this in the bag storage area whilst you race. 

Bag storage is available adjacent to Registration.

Absolutely!

Having the event as part of the Brisbane Cycling Festival at the Brisbane Showgrounds means there will be plenty to explore and easy access to heaps of activities, cafes, and shopping.

All teams wishing to set up tents will be asked to do so in the designated areas. With the event operating in the centre of town it is important for the safety and consideration of competitors, spectators and locals that team tents are only erected in permitted areas. Call the office on 1300 282 949 if you would like more information. 

Yes – we are working with a wide range of stakeholders including Queensland Health to ensure that we meet all current local, state, and federal guidelines.

Virgin Airlines are offering their Sports Baggage Allowance for all competitors. 

An accommodation partner is yet to be announced. 

Rides Information

The UCI Gran Fondo World Series and Gran Fondo are offered in one distance and all starts are organised by age groups.

The Medio and Piccolo are non-competitive recreation rides organised to get you and your mates on the pushy regardless of your pedal power abilities.

The FREE Community Ride is a short non-competitive pedal through the City for the young and the young-at-heart.

The National Road Series represents our nation’s best domestic teams.

Medio, Piccolo, River Ride and Community Riders can marshal and start with your mates.

Gran Fondo riders who wish to start outside their age group can opt to do so and must start in the mass start wave at the end of the Gran Fondo wave program.

Absolutely – everyone is welcome to ride!

If you do not think you can maintain the average speed requirements of the Gran Fondo, we recommend you enter a shorter distance such as the Medio or the Piccolo.

If you are competitive, we recommend you join the Gran Fondo.

Yes, you must be satisfied you will meet the minimum average speed criteria needed to complete your course distance within the road-closure period. There will be multiple curfew points across the course to ensure that your ride is fully supported and the event complies with issued permits.

Gran Fondo – to be calculated on final course approval. Estimated at 20km/hr minimum.

Medio – to be calculated on final course approval. Estimated at 18km/hr minimum.

Piccolo – to be calculated on final course approval. Estimated at 18km/hr minimum.

Community Ride – to be calculated on final course approval. Estimated at 10km/hr minimum.

More info on not meeting a curfew is available in the terms and conditions.

Important Notes:

(1) Riders who choose to bypass Mt Coot-tha will not gain the commensurate distance elsewhere on their ride; their overall ride shall as a result be shorter than the advertised Gran Fondo distance.

(2) Riders who choose to bypass must give way to all riders who are coming off the descent on the approach to Legacy Way return. This will be signed and marshaled, and adequate lines of sight for both sets of riders prior to merge point will be created.

(3) Any rider in the Gran Fondo who chooses the bypass will continue to have their time recorded but will not be eligible for any age group placing and will not be eligible to qualify to the Gran Fondo Championships.

(4) There will be a timing loop at the base of the climb at Simpsons Road and a loop at the summit adjacent to Channel 2 Station; a rider must cross both these loops and complete the full Gran Fondo distance to be recognised in the above placings.

(5) Riders who are behind the advertised speed minimum or curfew time will be asked to use the bypass; the roads must open at the advertised time in accordance with the road closure permit.

Wave start times for each distance will be finalised in the ten days prior to the event, after official entries have closed. 

You can use road bikes, mountain bikes, city bikes, hybrid bikes, and cross bikes.

E-bikes are permitted in the Medio and Piccolo.

Recumbents are permitted in the Medio and Piccolo.

Tandem bikes are permitted in the Medio and Piccolo. 

Handcyclists and bike trailers are permitted in the Community Ride.

Time Trial Bikes, and Bikes with tri or aero bars are not permitted.

*Given our curfews for this event are immovable all of the above are contingent in the rider being able to maintain the average speed of each distance. 

YES. Full stop.

You are not permitted to race with any music devices including mobile phones, MP3 players, earphones etc, this is a very serious safety risk to you and the participants around you.

*National Road Series riders may ride with a team radio in accordance with NRS Regulations.

Feed stations will be announced following the finalisation of the course. 

All feed stations will have toilets onsite. 

Entry Information

Official entries close 10 days prior to the event. 

Yes. The ODM is automatically added to your entry, if you do not have an AusCycling membership. 

The event jersey for 2023 will be released shortly. 

Yes. All distances have a minimum age for participation. 

Gran Fondo – Must be born in 2006 or earlier

Medio – Must be born in 2008 or earlier; e-bikes okay

Piccolo – Must be born in 2010 or earlier, e-bikes and recumbents okay

Community Ride – 7 years old as on the ride day. (kids younger than 6 years old in tag alongs and bike seats accepted)

Age restrictions for each category are defined by the AusCycling Junior Policy

Note: all children 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult

All Gran Fondo entries are organised by age group.

Your age group is determined by your age as of 31 December 2023 and grouped in five year brackets (i.e. 30-34, 35-39, etc.). 

Riders in the Gran Fondo who complete the full ride in their correct age group are eligible to qualify if they finish in the top 20% in their age group.

All times are based off gun time – it is essential that if you intend to qualify for Worlds that you start in your correct wave.

Riders who start in the incorrect wave will not be eligible to qualify.

The following policy will apply:

  • Withdrawal 45 days or more out from the event you will receive an 80% refund or 100% credit. 
  • Withdrawal 14-44 days out from the event you will receive a 50% refund or 100% credit. 
  • Withdrawal 13 days or less out from the event you will receive no refund and 100% credit of your entry fee. 
  • Withdrawal 48 hours or less out from the event you will receive no refund or credit of your entry fee. 
  • Refunds or credits do not apply to items such as merchandise, accommodation, meals, travel and are only applicable to entry fees. 
  • To receive credit or refund, withdrawals must be made in writing to  tourdebrisbane@nxsports.org 

Read the fine print by clicking here.   

 

Inclusions

What do I get?

Event

COVID-Safe Plan

Closed roads

Police support and traffic control

Medical support

Bonus

Free photos to post on social media

Fully Closed Story Bridge

Finisher's Medal