Organisers of the Australian Unity Tour de Brisbane have today announced an expanded program for Sunday 10 April 2022, including an inner-City duathlon and free events for the whole family.

With a focus on increasing participation opportunities, the event will offer a Free Community Ride, Free Community Fun Run, as well as a 14km River Ride and Duathlon.

The new Duathlon will run in the classic ride/run format. The cycle will start from the Brisbane Showgrounds and cross iconic landmarks including the Story Bridge, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Victoria Bridge, underground through the Queen Street Bus Station tunnel, onto the Inner Northern Busway before returning to the Brisbane Showgrounds. The run will follow paths through Victoria Park, crossing the flyover over the Inner-City Bypass before returning to the Showgrounds.

The Australian Unity Tour de Brisbane sets itself apart by being one of the only inner-City cycling events held on fully closed roads in the world, offering a range of other distances including a 110km Gran Fondo, 80km and 50km rides.

Race Director Mike Crawley said the 2022 Australian Unity Tour de Brisbane welcomes first timers, recreational athletes, families, as well as professional racers.

“Our focus in 2022 is to invite every Queenslander to join us for a celebration in our City,” said Crawley.

“The introduction of the Free Community Ride, Free Community Fun Run, Duathlon and 14km River Ride is part of our strategy to encourage healthy lifestyles and reduce barriers to physical activity for local families.”

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the expanded program would encourage more residents and visitors to get outdoors and explore.

“The Duathlon event is a wonderful addition to the Australian Unity Tour de Brisbane program,” Cr Schrinner said.

“It will help encourage people to make good on some of those New Year resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle while showcasing Brisbane’s beautiful landmarks.

“With so many things to see and do in Brisbane, this event will see participants soaking up the city’s beauty, from Victoria Park to the Kangaroo Point Cliffs and our landmark Story Bridge.”

Acting Tourism Minister Scott Stewart said that this is a wonderful addition to a much-loved event on the It’s Live in Queensland events calendar.

“An expanded program for the Australian Unity Tour de Brisbane will attract more families to the region and encourage more people to take part,” Mr Stewart.

“Events like this play a crucial role in raising the profile of Queensland and supporting local businesses and jobs.”

“Not only will people be able to capture some of the iconic landmarks at the event, they will be able to enjoy some of the fantastic tourism experiences in the city”.

Triathlon Australia National Operations Manager Tim Harradine says the Duathlon is a perfect event to add to the program.

“The opportunity to ride and run through the iconic parts of such a scenic city as Brisbane, is not to be missed. The distance is ideal for both seasoned athletes and newcomers, and we are so pleased to see this multi-sport option as part of the broader event program.”

The event is supported by the Brisbane Cycling Festival presented by King St, Australia’s biggest multi-disciplinary cycling event scheduled for 24 March – 14 April 2022.

The Australian Unity Tour de Brisbane will continue to work with official charity The Common Good, an initiative of the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation, with the aim to raise $250,000 in funds for medical research.

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The 2022 Australian Unity Tour de Brisbane is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council, through Brisbane Economic Development Agency and the Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland.