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Event Information

The Tour de Brisbane partnered with Splatt Lawyers is 9-12 April 2021.

The main event rides take place on Sunday 11 April 2021 from the Brisbane Showgrounds starting at 6.00am.

We expect the last rider to finish before 2.00pm.

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. In 2021, the Gran Fondo World Championships are to be held in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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 a Cycling Australia member.

National Road Series teams must be approved by Cycling Australia.

Wave start times for each distance will be finalised in the week of 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.

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 Trek 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, 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.

*Note that any rider who starts outside their designated age group wave will not be eligible to quality for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.

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 week of 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 Piccolo.

Tandem bikes are permitted in the Medio and Piccolo rides. 

Handcyclists are permitted in the Community Ride.

Bikes with tri or aero bars are not permitted (except during Monday’s Time Trial).

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.

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 a Cycling Australia membership. 

We have 300 jerseys that will be given to the first 300 Gran Fondo riders who purchase an entry for 2021.

And once they’re gone…they’re gone!

While the 2020 event featured a longer free early bird jersey promotion, this is not available for 2021.

Jerseys will be available to purchase via our merchandise partner Scody soon.

Yes. All distances have a minimum age for participation. 

Gran Fondo – Must be born in 2004 or earlier

Medio – Must be born in 2006 or earlier; e-bikes okay

Piccolo – Must be born in 2008 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 Cycling Australia 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 2021 and grouped in five year brackets (i.e. 30-34, 35-39, etc.). 

Riders in the Gran Fondo who complete the full ride 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.

This event is a major fundraiser for The Common Good, an initiative of the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation and is key in raising awareness and funds for organ and tissue transplant.

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 

If the event is cancelled or postponed by organisers due to a pandemic (ie. COVID-19), riders will be given three options:

  1. Automatic transfer to the next Tour de Brisbane date
  2. 100% credit to any NX event over the next 12 months
  3. Refund of the entry fee including one day license less 4.6% bank fee

Read the fine print by clicking here.