Frequently Asked Questions
So...what's a Gran Fondo?
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.
What's the difference between an Amy's Ride and a UCI Gran Fondo World Series Age Category?
While both are offered at 110km distances, the Amy's Rides is non-competitive recreation ride. In contrast, the Age Category is competitive and starts are sorted by age group. The top 25% calculation for UCI qualification is calculated based on all full 110km participants.
Who or what is the UCI?
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 25% qualify for the World Championships. In 2019, the World Championships are to be held in Poznan, Poland.
The Tour de Brisbane is proud to be a part of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series.
What's the difference between all the events?
The UCI Gran Fondo World Series is offered in one 110km distance and all starts are organised by age groups. Have a go and see how you stack up against your peers.
The Amy's Rides are offered over three distances - 110km, 45km, and 8km - and are non-competitive and available to anyone and everyone from 6 and up.
The National Road Series represents our nation's best domestic teams over two stages - road race and criterium.
The Blast Criterium is an inner-city short circuit race for the competitive rider. All participants must be graded by Cycling Australia.
The Carpark Climb is totally new and exciting. See how you fair in a climb to the top of a multi-story inner city carpark. Open to Cycling Australia members and non-members; this is definitely competitive.
Who can enter?
Gran Fondo (110km) - 16 years old as of 31 December 2019
Piccolo (45km) - 12 years old as of 31 December 2019
Family Fondo (8km) - 6 years old as of 31 December 2019. (kids younger than 6 years old in tag alongs and bike seats accepted)
Note: all children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Are their minimum speed requirements or curfews?
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 (110km) - to be calculated on final course approval
Piccolo (45km) - to be calculated on final course approval
Family Fondo (8km) - 10km/hr minimum
If you cannot maintain the average speed for the Gran Fondo, we recommend you enter the Piccolo.
Why do I need a fundraising page?
This event is a major fundraiser for the Amy Gillett Foundation and key to supporting their safety work.
Do I have to be a member of any organisation to ride?
Amy's Rides, UCI Gran Fondo World Series, and Carpark Climb - there is no member organisation required. You will need to purchase additional insurance if you are not a Cycling Australia member.
Blast and National Road Series - Cycling Australia membership and grading required.
Will there be inexperienced riders at the Tour de Brisbane?
Absolutely - everyone is welcome to ride in the Amy's Rides! If you are competitive, we recommend you join the Age Group category.
If you do not think you can maintain the average speed requirements of the Gran Fondo, we recommend you enter the Medio.
What kind of bike can I ride?
You can use road bikes, mountain bikes, city bikes, hybrid bikes and cross bikes.
The following are not permitted: recumbents, bikes with tri or aero bars.
Do I need to wear a helmet?
YES. Full stop.
How much does it cost?
What about refunds, withdrawals, and transfers?
Read the fine print by clicking here.
Where is the start and finish line?
Start at South Bank under the Wheel.
Finish at South Bank on Grey Street.
Will there be things for my family to do while I ride?
Absolutely! Having the event base at South Bank means easy access to heaps of tourist activities, cafes, and shopping.