Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I watch the race?
As you are aware, this event has significant road closures. We want to make it easy for your supporters to get involved and watch your ride. We've identified five iconic places to watch your ride:
- Albert Street Markets at Margaret Street - accessible by foot in the city
- Regatta Hotel, Toowong - accessible via the CityCat or Rail to Toowong Station
- Kurilpa Point Park, South Brisbane - accessible by foot over Kurilpa Bridge, by rail from South Brisbane Station, or via City Cat.
- Cultural Forecourt, South Brisbane - accessible by foot, by rail from South Brisbane Station, or via City Cat
- Finish Chute, Little Stanley Street - accessible by foot, by rail from South Bank Station, via City Cat, or by car with parking below.
Spectating from other areas on the course will not be easily available given the security and traffic control overlay for the event.
South Bank is a great area for the fam to spend the day as there will be plenty activity thanks to the Brisbane Cycling Festival as well as the usual Collective Markets and the myriad cafes and restaurants in the precinct.
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.
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 there 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. Estimated at 20km/hr minimum.
Piccolo (45km) - to be calculated on final course approval. Estimated at 20km/hr minimum.
Family Fondo (8km) - 10km/hr minimum
If you cannot maintain the average speed for the Gran Fondo, we recommend you enter the Piccolo.
More info on not meeting a curfew is available on the terms and conditions.
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 and 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.
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 45km ride.
What kind of bike can I ride?
You can use road bikes, mountain bikes, city bikes, hybrid bikes and cross bikes.
Recumbents are permitted in the 45km opting out of the Mt Coot-tha Climb.
Handcyclists are permitted in the 8km.
Bikes with tri or aero bars or not permitted
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 on Grey Street..
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.