Athlete Update: Thursday 9 April 5.00pm
I hope that this finds you safe and healthy and hope that you have a Happy Easter weekend - I am sure that you have been doing your best to keep your km's up on Fulgaz, Zwift, the stationary, rollers, or otherwise.
We today wish to update you on the 2020 Tour de Brisbane given the ongoing Federal Government gathering restrictions and to confirm its postponement to 11 April 2021.
Working in the background, we were confident of a new July or September date but with the uncertainty on when restrictions may be lifted, we now need to move forward. We are constantly in consultation with Councils and Government, Cycling Australia, the UCI, the Oceania Cycling Confederation and together believe this is now the best course to ride down.
The complexity of closing the City's major road networks relies on support of the Queensland Police Service, Queensland Ambulance, Transport and Main Roads, Translink, and Brisbane City Council. I believe that these resources must be focused on the good fight underway and I cannot ask with any good conscience that our bike ride and race be considered during the next six months.
All entries have now been moved to the 2021 Start List. Your starting position is guaranteed and there will be nothing else for you to pay when the entry fee goes up for 2021.
I wish to thank the NX staff, Queensland Police, Brisbane City Council, the Queensland Government and the 40 stakeholder departments and agencies who have worked hard to continue the Tour de Brisbane legacy of a truly spectacular cycling event.
I would also like to thank our sponsors and ask you to please support them during this difficult period as they have supported your ride: Transurban Queensland, Trek Bikes, Splatt Lawyers, Cycling Queensland, Ballistic Beer, Bicycle Queensland, Altus Traffic, Hammer Nutrition, Scody, Conetix, and Mantra.
My gratitude goes to the cyclists entered, volunteers, workforce, and our strategic partners Tourism and Events Queensland, Brisbane Marketing and the Brisbane Cycling Festival who have done all they can to make this years event happen.
Can we also recognise those who have generously donated to our event charities, raising $24,443.22 for The Common Good and $5,500.00 for the Amy Gillett Foundation.
The funds donated to The Common Good go fully to research and have funded two initiatives: $10,000 to the Cycle of Giving new investigator grant, this will fund a new researcher and their project for one year, and $14,000 towards Kristy Garrick's study into reducing the negative impact of a cannula when attached to a ventricular assist device which supports the circulation of patients awaiting transplant.
We built an amazing course and my team and I are really disappointed you will miss the Tour de Brisbane 2020 course, because we knew you were going to love it: the Story Bridge, Centenary Bridge, Go Between Bridge, Inner City Bypass, Legacy Tunnel, King George Square underground, Inner Northern Busway, Western Freeway, the South East Busway, and South Bank as the start/finish base.
I regret that with the major City infrastructure developments, the 2020 course cannot be used again in this form.
As all cyclists know, the best view comes from the hardest climb and 7000 plus riders lining up on the start line in Brisbane in 2021 will be an amazing show of support for our sport and the bike. We are designing a spectacular course for 2021 and we will deliver the most memorable cycling experience from start to finish.
More details will be released shortly on a discounted entry into Robbie McEwen's Gran Fondo, a free charity ride in the Tweed for Donate Life and a free virtual Tour de Brisbane ride and race complete with podium placings.
On behalf of Kevin and the entire NX team, I would like to thank you for your continued support. Keep your family and friends safe.
See you on the bike soon,
Mike Crawley, Race Director
Athlete Update: Thursday 26 March 5.00pm
In this unprecedented crisis, we appreciate you are dealing with many priorities but we did want to update you on Tour de Brisbane.
As you know, the world has changed dramatically over the past few weeks and naturally human lives take precedence over everything, including the Tour de Brisbane. The event scheduled for April 2020 must be postponed.
We hoped to move quickly to reschedule into mid-year and had received in principle support for a date, but as you would be well aware with the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games, health authorities are very clear in their direction that now all mid-year events must also be delayed.
The safety of our riders and the wider community is our number one priority.
The good news is we are well advanced in our discussions with Cycling Australia, Union Cycliste Internationale, Queensland Police, Federal, State and the local government to set a new appropriate and safe date.
Given the strain on all of these parties at this time, we are forever grateful for their fast response and commitment to helping reschedule this event.
We are confident we will have a new date soon.
In these extraordinary circumstances, we thank you again for your understanding and patience.
Keep safe and well.
Mike Crawley, Race Director
Athlete Update: Monday 16 March 5.00pm
The last few days have been challenging not only for sports and events, but also our friends, families and local communities. It appears these upsets may continue for some time and I extend our organisation’s sympathy to all those affected.
The Tour de Brisbane represents the interests of over 4000 riders and racers who just wanted to ride their bike in Brisbane.
Health and safety remains the utmost priority, and today I cannot forecast what will occur during the next few weeks or months.
We will not be hosting the Tour de Brisbane on 3-6 April 2020 as originally planned and our position remains:
‘The Tour de Brisbane is on hold as we work to confirm a postponement date with State Government, Local Government, Cycling Australia, the UCI, the Oceania Cycling Confederation and the Brisbane Cycling Festival.’
‘Until such time the postponement date can be confirmed, new and existing participant entries will remain on hold.’
If you would like to discuss the event further, please call myself or the team any time on 1300 282 949.
I look forward to getting back on the bike with all our cycling friends very soon.
Stay healthy and ride safe.
Mike Crawley | Race Director
Athlete Update: Friday 13 March 4.15pm
We are awaiting further advice on the next steps for the Tour de Brisbane following the Prime Minister and COAG's press conference late today.
When we receive clarity on the next steps for the event, we will provide all riders their options, be this to postpone the event or otherwise.
Until such time, our facility to administer withdrawals from the event are on hold. Our team will be in the office throughout the weekend to answer any of your questions and queries.
We have also currently put our entry system on hold and restricted entries to our upcoming events.
Thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented time.
We will continue to communicate with you as soon as we have information to share. The next scheduled communique is Monday 16 March at 5pm.
Mike Crawley | Race Director
Athlete Update: Friday 13 March 12.00pm
We are all conscious of the rapidly changing health landscape and its potential impact on events.
On Thursday 12 March, the strategic advisory group which oversees the Tour de Brisbane met at 9.00am via teleconference to review planning for our 5 April ride and race. This group represents all State and Local Government departments which are stakeholders in the Tour de Brisbane.
Although the Tour has been progressing according to all planned milestones, the impact of the virus has become a growing focus of our attention over the past two weeks.
NXsports has progressively implemented additional hygiene and participant well-being standards at our other events in order to ensure the safety of all participants, volunteers, and crew. Similarly, two phases of operational standard improvements were endorsed by the strategic advisory group for the Tour de Brisbane.
In contrast to spectator events and festivals, our ride and race allows a number of options to avoid large crowd gatherings in order to accommodate State and Federal Government health standards should they change.
At the time of writing, the Australian Government position (https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert) does not require events to be postponed and we will continue to adopt the Government's lead in this regard.
We urge all participants to monitor this link and note that we have been advised by the event cancellation insurer - Event Protect (http://eventprotect.co/) - that the World Health Organisation declaration of a global pandemic is on their list of exclusions; we are awaiting formal written confirmation currently from Event Protect. Should you wish to withdraw at this point in time, we would welcome your request in accordance with the present Event terms and conditions.
Should there be a need to adjust the event delivery, or postpone any of our races and rides, we will immediately inform you.
Like all cyclists, we are just keen to ride our bikes.
There is still 23 days remaining before our Tour de Brisbane and we are well prepared to respond to changes and these will be communicated to you every two days via email commencing Monday at 9.00am. (*Today’s email information has also been forwarded to you via sms.)
I wish to thank each of you for supporting our second year of the Tour de Brisbane. If you're coming to collect your jersey at Ballistic, I look forward to seeing you this arvo.
Mike Crawley | Race Director