Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge rolls through the wet

It might be bucketing down, but nothing is going to stop about 4000 riders from taking part in Bicycle Queensland’s Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge (B2GC) tomorrow.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is forecasting showers and wild winds across the weekend, with up to 80mm expected to fall in the next 48-hours.

B2GC organisers are watching the forecast closely, and 250 police, traffic controllers, route marshals, and volunteers are working around the clock to ensure the event runs smoothly.


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In a statement, Bicycle Queensland CEO Anne Savage said months of planning had gone into making the ride a success.

“Last year was one of the toughest, wettest rides in history – we’re well-prepared to ride in damp conditions on the proviso that authorities agree it is safe to go ahead,” Ms Savage said.

“At this stage we expect conditions to improve and will be going ahead as planned.”

“We’re hoping to raise a record amount for five charity beneficiaries this year – being the Heart Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, Breast Cancer Network Australia, Smiling for Smiddy and beyondblue,” Savage said.

“People can make a donation at the start line and will also be supporting our mission to get Queensland cycling – through education, advocacy, information, and support services.

A protected route is ready to go, from Southbank to the Broadwater Parklands on the Gold Coast. There is also a 60km short course, which starts at Logan.

People who haven’t already entered can register from 4am Sunday at Southbank’s Wheel of Brisbane and check out the website for more information on the event and after-party which will be held at Broadwater Parklands, Southport

Since graduating from University in 2003, Rachel has worked in radio in a variety of roles including announcer, journalist and copywriter. The crazy world of radio has taken her from her hometown of Toowoomba to Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and finally the Gold Coast when in 2009 she started writing and presenting news with Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au.

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