Locals gear up for Gold Coast Cyclocross

CYCLE enthusiasts are gearing up for bike race like no other.

This Sunday is the first race of the family-friendly Gold Coast Cyclocross five race series at Coplicks Family Sports Fields in Andrews Road, Tallebudgera.

Event spokesperson Mark Guy said although Cyclocross is an emerging discipline of cycling here in Australia, it has been around since the early 1900s.


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“Cyclocross was developed in Europe as a way for road racers to maintain racing fitness and develop their skills during the off-season,” said Mark. “Its popularity first spread to America and more recently to Australia.”

“Participants complete laps around an off-road circuit. Obstacles are placed throughout the course and often cyclists have to dismount and run with their bikes. The races are short, ranging from 25 – 60 minutes and competitors do as many laps as possible within that time-frame,” he said.

“Kids especially enjoy Cyclocross. It’s technically challenging and physically demanding but a whole lot of fun.”

Peter Doggett from Connecting Southern Gold Coast said it was great to see Gold Coast Cyclocross and its committed team of cycling enthusiasts getting behind the huge task of organising the series family-friendly events on the Southern Gold Coast.

“These are community events and everyone is encouraged to come along. More cycling events are planned at Robert Neumann Park in Currumbin Valley and the final event, the Tour de Valley, will be held at the Merv Craig Sporting Complex at Currumbin Waters in October,” said Peter.

“The Southern Gold Coast is quickly becoming a premier destination for cycling events, especially as we can offer challenging circuits taking in Currumbin Valley and Tomewin Ranges. Competitors get to cycle through the scenic countryside and events such as these provide the opportunity to introduce more sports enthusiasts, competitors and spectators alike, to the beauty and diversity of the Southern Gold Coast region,” he said.

Gold Coast Cycloross is also supporting fundraising efforts by the local community to restore the Man on the Bike at Tallebudgera. A group of Penny Farthing enthusiasts, dressed in period costume, will call into the Cyclocross event as part of their ride to raise funds.

Sunday’s event will be conducted in a traffic-free, safe, off-road environment, and there are categories for competitive, amateur and recreational cyclists of all abilities. There will also be ‘Come’n’try’ sessions will be held on the day from 9am for children and adults who want to try Cyclocross, with cycles and equipment will be provided.

Visit goldcoastcyclocross.com for more information. competitive cyclists can register online here.