Tour de Valley gears up for third year

THE Currumbin Valley’s premier annual cycling event, the Tour de Valley, is returning for a third year as cyclists from all over the country gear up to take on the ultimate cycling course on Sunday 12 October 2014.

Event Organiser Chris Thompson said the event was designed to attract both competitive and recreational cyclists, and spread the awareness of cycle safety.

“It’s not all about being the fastest – we want everyone to get out and enjoy the course in a safe environment,” he said.


“It’s a rare opportunity for riders to experience the proposed 2018 Commonwealth Games course, and for participants from other areas of the country to experience the beauty of the Currumbin Valley and the attractions of the Gold Coast.”

The Tour de Valley features a 36km Solo Time Trail and a Teams Challenge, competing over 36km (one lap) or 72km (two laps).

“The solo category is perfect for cyclists of all abilities looking to test themselves, or just enjoy the rare experience of riding on closed roads for a large section of the course. Our team-based event is also extremely popular as it is unique to Queensland.

“The emphasis is on ‘serious fun’ with a unique age/sex handicapping system. Teams of five riders can participate in the Club or Corporate section, with categories available for bikes without time trial bars to promote an all-inclusive environment.

“Feedback from last year’s event was overwhelmingly positive with participants complimenting the style of event, the perfect nature of the course and the organisation and safety of the Tour de Valley as a premier cycling event for the Gold Coast.

“In 2014 we are continuing to enhance the event experience for all participants. Riders will start from a specially designed starting ramp at the Merv Craig Sporting Complex, where supporters will be able to cheer them on from the adjacent viewing area.

“There will also be kid’s activities set up, food, and stalls, and spectators will be able to get the best view of the Gold Coast Cyclocross series final – which is a really exciting addition to the event.

The Tour de Valley commences with the Solo Time Trial at 7am on Sunday 12 October, with a complementary brunch for competitors after the event. The event precinct is open to the public from 7am to 12pm at the Merv Craig Sporting Complex in Galleon Way, Currumbin Waters.

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