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Bike Week 2016, Queensland's largest cycling festival, runs from Sunday, 15 to Sunday, 22 May, 2016. Bicycle Queensland uses the week to promote the importance of cycling through a huge range of fantastic events; both on and off the bike.
Entry costs differ and range from FREE for almost half the events up to $95 for the Great Brisbane Bike Ride. Check out the full programme and event costs here.
Whether you're a recreational rider wanting to socialise with like-minded bike riders, a regular rider wanting to participate in some more challenging events or, if you haven't been on a bike for years and want to test the theory that you never forget how to ride a bike, Bike Week offers something for you!
Ladies, if you prefer a more civilised starting time, join the,'Ladies Come and Try Track Cycling Day' running from 2.00pm until 6.00pm at the Chandler Velodrome, Sleeman Sports Complex, Corner of Old Cleveland and Tilley Roads, Chandler. Adult entry is only $25.
Monday, 16 May Ladies can ride into Bicycle Queensland, 20 Horan Street, West End and join the Women's Cycling Forum for FREE. This is an opportunity to have a say in how to get more women into cycling.
Tuesday, 17 May Bike Week's most popular event for singles, the 10-Speed Dating ride starts at 5.45pm outside Bicycle Queensland, 20 Horan Street, West End. Finishing at a West End bar or café the riders socialise over a coffee or drink. Socialisation starts at about 7.00pm and the ride costs $10.
Cyclocross, a mixture of cross-country steeple-chases on bikes is being held at the Chandler Velodrome, Sleeman Sports Complex, Corner of Old Cleveland and Tilley Roads, Chandler.
Entry cost is $10 per person and places are limited to 50 for each category:
Junior races for under 13years and under 17years;
A and B Grade (rules say 'cyclocross bikes only', but regular racers can show up on a mountain bike and probably be allowed to enter); and
Open (any bike can enter – this category is aimed at people who have not raced before).
Hurry! Go online now and register in your category here.
Please Note: You will need a Cycling Australia or MTBA racing license for the event which you can purchase on the day (Adults $20 and Juniors $5) or get the once-only FREE two-month trial licence here from MTBA.
Thursday, 19 May Bicycle Queensland invites you to the Ride2Work Day Breakfast to enjoy a free breakfast and coffee from 7.00am at the Law Courts Plaza, George Street, Brisbane. Everybody's welcome and there'll be plenty of bike parking and some fantastic prizes on offer, including a new Dahon folding bike thanks to 99 Bikes, bike fitting sessions at Cycle Physio and Cycle2City memberships.
Don't forget your trouser clamps
Friday 20 May Finish work and get down to King George Square by 5.30pm to join the FREE Style Over Speed Ride. Dress up in stylish clothes, a suit and tie or heels and a dress (definitely no sports clothes and, most definitely, no lycra). Don't forget your lights and a lock. Bring your own bike or borrow a CityCycle for $2.
Saturday, 21 May CAM'S Cycle Coaching Open Day, is a FREE CompuTrainer session to help improve your riding and pedalling techniques. Commencing at 9.00am at 391 Montague Road, West End numbers are limited to 32 people over 16 years of age. Register yourself here.
The whole family is welcome to join in the Family Fun Ride. Starting at 9.00am the ride follows an easy 10 kilometres loop from, and returning to, South Brisbane. You'll travel beside the scenic Brisbane River through Southbank, City Botanic Gardens, the Bicentennial Bikeway and two bridge crossings.
Registration costs $10 per family and riders must be over five years of age to pilot their own bike. Register here.
From 3.00pm till 4.00pm, join a FREE information session at Cycle Physio Bike Fitting, Camford Square, corner of Douglas and Dorsey Streets, Milton. Sports Physiotherapist, David Wadsworth will discuss important safe and healthy cycling issues suitable for the beginner to the experienced.
Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. Please phone Cycle Physio on (07) 3878 2888 to confirm your place.
Sunday, 22 May
Ladies, join in the Pier to Point Women's Ride for either a leisurely 25km or an energetic 40km ride that start and finish at the Shorncliffe Jetty. Starting time for the 40km course is 6.15am and the 25km is 6.30am.
Places are limited to 200 and the entry fee is $20; riders must be over 16 years of age. Register here before you miss out on a great morning's ride.
What better way to start a beautiful day?
For the more adventurous, join the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Experience. This new event for Bike Week travels from Toogoolawah to Fernvale covering 64km and will take most riders the best part of the day.
Starting with a 7.00am check-in at Fernvale Visitors' Centre riders and bikes are bussed to Toogoolawah for the 9.00am ride start.
With rest stops at Esk, after 20km and Coominya after 43km you'll enjoy great views, beautiful countryside and virtually no traffic. Serenity factor is off the charts!
The ride surface is rough in parts and the ride best suits mountain bikes with tyres wider than 2 inches (50mm).
Cost per rider is $35 and includes bus transfer for you and your bike from Fernvale to Toogoolawah. Register now.
There has to be something there for you. Join in and enjoy a great week of cycling.