We work for five days a week, The Beatles loved their girls for eight days a week and, now, we will be celebrating Brisbane Bike Week for nine days a week! Yes, from the 25 April to the 3 May – 9 whole days – Bicycle Queensland, is presenting some great cycling fun to promote the importance of cycling with style, while creating great art and even finding love.
Brisbane Bike Week has been Queensland's largest cycling festival since the early 1990s. It's a week for everybody at all riding levels. If it's been a while, you can test the theory that, once learnt, you never forget how to ride, or as a recreational rider you can socialise with like-minds, or, if you have a competitive streak, there are opportunities to test yourself.
All throughout Bike Week the Freewheeling: Cycling in Australia exhibition, a touring exhibition from the National Museum of Australia and is on daily display at The Queensland Museum and Sciencentre between 9.30am and 5.00pm – closed on Anzac Day. Entry is FREE.
The Cadel Evans collection;
A four seater solar bike; and
Ken Ross' cycling collection of medals won an Australian cyclist in Europe after WWI.
Remember the Anzacs this Anzac Day, especially the Anzac cyclists
Starting at 8.00am on Saturday 25 April is the Sol Breads-Cyclinic Women's Mountain Bike Ride for women riders of all abilities. The enjoyable ride starts at the carpark of James Drysdale Recreation Reserve near the corner of Jinker Track and Bunya Road, Everton Hills. You'll need a mountain bike in good working order, an Australian standards helmet and a big water bottle. A spare tube and pump won't go astray either.
It's FREE but places are limited to 50 so register here.
On Sunday, 26 April another opportunity for the ladies to enjoy themselves is The Pier to Point Women's Ride. This is a leisurely 25km or an energetic 40km ride. Starting at the Shorncliffe Jetty with the 40km course commencing at 6.15am and the 25km at 6.30am.
Places are limited to 250 and entry is FREE– riders must be over 16 years of age. Register here.
Also on Sunday 26 April Cyclocross races (cross-country racing on bicycles) commence at 3.00pm at Wests Rugby Union, Toowong Memorial Park, Sylvan Rd, Toowong.
A Cycling Australia or MTBA racing license is required and a day license can be purchased on the day at $20 (Adults) or $5 (Junior).
There are four race categories:
Junior races - under 13yrs and under 17yrs;
A and B Grade; and
Cost is $10 and places are limited to 50 for each category. Register here.
On Monday 27 April at 7pm the Cork and Chroma Mini Paint and Sip is for cycling, art and wine aficionados. BYO favourite bottle of wine and in a relaxed, social setting at 44 Montague Road, South Brisbane learn basic techniques of painting abstract art in acrylics on canvas.
Cost is $25 and places are limited to 32 so book here. You must be 18 years or over if drinking.
On Tuesday, 28 April get set for 10-Speed Dating. Bike Week's most popular event this light-hearted, gentle paced ride along the riverside and around West End provides an opportunity to meet other single riders.
Finishing at a West End bar/café riders get to socialise over a coffee or drink. You'll need your own bike, helmet and lights to join at the Bicycle Queensland office, 28 Vulture Street, West End at 5.45pm. There is a limit of 41 riders (looks like somebody's going to miss out!) so register here. Cost is FREE and you must be 18 years or over.
There could be love in the air; just make sure you're not number 41!
Thursday 30 April sees the Ride to Work Day Breakfast where at Reddacliff Place (opposite the Treasury) on your ride to work you can stop for free breakfast and coffee. You could win a stylish electric folding bike valued at $1,999 drawn during the breakfast. This event is FREE.
At 5.30pm on Friday 1 May at King George Square join the Style Over Speed Ride. This ride is about style not how fast you can finish. The ride, from the city to the Schonell Theatre, St Lucia, runs in conjunction with Film Night. At 7.30pm the film, 'The Finishers' will be shown in the Schonell Theatre for FREE. Get your movie tickets here .
On Saturday, 2 May at the Gap Creek Reserve, Kenmore car park join the Mountain Bike (MTB) Skills Bike Week - Back to Basics session for a 7.30am start. This is for people who want to learn some real mountain biking skills. Places are very limited and a fee of $30 to be donated to Diabetes Queensland applies.
Later, Cam's Cycle Coaching Indoor Training Session, a FREE CompuTrainer session to help improve your riding/pedalling technique and make riding more enjoyable, commences at 9.00am at 391 Montague Road, West End. Capacity is limited to 32 over 16s, so register here.
Is this all-weather cycling?
Then, for the Week's grand finale, join the Great Brisbane Bike Ride starting from Riverside Drive, South Brisbane at 6.15am on Sunday, 3 May. Choose between three routes of varied distances and difficulty levels. Fees apply depending on the distance entered. Everybody can register here.
If you're not a rider but want to take part, what about volunteering? Becoming a volunteer is a rewarding and satisfying experience for people of all ages and from all walks of life. You can offer your time as a customer service and rider registration assistant, transport and logistical helper, rest stop crew, route marshal, start and finish site marshal, merchandise assistant and general run-around volunteer.
Volunteer applications are now open and you can register here.