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The time is here to spruce up your best lycra, tighten those cleats and oil that chain because Bicycle Queensland is ramping up the fight against diabetes and you can help by joining in on the Great Brisbane Bike Ride 2016 on Sunday, 15 May 2016.
Starting progressively from 6.15am from the start line on Riverside Drive, South Brisbane you'll be able to choose from three routes with varied distances and difficulty levels, including the famous Coot-tha Challenge for those undertaking the 75 or 110km rides.
Prices for the various categories include an Early-Bird reduction up until 31 March and then a standard price until 11 May. After that you'll just have to pay up on the day. Prices are: For the 75 and 110km rides:
Child (see below): Early-bird: $35; Standard: $45; Ride Day: $65.
For these prices you don't just get the opportunity to take part in a great ride and help out a worthy cause but you also get a pile of exciting goodies. Check out the full range of prices and what is included with your entry fee by clicking here.
However, be aware, the final entry day for you to receive your rider ID kit via post is Monday, 25 April 2016 and entries on the day do not receive a timing chip, rider t-shirt or inclusion in the random prize draw.
For riders under the age of 18 years:
Eager riders under the age of five years who are not pedalling but being carried by a parent or guardian do not need to enter or pay a fee, but will not receive a rider kit or merchandise. Riding in a trailer or child seat is permitted, however is not recommended due to the hilly nature of the Great Brisbane Bike Ride.
Anybody still under 14 years must not pilot their own bike on the Great Brisbane Bike Ride. Riding on a tandem rear or tagalong is permitted, however not recommended due to the hilly nature of the Great Brisbane Bike Ride.
Pedal-pushers under 16 years of age at the time of the event must be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times.
Finally, if you are under 18 years you will require the consent of your parent or guardian to participate.
To make sure you understand all the terms and conditions for joining in on the ride, especially if you know a person under the age of 18 years who wants to join, please take the time to check out all the information here.
All categories and distances for the ride start on Riverside Drive at South Brisbane and finish on Riverside Drive at West End. You must enter the starting area via Jane Street as there is no access from Bouquet Street or the Kurilpa Park bike path. Jane Street and Riverside Drive will be closed to traffic on the day.
Once you reach the start seek out your speed category and line up in the appropriate holding area. These areas have been broken down as:
Sponsors and VIPs who will have GREY bike bibs;
30km/h riders with the RED bike bibs;
25-30km/h riders wearing ORANGE bike bibs;
Below 25km/h riders are in BLUE bike bibs;
Women's group (camaraderie over speed) are naturally wearing PINK bike bibs; and
40km distance riders will have the YELLOW bike bibs.
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The ride starts out following the general direction of the Brisbane River heading towards a climb over the Gateway Bridge. Then, back towards the City via picturesque Kingsford Smith Drive and the Inner City Bypass which will be closed to motor vehicles just for you.
From here it all depends on which distance you have signed up for:
Doing the 40km ride is doing the easier, flatter 'Sights of Brisbane' tour. Once through the Inner City Bypass at Suncorp Stadium you'll continue along the river to the University of Queensland, St Lucia before returning to West End along the traditional river route.
Those heading for the 75km ride and 110km ride then cruise on out to Brisbane's famous climb – Mt Coot-tha.
Any rider choosing these 2 routes will have the option of riding in the timed climb up Mt Coot-tha in the Coot-tha Challenge. Since 2008, this Bicycle Queensland event has included a timed 2.3km, 9% climb up Mt Coot-tha. It is a challenge for riders to clock their best time overall.
After that, the 75km riders head over the new Moggill Road cycle bridge, out through Brisbane's western suburbs and then back to the Finish Site.
If you have signed up for the 110km ride then the fun is just beginning. This monster route takes you west to the Moggill Ferry, the outskirts of Ipswich and back via Redbank, Oxley to the traditional river route.
As a participant you have the chance to raise money for Diabetes Queensland, and help this important organisation provide much needed support, research and education to our community. Around 60 Queenslanders are diagnosed with all types of diabetes every day, while an estimated 93,000 Queenslanders are living with type 2 diabetes and are unaware they have the condition.
If you can't make it to the Ride you can still go to the Everyday Hero website and make a donation.
For more information on this great event check out the Bicycle Queensland website, contact the office on telephone at 3844 1144 or email on email@example.com