I love Cadel Evans, and it's been a blast watching him pedal to first place on the podium in this year's Tour de France. But if you like your cycling a bit slower, a bit cruisier, and perhaps even a bit less tight and shiny, the Lazy Sunday Cycle on 7 August at New Farm Park could be your cup of tea.
Billing itself as an opportunity for Brisbanites to 'get cycling on normal bikes in normal clothes,' Lazy Sunday Cycle is calling on everybody to drag out their deadly treadlies and head down to the park for a ride that's more about the journey than the destination. Meet up with other wheeled wanderers near the City Cat terminal and set off at 10am for a ride that's described as 'fabulously relaxing, flat and fun'-- about 6km all up, with a stop around half way. The ride will finish back at the City Cat terminal where it began.
Dress code is non-lycra, with creative cycling costumes welcome (provided they're safe, of course). You're also asked to bring your helmet, water bottle, sunscreen, poncho in case of rain, and anything else that you think might add to this fun, community event.
As for what you ride, well, it's really up to you, with the organisers saying the event is open to the young, the old, families with children, fancy bikes, cargo bikes, bikes with baskets, even scooter riders and rollerbladers if they want to join in. Cyclists of all levels of confidence and ability are also encouraged to come along, so if you want to get out and cycle but feel a bit nervous, this could be a good place to start.
This is a grass-roots, community event, being publicised primarily by word of mouth and through the Lazy Sunday Cycle Facebook page. Info on the Facebook page says that the route chosen will be a safe one, but that all participants will be asked to sign a risk waiver on the day.