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The Great Brisbane Bike Ride

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by Heath Hewitt (subscribe)
Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
On ya bike, Brisbane. This year's Great Brisbane Bike Ride is giving cyclists the opportunity to take in some fresh air and the recently completed Clem7 tunnel in a once in a life time opportunity.

Thousands are expected to turn out on the day with two courses on offer. The 45km loop goes through the Clem7 tunnel, ICB and to the Brisbane River loop and back through Indooroopilly. The 30km uses the Eleanor Schonell Bridge. All riders receive a t-shirt at completion of the ride.

When opened, the Clem7 tunnel will offer connections at Bowen Hills, Kangaroo Point and Wooloongabba. Did you know the lowest point of the tunnel is 60 metres below the Brisbane River? It also promises to reduce travel time by up to 30 per cent. Check out some other interesting facts about the Clem 7 here.

For those bringing the family along or if the 30km trek is too much for you, consider the Gold Cross Cycles Family Fun Ride. The 12km trek uses the bikepath's around the city.

Alternatively, the Taste of the Tunnel gives riders the opportunity to see the Clem7 Tunnel and ICB on a pleasant 15km trip. For peace of mind, police are route marshals will be out in force on the day. Please note age limits apply to ride your own bike. BDO Brisbane Coot-tha Challenge is 14 years old and above and Great Brisbane Bike Ride and Taste of the Tunnel is 12 years old and above.

Before jumping on your bike though, it's a good idea to stretch and warm up. Sima Fontanilla has 8 tips for warming up and warning down afterwards. If you're still a bit hesitant about jumping on your bike this weekend, then you need a reminded about the health benefits of a good bike ride.

If you're thinking of heading along, be sure to check out the Rider Information Sheet for all the basic details you will need for the day.
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Why? Get fit and have fun at the same time.
When: Sunday March 21, registration at 5am with main ride at 6.45am
Where: Begins and ends at South Bank. Riders will accumulate along Grey Street (facing south), Russell Street and the Cultural Forecourt.
Cost: $40 per child, $60 per adult (non-Bicycle Queensland member) or $110 for family up to three people.
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