Cycling is a fantastic, fun way to keep fit and enjoy the great outdoors. Rising in popularity, cycling events are held all across Australia, inviting young and old, beginners and advanced to join in, get active, or even help raise money for a good cause.
Amy's Ride South Australia will be held on Sunday, the 2nd of November, with options to ride anywhere between five and 125km along a car-free Southern Expressway. The Amy's Ride series promotes bike awareness and safety in memory of Australian track cyclist Amy Gillett, who passed away when she was hit by a car while training in Germanyi. The event will also raise money for the Amy Gillett Foundation, which has the goal of keeping cyclists safe on the road.
Adelaide's biggest bike ride for women, Gear Up Girl, will take over the city on Sunday, the 23rd of November this year. Women from every age and fitness level are invited to join in this event, with a focus on fun rather than finishing time.
The Santos Tour Down Under will be getting underway in Adelaide from the 17th to the 25th of January 2015. The tour is the first stop on the UCI World Tour and is the largest cycling event in the southern hemisphere. More than just a bike race, the Santos Tour Down Under is a week-long festival full of events for professional and amateur riders alike, taking participants not only through the streets of Adelaide, but into regional South Australia as well.
The Bupa Challenge Tour will be held on the 23rd of January as part of the festival's event line-up. Riders have the option of completing the full 151.7km ride from Glenelg to Mount Barker, or a number of shorter jaunts starting at various points along the route. This event attracts both professionals and amateurs and is not a race, but a great way to challenge yourself and enjoy scenic South Australia. The Bupa challenge also supports Cancer Council SA and invites riders to register for the Ride for a Reason fundraiser to help support cancer research.
Cyclists challenging themselves for a very good cause will be keen to take part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer in Brisbane from the 16th to 17th of August. The ride will benefit the QIMR Medical Research Centre and is open to almost everyone, with any level of cycling experience.
The GC100 Charity Bike Event
on the Gold Coast will test riders with a 100km road race event. The funds raised this year are going to Rosies Friends on the Street and Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Childrenii
. There's also a relay option for anyone who wants to get involved but isn't quite up for the 100km main event.
The Alice Springs Masters Games, also known as "the friendly games", are on from the 11th to 18th of October. It will be an action-packed week for cycling fans with events at the velodrome, through the town centre and the scenic surroundings of the West MacDonnell ranges. Sprints, time trials, criteriums, mountain bike cross country and road races are all planned.
The small town of Lancelin, north of Perth, has a challenge for keen cyclists on the 14th of September. The Lancelin Hell of the North race is a gruelling 140km road race, inspired by the one day classics held in Europe throughout spring.
Ballarat and Buninyong will play host to the Cycling Australia Road National Championships from the 7th to 11th of January 2015. The Championships promise four days of challenging cycling events with some of Australia's biggest cycling stars battling for the green and gold Australian jersey.
The 2014 Cycle Salute aims to be one of the biggest celebrations of cycling Australia has ever seen. From the 17th of October to 4th of November, more than 50 separate events will cater to riders of all ages, styles and abilities in the Victorian town of Beechworth. The north-east Victorian high country boasts more than 250km of safe off-road trails through scenic countryside, making it the perfect destination for cycling lovers.
The Tour de Tamborine Mountain Sports Festival is much more than a bike race. The tour started in 2003 in memory of a young local archaeologist who passed away from a brain tumour, her illness highlighting the need for palliative care in Tamborine Mountain. Locals started the 50km bike race to raise money for a palliative care suite, but so many people wanted to get involved that a walk and run had to be added. Since its conception, the annual event has raised over $125,000 for various charitiesiii. This year, it's on from the 21st to the 23rd of November.
From the 19th to the 21st of September, the National Capital Tour will take over Canberra's roads. Boasting some of Australia's best riders, both male and female, the tour promises to be an exciting experience for keen spectators, with Canberra's scenic roads creating the perfect setting.
Later this year, Transport NSW is sponsoring a cycling event in the hope of getting more people out of cars and on to bikes. Spring Cycle will be on the 19th of October with lots of opportunities for cyclists to get involved. You can compete in the 15km City Ride, the 50km Classic Ride or the 100km Challenge Ride.
Shortly after, on the 2nd of November, you will get the opportunity to show your support for people who are living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The MS Gong Ride from Sydney to Wollongong was established in 1980, and has raised over $30 million since then. If you don't want to do the full 90km ride from Sydney Park, you can also choose the 58km short course, which starts in Engadine, near the Royal National Park.
The Stevens Bikes Husky100 MTB Marathon, consisting of a 100km and a 50km point-to-point Mountain Biking Marathon, and a 20km participation ride, is a highlight for those who enjoy mountain biking. A three hour car drive away from Sydney, the MBD Marathon will take place in Jervis Bay on the 13th of December 2014.
On February 15th next year, a race with a very special meaning will be held in Tasmania. Nic's Cradle Challenge offers two challenges, the main challenge being from Sheffield to Cradle Mountain and back to Sheffield. Where the mini-challenge is from Moina to Cradle Mountain and back to Moina.
Nic's Cradle Challenge is a ride in memory of keen cyclist Nic Easton who passed away from Leukaemia in 2014. The ride will raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation and will challenge riders over tough terrain, but also provide some incredibly beautiful scenery.