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Events

Cycling Events You Have to Enter in 2022

After a couple of years of canceled and postponed events, many cycling events in Australia are back! If you’re looking for a challenge, or even just a fun day out with the kids, there’s sure to be a cycling event happening in your area.

We’ve rounded up a list of some of the most exciting events of the year, perfect for beginners, families, intermediate cyclists, and cyclists looking to push themselves.

The Best Cycling Events for Families & Beginners

Westpac Family Ride at the Santos Festival of Cycling (Adelaide, SA)

Date: 26 January 2022

Distance: N/A

Get the family together for a fun team ride around the Night Crit track for the Westpac Family Ride before the pros take on the Night Crit Race. Even better? The crowds gather early to watch the Night Crit Race, so you’ll have loads of supporters cheering you on – perfect for letting the little ones pretend they’re pro cyclists.

You’ll get one hour after the starting gun fires to ride as many laps as you can before finishing in full glory at the Santos Festival of Cycling finish line. There are prizes for Best Dressed Family, Best Dressed Individual and Best Dressed Bike, so go all-out with decorating and have a blast.

After the family cycling event (and for the full duration of the festival, which runs from 21 – 29 January 2022), you can enjoy live entertainment, food and beverage stalls, bike exhibitions and of course, watch the races!

Kiewa River Family Ride at the Lake Hume Cycle Challenge (Riverina, NSW)

Date: 13 March 2022

Distance: 14km

The Kiewa River Family Ride at the Lake Hume Cycle Challenge isn’t just a fantastic day out – it’s also for a good cause! All proceeds from the event go directly to the Wellness Centre at the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Trust Fund, which assists patients with emotional, psychological, and wellness support.

Enjoy a gorgeous ride along the High Country Rail Trail to the scenic Kiewa River and back. Most of the trail is shaded, offering gentle rises and quiet road crossings that make it the ideal cycling event for families and beginners alike.

There’s a shaded picnic spot once you cross the cycle bridge over the river, where you can rest and refuel at the Rider Reviver area. Once you’re ready to head back to the start of the trail, there will be a free soft drink and sausage sandwich awaiting you!

Around the Bay 20km (Melbourne, VIC)

Date: 9 October 2022

Distance: 20km

Enjoy a day out with your family on the Around the Bay 20km and see everything Melbourne has to offer on a 20km route made for families and beginners. The route starts and ends at Albert Park, where you can relax and enjoy a beautiful day outdoors once you’ve finished your ride.

Remember to register during the early bird phase so you can get a free jersey! Plus, kids under 15 ride free.

If you’re looking for something a little (or a lot) more challenging, there are also 50km, 100km, 200km, 210km routes and a whopping 300km route.

City Ride at Spring Cycle (North Sydney, NSW)

Date: 16 October 2022

Distance: 10km

When riding over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, cyclists have to stay within the dedicated cycle lanes – but not during the Spring Cycle! Join over 8 000 people and enjoy closed-off car-free roads, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge main deck, Cahill Expressway, and the CBD.

The event champions inclusivity, empowering people of all ages and abilities to join. This year, they’re also including a disability wave in the event – making them the first recreational bike ride in Sydney to do so.

Cycling Events Perfect for Intermediate Cyclists

Tallangatta Rail Trail Tour at the Lake Hume Cycle Challenge (Riverina, NSW)

Date: 13 March 2022

Distance: 40km

The Tallangatta Rail Trail Tour at the Lake Hume Cycle Challenge begins at Ebden Reserve, then heads along the foreshore of Lake Hume, then past Ludlows and Huon Reserves, and Sandy Creek Bridge. The bridge is the perfect spot for a rest, offering picturesque panoramas of Lake Hume and the countryside.

Once you’re ready to continue, you’ll ride along steeper banks into Tallangatta, a town that was moved 8km west in the 1950s to make space for the expansion of Lake Hume. Take some time to enjoy the charming town, then head back to enjoy the scenery from a different perspective.

Like with the shorter Kiewa River Family Ride event, there will be a soft drink and sausage sandwich waiting for you when you reach the finish line!

Dragon Trail MTB (Derby, TAS)

Date: 17 March 2022 – 19 March 2022

Distance: 145km

Explore Australia’s mecca of mountain biking like never before with the three-day XC Dragon Trail. Starting at the famous Blue Derby trails, your first day on the trail will be 52km of flowy trails, some technical rocky features, old-school adventure riding, and some gravel grinding.

The second day is your longest and biggest day. Here, you’ll conquer 58km of Tasmania’s most epic wilderness trails starting with a scenic forest ride that takes you to the biggest ascent of the race – a 400m vertical climb to the top of Blue Tier. The Blue Tier descent is solid adventure riding, and you’ll likely be on and off your bike as you make your way down.

On the third (and shortest) day, you’ll ride 42km through the Dreaming Pools wilderness trail, Constable Creek, and Flagstaff Hill, where you’ll end at St Helen’s Trailhead.

Classic Ride at Spring Cycle (North Sydney, NSW)

Date: 16 October 2022

Distance: 50km

The Classic Ride at Spring Cycle follows the same initial segment as the 10km City Ride, giving you the rare opportunity to ride over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and CBD without any traffic. From there, you’ll continue to the Inner West and finish up at Sydney Olympic Park.

It’s up to you whether you want to challenge yourself with this ride, or take it slow and easy. All bikes are welcome, and children under 12 can join you as long as they ride on your bike. Children over the age of 12 can ride their own bike, and all children up to 15 years of age need to be accompanied by an adult.

Events for Cyclists who Love a Challenge

RIDE Holidays Group Rides at the Santos Festival of Cycling (Adelaide, SA)

Date: 26 January, 27 January, 28 January, 29 January

Distance: N/A

RIDE Holidays is hosting group rides on four days of the cycling festival, where they offer ego-free group rides of up to 12 cyclists per group. You can choose which date and which ride to join – the Espresso group requires that you keep an average pace of 30kmph, the Latte requires 27.5kmph, and the Cappuccino requires 25kmph.

Depending on which date you choose, you can look forward to riding the full race route, part of the race route, breakfast, incredible views, or lunch (complete with a shaded deck and big screen to watch all the action).

The rides are all highly flexible – for example, on 29 January, your group can decide whether to ride to the hills or beach, and you always have the option to request that rides be shorter, longer, faster, or slower.

Rapha & Bike Society Group Rides at the Santos Festival of Cycling (Adelaide, SA)

Date: 27 January, 28 January, 29 January

Distance: 72km, 93km or 106km

Join Rapha and Bike Society for locally curated rides through Adelaide during the Santos Festival of Cycling.

You can choose between a 106km road ride, a 93km gravel ride, or their 72km annual pilgrimage out to Willunga Hill. Whichever option you choose, they all end with the chance to see the pros do their thing.

If you want to take it easy (or celebrate after a ride), you can also join their Social at the Franklin Hotel on 29 January to share stories and enjoy Bridge Road Brewers beer all night.

Bethanga Beast at the Lake Hume Cycle Challenge (Riverina, NSW)

Date: 13 March 2022

Distance: 80km

The Beast, as it’s affectionately known, is a cycling event that combines rail trail, gravel, and asphalt roads – and it’s perfect for those looking for a challenge! Boasting close to 1 000m of elevation gain over 80km, it’s sure to get your blood pumping as you take in the beautiful views of Lake Hume, the Plateau Regional Park, and Mount Talgarno.

From the starting time at 7:30AM, you have 5 hours to complete the event – so make sure that you have the ability to reach the finish line by 12:30, at which point officials will end the ride and offer transport back to the starting point at Ebden Reserve.

Gran Fondo at Tour de Brisbane (Brisbane, QLD)

Date: 10 April 2022

Distance: 110km

Known as the “ultimate Sunday ride”, the Tour de Brisbane Gran Fondo is one of the most exciting cycling events of the year, giving cyclists the rare opportunity to ride on closed-off streets in Brisbane. Anyone can enter – as long as you were born after 2005 and can keep a 20km/h average speed.

What can you expect? Five technical turns, four expressways, three tunnels, two bridges, one major mountain climb, and infinite bragging rights after you cross the finish line. Phew.

Townsville to Cairns Bike Ride (Townsville, QLD)

Date: 28 July 2022 – 30 July 2022

Distance: 358km

After a hiatus in 2020 and 2021, the Townsville to Cairns Bike Ride is back!

On the first day of the event, you’ll meet at Mercure Inn, Townsville and ride 112km to the Ingham Showgrounds, where you’ll sleep at the Hall. The next day, you can look forward to a 152km route that takes you through the climbs of the Cardwell Range.

On the third and final day, you’ll take a scenic 88km route through Mirriwinni, Mt Bellenden Ker, Deeral, and Gordonvale.

When you reach the finish line, there will be a large welcoming party to congratulate you. Afterward, freshen up then enjoy a festive dinner with all the riders.

Proceeds from the Townsville to Cairns Bike Ride go to the Zero Childhood Cancer program. The program is led by the Children’s Cancer Institute and The Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick.

What Happens if You Crash Your Bike During a Cycling Event?

Unless you’re doing a family ride, you’re probably entering an event in order to challenge yourself. This likely means pushing yourself to go further and faster – which can be a catalyst for getting tired, leading to moments of distraction and even having an accident.

Call your insurer to check whether your bicycle is covered during races and events. If you’re insured with Velosure Premium bicycle insurance your bicycle will be covered during races and events in Australia and New Zealand. To explore further afield, you can add our optional worldwide cover extension so that your bike is covered wherever you go.

How to Prepare for a Cycling Event

Each cyclist (and each event) is different, so you the way you train for cycling events or races should be personalised to you. Here are some tips to get the most out of your preparation, no matter what you’re training for:

  • Buddy up to train with cyclists who are at a similar level to you and are entering the same event. It’s much easier to commit to a 5AM ride if you know there will be someone waiting for you!
  • Don’t be spontaneous, especially if you’re a beginner. Give yourself a minimum of 12 weeks to train for an event.
  • If you train every day, you’re likely to burn yourself out. Make sure to factor rest days into your training plan.
  • Improve your core strength to minimise the risk of injury. Strength training and pilates are both great options for cyclists.
  • If you’re short on time, get some additional rides in by commuting to work by bike.
  • Work on your bike setup. This might mean getting a bike fit, buying key accessories, or simply maintaining your bike up until the event day.
Issued by The Hollard Insurance Company AFSL 241436. Consider the PDS and TMD on Velosure.com.au.

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