Bicycle Queensland has announced the return of its city to coast cycling event, the ‘Downer Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge 2021’.

Celebrating its 16th year, the iconic gathering returns on Sunday October 17, inviting Australians of all ages to join in one of the country’s most revered mass participation rides. This year, attendees can sign-up for one of three distances—the classic 100km Brisbane to Gold Coast, 40km from Brisbane to Logan, or 60km from Logan to the Gold Coast.

Riders choosing the 100km challenge will commence at the starting line on the Eleanor Schonell Bridge (Green Bridge) in Brisbane’s Dutton Park. Moving through 15km of uninterrupted, traffic-free Busway, participants will then follow a combination of service and suburban roads all the way out to Southport Broadwater Parklands.

Riders taking part in the 40km challenge will start alongside the 100km distance participants and move through the Busway before finishing up at the first rest stop located in Logan. Riders participating in the 60km challenge will begin their ride at the Logan rest stop, joining the 100km group and travelling all together down to the Gold Coast finish line.

For this year’s event, Bicycle Queensland is excited to support Stronger For Longer, a volunteer-run organisation that works in partnership with Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to support promising prostate cancer research. Affecting one in seven Australian men and claiming the lives of 3500 people each year, Stronger For Longer play a critical role in reducing these statistics through innovative and life-changing treatments.

The Downer Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge is one of Australia’s biggest charity cycling events, with over 91,000 participants to date. The popularity of the ride has grown year on year since its inception in 2005 and with last year’s event being cancelled due to COVID, Bicycle Queensland officials anticipate 2021 to be the biggest ride yet.

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