THE Fraser Coast’s newest road cycling race has been confirmed.
Cyclists will line-up for the mass participation event in Hervey Bay on 21, 22 and 23 May 2021.
The Fraser Coast Gran Fondo will kick off a full weekend of festivities at Seafront Oval where the village will be located.
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The 130km Gran Fondo and the 80km Medio will take place on Saturday 22 May, while the Crit race and family will be staged on Sunday 23 May.
Following a year of limited activity brought on by strict COVID-19 regulations, the event will provide economic impact and excitement to the Fraser Coast.
Mayor George Seymour said the race was great news for the region.
“Cycling is very popular here and linked historically to the region. An event that attracts more cyclists to the region to enjoy our beautiful scenery is great news,” Cr Seymour said.
The festival, which opens on Friday 21st May, will include food, drinks, entertainment, exhibitors and cycling specific displays, as well as coordinating pre-race registrations, making the weekend an entire experience.
Fraser Coast Tourism and Events’ Martin Simons said the Grand Fondo was a major step towards the region’s broader ambitions to become Queensland’s major destination for sporting tourism.
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Mr Simons said the event will attract both elite and mass-market participation and bring strong economic benefit to the region.
“Introducing the event in May is also well timed to boost one of the “shoulder periods” of visitation on the Fraser Coast, before the build-up of the winter season and the arrival of humpback whales.”
Mr Simons told reporters in Hervey Bay earlier that the event was expected to attract around 1,500 cyclists as well as their friends, family and supporters.
“If each person spends between $230 and $350 a day, it all starts to add up quite quickly,” he said.
Supported by AusCycling Queensland, the event will attract top cyclists from around the country as well as catering for the everyday rider, families and children.
Event Director Chris Heverin shared his excitement at bringing the event to the Fraser Coast.
“I can’t think of a better backdrop and location for a cycling holiday, from the beaches to farmland and everything in between. The Gran Fondo is designed for riders of all abilities, providing a challenging experience whilst showcasing this beautiful part of the world. We’re all about offering a fun, inclusive experience that will see you coming back for more in future years,” Mr Heverin said.
The 2021 inaugural Gran Fondo registrations will open on Monday 22nd February and are available, here.