The track World Cup event was secured by the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with Brisbane City Council via Brisbane Marketing and Cycling Australia, and is expected to attract thousands of riders and spectators to Queensland’s capital.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the event reaffirmed Queensland’s position as a global sporting events hub and follows the announcement of the Brisbane Cycling Festival package of events from 2019-2021.
“The Commonwealth Games put Queensland on the map as one of the major events capitals of the world,” said Jones.
“The UCI Track World Cup will be staged in December 2019 and will make use of vital Commonwealth Games legacy infrastructure at the Anna Meares Velodrome - the home of indoor cycling events during the Games.
“This event will see some of the world’s best cyclists converge on Brisbane, luring cycling fans from across the globe to Queensland to experience the best of what we have to offer in our state.
“Before the Tissot Track World Cup we’ll host the inaugural Brisbane Cycling Festival from March to April next year. This event is forecast to generate about $8 million across its three-year lifetime.
The Brisbane Cycling Festival will include a package of at least three cycling events, secured from 2019-2021, including a National Road Series event, the Australian Track National Championships, and the final of the Six Day international track series.
“The popularity of cycling amongst Australians coupled with the high calibre of cyclists the event is set to attract will ensure the success of this new Queensland event."
Cycling Australia CEO Steve Drake said, “It will be fantastic to see this premier event held in this world-class facility. We saw during the Commonwealth Games just how passionate fans are for the Australian Cycling Team so we cannot wait.”
Australian Cycling Team Member and 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, Alex Porter, was ecstatic about the announcement.
“I can’t wait to line up in the green and gold for a Track World Cup in our own backyard. It’s such an important part for the build-up for Tokyo 2020 and having a home crowd advantage gives us all such a buzz.”
The Track World Cup joins the Brisbane Cycling Festival and the Auswide Bank Cycle Fest International (to be held from February 10-17, 2019) as new events that will showcase cycling in the Sunshine state for 2019.