Australia’s wide vast landscapes provide the perfect backdrop for cycling events that attract competitors from all around the world. From the Tour Down Under in South Australia to the Cape to Cape ride along Western Australia’s Great South West Edge; there is something to appeal to both keen cyclists and spectators. Ballarat provides the perfect terrain for the Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships in Victoria in January. The Perth Cycling Grand Prix is best described as a ‘festival of cycling’; while the Pure Tasmania Cycle Challenge provides the perfect excuse for a ride in the lush Australian countryside.
Adelaide and regional South Australia
Some of the world’s best professional cyclists compete in the Tour Down Under every January. It’s the first event of the year in the globe-trotting Union Cycliste Internationale's (UCI) ProTour, with six days of cycling and entertainment across Adelaide and South Australia. Catch the cyclists racing through the Adelaide Hills or along the picturesque country lanes of the Barossa Valley or Fleurieu Peninsula. Thousands of spectators turn out for the final race through the streets of Adelaide. Visit the Tour Village and Bike Expo and rub shoulders with the riders and teams as they compete for the coveted leader’s jersey.
Affectionately known amongst Australia's elite cyclists as ‘The Nationals’, the Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships attracts a world class field of Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallists and Australia's Tour de France stars. The event is run over four days in Ballarat, Victoria, at the height of summer. There are many great spectator locations available to watch the race action unfold each day. There are very few national sporting events that allow fans to get so close to the action and see the riders' faces as they cross the finish line.
Perth, Western Australia
Track Cycling Western Australia’s Perth Winter Grand Prix is best described as a ‘festival of cycling’. More than 1,000 road cyclists leave from Perth’s West Speed Dome to compete in a Cyclo Sportif event over various distances up to 100 kilometres. See Australian stars ride against elite-level riders from Malaysia, South Africa, New Zealand, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong and compete for Australia’s richest cycling prize pool in this Union Cycliste Internationale Category 1 event.
The Pure Tasmania Cycle Challenge is a gruelling cycle ride on Tasmania’s west coast. There are two rides: from Cradle Mountain to Strahan, a distance of 135 kilometres; and a longer 22 kilometre ride between Devonport, Cradle Mountain and Strahan. The event is a great way to experience Tasmania’s pure, untamed wilderness and stunning country side.
Augusta, Western Australia
Set against the iconic backdrop of world famous surf beaches, farmlands, rocky outcrops and national forests, the Cape to Cape is a fun and challenging event for riders of all levels. The race is run on a unique course designed across a variety of roads, tracks and trails that wind from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste. More than 400 mountain bike riders converge on Western Australia’s Great South West Edge for the four-day event, including riders of Commonwealth, European and Olympic championship status.