Frequently Asked Questions


There are a limited number of road and lane closures so you will be sharing the road with moving traffic. Normal road rules apply.

The 40km, 75km and 110km courses are well signed so you do not need to worry about directing yourself. Signs are erected in every instance where you need to turn, but are not necessarily placed at every single intersection, so if you see no sign then continue straight ahead. On some (but not all) corners there are also police, traffic controllers and/or volunteer marshals to direct riders. While it’s tempting to do, please do not make the mistake of blindly following riders in front of you as there may be non-event riders on the roads who are not necessarily following the event signs. Make sure you keep an eye out for distance split points and follow your course accordingly.

No, the event is not a race.

Riders must be able to maintain an overall average speed of 17km per hour.

As a rough guide, riders need to depart the rest stops by the following times:

  • Suncorp Stadium, Milton (40km riders only) 9am
  • Moore Park, Indooroopilly (75km & 110km riders) 10am
  • Moggill Ferry Reserve, Moggill (110km riders only) 11.15am
  • Francis Outlook Park Corinda (75km & 110km riders) 12.30pm

No persons are authorised to be on the closed roadways of the ride course unless they are a registered participant or a course official. Course officials will be easily identifiable while participants must prominently display their rider bib. Failure to comply will result in a direction to leave the course by police or course officials.

Private support vehicles are not permitted on any of Bicycle Queensland’s events. Teams and individual participants found not complying will result in a direction to leave the course by police or course officials.

Yes, there are official rest stops with water, food, toilets, first aid responders and bike mechanics.

Toilets are located at the start, all rest stops and finish and will be clearly signed. There are also public toilets along the course in Brisbane City Council parks.

Medical support is available at start, all rest stops, finish and mobile along the course. Medical conditions that may affect you during the event should be clearly detailed on the reverse of your bib number, including emergency contact details. Course officials are located at regular intervals also and should be notified if you have any difficulties during the event.

Mechanical support is available at start, all rest stops and mobile along the course. Riders are encouraged to carry their own spare tube and repair kit. Mechanical assistance is free of charge, however any consumables used are the responsibility of the individual. If you require mechanical assistance move off to the left and place your bike upside down.

Bicycle Queensland works closely with Brisbane City Council, Ipswich City Council, TMR and Transurban to ensure that roads along the route are in as good a shape as possible. Several route trips are made and great care is taken to fix potholes, clean glass and debris from the route in advance of event day. In saying that, it would be impossible to remove every single piece of debris – and some can appear on the day itself – so be attentive and take great care when you are riding the route, and make sure you have a spare inner tube on hand in case you do get a flat.


You don’t, but if you would like to become a member of Bicycle Queensland and join 18,000 other people who receive great benefits, which include personal injury and third party insurance, discounted entry fees, and regular updates on cycling developments click here.

There is no minimum fundraising requirement for people to participate in the ride. Riders can choose to make a one-off donation during the registration process or create an Everyday Hero fundraising page once they’ve entered the event. ‘Mater’s Smiling for Smiddy’ is the official event beneficiary.

To ensure your participation on ride day, please enter before the close of the online registration system.

There are four ways you can enter:

  1. Enter online at (closes midday, Thursday 16 May 2020)
  2. Fill out an Entry Form and post to: PO Box 1727, Milton Qld, 4064 (must be received by Thursday 16 May 2020)
  3. Enter in person at Bicycle Queensland Office, 16/43 Lang Parade, Milton (before midday, Thursday 16 May 2020)
  4. Late entries on the day – in person at the corner of Riverside Drive and Jane Street, South Brisbane on Sunday 19 May from 5am-6am

Payment is compulsory when entering. Entries without payment will not be accepted.

If the Rider wishes to withdraw from the Event they must do so in writing to Bicycle Queensland before online entries close. Rider envelopes received before this date must be returned to Bicycle Queensland before the Event in order to receive any refund. The following cancellation policy will apply:

  • A 25% cancellation fee will be incurred if the Rider withdraws up until midnight Thursday 18 April.
  • A 50% cancellation fee will be incurred if the Rider withdraws up until midday Thursday 16 May.
  • No refunds will be given after online entries close and no alterations will be permitted.

Your registration type can be transferred between events (40km, 75km, or 110km options) by written request to Bicycle Queensland before 5pm Friday 3 May 2019. Fee difference must be paid if changing from the 40km option.

Entries cannot be transferred from one entrant to another.

The rider envelope contains your bike bib (rider number), timing chip (for all 110km and 75km riders – in case you change your mind and decide to take on the climb on the day!) with attachment instructions and twist ties. The timing chip sticks on your seat stem. It registers the time you cross the start and finish line points of Mt Coot-tha to calculate your hill climb time. The chip is disposable and is not required to be returned after the ride.  Bicycle Queensland members will also receive a wristband to wear on the ride and for entry to the BQ member marquee at the finish site.

Riders who enter by Friday 3 May 2020 will automatically be sent their rider envelope in the mail – they will be posted early May. If you do not receive your envelope by Tuesday 14 May please contact the Bicycle Queensland Office on 3844 1144.

Riders who enter after Friday 3 May will need to collect their rider envelope as follows:

  • Friday 17 May 8am – 6pm from Bicycle Queensland, 16/43 Lang Parade, Milton
  • Saturday 18 May 9am – 11am from Bicycle Queensland, 16/43 Lang Parade, Milton
  • Sunday 19 May 5am – 6am from the Bicycle Queensland marquee at the corner of Riverside Drive and Jane Street in South Brisbane

If you are not able to collect your rider envelope, someone may do it on your behalf.

Entry in to this event does not include Bicycle Queensland membership, and so does not automatically include insurance coverage.

We recommend that all event participants either take out Bicycle Queensland membership, or hold their own bicycle riders insurance and private health insurance. Bicycle Queensland members get personal injury and third-party liability insurance. This means if you damage yourself, someone else or their property while out riding – including on the Great Brisbane Bike Ride – then as a member you’re covered (conditions apply). Check out for a list of benefits or call us on 07 3844 1144 for more information.

Ride Day

The ride starts in Riverside Drive, South Brisbane. All riders should enter the site via Jane Street. There is no access to the start site from Bouquet Street or the Kurilpa Park bike path. Once you reach the event area, search for your speed category and line up in the appropriate holding area.

If you are driving and parking in this neighbourhood, please be considerate of residents, businesses and parking restrictions. Both Jane Street and Riverside Drive will be closed to traffic.

The ride finishes on Riverside Drive in West End – along the river below Davies Park.

The 110/75/40km rides will start progressively from 6.30am.

Please line up according to your nominated average speed category:

  • Sponsors and VIPs – GREY bike bibs
  • 30+kmp/h riders – RED bike bibs
  • 25-30kmp/h riders – ORANGE bike bibs
  • 25kmp/h riders – BLUE bike bibs
  • 40km distance riders – YELLOW bike bibs

We recommend you arrive 30 minutes before the ride starts.

In the interest of providing a safe and enjoyable event experience for all participants, riders should be mindful of ride etiquette:

  • Keep to the left to allow people to pass on the right.
  • Do not ride more than two abreast.
  • Do not stop or change directions suddenly.
  • Do not double back on the course.
  • Be courteous to your fellow riders at all times.
  • Always follow the directions of all ride officials and emergency service personnel.

Please remember the Great Brisbane Bike Rides is not a race.

Walking or pushing your bike is permitted – keep to the far left or on the footpath when doing this. Please be aware course cut off times apply.

It is recommended all riders bring two filled water bottles with them for the start of the ride. Free food items will be served at rest stops – e.g. Bananas, honey straws, muesli bars or buns. Riders with special dietary requirements or allergies who cannot eat the listed foods are encouraged to bring their own food supplies.

Roller blading, scooters, skating or running are not permitted in these events.

Animals are not permitted on the event unless the rider is dependant on the animal and the approval of the Event Director is given.

Children under 14 must not pilot their own bike on the 110km, 75km or 40km routes and riding on a tagalong, trailer or child seat is not recommended due to the hilly nature of the event. Children under the age of 16 require a parent/guardian to ride with them along the entire course for safety.

Unfortunately there is no cloakroom facility available at the event.

The event will proceed if it rains. Only extreme weather will force a cancellation. All participants will be contacted via SMS if the event is cancelled and we will post a message on the event website.

Yes, all photos taken by our event photographers will be available to download free of charge after the event. Please ensure your bike bib/rider number is clearly displayed and don’t forget to smile when you are being snapped! You will receive an email with a link to your high-quality pics within 24 hours of the ride.