Frequently Asked Questions have been categorised into the topics located in the FAQs menu at left.
- Will the roads be closed?
There are a limited number of road and lane closures so you will be sharing the road with moving traffic. Normal road rules apply.
- How do I know where to ride?
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.
- Will there be pace setters?
No, the event is not a race.
- Are there course cut-off times?
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
Please note - there is a strict cut-off time of 8.30am for riders taking on the Coot-tha Challenge.
The SAG wagon (sweep bus) will follow the last rider. If you have not made the cut-off times you will be asked to board the SAG wagon to be driven to the next location to continue the ride. If you do not wish to board the bus then you will be required to hand your rider bib to the bus driver as you no longer will be part of the event and will not be supported in any way. This is a requirement of the Queensland Police Service and Bicycle Queensland.
- Who is allowed on the course? Are private support vehicles allowed?
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.
- Will there be rest stops along the way?
Yes, there are official rest stops with water, food, toilets, first aid responders and bike mechanics.
- Are there toilets on course?
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.
- Will medical help be available on course?
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.
- Will there be mechanical assistance on course?
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.
- Is the route cleaned in advance of the event?
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.