Southern Downs set to host cycling event
CYCLING: THE Southern Downs is locked in to host the second round of the 2016 Brisbane Camperland Queensland Road Team Series.
The Warwick-based event on July 2 and 3 will see a total of 26 teams - 18 men's and eight women's teams - compete in the region.
Mayor Tracy Dobie said it was great to see professional cycling consider the Southern Downs as a destination for major events.
"I appreciate the good work undertaken by Mike Crawley from QSM Sports to bring this event to Warwick, and the efforts of the local police and council staff in making it happen in a pretty short time frame," Cr Dobie said.
"It is important that council not just get these one-off events but, rather, these events become a regular fixture in the local events calendar to ensure repeat visitation.
"Those participating will bring support crews, family and friends, and the event will be covered in the media and within professional cycling networks, so it is important such events are attracted to the region to increase and diversify visitor expenditure.
"Equally, it is important for Council to continue to develop local events to ensure that they attract new and repeat visitation."
Since 2010, the Brisbane Camperland QRTS has been a key development event for riders looking to compete in the National Road Series and progress to European tours.
Redback Cycles owner Rooster Lucas said the region had a growing cycling culture.
"We're starting to see more cyclists visiting just for the weekend," Mr Lucas said.
"It's great we get to showcase cycling with outside teams coming for this event, but I'd think people from Stanthorpe would come up to watch as there are a lot of keen cyclists down there."
The final routes for the event are still being confirmed; however it is likely one of the routes will focus on the roads around the Condamine River, with the event concluding in Leslie Park.