Brisbane’s Anna Meares’ Velodrome will host the 2019-2020 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup from 13-15 December., continuing the strong legacy of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games that saw the Australian Cycling Team net a total of 19 medals.
The 2019-2020 UCI Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup, secured by the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with Brisbane City Council via Brisbane Marketing and Cycling Australia, 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,” she said.
“We’re building on that legacy to secure more major events to Queensland to grow our tourism sector.
“The 2019-2020 Tissot UCI Track Cycling 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 UCI Track Cycling 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 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.
“The Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup adds to Queensland’s growing events calendar, now worth $780 million to the state’s economy.”
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said securing the 2019 UCI Track World Cup was another coup for Brisbane, following the recent announcement the city would stage the Brisbane Cycling Festival.
“Hosting the 2019-2020 Tissot UCI Cycling Track World Cup once again demonstrates our city’s ability to stage first-rate cycling events and the world-class Anna Meares Velodrome will be a fitting host venue for the competition,” Cr Quirk said.
“This is the first UCI world track cycling event to be hosted by Australia since 2012, establishing Brisbane as the home of track racing.
“Major events are important to Brisbane – they draw in visitors and fill hotel rooms, boost the hospitality, service and retail sectors and profile the city on the world stage.”
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.”