Brisbane set to host cycling’s night of nights

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Cycling Australia is pleased to announce that the city of Brisbane will host the 2019 Cyclist of the Year Awards for the first time in the Awards’ sixty-two year history. 

To be held at the Hilton Hotel on Monday 16 December, the Awards will culminate with the presentation of the Sir Hubert ‘Oppy’ Opperman Medal & Trophy to the 2019 Australian Cyclist of the Year. 

The evening will follow the three-day 2019-2020 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup, which will host the world’s best track cyclists at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane from December 13-15. 

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said Queensland was excited to be hosting the prestigious event.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming the country’s best cyclists to Queensland for the 2019 Cyclist of the Year Awards following the 2019-2020 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup,” Ms Jones said. “The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games cemented Queensland’s reputation as a major events host and left a lasting legacy with infrastructure like the world-class Anna Meares Velodrome, which has made it possible to attract more marquee events.

“These events are yet another opportunity to showcase Queensland and get people excited for the second annual Brisbane Cycling Festival, which will bring together thousands of amateur and elite cyclists for a series of events in early 2020.”

First awarded in 1958, the Sir Hubert ‘Oppy’ Opperman Medal is the marquee award presented during the glittering night of nights which features athletes from across the multiple disciplines and categories cycling. 

Previous recipients of the Oppy include Russell Mockridge, Sid Patterson, Stuart O’Grady, Robbie McEwen, Cadel Evans, Anna Meares, Caroline Buchanan, Michael Matthews and Rohan Dennis. 

During the ceremony, the Australian Cycling Moment of the Year, which will be decided by thousands of votes from Australian fans, will be announced. 

Also, in celebration of the rich history of our sport, the Class of 2019 will be inducted into the Cycling Australia Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established in 2015 to recognise the outstanding achievements of the true greats of Australian cycling, with inductees including Sir Hubert Opperman, Phil Anderson, Kathy Watt, Sara Carrigan and Brad McGee. 

The 2019 National Road Series champions in both the individual and team classifications, the Australian Club Premiership and the Norm Gailey Trophy for Champion State, will also be recognised. 

“We are delighted to bring the 2019 Cyclist of the Year Awards to Brisbane for the first time,” said Cycling Australia CEO Steve Drake. “With the celebration coming straight after the three days of the 2019-2020 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup, we look forward to seeing our athletes and our guests celebrate the year in cycling together.”

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said as a major cycling destination, Brisbane was the ideal city in which to celebrate the sport’s top achievers.

“Hosting Cycling Australia’s Cyclist of the Year Awards after three action-packed days of the 2019-2020 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup will see cycling fever at an all-time high in Brisbane,” Cr Schrinner said. “These events will further enhance Brisbane’s reputation as a world-class cycling destination as we gear up for the 2020 Brisbane Cycling Festival and will entice visitors from across Australia and around the globe to our city.”

Tickets for cycling’s night of nights will be on sale soon.

2019 Cyclist of the Year Awards

  • Date: December 16 2019
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Location: Hilton, Brisbane 
  • Who: Australia’s best cyclists 
  • Awards: The Sir Hubert ‘Oppy’ Opperman Medal & Trophy; Hall of Fame Inductions; Cyclists of the Year for Track, Road, MTB and BMX, Under 23, Junior and Masters; Coach of the Year; JLT Moment of the Year; NRS Awards. 

The 2019-2020 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup will host the world’s best track cyclists as they battle for gold and valuable qualifying points for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. To secure your seats, visit the official website brisbanetrackworldcup.com/tickets