ON July 23, it will be exactly ten years until the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games officially open. And to celebrate, Sunshine Coast Council is holding a free community event at Sugar Bag Road Mountain Bike Trails.
Whether you’re a beginner or pro, everyone is invited to this all ages event, running from 10am-3pm. There will be demos, trails, #HaveAGo sessions and you’ll even get the chance to run shoulders with some world-class champions.
Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said mountain biking would be an integral part of the 2032 Games, encouraging everyone to have a go at the event on July 23.
“This is a pretty special milestone – 10 years to the day when Australia, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Our region is very excited about the opportunity to host the mountain bike event in 2032.
“We have a great array of mountain bike facilities in our region including Sugar Bag Road and also up the road at a proposed venue for the 2032 competition at Parklands, which will be a great asset for our region for many years to come.
“Who knows, on July 23 the next future Olympic or Paralympic athlete may be at this special event, but they’ll never know if they don’t have a go.”
Attending the event will be Athens Mountain Bike Olympian Lisa Mathison, who shared the importance for people to have a go at as many things as possible.
“This is the way you find the activities and people you most vibe with, making for the most fulfilling life,” she said.
“This is particularly valuable for young people, as it helps provide early direction, inspiration and a sense of community.
“With Brisbane 2032, I’m also excited for any potential development with regards to the Sunshine Coast trail network.”
World Champions Janine Jungfels and Donna Dall will also be attending, as well as National Pump Track Champion Jayce Cunning and future stars of mountain biking Holly Lubcke, Hayley Oakes and Ethan Weiss.
This is a free event with food and drink available for purchase from stallholders. Registration is essential for #HaveAGo sessions – don’t forget your bike!