Cycling - Road
Currumbin will set the stage for some of the fastest and most competitive road action at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
For spectators, there will be plenty of opportunities to view world-class athletes up close along the courses or at one of the Official GC2018 Public Viewing Areas. Please note there will be no public access to the start and finish line in the venue.
Before you leave
MAKE A DAY OF IT
There are lots of free things to see and do in the Official GC2018 Public Viewing Areas along the road event courses.
Check out the Bleach* at Festival 2018 events taking place in Palm Beach Parklands and Currumbin Estuary. Highlights on road events days include Tide, Song to the Earth and VOU. Head to the Festival 2018 What’s On for more information. To continue the celebrations after the events, head to Festival 2018 in Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach and be part of the arts and culture extravaganza.
FIND YOUR SPOT
Tuesday 10 April (10.00am – 4.30pm) – Cycling – Time Trial
Public Viewing Area opening hours:
9.00am – 5.30pm
Men’s – 10.00am to 1.30pm
Women’s – 2.45pm to 4.30pm
Distances: Men’s – 38.5km, Women’s 25.5km
Saturday 14 April (7.45am – 4.45pm) – Cycling – Road Race
Public Viewing Area opening hours:
6.45am – 5.45pm
Women’s – 7.45am – 11.15am
Men’s – 12.30pm – 4.45pm
Distances: Women’s 6 laps / 112.2km, Men’s 9 laps / 168.3km
DOWNLOAD THE GC2018 APPThe GC2018 App includes all the information you’ll need to know for the free events in one place. You’ll find course maps, fun facts and more.
All road events are outdoors so prepare for all weather conditions. Allow plenty of time for travel and be prepared for crowds.
All the cheering and celebrating works up an appetite, so bring a picnic with you or fuel up at the local cafés, restaurants and shops along the course.
SHOW YOUR GC2018 SPIRIT!
This is your chance to line the streets and celebrate GC2018. Help showcase the Gold Coast to the world!
There are plenty of ways to celebrate and decorate! Get creative and make some noise or plan your own celebrations by dressing up and getting your face paint on. We have lots of ideas in our Embrace the Race toolkit and our Celebrate GC2018 information pack.
Official GC2018 Community Celebration Packs and Party Decorations are now available!
Get together, have some fun and don’t forget to share your special moments with us by tagging #GC2018 on Facebook Instagram and Twitter.
Getting there and back
GC2018 is the largest sporting event Australia has seen this decade, so make sure you allow plenty of time for travel. There are many travel options to get you to and from Currumbin. The earlier you plan your journey, the more you’ll enjoy your GC2018 experience. Find your spot on the course maps, then select “Another Location” on the GC2018 Journey Planner and input your desired destination to find the best way there. A ticket needs to be purchased for public transport.
The roads will be extremely busy.
If you’re travelling locally, walking or cycling will be the easiest way to get to a good spot along the course. Bike parking is available opposite Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and adjacent to Currumbin RSL.
TAKE THE BUSMany bus routes, including 700, 760 and 765 will run frequently during GC2018 and can take you close to the courses.
CATCH THE TRAINCatch the train to Varsity Lakes station. From there, you can take the 760 and then walk to the closest Official GC2018 Viewing Area.
RIDE THE G:LINKFrom the G:link light rail, get off at Broadbeach South station and catch the 700 bus to take you to Currumbin.
GRAB A GO CARD
go card is TransLinks’s electronic ticket to fast, easy and convenient travel.
Use go card on all TransLink bus, train (including the Airtrain), ferry and tram services in greater Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast regions. go cards can be purchased online, over the phone on 13 12 30 or at a number of retail locations. Check out translink.com.au for more information.
PARK ‘N’ RIDE / PARK ‘N’ CYCLE
The City of Gold Coast have arranged free parking at various locations for both Cycling Time Trial and Cycling Road Race events. From these locations, you can take a free shuttle to drop you close to the course. Spaces are limited and on a first come first served basis. For more information please go to Get Set for the Games.
Hydration is important for both athletes and spectators. Make sure you bring plenty of water with you.
Choose Tap! The City of Gold Coast has a number of public water refill points in and around the course. Please bring a reusable water bottle to refill during the day.
The only way to get around the course will be by foot or bike so ensure you are wearing comfortable clothing and footwear.
Take a folding chair, hat, water and sunscreen.
BE A GOOD SPORT
You can get close to the action of the riders, but make sure to stay behind the barriers (including selfie sticks), listen to the stewards and only cross at the pedestrian crossing points along the route.
Dogs must be kept on a lead and filming must be for personal, non-commercial purposes only and flash photography is prohibited during competition.
LET’S GET LOUD
Watching from one of the Official GC2018 Public Viewing Areas or from the side of the road, you are part of the course. Cheer, yell and applaud athletes as they take on the challenges of the race.
Bang your saucepans or bring your cowbells to line the course and make some noise.
There’s plenty of ways to celebrate and decorate! We have lots of ideas in our Embrace the Race toolkit and our Celebrate GC2018 information pack.
- It is anticipated that the winners of the Individual Time Trials will maintain an average speed around 49km/h for the men and 41km/h for the women.
- At GC2018, the average speed for the men’s Road Race will be around 47km/h, the women will be around 38km/h.
- The bike's aerodynamics and the rider's position - sitting as low and flat as possible - are important as most of the rider's effort goes into overcoming aerodynamic drag
- In the Individual Time Trial race, there is the famous ‘hot seat’. As the race progresses, the top three riders will sit in the hot seat located near the start ramp. The three riders who occupy the hot seats at the end of the event will be the final medal