Cycling’s Six Day Series has expanded outside Europe for the first time with the addition of new events in Melbourne and Brisbane, the latter of which will form part of a new cycling festival for the Australian city.
The track cycling competition has unveiled its calendar for the 2018-19 season, with Brisbane to host the final from April 12-14.
The Brisbane Cycling Festival will include the Six Day Series, a national road series event and the Australian Track Championships, all of which have been secured for a three-year period spanning 2019 to 2021.
Queensland’s Minister for Tourism Industry Development, Kate Jones, said: “Queensland just hosted a raft of cycling events during the Commonwealth Games and this new event is a great opportunity to again showcase the state-of-the art Anna Meares Velodrome – one of the great pieces of infrastructure left behind as a legacy of the Games.
“Together we expect these events to inject upwards of Aus$8m (€5.07m/$5.92m) into our economy each year of the three-year deal. Cycling is quickly growing in popularity with almost four million Aussies regularly riding a bike. This together with the high calibre of Australian and international elite talent who will compete in the festival is sure to attract national and international participants to Queensland’s capital.”
The Six Day Series will take to Melbourne from February 7-9, while it will also debut in the English city of Manchester from March 22-24.
The calendar will open in London on October 23-28 and will also incorporate events in Berlin, Germany (January 24-29) and Copenhagen, Denmark (January 31-February 5).