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Free cycling workshops

The City of Gold Coast is offering a series of free workshops to increase your confidence and help you enjoy the many benefits that cycling provides.

Free cycling workshops

City of Gold Coast (City) is offering a series of free workshops to help you enjoy the many benefits that cycling provides. We have cycle workshops for every age and ability: from children and adults riding for the first time, to advanced cyclists and those who simply want to enjoy an easy Sunday social ride.

All workshops are facilitated by some of the most experienced cyclists in Australia and are all Cycling Australia accredited instructors. They will cover cyclist rights and responsibilities, interaction with other road users, visibility and shared road use.

Booking information

Grab your friends, family or workmates and hop on your bike. All the cycling workshops are free. Bookings are required. Email activetravel@goldcoast.qld.gov.au with your details and which session you would like to attend or phone our Active Travel team on 07 5582 8677. Bookings to be made weekdays between 8am and 4.30pm.

Absolute beginners on bikes

This beginner’s workshop is designed for adults aged 18 years and over who have never ridden a bike before. With no more than three people to a workshop, we guarantee you'll be riding in no time.

Young man and woman on bikes
Date Time Venue Suburb
Saturday 6 August 9am - 10.30am Runaway Bay Indoor Sports Centre, Sports Drive Runaway Bay
Saturday 8 October 11am - 12.30pm Gold Coast Cycling Centre, Hope Street Nerang
Saturday 5 November 9am - 10.30am Robina Common, Ron Penhaligon Way Robina

Better bike maintenance

Keep your bike safe and in shape. Learn valuable tips and be shown how to clean your bike, repair punctures, adjust your brakes and maintain the chain. Designed for all ages, including family groups. Children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Family riding their bikes with Surfers Paradise beach in the background
Date Time Venue Suburb
Saturday 2 July 9.30am - 11am Kurrawa Park, Old Burleigh Road Broadbeach
Sunday 23 July 9.30am - 11am Elanora Community Centre, Galleon Way Elanora
Saturday 20 August Noon - 1.30pm Kirra Surf Life Saving Club, Marine Parade Kirra
Saturday 17 September 9.30am - 11am Helensvale Library, Sir John Overall Drive Helensvale
Saturday 15 October Noon - 1.30pm Luke Harrop Cycling Circuit, Sports Drive Runaway Bay
Saturday 12 November 12.30pm - 2pm Harley Park, Marine Parade Labrador
Saturday 17 December Noon - 1.30pm Tugun Surf Life Saving Club, O'Connor Street Tugun

Riding with the gals

Mums, bubs, girlfriends, aunts and grandmothers are encouraged to join this bike ride and skills workshop. Enjoy the outdoors while on your bike and discover our local cycling network. Children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Mum and bub riding along a path
Date Time Venue Suburb
Sunday 10 July 9am - 11am Runaway Bay Indoor Sports Centre, Sports Drive Runaway Bay
Sunday 14 August 9am - 11am Gold Coast Cycling Centre, Hope Street Nerang
Sunday 11 September 9am - 11am Pizzey Park, Sports Lane Miami
Sunday 9 October 9am - 11am Mallawa Sports Complex, Melaleuca Drive Palm Beach
Sunday 13 November 9am - 11am Varsity Lakes Foreshore Park, Varsity Parade Varsity Lakes

Sunday social rides

Join us and explore our great cycle network on this easy Sunday social ride. We’ll cruise along off-road cycle paths and quiet roads. Designed for all ages, including family groups. Children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Women at a coffee shop with a bicycle in the foreground
Date Time Venue Suburb
Sunday 31 July 2pm - 3.30pm O’Brien and Proud Families Park, Arundel Drive Arundel
Sunday 28 August 2pm - 3.30pm Doug Jennings Park, Seaworld Drive Main Beach
Sunday 25 September 2pm - 3.30pm Coffee Sisters, Monaco Street Broadbeach
Sunday 30 October 2pm - 3.30pm Varsity Lakes Foreshore Park, Varsity Parade Varsity Lakes
Sunday 27 November 2pm - 3.30pm Wallace Nichol Park, Duringan Street Currumbin
Sunday 18 December 2pm - 3.30pm Salk Oval, Sarawak Avenue Palm Beach

Commuter cycle training - intermediate

Learn to ride the roads confidently, safely and become a better cyclist. This workshop is designed for intermediate cyclists aged 15 years old and over.

Group of men cycling
Date Time Venue Suburb
Saturday 20 August 9.30am - 11.30am Kirra Surf Life Saving Club, Marine Parade Kirra
Saturday 15 October 9.30am - 11.30am Luke Harrop Cycling Circuit, Sports Drive Runaway Bay
Saturday 17 December 9.30am - 11.30am Burleigh Waters Community Centre, Christine Avenue Burleigh

Commuter cycle training - advanced

An advanced cycling workshop with Olympic gold medallist, Sara Carrigan. This workshop takes place on the road, in real life traffic scenarios meaning you will become a confident cycling commuter, learning advanced bicycle handling techniques and valuable safety tips. This workshop is designed for cyclists aged 15 years old and over.

Woman cycling in bike lane
Date Time Venue Suburb
Saturday 16 July 8am - 10am Coffee Sisters, Monaco Street Broadbeach
Saturday 10 September 9.30am - 11:30am Pizzey Park, Sports Lane Miami
Saturday 12 November 6am - 8am Doug Jennings Park, Seaworld Drive Main Beach

Training wheels to two wheels course

This workshop teaches children aged four years and over how to advance from training wheels to two wheels. Children must bring their own two-wheeled bike (with or without training wheels), helmet and be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Young gboy learning to ride a bike with training wheels
Date Time Venue Suburb
Tuesday 5 July 9am - 10am Southport Carrara Netball Association, Benowa Road Ashmore
Thursday 7 July 2pm - 3pm Central Park, Lake Street Varsity Lakes
Thursday 7 July 3pm - 4pm Central Park, Lake Street Varsity Lakes
Saturday 13 August 9.30am - 10.30am Luke Harrop Cycling Circuit, Sports Drive Runaway Bay
Saturday 13 August 10.30am - 11.30am Luke Harrop Cycling Circuit, Sports Drive Runaway Bay
Tuesday 20 September 9.30am - 10.30am Gold Coast Cycling Centre, Hope Street Nerang
Tuesday 20 September 10.30am - 11.30am Gold Coast Cycling Centre, Hope Street Nerang
Tuesday 27 September 9.30am - 10.30am Helensvale Primary School, Lindfield Drive Helensvale
Tuesday 27 September 10.30am - 11.30am Helensvale Primary School, Lindfield Drive Helensvale
Thursday 29 September 2pm - 3pm Southport Carrara Netball Association, Benowa Road Ashmore
Saturday 22 October 2.30pm - 3.30pm Albert Park, Fremar Street Broadbeach Waters
Saturday 22 October 3.30pm - 4.30pm Albert Park, Fremar Street Broadbeach Waters
Tuesday 13 December 9am - 10am Mallawa Sports Complex, Melaleuca Drive Palm Beach
Tuesday13 December 10am - 11am Mallawa Sports Complex, Melaleuca Drive Palm Beach

Children's beginner cycling course

Following on from training wheels to two wheels, this course teaches children basic bike control skills to ride confidently in a traffic-free environment. Children must be four years and over and be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Two young girls learning to ride
Date Time Venue Suburb
Tuesday 5 July 10am - 11am Southport Carrara Netball Ashmore
Saturday 27 August 10am - 11am Peachey Park, Tillyroen Road Ormeau
Tuesday 27 September 11.30am - 12.30pm Helensvale Primary School, Lindfield Drive Helensvale
Saturday 26 November 9am - 10am Luke Harrop Cycling Circuit, Sports Drive Runaway Bay

Children's intermediate cycling course

This course is designed for children aged six years and over and will teach bike handling skills and road awareness to enable them to ride safely in low traffic environments, on footpaths, bike paths and quiet streets. Children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Young boy with riding gear on
Date Time Venue Suburb
Saturday 27 August 11am - noon Peachey Park, Tillyroen Road Ormeau
Thursday 29 September 3pm - 4pm Southport Carrara Netball Association, Benowa Road Ashmore
Saturday 26 November 10am - 11am Luke Harrop Cycling Circuit, Sports Drive Runaway Bay

All workshops are facilitated by some of the most experienced cyclists in Australia and are all Cycling Australia accredited instructors. These are some of our experienced instructors:

Jenny Alcorn

Jenny Alcorn is a former professional triathlete winning gold in the 1992 World Duathlon Championships. Jenny has 30 years’ experience in the sport and has been coaching for the past 20 years at all levels of the sport.

Her passion is to develop the love of cycling within the wider community by increasing skill, technique and confidence.

Sara Carrigan

Sara Carrigan is an Olympic gold medallist in cycling, has been inducted into the Sporting Hall of Fame and recently became a first time mum.

With 20 years' cycling experience, Sara aims to help individuals enjoy their cycling and all the benefits that come with it, without compromising safety to themselves or others on the road.

Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson is a former State Champion road cyclist who has been coaching and instructing cyclists of all abilities for the past 16 years. He conducts programs, sessions and workshops for kids and adults from beginners through to elite riders.

Chris is passionate about promoting the enjoyment of cycling attained through developing skills and confidence on the bike.

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