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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. These are our experienced instructors:

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 including elite and junior elite as the head coach of Surfers Paradise Triathlon Club. Her passion is to develop the love of cycling within the wider community by increasing skill, technique and confidence.

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 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.

Booking information

All the cycling workshops are free. Bookings are required. Grab your friends or come along and make new ones. Phone our Active Travel team on 07 5582 8453 or email activetravel@goldcoast.qld.gov.au with your details to book. Address details for venues will be provided upon confirmation of booking. Bookings to be made weekdays between 8am and 4.30pm.

Children's cycling workshops

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 Suburb
13 March 11.30am - 1pm Palm Beach
19 May 9am - 10.30am Robina

Get back on your bike

This family friendly workshop is suitable for all ages and abilities. Learn some new skills, build your confidence and enjoy your bike again.

Bike with lifeguard tower in the background
Date Time Suburb
16 April 9.30am - 11.30am Parkwood
4 June 9.30am - 11.30am Mermaid Waters

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.

Family riding their bikes with Surfers Paradise beach in the background
Date Time Suburb
5 March 12.30pm - 2pm Tugun
9 April 9.30am - 11am Helensvale
16 April 12.30pm - 2pm Parkwood
7 May 12.30pm - 2pm Runaway Bay
21 May 9.30am – 11am Robina
4 June 12.30pm - 2pm Mermaid Waters

Riding with the gals

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

Young woman wheeling her bike through parkland
Date Time Suburb
13 March 9am - 11am Palm Beach
5 April 9am - 11am Runaway Bay
10 May 9am - 11am Nerang

Sunday social rides

Join us to 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 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Women at a coffee shop with a bicycle in the foreground
Date Time Suburb
28 February 2pm - 3.30pm Broadbeach
20 March 2pm - 3.30pm Currumbin
17 April 2pm - 3.30pm Runaway Bay
29 May 2pm - 3.30pm Miami
26 June 2pm - 3.30pm Coolangatta

How to ride the roads

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

Young commuter on a bike
Date Time Suburb
5 March 9.30am - 11.30am Tugun
7 May 9.30am - 11.30am Runaway Bay

Commuter cycle training

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.

Young woman on a bike
Date Time Suburb
15 March 9am - 11am Palm Beach
17 April 11am - 1pm Coombabah
17 May 9am - 11am Miami

Bookings required. Phone our Active Travel team on 07 5582 8453 or email activetravel@goldcoast.qld.gov.au with your details to book. Address details for venues will be provided upon confirmation of booking. Bookings to be made weekdays between 8am and 4.30pm.


Children's cycling workshops

Training wheels to two wheels course

This workshop teaches children aged four 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 girl learning to ride a bike with training wheels
Date Time Suburb
31 March 2pm - 3pm Palm Beach
3 April 9.30am - 10.30am Parkwood
3 April 10.30am - 11.30am Parkwood
7 April 10am - 11am Ormeau
7 April 11am - noon Ormeau
14 May 9.30am - 10.30am Nerang
14 May 10.30am - 11.30am Nerang
28 May 9.30am - 10.30am Broadbeach Waters
29 June 10am - 11am Southport

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.

Two young girls learning to ride
Date Time Suburb
7 April 1.30pm - 2.30pm Ormeau
29 June 11am - noon Southport

Children's intermediate cycling course

This course designed for children aged six years and over, will teach bike handling skills and road awareness to enable them to ride safely in low traffic environments, footpaths, bike paths and quiet streets.

Date Time Suburb
31 March 3pm - 4pm Palm Beach
25 May 10.30am - 11.30am Broadbeach Waters

Children's advanced cycling course

This course teaches children aged nine years and over, bike handling skills, traffic awareness and improves their confidence in a traffic environment and riding in a group situation.

Young boy wearing bike helmet and sun glasses
Date Time Suburb
7 April 2.30pm - 3.30pm Ormeau
29 June 2pm - 3pm Palm Beach

Bookings required. Phone our Active Travel team on 07 5582 8453 or email activetravel@goldcoast.qld.gov.au. Address details for venues will be provided upon confirmation of booking. Bookings to be made weekdays between 8am and 4.30pm.

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