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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

We are 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.

Get Set to cycle during the Games

During the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, cycling around the Gold Coast could be your quickest way to travel.

The Get Set for the Games program is offering free cycling workshops and ride to work breakfasts to encourage you to jump on your bike and start cycling to work.

Get set to cycle during the Games.

Workshop 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 Suburb
Saturday 29 July 2017 9.30am - 11am Broadbeach
Saturday 26 August 2017 9.30am - 11am Miami
Saturday 30 September 2017 9.30am - 11am Runaway Bay
Saturday 28 October 2017 9.30am - 11am Palm Beach
Saturday 25 November 2017 9.30am - 11am Coomera
Saturday 27 January 2018 9.30am - 11am Runaway Bay
Saturday 24 February 2018 9.30am - 11am Southport
Saturday 24 March 2018 9.30am - 11am Miami
Saturday 28 April 2018 9.30am - 11am Broadbeach
Saturday 26 May 2018 9.30am - 11am Coomera
Saturday 30 June 2018 9.30am - 11am Palm Beach

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 Suburb
Saturday 8 July 2017 11am - 12.30pm Runaway Bay
Saturday 12 August 2017 11am - 12.30pm Mermaid Waters
Saturday 9 September 2017 11am - 12.30pm Ashmore
Saturday 21 October 2017 11am - 12.30pm Surfers Paradise
Saturday 11 November 2017 11am - 12.30pm Elanora
Saturday 13 January 2018 11am - 12.30pm Varsity
Saturday 10 February 2018 11.30am - 1pm Nerang
Saturday 10 March 2018 11.30am - 1pm Coomera
Saturday 21 April 2018 11am - 12.30pm Burleigh
Saturday 12 May 2018 11am - 12.30pm Broadbeach
Saturday 2 June 2018 11am - 12.30pm Kirra

Sunday social rides

Women at a coffee shop with a bicycle in the foreground

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.

Sunday social rides times, dates and meeting places can be found on the Riding with the Gals page.

Date Time Suburb
Sunday 30 July 2017 2.00pm - 3.30pm Broadbeach
Sunday 27 August 2017 2.00pm - 3.30pm Miami
Sunday 29 October 2017 2.00pm - 3.30pm Runaway Bay
Sunday 26 November 2017 2.00pm - 3.30pm Coolangatta
Sunday 17 December 2017 2.00pm - 3.30pm Oxenford
Sunday 28 January 2018 2.00pm - 3.30pm Runaway Bay
Sunday 25 February 2018 2.00pm - 3.30pm Southport
Sunday 25 March 2018 2.00pm - 3.30pm Mermaid Waters
Sunday 29 April 2018 2.00pm - 3.30pm Varsity Lakes
Sunday 27 May 2018 2.00pm - 3.30pm Burleigh
Sunday 24 June 2018 2.00pm - 3.30pm Currumbin

Commuter cycle training

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 Suburb
Saturday 8 July 2017 9am - 11am Runaway Bay
Saturday 12 August 2017 9am - 11am Mermaid Waters
Saturday 9 September 2017 9am - 11am Ashmore
Saturday 21 October 2017 9am - 11am Surfers Paradise
Saturday 11 November 2017 9am - 11am Elanora
Saturday 13 January 2018 9am - 11am Varsity
Saturday 10 February 2018 9.30am - 11.30am Nerang
Saturday 10 March 2018 9.30am - 11.30am Coomera
Saturday 21 April 2018 9am - 11am Burleigh
Saturday 12 May 2018 9am - 11am Broadbeach
Saturday 2 June 2018 9am - 11am Kirra

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 Suburb
Tuesday 4 July 2017 9.30am - 10.30am Runaway Bay
Wednesday 5 July 2017 9.30am - 10.30am Varsity Lakes
Thursday 6 July 2017 9.30am - 10.30am Palm Beach
Sunday 30 July 2017 9.30am - 10.30am Miami
Sunday 30 July 2018 10.30am -11.30am Miami
Saturday 19 August 2017 2.00pm - 3.00pm Coomera
Tuesday 19 September 2017 8.30am - 9.30am Mudgeeraba
Tuesday 19 September 2017 9.30am - 10.30am Mudgeeraba
Wednesday 20 September 2017 9.30am - 10.30am Broadbeach Waters
Thursday 21 September 2017 9.30am - 10.30am Ashmore
Wednesday 27 September 2017 9.30am - 10.30am Palm Beach
Saturday 11 November 2017 2.30pm - 3.30pm Ormeau
Saturday 18 November 2017 2.30pm - 3.30pm Palm Beach
Tuesday 16 January 2018 10.00am - 11.00am Coomera
Wednesday 17 January 2018 10.00am - 11.00am Ashmore
Saturday 17 February 2018 2.30pm - 3.30pm Varsity Lakes
Saturday 17 March 2018 9.30am - 10.30am Broadbeach Waters
Sunday 23 April 2018 9.30am - 10.30am Mudgeeraba
Saturday 19 May 2018 9.30am - 10.30am Ashmore
Sunday 27 May 2018 9.30am - 10.30am Coomera
Saturday 16 June 2018 9.00am - 10.00am Palm Beach
Saturday 16 June 2018 10.00am - 11.00am 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 Suburb
Tuesday 4 July 2017 10.30am - 11.30am Runaway Bay
Thursday 6 July 2017 10.30am - 11.30am Palm Beach
Saturday 12 August 2017 2.00pm - 3.00pm Nerang
Saturday 19 August 2017 3.00pm - 4.00pm Coomera
Tuesday 19 September 2017 10.30am - 11.30am Mudgeeraba
Wednesday 20 September 2017 10.30am - 11.30am Broadbeach Waters
Saturday 14 October 2017 10.00am - 11.00am Palm Beach
Saturday 25 November 2017 9.30am - 10.30am Runaway Bay
Saturday 17 March 2018 10.30am - 11.30am Broadbeach Waters
Saturday 19 May 2018 10.30am - 11.30am Ashmore

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 Suburb
Wednesday 5 July 2017 10.30am - 11.30am Varsity Lakes
Saturday 12 August 2017 3.00pm - 4.00pm Nerang
Thursday 21 September 2017 10.30am - 11.30am Ashmore
Wednesday 27 September 2017 10.30am - 11.30am Palm Beach
Saturday 14 October 2017 11.00am - 12.00pm Palm Beach
Saturday 25 November 2017 9.30am - 10.30am Runaway Bay
Saturday 17 February 2018 3.30pm - 4.30pm Varsity Lakes
Sunday 23 April 2018 10.30am - 11.30am Mudgeeraba
Sunday 27 May 2018 10.30am - 11.30am Coomera
Saturday 16 June 2018 11.00am - 12.00pm Palm Beach

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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