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.
Grab your friends, family or workmates and hop on your bike. All the cycling workshops are free. Bookings are required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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 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 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.