Visiting family and friends program
This one’s for locals! Love riding in the nation’s capital and want to show off the best of Canberra and the region by spoiling your visiting family and friends to experience Canberra by bike? We suggest you familiarise with the following experiences to be able to showcase them to your loved ones visiting from near and far:
Murrumbateman wineries: Why not drive out to the region with your loved ones and their bikes (you may need to hire these from a local bike hire facility in the city before you leave)
Stromlo forest park – pack up the family, the bikes and a picnic lunch and head out to Mt Stromlo for a day’s adventure. Something for everyone with mountain biking, road cycling, a criterium circuit, children’s playground, cross country running trail, bbqs, toilet and shower facilities and more!
If you want to get away from it all, consider a day mountain biking in the Brindabellas.
Treat your family and friends to experience Canberra as you experience it: ride the inner city shared paths to access local cafes, weekend markets and the local grocer.
Major events and festivals
Canberra and the region hosts a number of annual events – some geared specifically for cycling and others which can be complimented by cycling.
Annual cycling specific events in Canberra include:
Fitz’s Challenge – Canberra’s toughest road cycling event. Choose your distance
The Big Canberra Bike Ride – Canberra’s premier cycling participation event
Rotary Rides Canberra Five Peaks Challenge – a non-competitive cyclo-sportive event taking in 5-6 of Canberra’s highest peaks
Tour de Femme – women’s only 24km ride that doubles as a race and participation event
Dirt de Femme – women’s only 21 and 45km mountain bike race/ride in a fun-filled and supportive atmosphere
AMB100 Marathon – a singletrack marathon on a gian monster circuit at Stromlo Forest Park
Further afield, there is no shortage of cycling events in surrounding regions, with the following some of our favourite selections:
Snowies MTB Festival
Other showcase annual events held in Canberra and the region which can be easily accessed by bike, and for which a ride will further enhance your, and your visitors, experience include:
Floriade – Australia’s biggest celebration of Spring where more than 100 million blooms combine to create a stunning backdrop to a month-long festival.
Enlighten - illuminating light installations and projections, performances from local and interstate musicians, dining and film events
Balloon Spectacular – Canberra’s hot air balloon festival, with many weird and wild artful balloons gracing the Canberran skies in the early autumn mornings
National Folk Festival – the ultimate celebration of all things folk from high-end entertainment to the expression of folk-life through grassroots and community activities.
Image credits to: Damian Breach for VisitCanberra, VisitCanberra, Delly Carr, Nick Payne Canberra Cycling Club, (C) aurora images, and jinkyart.com.au