Brisbane to host first combined Oceania Cycling Championships in 2022

The Oceania Cycling Confederation, AusCycling, Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Economic Development Agency are delighted to announce that Brisbane, Australia will host the first combined Oceania Cycling Championships, 27 March – April 11, 2022.

Oceania championship titles will be contested across the eight disciplines of BMX Racing, BMX Freestyle, Mountain Bike Cross Country, Para-cycling (road and track), Road (time trial & road race) and Track. The Oceania Gran Fondo Challenge will also be contested as a non-championship event.

Over the last four years Brisbane has become a national leader in cycling, hosting the track cycling at the Commonwealth Games, the Australian Track National Championships since 2017, a UCI Track World Cup in December 2019, the international Six Day series final as well as the growing Tour de Brisbane.

Oceania Cycling Confederation President Tony Mitchell said, “The UCI and Oceania Cycling Confederation are delighted the combined Oceania Cycling Championships will be held in Brisbane in 2022.

“The Oceania Championships are the pinnacle events for our Confederation, which sees the best athletes in the region competing for these prestigious titles.

“The Oceania Cycling Confederation offer a sincere thank you to the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland, the City of Brisbane via Brisbane Economic Development Agency, and AusCycling for supporting the combined Oceania Cycling Championships.”

AusCycling CEO Marne Fechner said, “We are pleased to be providing a unique inter-disciplinary competition opportunity that will feature all of the Oceania Championships together.

“We thank the Oceania Cycling Confederation, Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Economic Development Agency for their support to bring this incredible event together.”

Queensland Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the combined Oceania Cycling Championships was one of many international events heading for Brisbane in the years ahead.

“There’s no better place in Australia for cycling during April than Brisbane and South East Queensland – the weather is perfect.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming high-calibre sporting events like the Oceania Cycling Championships as the countdown begins to Brisbane’s 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“Queenslanders have worked hard to manage the health impacts of the global pandemic which is giving sport’s governing bodies the confidence to commit to significant events.

“With world-class sporting infrastructure and excellent tourist experiences, Queensland’s capital is the place to be for quality, elite events such as the Oceania Cycling Championships.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s support for the Oceania Championships will bring significant benefits for our visitor economy and many great spectator opportunities for Brisbane’s growing cycling community.”

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said, “Hosting the Oceania Cycling Championship was another win off the back of securing the 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“Brisbane is now on the sporting world stage and securing the Oceania Cycling Championships will cement our position as a world-class cycling destination and in turn, inspire a new generation of cycling athletes of all ages.

“This collection of cycling competitions will bring a significant economic boost to our city, by attracting visitors to stay at our hotels, dine at cafes and restaurants and spend with local businesses.”

2022 Oceania Championship Schedule
Mountain Bike (XCO) – 27 March
Track (inc Para-cycling) – 2–5 April
BMX Racing – 9 April
BMX Freestyle – 10 April
Road (inc Para-cycling) – 10 April, Time Trial (inc Para-cycling) – 11 April
Gran Fondo Challenge– 10 April

The Oceania Cycling Championships is supported by the Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane City Council via Brisbane Economic Development Agency.

Details of the Oceania Championships for Downhill Mountain Bike Championships are currently being finalised and will be announced in due course.

The Oceania Cycling Confederation (OCC) is recognised by the Union Cycliste International (UCI) as the regional governing body for the sport of cycling in the continent of Oceania. The OCC is one of five continental confederations recognised by the UCI, encompassing the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and Pan-America.

The UCI Continental Championships are the highest ranked UCI sanctioned international Championships in cycling after the UCI World Championships.