Next Phase in a Long History

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THE opening of this new $2.34 million, purpose-built criterium circuit heralds a new era in cycling Toowoomba.

It is a very well planned and constructed facility and is sure to be popular with family groups looking for a safe environment in which to ride, as well as with recreational and competitive cyclists.

Toowoomba, with its growing network of cycle ways and an abundance of quality rural roads that can be easily accessed, is well placed to return to cycling prominence at a high level.

The city has a long history in cycling and one that has produced numerous State, Australian, Oceania, Commonwealth and Olympic Champions, as well as the winner of the coveted Mockridge Medal.

Competitive cycling in the city was first formalized in 1910 with the establishment of the Toowoomba City Wheelers.

JT Trousdell, a member of the Wheelers, won the first Queensland road time trial championship held in Brisbane in 1911.

This club was later known as the Toowoomba City Amateur Wheelers, which in the 70s was the largest non-metropolitan club in Australia.

The city became very well known after it hosted the Oceania Championships at the Griffiths Park Velodrome, which at the time was rated as one of the best in Australia.

Today the national cycling spotlight focuses on the city as a direct result of the FKG Tour of Toowoomba, the only road event in Queensland to be granted national status. …