Cycling Queensland has announced that Round Two of the four round 2016 Brisbane Camperland Queensland Road Team Series (QRTS) will be held in Warwick on July 2 and 3.

Cycling Queensland Chief Executive Officer Sean Muir said the event will involve a Warwick Road Race, an Allora Teams Time Trial, as well as a Warwick Criterium. Since its inception in 2010, the Brisbane Camperland QRTS has been a key development event for club and national riders looking to take the next step towards competing in the National Road Series and progressing to the grand tours of Europe.

The Warwick based event will see a total of 26 teams visit the region, made up of 18 men’s teams and eight women’s teams competing in individual and team time trials, road races and criteriums.

Mayor Tracy Dobie said that it was great to see professional cycling events considering the Southern Downs Region as a destination for major events. “I appreciate the good work that has been undertaken by Mike Crawley from QSM Sports to bring this event to Warwick. I also appreciate the efforts of the local police and Council staff in making this event happen in a pretty short time frame. These types of events encourage people to visit the region and once they receive excellent customer service and enjoy the natural beauty of the region, we hope that they return with family and friends. It is important that Council not just get these one-off events but, rather, these events become a regular fixture in the local events calendar to ensure repeat visitation,” she said.

“Those participating in this event will bring support crews, family and friends, which results in visitor expenditure into the local economy. The event will also be covered in the media and certainly within professional cycling networks. It is important that new events be attracted to the region that increase and diversify the visitor expenditure, whether these events are sporting or cultural.”

The final routes for the Warwick event are still being confirmed; however it is likely that one of the routes will have a focus on the roads around the Condamine River, with the event concluding in Leslie Park.

By Chris Seydel