For those keen amateurs and semi-professional cyclists who dream of conquering mountain climbs, the Velothon is coming!
The inaugural Sunshine Coast Velothon will be held over four days from July 13-16. Thursday, July 13 features a single-day event with a short or long course followed by a three-day event.
The essential ingredients will be there for the takers, sprints to beckon the fast and furious, cool temperatures for the grueling ‘King of the mountain’ as well as team and stage-winner jerseys.
The one-day ride offers either 90km or 152km distances around the northern area of Noosa, with the longer race heading into the hinterland hills around Mapleton. Those who choose this option can chill out and recuperate in some of our cosy cottages or luxury stays over the weekend.
For the brave hearts, the three-day event will wend around the Sunshine Coast Hinterland with the Day 1 course taking a scenic route along Mountain View Road before heading along the Montville Maleny Road.
The velo will be stopping in Montville for a brief feed station break in the morning between 8.30 and 11am.
Stage 3 on Sunday will feature a hill climb up Obi Obi Road and then through Mapleton. Keep an eye out for the road closure times.
Montville will be putting on a special welcome for the velo riders on Friday July 14 with unique locally-designed new banners waving. These banners incorporate some of our Montville treasures including the Montrose Waterwheel, the Milestone street art, opals, hand-blown glass, coffee, fudge, high tea delights, locally made patisseries and hand-crafted wood.
There will be street buskers adding to the fun and festive mood during the morning. Locals and guests are encouraged to come into Montville to welcome the 100s of lycra-clad riders as they wheel by.
Other Hinterland towns the velo will pass through during the event include Landsborough, Beerwah, Mooloolah Valley, Peachester, Eudlo, Cedarton, Palmwoods, Buderim, Beerburrum and Woombye, with assistance from groups like Rotary Glasshouse Mountains and Maleny Rotary, Maleny School Interact Club, Beerwah Lions and Glasshouse Mountains Mens Shed to welcome them on their way!