GLOBAL CYCLING SUPERSTAR Robbie McEwen, signs on as Event Ambassador for the upcoming UCI Gran Fondo World Series being held in Perth this year
McEwen, participated in the Tour de France 12 times, in 1997 (117th), 1998 (89th), 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. He has had 12 stage wins. In 1999 on stage 20 he won the sprint in Paris on the Champs-Elysées.
18th Jan 2016, Perth Australia - In welcoming Robbie to the races, CIC Events would like to unveil two key initiatives the former professional road bicycle racer will be championing in his role as Event Ambassador: the Robbie McEwen VIP Riders’ BBQ and JOIN the RIDE with Robbie.
Registered riders who nominate their friends and family to race in the GFWS Qualifying events will be invited to the exclusive Robbie McEwen VIP Riders’ BBQ, taking place after the Gran Fondo on 13 March 2016. Riders will have the opportunity to relax and recover, with generous servings of both delicious BBQ favourites and post-race anecdotes on offer throughout the afternoon.
And for those who wish to race the course at their own pace and circumvent the commitment of competitive racing, JOIN the RIDE with Robbie presents such interested parties with the opportunity to do exactly that. As an Event Ambassador promoting Cycling for All, Robbie can’t wait to welcome casual riders and lead them as some of the first cyclists to ever ride through the newly redeveloped Elizabeth Quay.
Commencing in the heart of the Perth CBD, the event will showcase internationally the landmark Elizabeth Quay development – further enhancing Perth’s reputation as one of the most liveable cities in the world. The course for the qualifying rounds has been designed to explore Perth’s newly revitalised riverfront precinct, providing riders with the only opportunity to familiarise themselves with the track ahead of the Finals in September.
In addition to Robbie McEwen, the competition has also attracted acclaimed former Australian Olympic riders Stephen Fairless and Patrick Jonker. After representing his country in road cycling at the Seoul Olympics in 1988, Fairless retired from the sport shortly after, only to then make a victorious comeback and claim the UCI World Championship title in 2015. As he gears up to defend his title, Jonker rallies the charge for battle, with the triumph of winning his first World Championship and coveted Rainbow bands in his sights.
Event Director David Sierakowski said, “We are thrilled to welcome such respected athletes from the world of cycling to the city of Perth for the UCI Gran Fondo World Series. The introduction of Robbie McEwen as Event Ambassador, and particularly his JOIN the RIDE initiative, should open the doors to the masses and stimulate greater participation in this exciting event.”
“In September, we will be welcoming cyclists from across the globe who will be competing to be crowned World Champion, and with the new Elizabeth Quay development, there’s no better time than the GFWS to have all eyes on Perth, Western Australia.”
To find out more about this event and how to register, simply head to uwctperth.com.au.
Robbie will be available for interviews whilst being actively on the ground at the 2016 Tour Down Under in South Australia.
The State Government, through Tourism WA, is proud to sponsor the GFWS Perth Qualifier.
For more information on the 2016 UCI Gran Fondo World Series, please visit ucigranfondoworldseries.com
2016 Australian Events Calendar
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