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until the 2018 Commonwealth Games commence.
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April 4 to 15 2018

Cycling - Mountain Bike

There are some great vantage points along the trails, where you can watch the world’s bravest mountain bike riders take on the first international-standard mountain bike trail in South East Queensland. Grab your friends and family and cheer on the athletes.

‘The Hub’, located at the entry to the trails, will provide food and drink, toilets, bins and all the information you need about which designated walking route is best for access. It will open 2 hours before the race starts. 

Please note only spectators with tickets will have access to the start and finish area.

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Nerang National Park, Nerang QLD 4211

Before you leave

  • Show Your GC2018 Spirit!

    This is your chance to celebrate GC2018!

    Get together, have some fun and don’t forget to share your special moments with us by tagging #gc2018 on Facebook Instagram and Twitter.

  • Find your spot

    Thursday 12 April

    The Hub opening hours: 8.30am – 4pm

    Race times:

    Women’s: 10.30am – 12.30pm 

    Men’s: 1.30pm – 3.30pm  

  • Download The GC2018 App

    The GC2018 App includes all the information you’ll need to know for the free events in one place. You’ll find maps, fun facts and more.

  • Be Prepared

    This event is outdoors and in bush terrain, so come prepared for all weather conditions and limit what you carry. Allow plenty of time for travel and be prepared for crowds.
    There will be a water refill point at the Hub. Please bring a reusable water bottle to refill during the day.

  • Get Active

    If you’re travelling locally, walking or cycling will be the easiest way to get to the venue. Public bike parking is available near the Nerang Mountain Bike Trails. See the map for the location of the public bike parking.

Getting there and back

GC2018 is the largest sporting event Australia has seen this decade, so make sure you allow plenty of time for travel and queuing at transport hubs.

There are many travel options to get you to and from the Nerang Mountain Bike Trails – Get active and walk or cycle to the Nerang Forest or purchase a go card and take public transport.

Remember that free travel on public transport is only available to those spectators with a valid GC2018 ticket for the day of travel. A ticket therefore needs to be purchased for public transport.

The earlier you plan your journey, the more you’ll enjoy your GC2018 experience. Use the GC2018 Journey Planner and the GC2018 trail map to get you started.

  • Get Active

    The roads will be extremely busy and parking restrictions apply close to the venue.

    If you’re travelling locally, walking or cycling will be the easiest way to get to the venue. Bike parking is available near the Nerang Mountain Bike Trails.

  • Take The Bus

    Many bus routes, including 740 and 745, will run frequently during GC2018 and can take you close to the venue.

  • Catch The Train

    Catch the train to Nerang station. From there, you can walk or take a local bus close to the venue.
  • Accessible Transport

    Accessible transport options will be available to take you to the venue. Plan your journey now.

  • Grab A Go Card

    go card is TransLinks’s electronic ticket to fast, easy and convenient travel.

    Use go card on all TransLink bus, train (including the Airtrain), ferry and tram services in greater Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast regions. go cards can be purchased online, over the phone on 13 12 30 or at a number of retail locations. Check out translink.com.au for more information.



    Hydration is important for both athletes and spectators. Make sure you bring plenty of water with you.

    The Nerang Mountain Bike Trails are outdoors, so prepare for all weather conditions. Ensure you’re wearing comfortable clothing and closed footwear. There are no facilities on the trails so please be sure to utilise these before leaving The Hub. Please note there will be no storage facilities available for this event so try to avoid bringing strollers.

    You can get close to the action of the riders, but make sure to stay behind the trail boundary (including selfie sticks), listen to the stewards and only cross at the pedestrian crossing points along the trail.

    Dogs must be kept on a lead and filming must be for personal, non-commercial purposes only and flash photography is prohibited during competition.


    Watching from along the trails, you are part of the action. Bring your cowbells and cheer, yell and applaud athletes as they take on the challenges of the race.

    When viewing the event, keep to the designated walking routes, respect the flora and fauna, follow signage and take all your rubbish with you.

    There’s lots to do around the Nerang Mountain Bike Trails. Explore the world heritage listed national parks and nature reserves in Nerang and the surrounding area.

    To continue the celebrations after the event, head to Festival 2018 in Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach and be part of the arts and culture extravaganza.

Fast facts

  • The GC2018 Mountain Bike course is approximately 4.5km long.
  • If something breaks on the mountain bike, cyclists must fix it themselves or get to the Technical Assistance Zone where team mechanics can help.
  • The mountain bike event made its debut at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games and has featured at the Melbourne 2006 and Glasgow 2014 Games.
  • Unlike the smooth-bottomed shoes used in road cycling, mountain bike shoes have gripping soles, similar to hiking boots.

Did you know?

Combining technique, speed and endurance, Mountain Bike is the untamed cousin of Track and Road Cycling.

Competitors will complete a specified number of laps of the purpose-built course, involving strenuous climbs and technical descents.

While the sport of mountain biking features a range of disciplines, the cross-country discipline will be contested at GC2018.