Velothon Sunshine Coast 2018

In 2017 Velothon launched its world series and the Sunshine Coast featured as Australia 

In 2017 Velothon launched its world series and the Sunshine Coast featured as Australia’s inaugural entry. As any of the three-day riders would testify it was an event to remember. So much so that Velothon is returning to Maroochydore on its six-stop world tour from July 20-22, 2018. Road racing, blue skies, tough stages, creamy coffees, cold beers, right by the beach. Velothon returns.

Photography: Tim Bardsley-Smith

Berlin, Hamburg, Stockholm… Maroochydore.

Cyclist had never before heard Maroochydore uttered in the same sentence as Berlin, Hamburg, or Stockholm, but as we previewed prior to and witnessed during the event, Velothon were on the money. Mid-winter riding in Australia couldn’t have been more perfect.

The three stages were toughly fought in the Open categories, though it didn’t deter riders enjoying the simple pleasure or pain of the course and an even bigger crowd for the 1 Day Velo in conjunction with Stage Three. Next year’s route is still being fine-tuned but will no doubt repeat the success of 2017.

In the club

Don’t fix it if ain’t broke applies to the clubhouse as much as the route. The clubhouse will return, located in the beachfront parklands at Cotton Tree Pier, to offer rider’s everything they might need. The Clubhouse is where your event packs are collected and all your questions answered, whether it’s ‘how do I get to the start line tomorrow?’ or ‘what size cassette and how many Weetbix do I need for Stage 3?’. More on that later.

The Clubhouse will be open a day before Stage 1 for pre-event briefings and from the ETA of each day’s stage finish. A ‘Recovery Hour’ featuring reviving caffeine and massages, followed by the equally important ‘Happy Hour’ and the opening of the expo, merchandise, and info booths ca all be found here. After the awards and briefing for the following day, the evening will be capped off with Tour de France stage highlights and possibly a revisit to Happy Hour.

More than Maroochydore

The Clubhouse may be centred on the beach but the real battles will take place inland. For those with like-minded mates or possibly even domestiques the 3 Day Velo is for you. Strategise and combine those efforts for a shot at the Team, KOM, Sprint and stage classifications over the three stages. Teams include four riders, with the first three over the line counted towards overall. For the gutsy who chose to brave it alone, set your sights on the Solo classification and don’t discount a shot at the other jerseys or GC aspirations.

The course will feature full traffic management with food and hydration stations along the course with multiple Sprint and KOM sectors. While the finer details are still being fine-tuned, here’s peek of the course outline. Follow the stage links for a more detailed preview of the route thus far.

Stage 1: Hinterland Climbing – Friday 20 July

118km / 2,182m

Starting in Buderim, heading for a big loop south-west then climbing back through the hinterlands to return to Buderim.

Stage 2: Glasshouse Mountains – Saturday 21 July

88km / 1,085m

Beginning on the beach in Caloundra before heading south down the hinterland, then traversing it back up north for a sprinter’s finish in Woombye.

Stage 3: Coastal – Sunday 22 July

152km / 2,073m

Rolling just north out of Maroochydore don’t let the cruise up the beach fool you, there’s plenty of climbing to come and save something in the tank for Obi Obi. All your efforts will be rewarded when the course finishes at the Clubhouse.

1 Day Velo

The 1 Day Velo, run on Sunday, July 22, offers a Gran Fondo style event featuring Stage 3’s course. Put your fresh legs to test by lining up for the 152km course or try the 90km route with a little over 1,000m of climbing for taste of what’s on offer.

Velothon Sunshine Coast runs from 20 – 22 July 2018, entries are open now.


3 Day Velo – from $480

1 Day Velo – from $155, 90km – from $105

Check the Mates Rates discount when you and a friend sign up.