Gawler Cycling Festival

23 - 25 September 2016

Gawler is a great launching place to explore the diversity this region offers. There is also an increasing awareness that cycling is a great way to commute around the town.

This cycling festival is designed to celebrate cycling in and around Gawler. It will include events promoting cycle awareness, recreational riding, BMX racing,  an individual road time trial and a film night.

It will held from September 22nd through 25th.

The events being planned include:

  • Organised recreational ride on  Saturday  24th
  • BMX racing under lights on Saturday 24th
  • Individual Road Time Trial event on Sunday 25th, hosted by the Central Districts Cycling Club
  • Bike safety /awareness programs Sunday 25th
  • Film night at a local hotel Friday 23rd

During the Festival, the Gawler Cycling Guide will also be launched. This guide will showcase cycling routes within Gawler and the region.
From this initial event it is hoped to grow to a biennial (every second year) event if it proves to be successful. So if you have an opportunity to support the event, that would be great.
Event details include;

Recreational ride            Saturday 24th

Please note the previous option of a ride to Two Wells and Virginia  has been cancelled. This is  due to concerns over the road conditions as a result of the persistent rainy weather, plus the possibility of  rain on Saturday morning. These two factors combined to  lift the risk to cyclists  to an unacceptable level.

There will one recreational ride, the Stuart O'Grady Bikeway,  starting  from the Gawler Visitor Information Centre and linking with the Gawler Cycling Guide. It will be  led by an experienced ride leader, plus a ‘tail end Charlie’. The ride  will not be fully supported, but in case of a mechanical  breakdown or emergency,  there will be a recovery vehicle to assist. There will also be first aid available.

For those that are concerned about the distance, the Stuart O’Grady Bikeway ride  is  a great option for people getting back in to riding, a  ‘rusty riders’ or  someone wanting to try out recreational cycling. It’s flat and you can choose how far you want to ride, by  turning around whenever you feel.

There will be a ride and safety brief before all ride.

Important information about the recreational rides

  • Riders must be 16 years or over
  • Average speeds will be between 23 to 25 kilometres per hour for the open road events. For the event on the Sturt O’Grady Bikeway, the average speed will be from 20 kilometres per hour
  • The rides are open road events, and you are sharing the road with other traffic that will be travelling at speed.
  • There will be marshals stationed at specific locations. Their role is not to stop the traffic, but to assist cyclists when entering or crossing over particular roadways that have been identified as being hazardous.
  • Have a mechanically sound and well maintained bicycle. This includes spare tubes, pump (firmly secured) or CO2 canisters so repairs can be made en-route.
  • Each cyclist to carry at least 750ml of water, plus sufficient food for the ride.
  • Carry a mobile phone plus rider identification
  • In case of extreme weather conditions ie heat, torrential rain or severe winds, rides will be cancelled, with a full refund provided
  • You must obey all Australian Road Rules
  • Ride to the left of the road way at all times to allow vehicles to pass
  • Ride in a single file although where safe to do so, it is possible to ride two abreast.
  • Always keep a safe distance to the rider in front of you.
  • When you dismount your bike, move off the roadway
  • You must wear an approved Australian Standard bicycle helmet
  • Use a flashing front and rear flashing light, plus wear bright cloths to improve your visibility
  • Only pass on the right of another cyclist
  • Be aware of the cyclists around you. Indicate if you are changing direction, slowing down or stopping

Please note, Gawler Cycles will be present before these rides if you need your bike looked at or you need to purchase a spare tube etc before you head off.
There will also be traffic marshals to manage safety at busy intersections.

Ride: Gawler, Stuart O’Grady Bikeway, Gawler. (56kms) Start 8am, approximately 2.5 to 3  hours . For this ride, if you only want to go part of the way, that's fine, you can turn around when ever you wish.


BMX racing         Saturday 24th

The Gawler BMX Club will be running this sanctioned event, the first major event since installing their new light towers.

All those competing must have a current BMX Australia license to participate

It will be a great opportunity to watch some high quality racing. Plus there will be full catering facilities available - hot/cold drinks, food, snacks.

For event details visit:

Individual Road Time Trial, Sunday 25th

The Central Districts Cycling Club will host an individual road time trial event. It will be run from the Evanston Gardens Community Centre.  The course will include Angle Vale Road, Jack Cooper Drive, Hiller Road, Wingate Road. This loop is 10 Kilometres, with competitors completing two laps.

To enter you must have a Cycling Australia (CA) Racing License, CA Ride Comprehensive License, 3 or 12 months or a single ride Permit. The Permits can be obtained via the Gawler Cycling Festival on- line registration site.

This event is being held on a public road and normal road rules apply. You will need a bike in good repair, an AS approved helmet. CSA rules also require that competitors must have a flashing red light operating on either the seat post or right rear seat stay of their bike. The light must be operational during the entire event and must visible from 200 metres to the rear.

There is also a $10 entry fee to cover the running of the event, first aid and traffic control.

For details visit the club’s website and follow the links to upcoming events

Family fun day, Sunday 25th

This will be a family day from 10 am to 12 noon, centred on the Gawler Rivers paths.

This event will be hosted by the Bicycle Institute of South Australia

The event will start at Clonlea Reserve where there will be a range of activities including

  • Practical bike skills - Fun bike games and bike skills practice for kids and adults.
  • Practical bike skills - How gears work and how to use them
  • Information booth- Tips for riding on the road and sharing bicycle paths
  • Bicycle workshop - Basic bike maintenance and education
  • Bicycle maintenance course - How to fix a puncture
  • Win a prize!!  Draw a bike to enter.

There will also be a group ride along the Gawler bike path, looping back to Clonlea Park. Plus there will be a  BBQ where food can be purchased.  Although if you are not riding, you are more than welcome to come along to the event at  to pick up some information, plus enter a drawing of a bike to in the draw for a prize.

Please note, if there are any medical concerns that many affect anyone, in particular children, taking part in the group ride, please ensure the appropriate medication is on hand and if appropriate, notify the instructor.

Also, children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult

So bring along your bikes for a fun morning.

Film night           Friday 23rd

Watch the classic, “A Sunday in Hell” at the Prince Albert Hotel. This film documents the 1976, Paris–Roubaix. Starting at 8pm, maximum of 40 tickets. A must for all who enjoy cycling.


The aim is to keep the cost down as much as possible, although we need to cover insurance and other running costs.

The cost for all the recreational ride  is around $12 . All booking and payments can be made through Eventbright and there will be a small booking fee. You will be able to register on the morning.

Film night, $5 per ticket, limited to 40 tickets, so get in quick.

There will be a cost for the time trial event. The cost is around $12 to cover the insurance and to  cover running the event, around an extra $10. If you are only riding in this event, the cost will be around $22. Central’s will have permits and licenses available at sign on.

The cost of the family fun day activities will be free. There will be food available to purchase, or bring along a picnic.

Click here for tickets for all the rides and events

Supporting the Royal Society for the Blind

This event is also supporting the work of the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB).  When booking a ticket on the EventBright site, and during the events there will be opportunities for you to donate to this worthwhile cause. If you want to get a better understanding of the work of the RSB, please visit 

Supporting organisations and groups

Town of Gawler  (Major financial sponsor)

Gawler Environment and Heritage Association (Sponsoring body)

Andrea Woolger & Dale Hughes

Cycling Australia (Insurance)

Royal Society for the Blind

Gawler BMX Club

Central Districts Cycling Club

Members from the Gawler Wheelers

Adelaide Farmer’s Market – Gawler

Bicycle Institute of South Australia

Gawler Regional Natural Resource Centre

Gawler Veteran Vintage and Classic Vehicle Club.

Rotary Club of Gawler

Prince Albert Hotel

Gawler Cycles

 The aim of the whole event is to enjoy all things cycling and highlight the fantastic cycling opportunities within Gawler and surrounding region. Hope you can take part in some of the activities.


Paul Koch

Event Co-ordinator

0431 866 586


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Looks like an exciting few days Paul :) Well done on your hard work x Hoping to make it to a few events.






Well done Paul, David and others who have had input into organising the GAWLER CYCLING FESTIVAL.

Looking at the program there are events to cater for everyone's prefences.

Fantastic to see everyone who is suporting the festival.

Would love to see cyclists from the metro area come up for the festival. Plenty of accomodation available in Gawler and the Barrossa available if you stay for a couple of days etc.

PS Paul....I have been having knee problems but hope that they will come good and I can attend a couple of the the events. (The film night is a definate!! cycling!)

Once again ....well done. Don't see many comprehensive cycling festivals like this in Aust. Really appreciate all the work that must have gone into it.



This is a fantastic opportunity for the community to get together and see what cycling is about and how this sport is enjoyed by so many people. It is a great idea to incorporate a number of different events cyclists enjoy and compete in.
I am quie happy to put my hand up and help in any way I can. Great effort in the organising of this event Paul.

Hi Frank, look after that need, our broad cycling community miss you.

Cheers Franks, yes it should be a lot of fun, plus well worth the option to stay the few days to enjoy  the activities and all the attractions in Gawler and surrounds.

Paul K.

Great job Paul.

Awesome opportunity to show case the this beautiful part of our state by bicycle. looks like something for every one. Will look at joining the weekend ride.

Looks fantastic Paul. Csll out of you need help with anything (outside school hours) Am happy to help.

This is on this weekend everyone. A lot of work has gone into it. Check it out and join in.

Hope you are able to make it Gus. AC thank you ride from GW to you.


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