OLYMPIC gold medallist Brooke Hanson is diving head first into the Gold Coast’s newest sporting event.
The champion swimmer will swap the pool for her bike when the Gold Coast foreshore transforms into a sea of cyclists on Saturday for the inaugural Jewel Residences Oceanway Ride.
Hundreds of hobby and expert cyclists, and their families, will ride three course options, a 250m kids loop, a 4km family ride and 55km ultimate journey.
A VIP ride with cycling commentator Phil Liggett is being held tomorrow.
The event, starting at Surfers Paradise foreshore, is being promoted as an opportunity to bike in a safe environment.
Brooke and her husband, Jared Clarke, will complete the VIP ride and return the next day for the 4km family ride with their children, Cooper, 6, Billy, 2, and Matilda, 1.
“The Gold Coast is all about the beaches and the ocean so knowing you can do a bike ride that is right next to the beach and the ocean, it’s a no brainier to get involved,” Brooke said.
“Our family is all about outdoor experiences and making the most out of our move to the Gold Coast.
“My husband and I both swam and got really into bike riding after finishing swimming so it’s great we can do it as a family.”
Oceanway Ride founder Kate Riley said the event had been two-and-a-half years in the making and had the capacity to become a major tourist attraction.
“I really wanted to create a flat ride across the ocean front,” she said. “One that everyone could do.
“There are a lot of cycling events in the Hinterland but this is a flat ride.”
The kids ride costs a gold coin donation, with all money going to surf lifesaving; The 4km ride is $15-30, with under 10s free. The 55km ultimate journey is $95 for those 16 and over.