Updated: Jan 27
This week the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) unveiled the QUT Virtual Cycling Centre, which recreates famous tracks, including the final stage of the Tour de France, and brings online communities of people together to ride.
Queensland Sport Minister and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics and Paralympic Sport and Engagement Stirling Hinchliffe joined QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Sheil and Emily Rosemond, QUT Director, Sport, for the opening of the purpose-built centre at the Gardens Point campus.
Olympian and former world track cycling medallist Ms Rosemond said the facility featured 10 Wahoo-KickR bikes and would allow aspiring cyclists to enhance their fitness and contest a range of online events.
Mr Hinchliffe said the Centre launches ahead with the first Olympic Esports Week planned for June in Singapore.
“QUT’s Virtual Cycling Centre is important infrastructure for preparing Queensland athletes for the inaugural Olympic Esports Week. This is also a terrific example of the sport-tech industry we want to grow for Queensland as a legacy of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Ms Rosemond said the facility would also play a role in identifying talent and provide pathways for athletic development for aspiring Olympians and Paralympians. There are also plans to take the technology beyond Brisbane, as well as the broadcasting of events and activities on campus to build a greater sense of connectivity and participation in Queensland communities.
Continue here to read more about the QUT Virtual Cycling Centre and what it means for QUT and the future of sports technology leading up to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.