The Gold Coast Goldstars Cycling Club has, since its inception on 15th February 1993, actively promoted competitive cycling activities while encouraging social inter-action among its members and among the general cycling community. From an initial membership of 18 members, the Club has grown to become the Club of choice for Junior cyclists due to its successful Junior Development Program carried on by our Club Coaches and a host of actively involved parents and members.
The Goldstars inaugural meeting was held at the Pindara Sports Clinic in early 1993 with 17 attendees. By November that year, the Club was running organised time trial training on Robina Parkway at 6:00pm and by years end, with a membership of 36, was conducting Monday Time Trials with up to 43 regular riders.
On New Years Day 1994, the Club successfully ran the first New Years Day Open Criterium around the streets of Robina followed by an Open Track Carnival at Chandler Velodrome in Brisbane on the following evening. The New Years Day Open has been run every year since firstly in Robina around Manly and Cottesloe Drives before moving briefly to the Goldstars established Robina Holden circuit in Brabham Drive, Robina and, most recently, to the Nerang Cycling Complex where it attracts large fields including many of the Aussie internationals who use it as final preparation before contesting the Bay Series in Victoria and the “Tour Down Under” in January.
During the years the Club has been active, it has conducted Saturday morning handicap road races in Tallebudgera Valley until increased development drove us out of the Valley in 2000. Wednesday afternoon Criteriums were run on the Surfers Paradise raceway regularly drawing up to 140 riders. Criterium circuits were later established in Molendinar for a brief period with racing held both Wednesday afternoon and Saturday mornings. Sunday morning Criterium racing was held on the Robina Holden closed road from 2000 through to 2005 until, again, increased development moved us on. Currently, the Club runs a monthly road race on the Old Pacific Highway at Pimpama and Criteriums at both Computer St, Arundel and the Luke Harrop Performance Centre at Runaway Bay.
In the early years, the Club established a daily morning training ride from the Mermaid Waters Ambulance Station. The Goldstars Ride, as it was known, became very popular with Club members and non-members alike and was great source of new members often attracting up to eighty riders. The ride exists today as a public ride, after public liability concerns forced the Club to remove their endorsement.
The Club has always encouraged the discipline of Track Cycling running Track Carnivals at both Chandler in Brisbane and the Nerang Velodrome as well as Weekly Track events during the Summer Track season. Track is seen as the purest form of cycling without the ever changing technology of Road cycling and our junior cyclists are encouraged to learn their skills on the velodrome.