The final elements of the 2018 FedUni National Championships are now in place following a number of key announcements today that set the stage for a brilliant festival of cycling which will kick off the 2018 Summer of Cycling in just over six weeks.
Cycling Australia (CA) is excited to reveal a modified version of the 2017 Road Nationals course that now incorporates the Federation University Mt Helen Campus. See maps here.
In announcing the change, CA acknowledged the work of the course review panel that included 2016 Paris-Roubaix winner and 2006 Commonwealth Games road race gold medallist Mathew Hayman; former pro-continental rider and Ballarat native Pat Shaw; dual criterium national champion Kimberley Wells; Wiggle-High5 Sport Director and Australian National Women's Team Director Donna Rae-Szalinski, and CA General Manager of Sport Kipp Kaufmann.
CA CEO Nicholas Green OAM said that the famous Buninyong road race circuit was seen by all members of the panel as an ideal championship course which has been proven by countless mouth-watering finales and the crowning of a host of new champions.
“Racing through Federation University always provided a unique opportunity to change the course and provide an additional technical element to the race which doesn't occur on the descent,” said Green. “This is an evolution of the course that adds some distance to the major events, and a new technical challenge.
“The panel will continue to review the course yearly and we have noted this with Council and roads authorities."
CA has also announced that the 2018 FedUni Road National Championships will be supported by two new partners, with the TAC and the Amy Gillett Foundation now on board to promote awareness of safe cycling and road harmony throughout the RoadNats festival of cycling.
TAC CEO Joe Calafiore said that the RoadNats provided a perfect opportunity to highlight the issues of cyclist safety to riders and spectators alike.
“The TAC is incredibly excited to be a major partner of the Fed Uni Road National Championships, and in particular to see it promoting the Towards Zero message” Mr Calafiore said. “Last year, the TAC and its Victorian road safety partners launched Towards Zero – a new approach to saving lives on our roads.
“Every single one of us has a part to play in this and we are thrilled to be working with the Cycling Australia, to promote these important road safety messages."
CA Chair, the Hon Steve Bracks AC said that Cycling Australia will also work closely with the Amy Gillett Foundation, which will be the Official Safety Partner of the 2018 FedUni Road National Championships.
“CA and the Amy Gillett Foundation have been working together to identify ways that CA can support the AGF’s safety campaign ‘A Metre Matters’," Mr Bracks said. “We believe that the 2018 FedUni Road National Championships provides the perfect platform to strengthen the national message of road and cycling harmony via our broadcast and streaming partners, our social media community and spectators attending the event.”
Mayor of Ballarat Councillor Samantha McIntosh is proud to be working with CA to be delivering the world class event.
“The City of Ballarat is proud of its work with Cycling Australia to build the Nationals into an internationally recognised event which brings thousands of people to Ballarat over summer," McIntosh said. "Ballarat has a strong reputation as a preferred cycling destinations and it’s high-profile events such as this which encourage more people to put on a helmet and start cycling.
"I have no doubt the two new categories with Australia’s best under 19 and Para-cyclists set to join the under 23 and elite in the battle for the coveted green and gold jersey in January, as well as the numerous exciting community events, will ensure the 2018 FedUni Road National Championships sets the bar at a new level.”
FedUni 2018 Road National Championships, 3-7 January 2018, Ballarat, Victoria
Wednesday 3 January
Thursday 4 January
Friday 5 January
Sunday 7 January
The Australian Gran Fondo National Championships will get the weekend’s action rolling at the 2018 FedUni Road Nationals.
On Saturday 6 January, all Australian cyclists have the exciting opportunity to test themselves on the same course that has propelled Miles Scotson, Katrin Garfoot, Simon Gerrans and Amanda Spratt into cycling folklore.
Cyclists will have the chance to experience the course’s fully closed roads, with national champions to be crowned across eight age categories for both men and women.
All category winners will be awarded gold medals, and will be eligible to compete at the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.
However for those not chasing national or world glory but wish to feel the course under their wheels, a recreational option is also on offer.
“The Australian Gran Fondo National Championships provides all cyclists with a unique opportunity to race on one of the world’s best courses on fully closed roads,” said Cycling Australia CEO Nicholas Green.
“I can’t wait to see cyclists from all over the country chasing gold, and with winners receiving an invitation to compete at the World Championships, we expect strong entry numbers across all the categories.
“For those just wishing to get on their bike and experience all the course has to offer, we look forward to seeing you in the Recreational ride and seeing everyone out enjoying the RoadNats festivities including the community festival and road races across the weekend.”
Entries are open to all cyclists, with cycling insurance coverage included for any non-Cycling Australia members. Cyclists will complete between three and five laps of the course depending on their category.
Cycling Australia is excited to introduce the Club Teams Time Trial and Clubs Teams Criterium National Championship for the first time. This is your chance to compete as a club for the green & gold jersey.
Port Adelaide Cycling Club vs St Kilda, Alice Springs CC vs Orange CC which club will be leaving Ballarat with the green and gold?
These inaugural events will be held as part of the official 2018 FedUni RoadNats schedule and will be held on the same course as the CBD criterium and Elite time trial course in Buninyong.
Club Teams Criterium Championships
The iconic Ballarat CBD crit course will play host to the Club Teams Criterium. Rally the squad and get ready to race in this fun, exciting team relay format.
When: Wednesday 3 January 2018
Where: Sturt St Ballarat
Format: 18 laps (each rider must complete 4 laps) / teams of 3-4
Cost: $75 per team.
Categories: Open / Masters 90+ / Masters 120+ / Masters 150 + / Masters 180 + (Both male & female)
Club Teams Time Trial
The undulating 40.9km course will test teams as they race against the clock to secure national glory for their club.
When: Friday 5 Jan 2018
Where: Buninyong, 40.9km course
Format: Teams of 3-4, time judged on the third rider across the line.
Cost: $75 per team.
Categories: Open / Masters 90+ / Masters 120+ / Masters 150+ / Masters 180+ (Both male & female).
The Cycling Australia Course Review Panel has tabled a host of course recommendations for the 2018 Fed Uni Road National Championships’ three-year agreement in Ballarat from 2018-2020.
A host of Australia’s elite cyclists and astute cycling minds formed the Panel including 2016 Paris-Roubaix winner and 2006 Commonwealth Games road race gold medallist Mathew Hayman; former pro-continental rider and Ballarat native Pat Shaw; dual criterium national champion Kimberley Wells; Wiggle-High5 Sport Director and Australian National Women's Team Director Donna Rae-Szalinski, and CA General Manager of Sport Kipp Kaufmann.
Beginning discussions mid-2017, the Panel analysed elements critical to both riders and spectators, while considering the course options and opportunities present in the region.
These recommendations include increasing the technical elements of the criterium while maintaining the energetic and vibrant CBD locations, plus a number of alterations to the time trial course which will increase spectator interest and technical challenges for the riders.
The famous Buninyong road race circuit was seen by all members as an ideal championship course which has been proven by countless mouth-watering finales and the crowning of a host of new champions.
However the Panel has recommend a change be considered to allow a flat course option using other roads and areas of the region, allowing for opportunities for all riders and spectators to be engaged in the event.
“Cycling Australia is pleased with the robust discussions and recommendations for changes to the Championships in Ballarat,” said Kipp Kaufmann, CA General Manager of Sport.
“The full implementation of these recommendations will begin as we continue to engage with Ballarat City Council, Victoria Police and our Event Delivery Partners to ensure their support for this evolution.
“While we might not see radical changes immediately in 2018, we are committed to see changes in the Championships courses over the next three years."
The Panel will continue discussions over the three-year period including conducting a review after each Championships.
The official 2018 Fed Uni Road National Championship courses will be announced in mid-late October 2017.
The 2018 Fed Uni Road National Championships will be held from 3 – 7 January 2018 and will be a critical step for Australia’s cyclists on the road to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April 2018.
In April, Cycling Australia announced a new three-year partnership with the Victorian Government and City of Ballarat meaning Australia’s best road cyclists will battle it out for the coveted green and gold jerseys in Ballarat for a 12th consecutive year. Read More.
In October, Cycling Australia announces a three-year partnership with Federation University Australia (FedUni) that sees the University become the naming rights sponsor of the Road National Championships in Ballarat from 2018-2020. Read More.
Cycling Australia is pleased to announce a three-year partnership with Federation University Australia (FedUni) that sees the University become the naming rights sponsor of the Road National Championships in Ballarat from 2018-2020.
Cycling Australia Chair and University alumnus The Hon Steve Bracks AC, and CEO Nick Green OAM were in Melbourne with Federation University Australia’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Helen Bartlett to announce the new partnership.
Mr. Bracks said that it was a perfect time for FedUni to come on board as the iconic ‘Road Nats’ returns to Ballarat for a twelfth consecutive year with an invigorated new format.
“I’m delighted to be announcing such a terrific partnership,” Mr Bracks said.
“The Cycling Australia Road National Championships is one of the premier events on the cycling calendar, and it takes place right on the doorstep of FedUni’s Mt Helen Campus at Ballarat.
“It makes sense for us to work together, not just for the university’s proximity to the famous Mt Buninyong circuit, but also because of FedUni’s renowned Sports Science program and excellent sports training facilities, which provide all sorts of opportunities during the event.”
Federation University Australia Vice-Chancellor Professor Helen Bartlett said that the University was thrilled to be partnering with Cycling Australia to deliver one of the most anticipated road races on the cycling calendar.
“This partnership provides a unique opportunity for our students to observe all aspects of the cycling event, and to explore possible career outcomes of their qualifications,” Professor Bartlett said.
While the week showcases some of the best cyclists in the world, 2018 will see it develop further as a true festival of cycling for all, with club and family events, local community festivals and more.
The 2018 Championships will also welcome two new categories with Australia’s best female and male U19 and Para-cyclists set to join the U23 and elite in the battle for the coveted green and gold jersey in January.
Federation University Australia is regional Victoria’s largest university and one of the nation’s leading regional universities.
The 2018 Cycling Australia Road National Championships will be held from 3 – 7 January 2018 and will be a critical step for Australia’s cyclists on the road to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April 2018.
In April, Cycling Australia announced a new three-year partnership with the Victorian Government and City of Ballarat meaning Australia’s best road cyclists will battle it out for the coveted green and gold jerseys in Ballarat for a 12th consecutive year.
2018 Cycling Australia Road National Championships, 3-7 January 2018, Ballarat
Ballarat will ring in the 2018 cycling year with the 2018 #RoadNats to feature an invigorating line up of new categories, community events, activities and participation opportunities for all cyclists and cycling fans.
The Championships will welcome two new categories with Australia’s best U19 and Para-cyclists set to join the U23 and elite in the battle for the coveted green and gold jersey in January.
Australia’s club riders will also be able to get involved in the action with the additions of the new Club Teams Time Trial Championships and National Team Relay, while novice cyclists and fans will have a chance to immerse themselves in the atmosphere with a host of new rides and activities, including a twilight festival.
“As we begin a new three-year deal with the City of Ballarat, we are looking forward to building on the Championships' already great reputation as one of Australian sport’s premier events.
“While the week showcases some of the best cyclists in the world as they battle race for the green and gold jersey, it has truly become a festival of cycling for all.
“There will be so many opportunities for cycling fans and avid cyclists to soak up the atmosphere in the same way as the professional riders.
“From club and family events, local community festivals and more, Ballarat will be buzzing in January and we couldn’t think of a better way to bring in the new year,” concluded Green.
City of Ballarat Mayor Samantha McIntosh is looking forward to another successful Road Nationals.
“The Cycling Australia Road National Championships at Ballarat has emerged as a premier event on the cycling calendar and the City of Ballarat, with Cycling Australia, are excited to grow and expand on what has already brought significant economic and social benefits to our region,” said McIntosh.
“Next year marks the twelfth consecutive year the Cycling Australia Road National Championships has been staged in Ballarat, and as a city we are proud of our role in building international recognition of this popular event which brings thousands of people to Ballarat each summer.
“We now look forward to witnessing what the next three years of exciting competition and new opportunities the five-day event brings to Ballarat,” McIntosh added.
The Championships begins in Wednesday afternoon sun with a midday start to a blockbuster day of criterium racing on the streets of the Ballarat CBD. All categories will feature, including a new Community Crit for local families, with the day’s festivities to culminate in the elite stars racing under lights.
Buninyong will come to life with two days of the truest of all cycling tests, the time trials. Thursday will feature the Para and U19 categories, while an all new fantastic Friday line up will see the U23 and elite feature in addition to a new Clubs Team event.
Also on Friday, the Road titles will be decided in the Para-cycling categories.
The famous Mt Buninyong circuit will host the weekend’s action, beginning with the U19 and U23 road races on Saturday, with the entire community invited to soak up a twilight festival under lights, featuring a host of community events.
The Championships will finish with a bang on Super Sunday with the elite road races and an all new community recreational ride.
Cycling Australia will be announcing event partners, course details, entries and broadcast information in the coming weeks.
2018 Cycling Australia Road National Championships, 3-7 January 2018, Ballarat, Victoria
Wednesday 3 January Criteriums - Ballarat
With just under 200 days to go until Australia’s best hit the start line in Ballarat for the 2018 Cycling Australia (CA) Road National Championships, momentum is building behind the scenes.
Planning for the 2018 edition of the Championships is well underway with a CA Course Assessment Team completing its initial assessment of a range of new course opportunities and options for the event which begins on January 3.
A host of Australia’s elite cyclists and astute cycling minds form the Panel including former Paris to Roubaix winner and 2006 Commonwealth Games road race gold medallist Mathew Hayman, former pro-continental rider and Ballarat native Pat Shaw, dual criterium national champion Kimberley Wells; Wiggle-High5 Sport Director and former Australian National Women's Team Director Donna Rae-Szalinski, and CA General Manager of Sport, Kipp Kaufmann.
KEEN TO COMMENT? If you’re passionate about Roadnats, then we are keen to hear your course ideas. Contact Cycling Australia with comments on the Road Nationals course, please email us.
Taking into consideration a number of components critical to both riders and spectators, in addition to logistical and financial elements, in May the Panel outlined more than a dozen course options in the Ballarat region.
More recently in June, the options were shortlisted following a course reconnaissance visit to Ballarat, with these to be tabled at the next Panel meeting in July.
“While there are obvious constraints to where the Nationals can be run, and while the course is a great Championship course, I think it's good to explore more options,” said Hayman, who brings critical input to the panel as a twenty-year career professional cyclist.
“Traditionally a Championship is run on a variety of terrains and courses making sure that all types of riders have a chance to be crowned champion and wear that very special jersey.
Hayman himself is twice a time top-ten finisher in the road race held on the famous Buninyong circuit, which is lined by tens of thousands of fans each January.
“In recent years, there has been a tremendous atmosphere created by the fans on the Buninyong climb which is equal to anything you will find racing in Europe,” Hayman added.
“I think that we have a fantastic course, one that has produced exciting racing and deserving winners across all grades.”
Also providing invaluable insight from her experience within all levels of the sport both as an athlete and now as a team director, Rae-Szalinski is excited about what the process has presented.
“I am really excited about the alternatives we have created, but more importantly and regardless of the final outcomes, it shows that CA is listening to our body of cyclists,” said Rae-Szalinski, an advocate of change while recognising the quality of the current course.
“I think that the existing Buninyong course is a very good one, it has so many good things, amazing for spectators, and is a challenging course for the riders,” she explained.
“And at our nationals, it really feels like you are in Europe, so we don’t want to do anything that will diminish that.
“However, we want to ensure that all of our riders have the opportunity to win their national title.
“So we have looked at ways to create a more tactical race, one that is more challenging to all of our riders.
“Perhaps that is one that keeps the core element of the Buninyong course but also presents opportunities for sprinters to get around the course and put pressure on the pure climbers.”
The Committee’s recommendations are subject to final approval by stakeholders, Victoria Police and the City of Ballarat, with a decision to be made on all three courses – criterium, time trial and road race - in August.
“We ask that all the riders and fans remain open-minded. This is a very complex situation with lots of factors to be considered,” Rae-Szalinski added.
“People have to understand, despite the fact we have engaged time and effort in options, it might be a case that we stick with the original course for 2018 with a look to change in subsequent years.
“The difficulty comes with the logistics and the costs of implementing changes. As much as we want to deliver something that pleases everyone, ultimately any decision will need to have final approval.”
The 2018 Cycling Australia Road National Championships will be held from 3 – 7 January 2018 and will be a critical step for Australia’s cyclists on the road to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April 2018.
In April 2017, Cycling Australia announced a new three-year partnership with the Victorian Government and City of Ballarat meaning Australia’s best road cyclists will battle it out for the coveted green and gold jerseys in Ballarat for a 12th consecutive year.
Course Assessment Team
Cycling Australia is excited to announce that the National Road Championships will be staying in Ballarat for the next three years thanks to the support of the Victorian Government and City of Ballarat.
The new partnership with the Victorian Government and City of Ballarat will see Australia’s best road cycling talent battling it out for the coveted green and gold jerseys in Ballarat for a 12th consecutive year.
“The famous ‘Road Nats’ are going nowhere – they’re right at home in the cycling capital of Australia,” said the Hon John Eren, Minister for Sport and Minister for Major Events and Tourism.
Minister Eren continued, “We’re working hard to lock in the very best cycling races because we know they mean more jobs and more visitors for Victoria, and that means a stronger economy.”
Following a successful hosting of the 2017 event in front of over 20,000 local, interstate and overseas fans, Cycling Australia is undertaking a range of initiatives to take the event to the next level. A review of the famous Mount Buninyong circuit is currently underway, and, over the course of the agreement, Cycling Australia is working towards an expanded competition schedule that will give fans more days of racing.
Chair of Cycling Australia and Ballarat local the Hon Steve Bracks AC said it was fantastic to have the event return to Ballarat.
“We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with the City of Ballarat to keep the famous ‘Road Nats’ in Ballarat.
“The Ballarat community has shown its support to the National Road Championships for over a decade and that’s why we’re pleased to announce it will stay here until 2020” Mr. Bracks said today.
“Today’s announcement is not just about an iconic event that is a fixture on the Aussie cycling calendar and which has significant tourism and economic benefits for the region. It’s also about Cycling Australia working closely with the Victorian Government and the City of Ballarat to build a cycling strategy that positions this area as a year-round cycling destination with better outcomes for cyclists at all levels.”
The Road Nationals Championships will be held from 3 – 7 January 2018 and leads into Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in April.