Cycling Australia is excited to announce the schedule for the 2020 Federation University Road National Championships, with an action-packed five-day program set to take off on Wednesday 8 January when the time trials and team time trials get underway.
The Federation University RoadNats is the most prestigious event on the Australian road cycling calendar and will see the country’s best under 19, under 23, elite and para cyclists battle it out for the coveted green and gold champions jerseys in the time trial, criterium and road race.
The Sturt St circuit in Ballarat will once again see the exciting and crowd-friendly criterium races hit the streets on Friday with the Zwift eNational Championships closing out the day.
The iconic Mt Buninyong circuit will host a thrilling weekend of road racing, with Australia’s best para-cyclists and future champions in the under 19 and under 23 men’s categories and Gran Fondo events on Saturday. The championships will culminate with the elite road races in the traditional Sunday timeslot.
Cycling Australia is also excited to add a category for cyclists with intellectual impairment as part of the Federation University National Championships for the first time in the Time Trial and Road Race.
Further announcements regarding courses, distances, additional racing and recreational opportunities, community events and broadcast information will be announced over the coming months.
2020 Federation University Road National Championships, 8-12 January, Ballarat, Victoria
Cycling Australia CEO Steve Drake
“The great partnership we have with Ballarat means the Federation University RoadNats gets better every year and we are always looking at new and exciting ways to get everyone involved whether you are a rider or part of the crowd.”
“The changes made to this year’s schedule will allow people to have a bit more of a break after Christmas and New Years and by moving the road races to the end of the Championships the week will build up and end with a bang!”
“The elite racing will be one exciting aspect of the five-day cycling festival and we are thrilled to be working on a few new events, some of which haven’t been seen at the Championships before. We will have more on these in the coming months, so stay tuned.”
Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle
“Victoria is the home of cycling and we’re proud to support the 2020 Federation University Road National Championships through the Andrews Labor Government's Significant Sporting Events Program and Regional Events Fund.
"This event will be a huge boost to Ballarat, with cyclists and supporters descending on our regional city in January to enjoy the action.”
Ballarat Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh
The City of Ballarat has been proud to work with Cycling Australia to deliver and grow the Nationals for 13 years; we look forward to once again hosting the RoadNats and helping deliver a range of exciting new activities for the 2020 event.
Over the past decade, the Nationals has become synonymous with Ballarat and helped establish this city’s reputation as the premier cycling destination in Australia.
Ballarat has so much to offer cyclists and spectators and this event has proven that to many thousands of visitors to our city each year.
Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andy Smith:
“Ballarat comes alive for the Federation University Road Nats and it’s an exciting opportunity for us to showcase our stunning Mount Helen campus and our world class sports science programs and research.”
“The 2020 Federation University RoadNats is particularly exciting for us this year, as it will allow us to give the community their first look inside our new state of the art sports science building, which is currently under construction.”
“The sports science building is due to be finished in time for semester one in 2020, so the Federation University RoadNats event in January will be the first time locals can get a sneak peak of the new world class facility we’re building here in Ballarat.”
U19 WOMEN'S TIME TRIAL
Donning bandages following the dramatic end to Saturday’s road race, young gun Francesca Sewell (Gold Coast Cycling Club) nabbed her second gold of the 2019 Championships in the under 19 time trial. Her TT gold medal caps off an almost flawless Road Nationals campaign, claiming bronze in the criterium and gold in the road race.
Sewell covered the 15.9km out and back course in Buninyong in a time 23mins 34secs, 19 seconds better than Catelyn Turner (Launceston City CC) and more than one minute ahead of Katarina Chung-Orr (Port Adelaide CC) who completed the podium.
“I’m really stoked. I’m feeling good, a little tired now but it has been a tough weekend.
“I didn’t actually know that I was on a good time during the race, but my coaches were in the car behind me honking the horn, encouraging me. I certainly wasn’t expecting to get the time I did.
“It wasn’t my ideal win on Saturday obviously so, today, I feel like I definitely did it myself.”
U19 MENS TIME TRIAL
Two days after winning gold in the road race, Patrick Eddy (InForm TM Insight MAKE) continued his fine form with gold in the under 19 men’s time trial in Buninyong.
16-year-old Eddy clocked a time of 29mins 54secs across the 21.km course, eleven seconds ahead of Harry Morgan (Blackburn Cycling Club), and twenty seconds ahead of James Moriarty (Balmoral Cycle Club).
The win comes three months after claiming the prized position on the podium in the criterium and time trial at the Under 17 National Championships in September.
Patrick's brother Samual backed up his road race silver with a fourth-place time trial result, proving 2018 is looking bright for the Eddy family.
“I went really deep, and I’m just happy to come out with the win and do the double.
“I knew I had great form but, I came here as a bottom-ager and did not expect to get two gold. I think that’s a bit much. I was really looking for one podium. I just can’t believe I have two gold.
“There’s no chance I’d be here today without my brother Sam. He wakes me up every morning to go train. He just motivates me so much. We’re teammates, we’re best mates, and we’re brothers. I’m really grateful to have him.”
ELITE & U23 WOMENS TIME TRIAL