Cycling Australia (CA) and Event Organisers are currently monitoring Victoria’s bushfire emergency and any potential impact to those participating or attending the 2020 Federation University Road National Championships scheduled for January 8-12.
CA and Event Organisers have been in regular contact with the CFA, Victoria Police and Ballarat City Council with regards to the risk of bushfire in the region, the air quality situation, and the weather forecast.
The situation will also be monitored by the Event Control Centre on-site each day of the Championships.
Any and all decisions regarding the event will be guided by the advice and information obtained from the above discussions with participants and stakeholders to be provided with updates as required.
Event Organisers will remain in regular contact with the region’s CFA Headquarters for daily updates.
The current Fire Danger Ratings can be found here: cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/central-fire-district
CA conducts all events in accordance with the AIS best practice guidelines on Smoke Pollution and Exercise. Read more about the Guidelines here: ais.gov.au/smoke_pollution_and_exercise
Event Organisers will be testing the air quality with reports to be received twice daily and will also take advice from the official medical supplier and race doctor.
Currently, planning does not demonstrate any hazardous Air Quality Levels during the event.
Event Organisers are monitoring daily forecasts and as of Monday 6 January, forecasts are favourable.
Ballarat weather observations: bom.gov.au/places/vic/ballarat
The VicEmergency app and/or website at www.emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/ is the recommended place for Victorians to find emergency information and warnings.
Information can also be obtained by tuning in to ABC local radio, or other emergency broadcasters including radio or SKY News, by following VicEmergency on Facebook or Twitter.
Via roadnationals.org.au or cycling.org.au