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.