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.”
2018 FedUni Road National Championships, 3-7 January 2018, Ballarat, Victoria
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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.