Cycling Australia is pleased to announce the inclusion of a new Junior Conference at the 2020 Federation University Road National Championships. The Conference- which is based on a similar event from the UCI Road World Championships- is an opportunity for all junior aged riders, coaches and parents to hear from industry experts.
The Conference will include:
Here is everything you need to know about whats on in Ballarat during the 2020 Federation University Road Nationals
2020 Federation University Road Nationals Community Schedule:
Wednesday 8th January - Holiday Bike Clinic
Get on your bike these school holidays!
The Federation University Road National Championships invite all young riders out there to come to this workshop on Wednesday 8 January. For $15 entry you can learn everything you need to know from expert riders so you can ride safely and with confidence around a special loop within Federation University.
The workshop will include:
Group ride with an expert cycling coach
Bike Skills Session
Bike Checks with expert Mechanics
Awesome kids’ activities
So, make sure you’ve got your bike ready for a great day on two wheels!
Friday 10th January - Ballarat Coffee Ride
Get your ride in before the Elite Rider’s take over the middle of Ballarat on Friday 10 January!
This is your chance to sneak in a ride before the Friday Criteriums on Sturt Street take over town. Thanks to the Ballarat and Sebastapol Cycling Club, you’re invited to come on a bunch ride around the Ballarat area as part of the Federation University Road National Championships. It’s the perfect time to get out on the bike and get some k’s under the belt.
You’ll head off from Sturt Street, cruise a 50km loop around the area before coming back into town for a great breaky deal on the Criterium Course. It’s the perfect way to get ready for the afternoons racing.
This FREE bunch ride will also get you discount entry into the Sturt St Hill Climb Challenge
Ride departs Sturt Street at 6am
Arrives back at Sturt Street at 8am for breakfast and coffee
Saturday 11th January - Buninyong Sprint
Here’s your chance to race down the finishing straight of the Federation University Road National Championship’s Road Race course on Saturday 11 January… And you don’t need a bike to do it!
Just bring your runners and a racing attitude and you could go home with some great prizes after completing the 1km dash.
Prizes will be available for category winners PLUS best dressed! So get ready to race!
Saturday 11th January - Buninyong Community Night
As part of the Federation University Road National Championships, there will be Buninyong Community Night held on Sunday 11 January at De Soza Park, providing a FREE evening of family activities including a twilight cinema!
It’s the perfect way to cap off a great Saturday of racing and continue the fun atmosphere of the Federation University Road National Championships.
Bring the whole family down and enjoy:
Twilight family friendly movie on the big screen
You can’t miss this great night for the whole family under the stars!
Sunday 12th January - Ballarat Champions Ride
Learn from the best on the famous Mt Buninyong Road Race course on Sunday 12 January
Leaving Lake Wendouree from Pipers by the Lake, roll the 14.7km ride in to Buninyong with one of Australia's greatest cyclists and talk tactics on how to approach the Mt. Buninyong course.
Once you arrive on course you'll put all the knowledge to good use as you take on the iconic climb in a one off hot-lap around the 11.6km Road Race course!
The 2020 Federation University Road National Championships, officially launched at Federation University Australia campus in Ballarat today, will see Australia’s best under 19, under 23, elite, masters, club cyclists, para-cyclists and cyclists with an intellectual impairment battle for the coveted green and gold national champions jerseys in the criterium, road race and time trial.
The Championships open on Wednesday night, with a community festival and revamped time trial course hosted at Federation University’s Mt Helen Campus.
The new time trial course will allow spectators to get up and close to the action, whilst soaking in the summer evening with music, food trucks and family entertainment.
In an Australian first, the course will also play host to the inaugural national championships for cyclists with an intellectual impairment.
The return of the Friday night crit will kick-start the weekend’s festivities celebrating local produce in a carnival-like atmosphere with live entertainment.
The iconic Mt Buninyong circuit will host an exciting weekend of road racing with Australia’s finest para-cyclists and future champions in the under 19 categories racing on Saturday, while Sunday will see Australia’s elite cyclists racing to see who will win the right to wear the green and gold jersey internationally in 2020.
Cycling Australia CEO Steve Drake welcomed the official launch and expressed thanks to Federation University on hosting the new time trial course.
“We’re excited to see the Championships kick off with the race against the clock - it’s going to be fantastic to see the rainbow bands of Rohan Dennis on display on the new time trial course. It is also incredibly exciting that we will have seven of our para-cyclists roll out in their rainbow jerseys.
“We extend our thanks to Federation University for hosting the new course, and cannot wait to see what the riders think of it next year.”
Quotes attributable to Ballarat Mayor, Cr Ben Taylor
“What a way to launch the City’s 2020 summer calendar of events with the Federation University Road National Championships, which continue to put Ballarat on a world stage.
The City of Ballarat is proud of its partnership with Cycling Australia and looks forward to welcoming the many thousands of visitors who travel to our region each year for this family-friendly event.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula
“With Tokyo 2020 now just months away, these races will help sort out our Olympic contenders.”
“Victoria is the home of cycling in Australia and the road national titles will be a huge boost to Ballarat, with riders and spectators descending from all corners come January.”
Quotes attributable to Federation University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Helen Bartlett
Professor Helen Bartlett, Vice-Chancellor and President of Federation University Australia, said the University was delighted to be the event’s naming rights sponsor for the third consecutive year.
“It is very gratifying that Federation University is now seen as such a major part of the entire Road Nats event,”
“The Road Nats is an annual highlight for us and it allows the University to display our world-class reputation for sport science and our new Health and Sports Precinct.”
“On behalf of our staff and students, I wish the competitors the best of luck and invite all cycling fans to visit our Mt Helen campus, which will host the time trials for the first time this year.”