We hope you are as excited as we are, it's going to be a great day on the bike. We've pulled together this helpful guide to make it as easy as possible for your to collect your kit and get riding.
The 2018 Gran Fondo National Championship starts at 6.30am on Saturday 6 Jan. Riders will start according to their age category in waves.
You can collect your rider kit from 12 midday to 5pm on Friday 5 Jan in De Soza Park, Buninyong. Then you can pick up your kit from from 5am - 6am on Saturday 6 Jan. View map.
There will be limited support on the day, so we suggest bringing along a spare tube, levers and a pump in case you get a flat. Don't forget to pack a water bottle and sunscreen.
Parking will be available at FedUni Mt Helen Campus, we suggest riding downhill to the start line to avoid road closures and any local traffic. It could still be dark at 6.30am so pack a set of lights!
The Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club (BSCC) in partnership with the Amy Gillett Foundation are proud to announce the inaugural Ballarat Cycling Carnival on New Year’s Day, 2018. Find out more
Cycling Australia, in partnership with SBS and FOX SPORTS, is excited to announce a landmark 2018 FedUni Road Nationals Championships broadcast schedule which will deliver live coverage of the elite women’s road race for the first time in the event’s history.
The live online coverage will explode on SBS digital channels on Wednesday evening with all the thrills and spills of both the men’s and women’s criterium from the heart of the Ballarat CBD from 6.30pm.
Super Sunday on 7 January will be featured across both SBS VICELAND and FOX SPORTS and will launch at 10am with two hours of live coverage of the 105km women’s road race.
The final three hours of the men’s race will be showcased from 2pm, followed by the presentations to both the 2018 men’s and women’s champions.
An expert commentary team including Matthew Keenan, Phil Liggett, Sophie Smith, Bridie O’Donnell and David McKenzie will call all the action live from Ballarat.
The Sunday schedule will also feature a panel show on SBS VICELAND at 1pm, hosted by Matthew Keenan and featuring special guests, to recap all the action from the week of RoadNats and feature in depth interviews with Australian cycling greats.
In addition to the broadcast schedule, live streaming coverage will be integrated across digital platforms SBS Cycling Central, SBS On Demand and the FreeView app, in addition to streaming on Foxtel Now and the Foxtel App.
“What a way to begin Australia’s summer of cycling than with the most comprehensive coverage of a road nationals in history,” remarked Cycling Australia CEO Nicholas Green OAM.
“Cycling Australia has had a strong focus on being able to provide live coverage of the women’s road race and we are delighted to be able to bring this to millions of Australian fans, both on television and mobile devices, in 2018.
“To have such a bumper schedule lined up for Super Sunday is unprecedented, and we are proud to be able to provide our fans the ability to watch our elite women and men battle right to the line for the green and gold jersey.”
SBS Director of Sport Ken Shipp echoed Green.
“It’s fantastic to kick off what will be a huge 2018 for SBS’s cycling coverage with the very best male and female Australian riders free-to-air on SBS television, and across SBS’s digital network. SBS is proud to continue our support of domestic cycling and deliver it to all Australians.”
2018 FedUni RoadNats Broadcast Schedule
WEDNESDAY 3 January
Live Stream - SBS Cycling Central website & SBS Cycling Central Facebook page
SUNDAY 7 January
SBS VICELAND; Streaming on SBS On Demand & SBS Cycling Central website
FOX SPORTS TV
2018 FedUni RoadNats Schedule
Wednesday 3 January
Thursday 4 January
Friday 5 January
Saturday 6 January
Sunday 7 January
IMage courtesy of Orica Scott
It’s been confirmed that men and women riders from WorldTour team Mitchelton-Scott are joining competitors in the 2018 Australian Gran Fondo Championship in Ballarat on Saturday 6 January 2018!
This is your chance to ride with Caleb Ewan, Luke Durbridge, Cam Meyer, Amanda Spratt, Gracie Elvin AND cycling icon Phil Liggett and commentator extraordinaire Matt Keenan, who will also join the bunch!
Let the team guide you and your friends around this fully closed course as you take in all your favourite aspects of the road race circuit. From the iconic Mt Buninyong climb to the newly added technical FedUni corners, there is something to suit every rider.
Don't forget, all category winners will be awarded gold medals, and will be eligible to compete at the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships!
Once you’ve finished, the Mitchelton Scott riders will be available for jersey signings and photographs.
Confirmed 2018 celebrity gran fondo riders
Entries start at just $35 for CA members and close on Thursday 4 January 2018 at 11.59pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) unless sold out prior.
Cycling Australia is delighted to announce a new three-year partnership with the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute, which will become the Official Charity Partner of the FedUni Road National Championships from 2018-2020.
Cycling Australia CEO Nick Green OAM said that the Fiona Elsey Cancer Institute and the iconic RoadNats were a great fit, with the Institute already active in cycling through its Ballarat Cycle Classic.
“The Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute makes a world class contribution to cancer research and I know that everyone in the cycling community, particularly those who are making the trip to Ballarat in January, will get right behind this very important cause,” Mr Green said.
“We are thrilled to announce this partnership and delighted to be supporting such important work.”
Institute Chair, Emeritus Professor Wayne Robinson said that the Institute will be at the RoadNats raising the profile of the centre and the upcoming Ballarat Cycle Classic.
“As the Official Charity Partner there is the opportunity for the community to support us by volunteering on behalf of Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute at the Championship. For every volunteer shift completed, Cycling Australia will donate $50 to our cancer research program.” Emeritus Professor Robinson said.
With four weeks until the Championships gets underway with the fast and furious action of the criterium on Wednesday 3 January, Australia’s national champions are signing on for the 2018 FedUni Road National Championships in Ballarat.
Reigning road champions Miles Scotson (BMC Racing) and Katrin Garfoot (QAS) are primed to defend defend their crowns, with Garfoot predicting a challenging race with both green and gold glory and a Commonwealth Games team spot on the line.
“Leading into Commonwealth Games, it will be big,” said Garfoot, who will ride in Queensland Academy of Sport colours in Ballarat. “It will be very hard this year to defend the road title because of this, riders want to qualify for the Games.”
“I think that I will be well covered in the race and not being part of the Orica team in 2018 means I will have a few more high quality opponents this year,” Garfoot remarked of her switch for the 2018 season.
Orica-Scott’s dual winners Amanda Spratt (2012 & 2016) and Gracie Elvin (2013 & 14), plus 2015 champion Peta Mullens (Hagens Berman–Supermint) are all confirmed.
For Scotson, his title defence will come as part of a formidable BMC attack which includes 2015 time trial champion and dual road medallist Richie Porte, dual reigning time trial champion Rohan Dennis and dual road race champion Simon Gerrans.
“It will be nice to go into the road race with numbers,” said Porte, twice a road race bronze medallist behind Gerrans in 2012 and 2014. “With the numbers that we have, four strong guys, I believe we have the guys to do it (win).
“If it not me, to have someone of the calibre of Simon come and join the team in 2018, Rohan is always up for a good fight and Miles showed last year he could do it.”
In the time trials, Garfoot and Dennis will both be looking to make it three on the trot, however four-time champion Shara Gillow (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) will be gunning for a record-equalling fifth crown, with former champions Porte and Orica-Scott’s Cameron Meyer and Luke Durbridge adding to the mouth watering start lists.
The criterium kick-starts the week’s action on Wednesday evening, with Orica-Scott’s reigning champions Caleb Ewan and Jessica Allen, plus former winners Anthony Giacoppo, Lauren Kitchen and Sarah Roy ensuring plenty of firepower.
In the under 23 category, Callum Scotson (BMC Racing Dev Team), Alexandra Manly (Orica-Scott) and Sam Jenner (Mitchelton-Scott) will be back to defend their crowns.
The Championships will welcome two new categories with Australia’s best U19 and Para-cyclists set to join the U23 and elite in the battle for the coveted green and gold jersey. Paralympians Carol Cooke (VIC), Stuart Tripp (VIC) and David Nicholas (QLD) are three of a stellar cast set to line up.
“The green and gold stripes are an honour to win and wear,” said triple Paralympic gold medallist Cooke. “Not many people can say that they have won them, so I wear them proudly.
“And it is even more amazing the Para-cyclists now have the chance to battle for them at the Road Nationals for the first time.”
Cycling Australia CEO Nick Green OAM is delighted that the FedUni RoadNats will once again deliver the very best cyclists in the world right to Australian fans’ backyards.
“Australia’s cyclists have achieved success all over the world, from the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the World Championships and WorldTour,” said Green. “And year after year, the lure of a green and gold national champions jersey brings them home.
“There is no other cycling event in Australia that can boast as many of world‘s best in one place, from the under 19 and 23 rising stars, our para-cycling heroes, and the elite.
“We encourage all cycling fans to check the schedule so they don’t miss a minute of the action.
“It truly will be an electrifying festival of cycling.”
Equally, City of Ballarat Mayor Samantha McIntosh is thrilled with the stars who will shine in Ballarat in January.
“Each year the battle for the coveted green and gold jersey gains more and more attention, continuing to strengthen Ballarat’s strong reputation as a preferred and welcoming cycling destination,” said McIntosh.
“It’s fantastic to see names synonymous with the cycling community return to Ballarat in 2018.
“We, as a city, are forging ahead with our commitment to cycling. It’s high-profile cyclists, such as our reigning and former champions, who play a major role in encouraging more people to start cycling in Ballarat.”
The final entry fields and start lists will be public after entries close on December 22.
Details on the broadcast schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.
More details about the 2018 FedUni Road National Championships at roadnationals.org.au.
Wednesday 3 January
Thursday 4 January
Friday 5 January
Saturday 6 January
Sunday 7 January