Cycling Australia, in partnership with SBS and FOX SPORTS, is excited to announce a 2019 FedUni Road Nationals Championships broadcast schedule.
The live online coverage will explode on SBS digital channels on Friday 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 6 January will be featured across both SBS 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, 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, 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.
2019 FedUni RoadNats Broadcast Schedule
FRIDAY 4 January
Live Stream - SBS Cycling Central website & SBS Cycling Central Facebook page
5.20pm Elite & U23 Women’s Crit
6.30pm Men’s Crit
SUNDAY 6 January
SBS; Streaming on SBS On Demand & SBS Cycling Central website
10:00am – 12:00pm Elite Women’s Road Race
1:00pm – 2:00pm The FedUni RoadNats Lunchtime Show
2:00pm – 5:30pm Elite Men’s Road Race
FOX SPORTS TV
10:00am – 12:00pm Elite Women’s Road Race 1:00pm – 2:00pm The FedUni RoadNats Lunchtime Show
2:00pm – 5:30pm Elite Men’s Road Race
The 2019 FedUni RoadNats are closing in fast and there will be no shortage of amazing family activities to get up to.
From the MS National Gran Fondo to a full-on festival in De Soza park there is plenty to keep everyone entertained during the action-packed weekend of fun in Ballarat.
To kick us off, the inaugural FedUni Fixed Gear National Championships will take place on Friday 4th at 1pm.
Entries are open to anyone who holds a current Cycling Australia membership and will be held on a modified version of the Sturt St criterium in the Ballarat CBD. This race is fast, furious and fun!
If you want a chance to test out the course prior to the Elite riders being unleashed, then the FREE Let’s Ride Community Cycle is the perfect opportunity. Starting at 1.45pm on Friday the whole town is encouraged to get on their bikes and join in the fun.
Straight after the presentations on Friday you will get the chance to meet Australia’s newest national champions, a great chance to grab an autograph and selfie with the new champions of Aussie cycling.
To finish off a great first day, head down to Mitchell Harris Wines and check out the new Zwift national eChampionships. In this new concept cyclists battle it out on indoor trainer in an online game style race. Get comfy, grab a bottle and enjoy this new spectacle.
On Saturday there will be another chance to get out and ride the same course as the professionals in the MS National Gran Fondo Championship. The 11.6km circuit will see you travel up the iconic Mt Buninyong on fully closed roads, in a race like setup. You will have two hours to warm up the track for the elite men and women while you complete as many laps as possible.
On Saturday afternoon, check out what's on offer around Buninyong at the family festival, there's face painting, a jumping castle, bring a picnic or sample something from a local vendor, just make sure to bring the whole family down to De Soza Park!
There will be a jumping castle as well as face painting for the kids and at the end of the day sit back and watch The Greatest Showman on the big screen at 7pm!
On Sunday, get ready for an action packed day of racing. Watch the iconic Sovereign Hill Red coats at 8.30am send off the women's peloton then head up to the top of the QOM to settle and watch a great day of racing. Up there you'll be greeted with an awesome set up including a bar thanks to the Western Hotel, food vendors, big screen to watch the action as well as pop up sites form FedUni, Science in Sport, TAC and Visit Ballarat.
Cycling Australia Announces the 2019 eRacing Criterium National Championship as part of 2019 FedUni RoadNats
First fully sanctioned eSports cycling national championships to take place in Ballarat.
Cycling Australia is today pleased to announce the inaugural eRacing Criterium National Championships with Zwift, to be held in conjunction with the 2019 FedUni Road National Championships in Ballarat on Friday 4 January.
Taking place on Zwift, the online gaming platform dedicated to indoor cycling, on the ‘Volcano Circuit’, the 2019 Cycling Australia eRacing Criterium Championship will include both senior men’s and senior women’s races. Both races will take in four laps of the four-kilometre circuit, with hard and fast racing expected from the start gun.
A feature of the Championships will be a special ‘live’ event held at Mitchell Harris Wines in Ballarat immediately following the evening’s elite criteriums. Three invited senior men and three senior women will compete live in the Zwift races on stage.
Cycling Australia CEO Steve Drake Said “We’re looking forward to seeing this event unfold, the atmosphere at Zwift events is always amazing, and coupled with the support of Mitchell Harris Wines, we’re excited to see what this evening holds.”
All Zwifters are eligible to compete in the Championships, however all entrants are required to hold a Cycling Australia Race membership to be eligible to win the title.
Winners will be presented with the Official Cycling Australia green and gold Jersey and Championship medal. These will be presented in a ceremony alongside the elite road race champions at the 2019 FedUni Road National Championships on Sunday 6 January.
“We are investing a lot of energy into racing on Zwift and developing eSports. It’s a big focus right now.” says Eric Min, Zwift CEO and Co-Founder. “Historically National Championships are normally something only a select number of elite cyclists can take part in.
“However now with the backing of Cycling Australia, the eRacing National Criterium Championships opens up this competition to any Australian, beginners, Elites and Professionals. This is a big part of what Zwift is about. So why not get out there and earn your stripes!”
Cycling Australia is excited to release the 2019 Federation University Road National Championship Technical Regulations.