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Cycling Australia, in partnership with SBS and FOX SPORTS, is excited to announce a 2020 Federation University 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 6.25pm AEDT.
Super Sunday on 12 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 2020 men’s and women’s champions.
An expert commentary team including Matthew Keenan, Robbie McEwen, Mike Tomalaris, Dr. 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.
2020 Broadcast Schedule
FRIDAY 10 January
With summer upon us, stay safe during hot-weather exercise by drinking enough fluids, wearing proper clothing and timing your exercise to avoid the hot weather.
How heat affects your body
Exercising in hot weather puts extra stress on your body. Both the exercise itself and the air temperature and humidity will increase your core body temperature. A degree of dehydration decreases your sweat rate, and if the humidity also is high, sweat doesn't readily evaporate from your skin. Both of these factors push up your body temperature.
If your body temperature gets too high, you may be at risk of heat-related illness. Heat-related illnesses occur along a spectrum, starting out mild but worsening if left untreated.
Heat cramps are painful muscle contractions that can occur with exercise. Heat syncope is a feeling of lightheadedness or fainting caused by high temperatures. With heat exhaustion, your body temperature rises as high as 40C, and you may experience confusion, nausea, vomiting, weakness, headache, fainting, sweating and cold, clammy skin. If left untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke. Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition that occurs when your body temperature is greater than 40C and requires immediate medical attention.
If you develop any of these symptoms, you must lower your body temperature and get hydrated right away. Stop exercising immediately and get out of the heat. If possible, have someone stay with you who can help monitor your condition and if you don’t feel better within 20 minutes, seek medical advice.
How to avoid heat-related illnesses
There are some simple ways to take care with exercise in hot weather:
Heat-related illnesses are largely preventable. By taking some basic precautions, your exercise routine doesn't have to be sidelined when the heat is on.
This information is brought to you by 2020 Federation University Road National Championship's Race Doctor - Dr. Greg Harris, Ballarat OSM
Cycling Australia is excited to announce our continued partnership with Zwift as part of the 2020 Federation University Road National Championships in Ballarat. The Zwift Gold Rush Challenge will take place following the Elite Criterium Championships on Friday 10 January at 8pm.
This will mark the second year Cycling Australia has partnered with Zwift to bring eRacing to an exciting week of action.
The event will begin on Friday evening following the National Criterium Championships at Housey Housey on Armstrong Street in Ballarat.
The evening will revolve around a community built tool called Gold Rush that sits on top of Zwift to allow riders to hunt down gold coins that appear randomly on the course.
Everyone who walks into the venue will be assigned a tribe, this will help form groups and boost excitement about jumping in and helping teammates. While prizes will certainly get everyone excited, the party-like atmosphere and expert commentary from Matthew Kennan and Pat Shaw will certainly have the venue buzzing.
To begin the journey each entrant will be given one of four coloured glow stick wristbands. These wristbands will match with one of four Wahoo Kickr Bike stations in the venue which they will then have the chance to try out.
The evening’s racing will consist of three rounds of 15 minutes. Each coloured team will have a chance to move their avatar through Zwift to collect gold coins on Gold Rush in a relay format. The team who successfully collects the most coins in the 15 minutes wins.
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Friday 10 Jan - Zwift Gold Rush Challenge
Location - Housey Housey, 12 Armstrong Street North Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
Time - 8pm - 11pm AEDT
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Cycling Australia, GM - Sport, Kipp Kaufmann
“We are pleased to continue building the Federation University Road National Championships to offer increased opportunities to participate in this incredible week. There was great excitement about the Zwift event last year and I expect this will be just as exciting.”
Eric Min, Zwift CEO and Co-Founder
“The Australian cycling community has always shown incredible enthusiasm when it comes to Zwift racing. Gold Rush is a really fun gamified version of Zwift racing that has been born out of our community. I am really pleased to see Cycling Australia embrace such an innovative format of racing, and I’ve no doubt everyone will have great fun participating.”
McCain Foods has today announced its official sponsorship of the 2020 Federation University Road National Championships running between January 8 and 12. As one of the largest annual cycling festivals in Australia, the event consists of five days of cycling competitions and family events catering to all age groups and abilities.
Since first holding the Championships in the City of Ballarat in 2002, the Ballarat region expects to draw over 20,000 participants this year.
McCain currently employs over 600 people at their Ballarat site and works with more than 230 local suppliers, and this partnership is yet another example of the business’ commitment to the local Ballarat community.
As the event’s official community partner, McCain will be sponsoring the festival’s community activities, including the Corporate Ride, a Bike Education & Skills session, the Community Movie Night and the Community Run/Walk. The Mt Buninyong start/finish line for the elite races will be renamed Mt McCain for the event. McCain will be presenting the King of the Hill and Queen of the Hill jerseys to the winning elite cyclists at the event finale.
McCain Marketing Manager- Communications, Karen Ramsay, said the partnership with Cycling Australia is a strong example of McCain’s continued commitment to community investment and support.
“We’re proud of our continued involvement with the people of Ballarat, and this event is a great way for us to give back to the community and celebrate our 50 years in the area,” said Ms Ramsay.
“In the 2018 financial year, McCain donated over a half million dollars to local charities, schools and sporting organisations across Australia. We are pleased to continue our support of local organisations in 2020.”
Steve Drake, CEO Cycling Australia, said they are excited to be working with McCain.
“This event has grown significantly in scale and popularity over the last few years, and this partnership is a good fit for us and local McCain” said Mr. Drake.
“As more people get involved each year, we’ve been adding more inclusive events to the line-up such as the Movie Night and Community Run/Walk. We thank McCain for its contribution to help bring these events to life.”
McCain’s contribution is part of their 50 year celebration in Australia and their 2019-2020 advertising campaign celebrating the diversity in Australian families and the joy around mealtime togetherness.
About McCain Foods
McCain Foods Australia is a subsidiary of McCain Foods Limited that specialises in frozen potato products, vegetables, dinners, and pizza, for both the Retail and Foodservice sectors. The company operates production facilities, located on three sites in Ballarat in Victoria, Lisarow in New South Wales and Smithton in Tasmania.
McCain Foods is a privately-owned Canadian company headquartered in Toronto. It is a leader in the frozen food industry, employing 21,000 people and operating 52 production facilities on six continents.