Cycling Australia is pleased to announce a three-year partnership with Federation University Australia (FedUni) that sees the University become the naming rights sponsor of the Road National Championships in Ballarat from 2018-2020.
Cycling Australia Chair and University alumnus The Hon Steve Bracks AC, and CEO Nick Green OAM were in Melbourne with Federation University Australia’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Helen Bartlett to announce the new partnership.
Mr. Bracks said that it was a perfect time for FedUni to come on board as the iconic ‘Road Nats’ returns to Ballarat for a twelfth consecutive year with an invigorated new format.
“I’m delighted to be announcing such a terrific partnership,” Mr Bracks said.
“The Cycling Australia Road National Championships is one of the premier events on the cycling calendar, and it takes place right on the doorstep of FedUni’s Mt Helen Campus at Ballarat.
“It makes sense for us to work together, not just for the university’s proximity to the famous Mt Buninyong circuit, but also because of FedUni’s renowned Sports Science program and excellent sports training facilities, which provide all sorts of opportunities during the event.”
Federation University Australia Vice-Chancellor Professor Helen Bartlett said that the University was thrilled to be partnering with Cycling Australia to deliver one of the most anticipated road races on the cycling calendar.
“This partnership provides a unique opportunity for our students to observe all aspects of the cycling event, and to explore possible career outcomes of their qualifications,” Professor Bartlett said.
While the week showcases some of the best cyclists in the world, 2018 will see it develop further as a true festival of cycling for all, with club and family events, local community festivals and more.
The 2018 Championships will also welcome two new categories with Australia’s best female and male U19 and Para-cyclists set to join the U23 and elite in the battle for the coveted green and gold jersey in January.
Federation University Australia is regional Victoria’s largest university and one of the nation’s leading regional universities.
The 2018 Cycling Australia Road National Championships will be held from 3 – 7 January 2018 and will be a critical step for Australia’s cyclists on the road to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April 2018.
In April, Cycling Australia announced a new three-year partnership with the Victorian Government and City of Ballarat meaning Australia’s best road cyclists will battle it out for the coveted green and gold jerseys in Ballarat for a 12th consecutive year.