Due to a worsening of the extreme weather expected on Saturday in the region, Cycling Australia has made further changes to the day’s schedule of events in Buninyong.
This includes the cancellation of the Gran Fondo National Championships in the morning, which will allow an earlier start to the U19 Women, U19 Men and U23 Men’s Road races.
Cycling Australia has made the decision in conjunction with emergency services and other key stakeholders.
The modified schedule will see the U19 men’s and U19 women’s road races run concurrently from 6.30am on Saturday morning.
Cycling Australia CEO Nick Green OAM said today that the decision was driven by expert advice about the weather conditions, and that safety for everyone was the primary concern.
“It’s disappointing to have to take these measures when we had a strong take up of Gran Fondo entries but I am sure that everyone will understand we must have the best interests of event participants, volunteers and the wider Ballarat and Buninyong communities in mind, given the likely extreme weather,” he said.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and have meetings planned for tomorrow to determine if any further action needs to be taken.”
Cooler temperatures are expected for the Elite road races on Sunday.
The modified schedule for Saturday 6 January is as follows:
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