Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott) secured back-to-back time trial crowns with a dominant performance in the race against the clock at the 2020 Federation University Road National Championships in Ballarat on Wednesday.
Eight years after claiming his first elite national time trial title, Durbridge, 28, added a fourth career time trial national title with a stellar ride across the new challenging and technical 19-kilometre course which started and finished at Federation University.
“It just gets more and more special and I think when you win them as a young guy, you don’t realise how special they are, and how hard they are to come by,” said Durbridge.
Durbridge clocked 46mins 18.8secs to hold off the rainbow jersey of reigning world champion Rohan Dennis (Team Ineos) by seventeen seconds, with Chris Harper (Team Jumbo-Visma) a further one and a half minutes behind in third.
Elite Men's Result
Victoria’s Alyssa Polites (Sydney-Uni Staminade) reigned supreme at the U19 individual time trial championships, edging out 2019 champion Frankie Sewell (Roxsolt-ATTAQUER), and Taswegian Catelyn Turner (TIS Racing).
When asked how the race unfolded for her, Polites said “At the start, it was straight over the hill, and then it was trying to get tempo and leg speed, a lot of wind out there, but otherwise it was a good hard course.”
“This is my first U19 race, so it was a longer distance than my junior races, it was really challenging!”
1. Alyssa POLITES
2. Francesca SEWELL
3. Catelyn TURNER
U19 Men's Recap
Pat Eddy (Inform TM Insight MAKE) successfully defended his U19 individual time trial on the new Federation University campus course. The 18-year-old bested Alastair MacKellar (Sunshine Coast Cycling Club) by a massive 58 seconds. Hawthorn Cycling Club’s Zac Kelly took home the bronze, finishing a further 10 seconds behind.
“I’m pretty stoked, I’ve been putting a lot of time in on the time trial bike and a bit of pressure going into this event, so I am really stoked to take the win.”
When asked about the course, he added, “It was really fun. After a few trial trials runs, I was really impressed with it. You always love a course that you win on.”
1. Patrick EDDY (Bendigo & District CC)
2. Alastair MACKELLAR (Sunshine Coast Cycling Club)
3. Zac KELLY (Hawthorn Cycling Club)
Reigning world champions Alistair Donohoe, Carol Cooke, David Nicholas and Paige Greco swapped their rainbow jerseys for green and gold jerseys after claiming time trial gold on the opening day of the 2020 Federation University Road National Championships in Ballarat on Wednesday.
A new time trial course greeted the riders with the challenging and technical out and back course starting and finishing at Federation University, and featuring a flat section along Yankee Flat Road and a more technical section around the campus.
Carol Cooke claimed a ninth straight time trial national crown in the T2 category, covering two laps of the 8-kilometre course in 38mins 54.87secs.
“It is such an honour to win this, today was a tough day. It was tough going up the hill the second time,” said Victoria’s Cooke, who praised event organisers for their inclusiveness at the Championships.
“It was such an honour to have para-cycling included in the National Championships a few years ago, and now this year we see the inclusion of riders with an intellectual impairment which is fantastic.
“As a country, we are way ahead of everybody else in terms of inclusiveness and I am really proud of this fact.”
Australia’s para-cyclists enjoyed a stellar 2019 on both the road at track, with Cooke quick to praise the Australian Cycling Team’s para-cycling program.
“At the 2019 World Championships, Australia was the top nation, it was absolutely fantastic. We have such a great team. We have really good support, great leaders in the team through Warren McDonald, Cam Jenn ings and Dave Betts. It is a privilege to be on such a great team, a real family.”
Victoria’s Alistair Donohoe shone in his rainbow jersey as he won his third consecutive green and gold jersey in the C5 final, negotiating three laps of the course in 35mins 28.03 seconds.
“To be in my home state and in front of friends and family, to be in the rainbows. It is a pretty special feeling,” said Donohoe. “I had really good sensations out there today, it was a nice course, a refreshing change to the traditional courses over the past few years.”
With Donohoe chasing a second Paralympic selection for the Tokyo 2020 Games, it was the perfect start to the season. “The win is a great way to start the season. It is also really good preparation for the Tokyo Paralympic Games, real technical, lots of ups and downs, not a lot of rhythm so you had to keep concentrating.”
Brisbane’s David Nicholas won his C3 category for a ninth straight year, while Adelaide’s Paige Greco defended her C3 event.
2019 world and defending champions Emilie Miller and Emily Petricola, unfortunately, crashed on course and did not finish the race. Miller suffered scratches, while Petricola required stitches on her elbow.
A five dollar donation will be made to the Bendigo Bank National Bushfire Disaster Appeal on behalf of every participant in Saturday’s Federation University Road National Gran Fondo Championships.
Bendigo Bank has established a National Bushfire Disaster Appeal - in partnership with The Salvation Army - to help those devastated by bushfires across Australia.
One hundred percent of funds donated to the Bushfire Disaster Appeal will be directed to communities affected by the fires, and donors can nominate the geographical location they would like to direct their funds to.
Further donations to the Appeal can be made at any Bendigo Bank branch or online.
Cycling Australia and GTR events look forward to providing a positive cycling and entertainment event for the whole family to enjoy, and to raise much-needed funds for those communities devastated by bushfires.
Members from the Buninyong & District Community Bendigo Bank will have a visible presence at each day of the Federation University Road Nationals, so we ask that all spectators and participants please seek them out and give generously.
20-year-old Victorian Georgia Powning has taken out the inaugural National Championship for the category of “cyclists with an intellectual impairment”. Preston Cycling Club’s Powning edged out fellow Victorians Chloe Turner by 1min 39.2sec, with Montana Whiteley rounding out the podium.
When asked how it felt Powning said: “It feels pretty good, I feel happy inside and feel really proud. It’s really exciting”
The up and coming rider represented Australia on the world stage in two sports at the 2019 INAS Global Games in Brisbane, finishing just off the podium in fourth in the cycling, whilst scored a bronze in the running.
When asked how she found the course was for the National Championship, Downing said: “It was good, very tough, very hilly but I kept changing my gear and staying out of my saddle and just pushing my legs along.”
Brunswick Cycling Club’s Nathan Broeren took out the men’s title, beating home Harry Mezger in a margin of 2mins11.8secs. Andre Ascui secured an all Victorian podium as he took home the bronze medal.
When asked how it felt, Broeren quipped: “It’s always good to win something, I’ve been waiting for it all year. It’s very good that [this category] is included in the Road Nationals, so I’m very happy.
“I’ve only been a Brunswick member for a year now and they’ve been great to me, so I look forward to showing them [the medal]”.
Result: Men Intellectually Impaired
1. Nathan BROEREN (AUS)
2. Harry MEZGER (AUS)
3. Andre ASCUI (AUS)
Result: Women Intellectually Impaired
1. Georgia POWNING (AUS)
2. Chloe TURNER (AUS)
3. Montana WHITELEY (AUS)
Cycling Australia (CA) and Event Organisers are currently monitoring Victoria’s bushfire emergency and any potential impact to those participating or attending the 2020 Federation University Road National Championships scheduled for January 8-12.
CA and Event Organisers have been in regular contact with the CFA, Victoria Police and Ballarat City Council with regards to the risk of bushfire in the region, the air quality situation, and the weather forecast.
The situation will also be monitored by the Event Control Centre on-site each day of the Championships.
Any and all decisions regarding the event will be guided by the advice and information obtained from the above discussions with participants and stakeholders to be provided with updates as required.
Event Organisers will remain in regular contact with the region’s CFA Headquarters for daily updates.
The current Fire Danger Ratings can be found here: cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/central-fire-district
CA conducts all events in accordance with the AIS best practice guidelines on Smoke Pollution and Exercise. Read more about the Guidelines here: ais.gov.au/smoke_pollution_and_exercise
Event Organisers will be testing the air quality with reports to be received twice daily and will also take advice from the official medical supplier and race doctor.
Currently, planning does not demonstrate any hazardous Air Quality Levels during the event.
Event Organisers are monitoring daily forecasts and as of Monday 6 January, forecasts are favourable.
Ballarat weather observations: bom.gov.au/places/vic/ballarat
The VicEmergency app and/or website at www.emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/ is the recommended place for Victorians to find emergency information and warnings.
Information can also be obtained by tuning in to ABC local radio, or other emergency broadcasters including radio or SKY News, by following VicEmergency on Facebook or Twitter.
Via roadnationals.org.au or cycling.org.au
Note, you will need to create a FREE SBS On Demand account.
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.
Cycling Australia is pleased to announce the inclusion of a new Junior Conference at the 2020 Federation University Road National Championships. The Conference- which is based on a similar event from the UCI Road World Championships- is an opportunity for all junior aged riders, coaches and parents to hear from industry experts.
The Conference will include:
Here is everything you need to know about whats on in Ballarat during the 2020 Federation University Road Nationals
2020 Federation University Road Nationals Community Schedule:
Wednesday 8th January - Holiday Bike Clinic
Get on your bike these school holidays!
The Federation University Road National Championships invite all young riders out there to come to this workshop on Wednesday 8 January. For $15 entry you can learn everything you need to know from expert riders so you can ride safely and with confidence around a special loop within Federation University.
The workshop will include:
Group ride with an expert cycling coach
Bike Skills Session
Bike Checks with expert Mechanics
Awesome kids’ activities
So, make sure you’ve got your bike ready for a great day on two wheels!
Friday 10th January - Ballarat Coffee Ride
Get your ride in before the Elite Rider’s take over the middle of Ballarat on Friday 10 January!
This is your chance to sneak in a ride before the Friday Criteriums on Sturt Street take over town. Thanks to the Ballarat and Sebastapol Cycling Club, you’re invited to come on a bunch ride around the Ballarat area as part of the Federation University Road National Championships. It’s the perfect time to get out on the bike and get some k’s under the belt.
You’ll head off from Sturt Street, cruise a 50km loop around the area before coming back into town for a great breaky deal on the Criterium Course. It’s the perfect way to get ready for the afternoons racing.
This FREE bunch ride will also get you discount entry into the Sturt St Hill Climb Challenge
Ride departs Sturt Street at 6am
Arrives back at Sturt Street at 8am for breakfast and coffee
Saturday 11th January - Buninyong Sprint
Here’s your chance to race down the finishing straight of the Federation University Road National Championship’s Road Race course on Saturday 11 January… And you don’t need a bike to do it!
Just bring your runners and a racing attitude and you could go home with some great prizes after completing the 1km dash.
Prizes will be available for category winners PLUS best dressed! So get ready to race!
Saturday 11th January - Buninyong Community Night
As part of the Federation University Road National Championships, there will be Buninyong Community Night held on Sunday 11 January at De Soza Park, providing a FREE evening of family activities including a twilight cinema!
It’s the perfect way to cap off a great Saturday of racing and continue the fun atmosphere of the Federation University Road National Championships.
Bring the whole family down and enjoy:
Twilight family friendly movie on the big screen
You can’t miss this great night for the whole family under the stars!
Sunday 12th January - Ballarat Champions Ride
Learn from the best on the famous Mt Buninyong Road Race course on Sunday 12 January
Leaving Lake Wendouree from Pipers by the Lake, roll the 14.7km ride in to Buninyong with one of Australia's greatest cyclists and talk tactics on how to approach the Mt. Buninyong course.
Once you arrive on course you'll put all the knowledge to good use as you take on the iconic climb in a one off hot-lap around the 11.6km Road Race course!
The 2020 Federation University Road National Championships, officially launched at Federation University Australia campus in Ballarat today, will see Australia’s best under 19, under 23, elite, masters, club cyclists, para-cyclists and cyclists with an intellectual impairment battle for the coveted green and gold national champions jerseys in the criterium, road race and time trial.
The Championships open on Wednesday night, with a community festival and revamped time trial course hosted at Federation University’s Mt Helen Campus.
The new time trial course will allow spectators to get up and close to the action, whilst soaking in the summer evening with music, food trucks and family entertainment.
In an Australian first, the course will also play host to the inaugural national championships for cyclists with an intellectual impairment.
The return of the Friday night crit will kick-start the weekend’s festivities celebrating local produce in a carnival-like atmosphere with live entertainment.
The iconic Mt Buninyong circuit will host an exciting weekend of road racing with Australia’s finest para-cyclists and future champions in the under 19 categories racing on Saturday, while Sunday will see Australia’s elite cyclists racing to see who will win the right to wear the green and gold jersey internationally in 2020.
Cycling Australia CEO Steve Drake welcomed the official launch and expressed thanks to Federation University on hosting the new time trial course.
“We’re excited to see the Championships kick off with the race against the clock - it’s going to be fantastic to see the rainbow bands of Rohan Dennis on display on the new time trial course. It is also incredibly exciting that we will have seven of our para-cyclists roll out in their rainbow jerseys.
“We extend our thanks to Federation University for hosting the new course, and cannot wait to see what the riders think of it next year.”
Quotes attributable to Ballarat Mayor, Cr Ben Taylor
“What a way to launch the City’s 2020 summer calendar of events with the Federation University Road National Championships, which continue to put Ballarat on a world stage.
The City of Ballarat is proud of its partnership with Cycling Australia and looks forward to welcoming the many thousands of visitors who travel to our region each year for this family-friendly event.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula
“With Tokyo 2020 now just months away, these races will help sort out our Olympic contenders.”
“Victoria is the home of cycling in Australia and the road national titles will be a huge boost to Ballarat, with riders and spectators descending from all corners come January.”
Quotes attributable to Federation University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Helen Bartlett
Professor Helen Bartlett, Vice-Chancellor and President of Federation University Australia, said the University was delighted to be the event’s naming rights sponsor for the third consecutive year.
“It is very gratifying that Federation University is now seen as such a major part of the entire Road Nats event,”
“The Road Nats is an annual highlight for us and it allows the University to display our world-class reputation for sport science and our new Health and Sports Precinct.”
“On behalf of our staff and students, I wish the competitors the best of luck and invite all cycling fans to visit our Mt Helen campus, which will host the time trials for the first time this year.”
Cycling Australia is excited to announce a new time trial course for the 2020 Federation University Road Nationals in Ballarat which will race through Federation University.
The challenging and technical out and back course will start at Federation University, with riders to make their way out and back along Yankee Flat Road, before heading back through the more technical section of Federation University.
The 2020 course will also provide a more spectator-friendly with the looped circuit to allow fans to catch a glimpse of their heroes multiple times across the circuit.
Further announcements regarding courses, distances, additional racing and community events, and broadcast information will be announced over the coming months.
Cycling Australia CEO Steve Drake
"Cycling Australia is very excited about the changes to the time trial course for 2020.
We are continually looking at how we can energise the Championships and create a better event for the athletes and spectators, and we think we’ve achieved that with this change."
Ballarat Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh
"What a fantastic addition to the 2020 Federation University RoadNats!
We know from previous years that the RoadNats always ends with a bang, but this year things will certainly start building up right from the very first race.
Not only do we see the Time Trials move back to the traditional time slot to kick off the 2020 event, but the offering for spectators means crowds are in for the most exhilarating start to the event to-date.
The creation of a Village Hub at FedUni gives spectators an opportunity to see more laps from the cyclists, which we hope will draw in more viewers than ever before."
Federation University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Helen Bartlett
“This exciting new time trial course will bring the action to more spectators than ever before.”
“To start and finish at our Mt Helen campus will offer excellent vantage points to view the action.”
“We welcome cycling fans – and fans in general – to come and enjoy the time trials and stay for the rest of the championships.”
“The new course will start very near the University’s refurbished Health and Sport Precinct. We are very proud of this building, which includes a clinical health lab, community gym and exercise centre.”
Cycling Australia is excited to announce the schedule for the 2020 Federation University Road National Championships, with an action-packed five-day program set to take off on Wednesday 8 January when the time trials and team time trials get underway.
The Federation University RoadNats is the most prestigious event on the Australian road cycling calendar and will see the country’s best under 19, under 23, elite and para cyclists battle it out for the coveted green and gold champions jerseys in the time trial, criterium and road race.
The Sturt St circuit in Ballarat will once again see the exciting and crowd-friendly criterium races hit the streets on Friday with the Zwift eNational Championships closing out the day.
The iconic Mt Buninyong circuit will host a thrilling weekend of road racing, with Australia’s best para-cyclists and future champions in the under 19 and under 23 men’s categories and Gran Fondo events on Saturday. The championships will culminate with the elite road races in the traditional Sunday timeslot.
Cycling Australia is also excited to add a category for cyclists with intellectual impairment as part of the Federation University National Championships for the first time in the Time Trial and Road Race.
Further announcements regarding courses, distances, additional racing and recreational opportunities, community events and broadcast information will be announced over the coming months.
2020 Federation University Road National Championships, 8-12 January, Ballarat, Victoria
Cycling Australia CEO Steve Drake
“The great partnership we have with Ballarat means the Federation University RoadNats gets better every year and we are always looking at new and exciting ways to get everyone involved whether you are a rider or part of the crowd.”
“The changes made to this year’s schedule will allow people to have a bit more of a break after Christmas and New Years and by moving the road races to the end of the Championships the week will build up and end with a bang!”
“The elite racing will be one exciting aspect of the five-day cycling festival and we are thrilled to be working on a few new events, some of which haven’t been seen at the Championships before. We will have more on these in the coming months, so stay tuned.”
Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle
“Victoria is the home of cycling and we’re proud to support the 2020 Federation University Road National Championships through the Andrews Labor Government's Significant Sporting Events Program and Regional Events Fund.
"This event will be a huge boost to Ballarat, with cyclists and supporters descending on our regional city in January to enjoy the action.”
Ballarat Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh
The City of Ballarat has been proud to work with Cycling Australia to deliver and grow the Nationals for 13 years; we look forward to once again hosting the RoadNats and helping deliver a range of exciting new activities for the 2020 event.
Over the past decade, the Nationals has become synonymous with Ballarat and helped establish this city’s reputation as the premier cycling destination in Australia.
Ballarat has so much to offer cyclists and spectators and this event has proven that to many thousands of visitors to our city each year.
Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andy Smith:
“Ballarat comes alive for the Federation University Road Nats and it’s an exciting opportunity for us to showcase our stunning Mount Helen campus and our world class sports science programs and research.”
“The 2020 Federation University RoadNats is particularly exciting for us this year, as it will allow us to give the community their first look inside our new state of the art sports science building, which is currently under construction.”
“The sports science building is due to be finished in time for semester one in 2020, so the Federation University RoadNats event in January will be the first time locals can get a sneak peak of the new world class facility we’re building here in Ballarat.”