2021 Federation University Road National Championships Set To Ride
The AusCycling 2021 Federation University Road National Championships was officially launched in Mount Helen, Ballarat today, just metres from where Australia's best will battle on the iconic course from February 3-7.
The 2021 Championships will be the first to be held under the banner of AusCycling and significantly one of Victoria’s first major events of the year.
The Championships, usually held in the first week of January but postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, will feature Australia's best cyclists in the elite, under 23, under 19, para-cyclingsts, masters, club and intellectual impairment categories.
The coveted green and gold national champion's jerseys will be on offer in the criterium, road race and time trial, plus Gran Fondo, across five days of action in Ballarat and Buninyong.
While many will have their eyes on the race for gold, event organisers will also be focused on ensuring the health and safety of the community, competitors and the workforce, with the Championships to operate under strict COVID-19 protocols in order to provide a safe environment.
Measures introduced to ensure optimal health and safety include virtual event meetings, plus daily screening and tracing for staff, volunteers, contractors, participants and the public.
AusCycling is pleased to confirm spectators will be welcome to attend the Championships with a host of unique spectating opportunities to be introduced. However, the numbers permitted in certain areas along the course will be reviewed in order to adhere to social distancing requirements.
The iconic Buninyong climb will have a unique feel in 2021 with viewing sections open to those on a first-in, best-dressed basis for groups looking to ensure they don't miss their chance to enjoy a day at the Championships.
A new live site at Federation University will provide an excellent opportunity for spectators to enjoy the race on the big screen and be close to the action to see the riders tackle the high speed and technical part of the course, all while maintaining social distancing.
AusCycling is excited to announce the Championships will feature an enhanced broadcast agreement for 2021 which includes domestic coverage on SBS and FoxSports Australia, and for the first time, international broadcast coverage through the Global Cycling Network.
The Friday night criteriums and Sunday's road races will be shown live, with the addition of daily wrap up shows for each of the five days and daily highlight packages available online.
For all 2021 Federation University Road National Championships information, visit the official website at https://www.roadnationals.org.au/
AusCycling Acting Joint CEO - Steve Drake
We eagerly anticipate the AusCycling 2021 Federation University Road National Championships, the first to be held under the banner of AusCycling and significantly one of Victoria’s first major 2021 events since the outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Championships has produced some of Australia’s most memorable cycling moments, with a host of our WorldTour stars launching their careers on the streets of Ballarat, while many domestic cyclists riders have achieved their goals by tackling the Championships’ iconic courses.
The 2021 Championships will operate under strict COVID-19 protocols, and we are confident we will be able provide a safe environment, while excited to introduce a host of new and unique spectating opportunities.
We hope everyone can enjoy the action whether they are able to attend in Ballarat or connect with the Championships remotely through the enhanced broadcast schedule or via our digital channels.
Ballarat Mayor - Councillor, Daniel Moloney
The City of Ballarat is absolutely thrilled to be welcoming back the RoadNats Championships to Ballarat and Buninyong in 2021.
This event continues to deliver first class results for both competitors and spectators, and I look forward to the unmistakable vibe that this program of racing brings to our City in Summer.
Federation University Vice-Chancellor - Professor Duncan Bentley
We are proud to bring a world-class reputation for sport science and state-of-the-art health and sports precinct to our renewed partnership with AusCycling.
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