Ballarat to again host Road National Championships in 2021

World-class cycling will return to Ballarat next year with the city securing the rights to host the 2021 AusCycling Federation University Road National Championships.

The rescheduled event will be held on 3-7 February, a month later than usual to optimise COVID-19 planning and provide a safe environment for the community, competitors and workforce.   

It will also provide riders with additional time to prepare for the Championships.

Hundreds of Australia’s finest elite, para, under-23, under-19 and amateur riders are set to compete in Ballarat for the chance to wear the green and gold jersey in 2021.

"We look forward to the Championships providing a positive impact for Ballarat and the cycling community as part of an exciting domestic summer of cycling," AusCycling's acting joint CEO Steve Drake said.

AusCycling has been working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services and the City of Ballarat to ensure the Championships will be conducted in a COVID-safe environment. Details of these plans will be announced closer to the event.

​The 2021 schedule will mirror the successful 2020 format, which saw the Championships open on a Wednesday night with the time trial at Federation University’s Mt Helen Campus. 

An action-packed Friday night criterium will light up the streets of the Ballarat CBD and kick-start an exciting weekend of road racing on the iconic Mt Buninyong circuit.

"The City of Ballarat is committed to working with AusCycling to deliver this world-class event for Ballarat in February 2021 in a COVID-safe format that protects our community, riders and spectators,” City of Ballarat CEO Janet Dore said.

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