Victoria

Get set for a gold rush

The nation’s best cyclists are set to vie for national honours and a coveted spot on the Aussie Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games team when the Road National Championships hit Ballarat in January 2018.

Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford joined Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard and representatives from Cycling Australia to officially launch the countdown to the event.

Regional Victoria is fast becoming the cycling capital of Australia, and the Victorian Government is making sure Ballarat remains front and centre.

This fantastic race has been locked in for the next three years, thanks to funding from the Government’s Significant Sporting Events Program and Regional Events Fund, along with support from the City of Ballarat.

It means Ballarat’s passionate cycling fans can rest assured that pedal power will return to the heart of the city for the 12th consecutive year in 2018’s summer and beyond.

The Championships pit Australia’s most talented cyclists against the very best in the world, as riders vie for glory and a spot on the Australian road, time trial and criterion teams.

Our Aussies will be keen to impress ahead of selection for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games next April 2018.

2017’s event saw more than 20,000 fans line the streets, many from interstate and overseas, and injected $4 million into the local economy.

2018 will be bigger and better with new events for junior cyclists, more activities for families and kids, and an expanded Gran Fondo for the whole community to get involved in the fun and action.

The Australian Road National Championships will be held from 3-7 January 2018.

Source: Vic Government