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Cycling returns in January
The City of Ballarat will again be the home of cycling action this summer
when it hosts Australia's premier cycling event the Australian Open Road
Cycling Championships from Thursday 6 until Tuesday 11 January.
Once again the Championships, or 'Nationals' as they are known amongst
the cycling fraternity, will include all three national road cycling disciplines
-- criterium, road race and time trial.
The action kicks off on Thursday 6 January at 5pm in the heart of Ballarat
with the National Criterium around historic Sturt Street. Staged in the
evening, the criterium invites residents and visitors alike to find a spot along
the 1.1km course, pick a cafe or bring a picnic and enjoy the atmosphere
and beautiful surrounds.
On Saturday 8 January the action moves to Buninyong, with the Australian
National Men's Under 23 and Women's Road Races getting under way at
9.30am, to be followed on Sunday 9 January with the Australian National
Men's Road Race around the now famous 10.2km Mt Buninyong course
starting at 11am. Prior to the Men's race there will again be a recreational
ride with Phil Liggett and Michael Tomalaris at 8am around the Buninyong
circuit; anyone is welcome to participate.
While in Buninyong, keep an eye out for the home made lemonade stall
operated by two local primary school entrepreneurs and find a spot along
one of the three main viewing areas that are all serviced with car parking
areas, toilets, and food outlets. These are:
The start/finish line in the centre of Buninyong;
The feed station, several hundred metres up the Midland Highway from
• the start/finish line, offers long stretches of grass and extensive shade;
The King of the Mountain (KOM) on top of Mount Buninyong; riders are
slowly coming up the mountain, allowing spectators to get a great look
at the skill of these elite athletes. Car parking is available, thanks to a
local farmer, simply follow the signs -- but you must get your car in prior
to the road closure.
A free return shuttle bus service will also operate during the Men's Open
Road Championship on Sunday 9 January taking spectators from Buninyong
township up to the King of the Mountain stage.
Tuesday 11 January will see the National Time Trial contested in Learmonth
from 10am. The Time Trial Championship requires cyclists to individually
race against the clock, with under 23 Men and Women tackling a 27.4km
circuit and the Men a 38.5km circuit.
The National Championships are a great opportunity to see our national
Olympic, Commonwealth Games and Tour De France stars in action. Over
the past four years of the Championships Ballarat has hosted some of our
greatest riders including Robbie McEwen, Michael Rogers, Allan Davis, Matt
Lloyd, Baden Cooke and Matt Wilson.
To ensure the safety of residents, spectators, cyclists and all road users,
temporary traffic alterations will be in place at all race locations. If you are
travelling through the affected areas during the event please expect some
minor delays or detours. All businesses are open as normal and can be
accessed at all times during the event.
For further information go to www.aorcc.com or contact Council's Events
unit on 5320 5623.
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