Cycling national’s chance to teach

Cycling Australia chairman, Ballarat's Steve Bracks. Picture: Lachlan Bence
Cycling Australia chairman, Ballarat's Steve Bracks. Picture: Lachlan Bence

SPORTS science students will have a chance for greater exposure to elite sport in a new partnership with Cycling Australia Road National Championships.

Federation University has been named naming rights sponsor for the championships in Ballarat for the next three years. Students will have a chance to observe all aspects of the January event.

Cycling Australia chairman and Fed Uni alumnus Steve Brack said it was a great fit with the road race right on the doorstep of the university’s Mount Helen campus.

“It makes sense for us to work together, not just for the university’s proximity to the famous Mount Buninyong circuit, but also because of FedUni’s renowned Sports Science program and excellent sports training facilities,” Mr Bracks said.

Road nats are set to return to Ballarat for a 12th consecutive year with a reinvigorated format. This comes after Cycling Australia confirmed Ballarat would remain hosting the championships for the next three years.

Cycling Australia is developing the championships as a festival of cycling for all ages and abilities.

Under-19 and para-cycling championships will be added to the program in races for coveted green and gold jerseys this summer.

Upcoming nationals will be critical in preparations for cyclists ahead of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.