Next month's AusCycling Road National Championships will still be going ahead in Buninyong, with cyclists already preparing and COVID-safe community events being planned.
The event was postponed for a month but is set to begin on February 3.
AusCycling's sports manager Kipp Kaufmann said there are big announcements planned this month.
"Things change every day, it depends on DHHS and the minister approving any permits around anything, but we're working closely with the state government and the City (of Ballarat) to put on a successful event," he said.
"Some athletes from New South Wales may not be able to make it, but the exciting part is a number of athletes left before borders closed and have been able to get themselves ready for Santos Festival (of Cycling) in Adelaide (from January 19), then they'll head to Ballarat after that.
"There certainly will be an impact, and there may be more of an impact if the border stays closed, but we'll work through that if it happens, we're confident it'll be a great event that's COVID-safe."
It's understood more broadcasting opportunities will be announced, which will put more of a spotlight on Ballarat and Buninyong.
Buninyong Community Association member Roger Permezel said preparations in the town are well under way - the traditional fleet of red bikes, with flowers grown by schoolchildren and the Friends of the Botanic Gardens, are ready to roll, and it's hoped favourite community events like the Saturday night outdoor movie in De Soza Park will be able to go ahead.
The event's move to February means more schoolchildren will be involved, Mr Permezel said.
"The timing's been great this year, because so much of the bike race, being held in that first week of January, means school's not happening, and the rhythm of Buninyong is quite dislocated," he said.
"A lot of people are on holiday, a lot of shops are closed for a break, but having it in the first week of February has worked out really well, it means the kids can participate."
He added there will be a couple of new additions this year, taking advantage of the extra attention.
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"Because the timing's right, the kids are going to do a big animated art piece on top of the mountain somewhere - when the helicopters fly over, it's typical Tour de France stuff," he said.
"The school choir has already pre-recorded the national anthem just before the end of the year, that'll be used at the beginning of the event."
More information, including how spectators will be managed, will be available from the AusCycling website closer to the event.
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