World-class cycling is coming back to Ballarat in a boon for the city.
Up to 30,000 people each day will witness the Federation University Road National Championships in January.
SBS cycling expert Christophe Mallet is eagerly anticipating a festival of cycling.
"We are all super pleased to have racing back," Mr Mallet said.
"It will be full-on cycling."
Mayor Daniel Moloney is similarly excited.
"The Road Nats come at a time when this city really does need a lift," he said.
Fireworks will bring a close to proceedings, another feature to draw crowds.
"We will go out with a bang," Cr Moloney said.
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There will be more than just explosives adding to atmosphere. Federation University's Professor Dara Twomey promises an interactive adventure with hands-on testing facilities.
"The exercise and sport science undergraduate students will give spectators the chance to test their physical capabilities against the world's elite," Professor Twomey said.
Race director Scott McGrory believes the challenges associated with the period are the making of the event.
"It just seems to get better and better," Mr McGrory said of the championship.
"It is unique to have such a difficult race to start the season, but we wouldn't want it any other way."
Mr McGrory is also passionate about the inclusive nature of the event.
"Everybody who has been coming to Ballarat since the paras have been included has seen how fantastic that introduction has been," he said.
Grace Brown, a member of Team BikeExchange, has high aspirations.
"It's always important to perform well in Australia," Ms Brown said.
Team Bridgelane's Nicholas White is looking to build on past efforts.
"I love racing in front of home crowds. It spurs you on. Racing up Sturt Street is something really special," Mr White said.
The spectacle will be held on January 12-16 2022.
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