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by Shane Stokes
January 4, 2018
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Extreme weather has forced the shortening of Saturday’s road races at the Australian Road National Championships in Ballarat.
Due to a forecast maximum reaching 41ºC, race organisers made the decision to shorten the day’s events and modify the schedule “in the interests of the health and wellbeing of athletes, volunteers and spectators”.
The U19 men’s and U19 women’s road races will now be run at the same time — from 9am — with the men’s event being shortened from 104.4km to 70km and the women’s race being cut from 69.6km to 58km.
The U23 men’s event has also been brought forward — to 11:30am — and will be reduced from 139.2km to just 92.8km.
Cooler temperatures are expected for the elite road races on Sunday, meaning a cutting of those distances is unlikely to happen.