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by Shane Stokes
January 5, 2018
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There will be an early start for competitors in this weekend’s Australian championship road races. Here Callum Scotson (Mitchelton-BikeExchange), teammate Sam Jenner and Jason Lea (Bennelong-SwissWellness) are pictured on the U23 time trial podium on Thursday . Photo by Matt de Neef.
BALLARAT, Australia (CT) – Extreme weather conditions forecast for Saturday have forced race organisers to make further changes to the schedule of the Australian Road National Championships.
The Gran Fondo National Championships have been cancelled to allow the U19 women’s and U19 men’s road races to start at 6:30am. The U23 men’s road race will begin at 9am, ensuring all of the day’s racing is completed by 11:30am.
“It’s disappointing to have to take these measures when we had a strong take up of Gran Fondo entries,” said Cycling Australia CEO Nick Green. “But I am sure that everyone will understand we must have the best interests of event participants, volunteers and the wider Ballarat and Buninyong communities in mind, given the likely extreme weather.”
The latest announcement follows news on Wednesday that Saturday’s races had been shortened and moved forward in order to ensure riders weren’t on course in the heat of the day. The expected temperature has since dropped from 41ºC to 38ºC but with strong winds forecast — representing a high bushfire risk — the decision was made to pull the racing even further forward.
Temperatures of roughly 25ºC are expected the following day for the elite & U23 women’s, and elite men’s road races.