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by Shane Stokes
November 23, 2017
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Some 28 months after first announcing it would undertake a comprehensive review of the National Road Series (NRS), Cycling Australia has revealed how it plans to reshape the country’s highest domestic road cycling competition.
At the heart of Cycling Australia’s plans is a segmentation of the existing NRS into three separate series, each of which will occupy a distinct section on the calendar.
The first segment, a one-day Classics period of sorts, will run through April and May and will feature the Melbourne to Warrnambool (but not until 2019) and the Grafton to Inverell — and possibly other, similar races in future. The second segment will run from August to November and will comprise the stage races that currently make up the bulk of the NRS. The third component is a criterium series that will run from November through February, and will include the Bay Crits series in Geelong and Melbourne, as well as new criterium races in other capital cities.
The idea is to group similar races together at the same time of year, to make it easier for riders and teams to prepare for those events. To fully understand the changes to the NRS, though, it’s worth considering each of the three segments in more detail.
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