2018 FedUni #RoadNats Criterium Preview

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27 Dec 2017 Cycling Australia

The 2018 FedUni Cycling Australia Road National Championships will blast from the start line on Wednesday January 3 with fast pace criterium action in the Ballarat CBD all afternoon and evening.

What's On

Wednesday January 3rd

U19 Women 13:30 (30mins + 3 laps)
U19 Men 15:30 (30mins + 3 laps)
U23 Men 16:30 (33km/30 laps)
U23 & Elite Women 18:30 (33km/30 laps)
Elite Men 20:00 (44km/40 laps)

National Team Relay 14:30 (16 laps/4per rider)
Let's Ride ​Community Free Cycle 17:30

The Course

The traditional hotdog circuit up and down Sturt Street in the heart of the Ballarat CBD leads to fast and furious action with the uphill drag to the finish making sure the strongest emerges in the green and gold.

Who's Riding

Start lists and live results

Can Caleb Ewan (NSW) make it three in a row? Or can former winners Cameron Meyer (WA-2013), Steele von Hoff (VIC-2014-15) and Anthony Giacoppo (WA-2012) reclaim their crowns? After a run of podium finishes Brenton Jones (VIC) is chasing his first gold, track star Nick Yallouris (NSW) will be looking to continue his run of recent success as will Scott Sunderland (WA). Alex Edmondson (SA), Scott Bowden (TAS) and Sam Crome (VIC) are also worth keeping an eye on.

Jessica Allen (WA) returns to defend her elite women's crown and is one of four former winners lining up with Kimberley Wells (ACT-2013 & 15), Sarah Roy (NSW-2014) and Lauren Kitchen (NSW-2011) all eyeing another title. Track star Ashlee Ankudinoff (NSW) who claimed omnium gold in December will be looking to grab the gold as will Rebecca Wiasak (ACT), Gracie Elvin (ACT), Lauretta Hanson (VIC), Breanna Hargrave (SA) and former under 23 winners Jessica Mundy (SA) and Shannon Malseed (VIC).

The rising stars will be battling for gold in the under 23 women's category headlined by defending champion Nicola Macdonald (NSW). Looking to take the title off her is Josie Talbot (NSW) who took second a year ago, former under 19 champion Chloe Moran (SA), Maeve Plouffe (SA) and Ruby Roseman-Gannon (VIC).

With Alex Porter (SA) not defending his 2017 victory a new champion will be crowned in the under 23 men's. Track World Champion and Olympic medallist Sam Welsford (WA) will be eyeing the top step of the podium having finished second two years ago. Fresh from wins in Tasmania and the Shimano SuperCrit Cameron Scott (NSW) will hope to add the green and gold to his list of criterium success. Plus 2017 under 19 champion Bryce Lanigan steps up to the under 23 ranks.

In the under 19 women's newly crowned omnium national champion Alex Martin-Wallace (QLD) will be looking for the green and gold having taken silver a year ago. The Queensland will face tough competition from Jemma Eastwood (VIC), Sophie Edwards (SA) and Anya Louw (TAS).

Jensen Plowright (VIC) will be looking to turn silver in 2017 in to gold in the under 19 men's. Blake Quick (QLD) who claimed gold in the omnium on the track in December will be a name to watch as will Stephen Cuff (NSW).

Fan Spots

Want to get up close to the action? Well the #RoadNats criterium lets you have a 360-degree view of all the action as fans line the Sturt St Gardens.

There is plenty to do in the Gardens besides just watch the race as you will find food and drink stalls, a big screen with all the live action and the Cycling Australia pop up membership hub.

With the ability to walk up and down on the inside and outside of the course you can pick your own favourite spot to watch the riders race for the green and gold. Here are some of our favourite.

The start/finish line is on the intersection of Sturt Street and Dawson Street. Get there early to get a spot on the fence, soak up the atmosphere, and cheer home the 2017 champions.

On the back straight by Lyons Street South, you can get up close to the pit area and watch the support teams at work.

Capture It

Wanting to find the best spot to take a picture of the action? Here are a few recommendations of spots to try.

The final run up Sturt Street provides a stunning backdrop of historical buildings, perfect for budding photographers. It’s also the best spot to see the desperate final push to the finish line.

The start finish line looking up or down Sturt Street is certainly one of the best in Australia.

Grab a spot on one of the corners – provides a great angle for a slow-mo video as the riders jostle for positioning.

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