A surprise announcement from the Oceania Cycling Confederation has said that the planned 2020 championships in Tasmania will not be held there, while the organisation looks for a new host.
On January 13, the Oceania Cycling Confederation sent out the following media release.
“The Oceania Cycling Confederation (OCC) regrets to advise that the 2020 Oceania Road Championships will not be held as planned in Tasmania, Australia on March 13-15, 2020.
Since becoming aware of constraints regarding the hosting of the Championships in recent weeks, the OCC has exhausted all avenues with Cycling Australia and cycling stakeholders in Tasmania in order to enable the Championships to proceed as planned.
With two months to the Championships and while entries are not yet open, this difficult decision has been made in order to provide clarity to riders, support personnel, officials and other stakeholders.
The OCC understands that this development will be disappointing for the Oceania cycling community and Championships stakeholders, and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.
The OCC is continuing discussions with Cycling Australia, Cycling New Zealand and stakeholders across the Oceania region to determine a suitable host organisation, location focussing on Australia, and date for the 2020 Oceania Road Championships. The OCC will provide an update as soon as possible.”
The Oceanias is set as an increasingly important event on the Australian and Pacific cycling calendar, with WorldTour rider in Ben Dyball and Dylan Sunderland set to attend this season to secure crucial WorldTour points for their team NTT Pro Cycling. Riders like Dyball and Sharlotte Lucas (TIBCO-SVB) made their way onto top teams, partially by virtue of taking the win at the championships due to the points they accrued at the time.
Australian Cycling Insider will continue to follow up with representatives from OCC and Cycling Australia to establish what progress is being made.
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Written by Jamie Finch-Penninger