The Oceania Road Championships will be held in south-east Queensland on the 5th and 6th of April after the initial plan to hold the event in Tasmania for a third consecutive year fell through.
While not officially announced by the Oceania Cycling Confederation, the Tour de Brisbane site has revealed details of the event, with the race set to run alongside the National Road Series (NRS) one-day race, the Tour de Brisbane. A bitter feud between Tasmanian cycling clubs and Cycling Tasmania was allegedly to blame for the problems in hosting the event in the Apple Isle.
From the Tour de Brisbane website:
“This is a two-day program featuring a road race on Sunday 5 April at South Bank, followed by an Individual Time Trial on Monday 6 April.
“The Elite Men’s and Women’s 120km road race will be joined with the NRS Men and NRS Women road race respectively; and the Under 19 Men 120km and Under 19 Women 62km will roll out as their own respective races.”
The Monday time trial will be held west of Ipswich, well outside the city of Brisbane, but the Sunday road event has the distinction of being one of the few bike races in Australia that is staged centrally within a capital city.
The course is slightly changed from the 2019 Tour de Brisbane, but will still feature the main climb of Mt Coot-tha and the South Bank city finish.
The way the Oceanias race will interact with the NRS race may be interesting, with riders un-associated with an NRS team not scoring NRS points, but taking the prize money for their finishing place in the event.
There is also a cap on NRS team rider participation, with riders not allowed to register as individuals for the Oceania road race if they race with an NRS squad present at the race.
Another interesting aspect is whether a national New Zealand team will ride the event and how they’ll interact with solo New Zealanders.
The Tour de Brisbane is in it’s second year of operation as an NRS-level event and also hosts a leg of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series in addition to numerous mass-participation rides to complement the competitive races.
The organisers also run a criterium on Saturday April 4th at Murrarie Recreation Reserve as a lead-up to the road race.
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Written by Jamie Finch-Penninger