RoadNats 2022: Buninyong’s Free Family Activities Are Back | The mail


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The AusCycling Road National Championships are back next week, and on top of all the cycling action there will be plenty to see and do. With races starting Wednesday January 12 at Federation University with time trials across all classes – from juniors to elites to paracyclists – and continuing on Thursday, the party moves to Sturt Street for the famous criterium races. Cyclists will sprint up and down the hill, completing dozens of laps, with thrills and spills galore. READ MORE: RoadNats 2022: Call for volunteers To fully enjoy the experience, AusCycling is organizing a coffee ride on Friday morning, starting from the Western Hotel at 7 a.m. sharp for a 90-minute ride through town. For serious cyclists, registrations are still open for the Gran Fondo mass race on Saturday January 15 – supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities, riders will complete five laps of the challenging Mount Buninyong course. That evening, after a day of road racing, there is a free outdoor family movie night at De Soza Park in Buninyong, with Space Jam 2: A New Legacy starting at 7:30 p.m. There will also be live music and food trucks – bring your own picnic mat. On Sunday, January 16, the elite men’s and women’s road races will be – once again the King of the Mountain area on the Mount Buninyong Road will be open to watch the runners scream all the way up the hill. Each event will be organized in accordance with COVID-safe guidelines and may be subject to change quickly. The event brings together thousands of people in Ballarat every year, from veterans who took part in the Tour de France to beginners registering their first major victories. IN THE NEWS It also welcomes all categories of para-cyclists, including cyclists with intellectual disabilities and deaf cyclists, as well as team events that attract amateur cyclists from across the country. This year, keep an eye out for some Ballarat superstars like Nick White, who finished second in the elite men’s criterium and fourth in the road race. Visit the RoadNats website for more information, including the most recent information as the event draws near. Have you signed up for the Courier’s variety of news emails? You can sign up below and make sure you’re up to date with everything that is happening at Ballarat.



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