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Australian National Road Race Championships: Date, location, history & how to watch

The Australian National Road Race Championships is Australia’s most prestigious road cycling event and will take place in Ballarat in 2024.

There are three categories at the Australian National Road Race Championships. One for the men, women and under-23s.

The event will also include the Australian National Time Trial Championships.

The Australian National Road Race Championships is an annual event that takes place in the first week of January and the winners will get to wear the coveted green and gold national jerseys for the rest of the year.

Here is all you need to know about the Australian National Road Race Championships.

Australian National Road Race Championships dates

The Australian National Road Race Championships will take place from 4th January to 7th January, 2024.

The Road races for the elite men, women and under-23s will be held on Sunday 7th January.

Australian National Road Race Championships venue

The Australian National Road Race Championships will return to the City of Ballarat, Victoria in 2024.

It is the town of Buninyong, 11 kilometres south of Ballarat, that will host the Australian National Road Race Championships.

Australian National Road Race Championships How to watch

The Australian National Road Race Championships will be streamed via SBS On Demand.

Australian National Road Race Championships format

The format of the Australian National Road Race Championships sees the riders battle it out over a set distance on the roads of Buninyong.

The Elite men will complete 16 laps of an 11.6km course, meaning they will be racing for 185.6km in total.

The Elite women and the Under-23s will complete 9 laps, a total of 104.4kms.

Australian National Road Race Championships history

The Australian National Road Race Championships were first held way back in 1901, with a cyclist by the name of Andy Ralston claiming the win. That race was over a distance of 266km and took place at Warrnambool in Victoria.

The first race for the elite women was held in 1978 and was won by Kerry Galvin.

Australian National Road Race Championships past winners

For the elite men, Hubert Opperman holds the record for the most wins with four between 1924 and 1929.

Robbie McEwan has won it three times, in 1995, 2002 and 2005.

Luke Plapp is the current holder, winning it in both 2022 and 2023 and he will be out for the three-peat in 2024.

For the women, Brodie Chapman is the current champion, but Amanda Spratt has enjoyed great success when winning the Australian National Road Race Championships on three occasions.

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