Event Information:

  • Sat

    2017 MARS Cycling Australia Road Nationals Grand Fondo

    8:30 amBallarat, Australia
    Date: Saturday 7 January 2017
    Event Start Time: 8:30am (There will be a staggered start for riders in accordance to their age group category and entry numbers)
    Location: Buninyong
    Distance: 10.3km per lap
    Format: Gran Fondo
    Entry Numbers: Limited
    Registration: 1pm to 4pm - Friday 6 January

    6:30am to 8am - Saturday 7 January
    Registration Location: De Soza Park, Warrenheip Street, Buninyong
    Entries Open: 10am - Monday 22 August 2016 (CA members pre-sale)
    Public Entries Open: 10am - Tuesday 23 August 2016
    Entries Close: 6pm - Friday 23 December 2016 AEST

    Please note: Late entries received after Friday 23 December 2016 will incur a $10 processing fee.

                          Course Profile


    • Chance to ride the fully closed Championships Course roads before the elite riders
    • Tackle one of Australia's most challenging championships course
    • Event timing
    • Mechanical support
    • Medical support (if required)
    • Toilets
    • Exclusive FREE access onto Event VIP Shuttle around entire course on Sunday for Men's Road Race - exclusive drop-off locations
    • Food and refreshments at Aid Stations
    • Support vehicles - Lead  Car and Sag  Wagon
    • Motorcycle marshals
    • Course directional signage and marshals at key intersections
    • A MARS Cycling Australia Road Nationals Gran Fondo Riders Pack (includes exclusive event socks)
    • Discounted barista-made coffee before the ride on Saturday morning
    • Complimentary barbecue and beverage on Sunday as you watch the elite Women's and Men's Road Races


    The Road Nats Championships begins on January 4 where you can catch all the high-octane action of the Wednesday evening Criteriums in the Ballarat CBD.

    The start line is the place to be for Thursday’s Individual Time Trial where you can watch riders warm up before hitting the course then catch the pain faces as they finish and sit in the famous ‘hot seat’ awaiting their fate.

    For the weekend’s road races, there are no shortages of great places to catch the action. From the start line to the feed zone and the top of Mt Buninyong at the KOM, this is a festival of riding not to be missed!

    Wednesday 4 January - Criterium

    • U23 Men 33km
    • U23 & Elite Women 33km
    • Elite Men 44km

    Thursday 5 January - Individual Time Trial

    • U23 Men
    • U23 & Elite Women
    • Elite Men

    Friday 6 January

    • Rest Day
    • Gran Fondo Registration: 1pm to 4pm

    Saturday 7 January - Gran Fondo / U23 Road Race

    • 2016 MARS Australian Gran Fondo Championships - 8:30am
    • U23 Men 132.6km
    • Gran Fondo Registration: 6:30am to 8am - Saturday 7 January

    Sunday 8 January - Road Race

    • U23 & Elite Women 102km
    • Elite Men 183.6km

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