Cycling Victoria has been working with our member clubs, event promoters and partners to strategise the remainder of the 2020 Towards Zero Victorian Road Series (VRS), ITT Series and Road State Championship events.
Cycling Victoria recognises the importance and desire for its members to Return to Racing, however sport and recreation at any level must not compromise the health and safety of individuals or the community. The dates in this announcement are very much still dependent on state government regulations, advice and guidelines from Sport and Recreation Victoria and VicSport as well as the Chief Medical Officers in Victoria and Australia.
Even with the relaxation of social distancing regulations from the Victorian Government, we must also receive the approval of permits and requests made to the local councils and the Victorian Police.
Cycling Victoria will be working under the guidance of relevant government officials to ensure potential transmission rates are conducive to the safe running of sport and recreation and do not put our cycling communities or the communities of which we conduct our activities at risk.
Cycling Victoria’s Technical and Racing Commissions have formed a working group to develop social distancing guidelines for Cycling Victoria and our Member Clubs so that our Return to Racing and Return to Riding is as safe for you, our members, officials, volunteers and spectators as possible.
Towards Zero Victorian Road Series
The COVID-19 pandemic saw the cancellation of the Mansfield Subaru Tour and Casterton Wal Smith Memorial race in March and April and these events will not be rescheduled for 2020.
The Baw Baw Alpine Classic hosted by Warragul Cycling Club made the decision earlier this year with their local government to move the date to Sunday 11 October and remains the same. 2020 will be the 20th edition of Victoria’s toughest hill climb and will be an exciting year for the event and the club. The Baw Baw Classic will follow the National Road Series Tour of Gippsland which is scheduled for October 8-10.
2020 will also see the return of the Caribbean Classic and the introduction of the Broadford Classic run on the Broadford Motorcycle Circuit. Top-age J17’s will be eligible to compete in all VRS events from October 1, to enable them to gain race experience before the 2021 season starts with the 2021 Cycling Australia Road National Championships.
The Preston Mountain Classic, hosted by the Preston Cycling Club, will return in October. (Not part of the VRS)
The Victorian Road State Championships (J19 to Masters) have been scheduled for mid-November but could be brought forward two weeks depending on the National Road Series schedule and the location is yet to be confirmed.
Cycling Victoria is in communication with Cycling New South Wales around the 2020 Cycling Australia Junior Road National Championships in Wagga Wagga and aims to host the Victorian Junior Road State Championships prior to nationals. We are looking at dates in mid-September and will confirm dates, location and host club shortly. To not clash with the Cycling New South Wales State Championships in Wagga Wagga, we will not be hosting our championships on 3-5 September and will encourage Victorian riders to attend those should the state allow inter-state riders to compete. More on junior racing will be announced shortly.
Victorian ITT Series
Cycling Victoria is working with our member clubs, local councils and Victoria Police on the safe running of the Victorian ITT Series. The first ITT event is scheduled on July 25 in Geelong, followed by a Kew ITT on August 23 and the 1 n 20 on September 27. All ITT's will be subject to Government regulations and social distancing guidelines and the dates may change. ITT’s scheduled prior to mid-July have now been cancelled and removed from the calendar.
25 – Geelong ITT
16 Rob Vernon Handicap
23 – Kew ITT
Victoria Junior Road State Championships – Location/Dates TBC
27 – 1 n 20 ITT
4 – Caribbean Classic (VRS)
11 – Baw Baw Alpine Resort Classic (VRS)
18 – Preston Mountain Classic
24-25 – Broadford Classic (VRS)
14-15 – Victoria Road State Championships (date dependant on NRS schedule)
4-6 – Tour of Bright (VRS)
*NB: Dates are subject to change depending on government restrictions and safety measures.
Cycling Victoria has done all possible to avoid clashing of events across our club, combine and national level racing but at times it can be unavoidable particularly when trying to schedule events into one quarter of the year.