Australian Grand Prix of Cycling
3 race series in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia - Aug 18th - 20th
The Australian Grand Prix takes place this weekend in Ballarat, Victoria. Ballarat is the venue for the 2007 Australian Open Road Championships (the National Championships) and is no stranger to top level competition. The Nationals were held there prior to 2005, 2006 when they moved to Adelaide.
The Australian Grand Prix will incorporate the Victorian Road Championships and events will include an individual time trial, street race criterium and a closing road race on Sunday, August 20.
Reigning champions in each of the events include Briana James in both the women’s criterium and road race and Kathy Watt in the time trial. Although Kathy Watt is currently living and racing in Belgium for the Lotto professional team and will not not defending her title. Other Victorians racing overseas at the moment, who otherwise might have entered are: Helen Kelly & Jenny Macpherson (Elk Haus) and Emma Rickards (Univega).
The time trials, on Friday, will be held in the Ballarat suburb of Learmonth, Saturday’s criterium in Ballarat’s busy CBD and the road race over 153 km will be staged over the testing Mt Buninyong circuit, which has previously hosted the aforementioned Australian Open Championships.
Grand Prix is worth $17,000 prize money (across the men's and women's
events), with an accumulative points system operating on the three events,
to produce overall champions.
pursuit queen Katie Mactier is considered a favourite to win the women’s
crown, even though she will skip Friday’s time trial. Mactier,
2005 world pursuit champion and Melbourne Commonwealth Games gold medallist,
has just returned from America where she trained and raced at altitude in
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