Australia’s best masters cyclists will descend on South Australia's City of Onkaparinga's McLaren Vale and Willunga for the 2019 Cycling Australia Masters Road National Championships.
The annual battle for the coveted green and gold national champion jerseys will begin in McLaren Vale on Thursday 3 October with a challenging 18-kilometre out and back time trial course.
Willunga will host the road races on Friday and Saturday with a 16-kilometre course taking in Range Road and a punishing Pottery Hill climb to the finish.
“We’re really excited to be hosting the 2019 Cycling Australia Masters Road National Championships, in what is one of Australia’s premier cycling regions,” Erin Thompson, Mayor, City of Onkaparinga.
“The City of Onkaparinga’s stunning landscapes and charming townships make for a perfect cycling destination, and we’re looking forward to hosting more than 500 of the country’s best masters cyclists, their supporters and officials.
“The event not only promotes healthy active lifestyles to broad age groups, but it also showcases our beautiful region, delivering economic benefits to our cafes, restaurants, wineries, breweries and local accommodation.
“Bring on October and some thrilling finishes at McLaren Vale and Willunga.”
The Masters is the second largest National Championships behind January’s Federation University RoadNats.
“We extend our genuine appreciation to the City of Onkaparinga for hosting the Championships,” said Cycling Australia CEO Steve Drake. “Our sport would not be possible without the support of local communities and we look forward to showcasing the region to the rest of the country.
“We look forward to an exciting three days of racing in the time trial, road race and criterium events.”
The Championships will conclude in the heart of Adelaide with the criteriums on the Victoria Park Criterium Circuit.