Tour de Brisbane pedals onto the world stage as the host of the Oceania Road Championships
The Oceania Cycling Confederation (OCC) is pleased to announce the 2020 Oceania Road Championships will be held in Brisbane, Australia from April 5-6.
Held in conjunction with the Tour de Brisbane, the Championships form part of the Brisbane Cycling Festival, a month-long celebration of cycling in and around Brisbane.
A two-year host agreement will see the Oceania Road Championships held in Brisbane in 2020 and 2021 as part of the Tour de Brisbane, securing a home for the Championships, providing teams and riders from across the Oceania continent certainty in their planning for 2021 and allowing the event to grow.
The Championships will see 12 Oceania titles awarded across road races and individual time trials for elite, under 23 and under 19 age categories. All road races on Sunday 5 April will be conducted as part of the Tour of Brisbane, the second event in Cycling Australia’s National Road Series. The time trials will be decided on Monday 6 April in Ipswich.
Over the past three years Brisbane has become a national leader in cycling, hosting Track cycling at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Australian Track National Championships since 2017, the recent 2019 UCI Track World Cup, the international Six Day series final and inaugural Tour of Brisbane in 2019.
President of the Oceania Cycling Confederation and Member of the Union Cycliste Internationale Management Committee Tracey Gaudry said, “The UCI and Oceania Cycling Confederation are delighted the 2020 and 2021 Oceania Road Championships will be held in Brisbane as part of the Tour de Brisbane and Brisbane Cycling Festival, with the city fast becoming a major international cycling hub in our region.
“The OCC thanks the Queensland Government, the city of Brisbane, Cycling Australia and NX Sports for their support in hosting the Championships and we are excited to work with them over the next two years.”
Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said, “The 2020 Oceania Road Championships are a welcome addition to the highly-anticipated Brisbane Cycling Festival and would pedal the city’s reputation as a premier cycling destination.
“Brisbane’s strong cycling culture, coupled with our enviable outdoor lifestyle, makes our city the perfect place to stage the Oceania Road Championships.
Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said, “The event would run as part of Brisbane Cycling Festival’s Tour de Brisbane in 2020 and 2021 thanks to a host agreement secured by Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with Brisbane City Council via Brisbane Marketing, NXsports, Cycling Australia and the Oceania Cycling Confederation.
“This is a great win for Brisbane.
“Major events like this bring thousands of tourists to Queensland and support local jobs.
“The Oceania Road Championships will provide an added incentive for junior and elite men’s and women’s road cyclists from across Australia and New Zealand to head to Queensland and earn Union Cyclist International (UCI) points.
“This event also gives riders opportunities to make the national team – a great incentive for elite athletes.
The Oceania Cycling Confederation (OCC) is recognised by the Union Cycliste International (UCI) as the regional governing body for the sport of cycling in the continent of Oceania. The OCC is one of five continental confederations recognised by the UCI, encompassing the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and Pan-America.
The UCI Continental Road Championships series includes the Oceania Road Championships, and are the highest ranked UCI sanctioned international Championships in road cycling after the UCI World Championships.
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