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Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships 2012

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January 5-10, 2012

Great expectations for GreenEdge at Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships

Four days of spectacular racing kicks off on January 5 at the Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships with the nation's best cyclists fighting it out in criterium, road race and time trial disciplines in the historic centre of Ballarat, Victoria.

 

Australia's National Road Championships will be an all-Australian affair for the first time in 2012 with race organisers calling time on international entries after ongoing criticism from domestic riders and supporters.

 

In theory, the championships, held in Ballarat since 2007, will no longer be dominated by the European-based trade teams, particularly with a resurgence in the Australian National Road Series – however with this year's inclusion of GreenEdge – who will field up to 17 of its own in the men's road race, it still may be a numbers game.

 

Preview | Men's start lists | Women's start lists | Past winners | Photos | 2011 Championships | Cyclingnews' Guide to the Australian Summer

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Races

  1. Scott Law from New South Wales charges towards the gold medal in the Men's Under 23 Criterium Championship in Ballarat.
    Under 23 men's criteriumThursday, January 5 2012
    Location:
    Ballarat
    Distance:
    33km
  2. Lauren Kitchen (Rabobank), in her 2012 new colours.
    Elite/Under 23 women's criteriumThursday, January 5 2012
    Location:
    Ballarat
    Distance:
    33km
  3. Anthony Giacoppo (centre) from Western Australia upstaged a crack field to win the National Men's Elite Criterium Championship in Ballarat.
    Elite men's criteriumThursday, January 5 2012
    Location:
    Ballarat
    Distance:
    44km
  4. Race winner Rohan Dennis is congratulated by event director John Craven (centre) and commissaire Bill McMahon
    Under 23 men's road raceSaturday, January 7 2012
    Location:
    Buninyong
    Distance:
    122.4km
  5. Dave McPartland (Directeur Sportif) and Amanda Spratt after the podium ceremony
    Elite women's road raceSaturday, January 7 2012
    Location:
    Buninyong
    Distance:
    102km
  6. Victorian Simon Gerrans takes out the 2012 men's elite national road race championship in Buninyong.
    Elite men's road raceSunday, January 8 2012
    Location:
    Buninyong
    Distance:
    163.2km
  7. Eventual race winner, Rohan Dennis from South Australia, follows Eric Sheppard up the climb on Mt.Buninyong
    Under 23 men's time trialTuesday, January 10 2012
    Location:
    Learmonth
    Distance:
    27.1km
  8. Shara Gillow (GreenEDGE-AIS) with a kilometre to go
    Elite women's time trialTuesday, January 10 2012
    Location:
    Learmonth
    Distance:
    27.1km
  9. The men's elite podium (l-r): Cameron Meyer (2nd), Luke Durbridge (1st) and Michael Rogers (3rd).
    Elite men's time trialTuesday, January 10 2012
    Location:
    Learmonth
    Distance:
    38.2km
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