Australian Cyclo-Cross Championships cancelled again

Cyclocross: 50th Otegem 2018
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A mud loaded cyclo-cross course (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Australia will not be crowning any cyclo-cross champions for a second year running as, after twice being rescheduled, the race for the green and gold jersey in 2021 has now been cancelled. The decision was made after it became clear that domestic border restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic were likely to continue to limit the ability of riders from across the nation to attend.

The event was originally due to run near the end of the nation’s cyclocross season in August at Broadford Victoria, though with lockdowns in the state to try and control COVID-19 case numbers it was rescheduled to October 17 and shifted to Creswick, near Ballarat. As the lockdown in the state's capital of Melbourne extended and restrictions on gatherings remained throughout the rest of the state, the event was again rescheduled to November 27-28th, stretching out the season until nearly the end of the southern hemisphere spring. 

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.