As the uncertainty of the COVID-19 Pandemic continues and as the timelines for easing of restrictions varies across the country, Cycling Australia (CA) can confirm the 2020 Elite & U19 Track National Championships in Brisbane has been rescheduled to December.
In considering the decision, CA consulted with state governments, medical experts and our Member States, to ensure that the Championships operate in a manner that is accessible, fair and safe for all participants, officials and local communities.
The Championships was initially scheduled for March 2020, but was postponed to September following the outbreak of COVID-19 Pandemic. The Championships will now be contested from 16-20 December in conjunction with the Para-Track National Championships (18-20 December) to create a blockbuster five-day feast of track cycling at the Anna Meares Velodrome.
The Championships is expected to attract a host of Australia’s best, including Olympic and Paralympic athletes, across the traditional team and individual events including the sprint, pursuit, time trials, Madison and Omnium.
Kipp Kaufmann, General Manager – Sport, Cycling Australia believes the change provides more certainty for the Championships and all stakeholders.
“As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to evolve across Australia, this decision aims to ensure that CA operates a safe and fair Championships for all,” said Kaufmann. “We will continue to work with governments and local authorities to do everything we can to see the Championships go forward.”
Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones said events like the 2020 Elite and U19 Track National Championships and Para-Track National Championships would play an important role in the state’s economic recovery.
“Major events like this pump thousands of dollars back into the local businesses, support local jobs and help to rebuild our economy,” Ms Jones said. “Because Queenslanders have done such a great job in fighting COVID-19, we can now welcome tourists back to our state.
“This event will deliver a great boost for local businesses at a time when everyone is doing it tough.
“Brisbane is one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit, and the 2020 Track National Championships give visitors another reason to book a trip.
“Only the Palaszczuk Government has a plan to rebuild our economy and create local jobs. Events like this that support local businesses and local jobs are crucial to that strategy.”
Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said it was encouraging to see major events come back to life in Brisbane.
“Hosting major events is a critical part of Brisbane’s economic recovery due to the valuable boost they deliver to our local tourism, accommodation, hospitality and service sector businesses,” Cr Schrinner said. “Hosting these elite events will give cycling fans the chance to cheer our nation’s top cyclists on their quest to compete at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“Brisbane is Australia’s true home of cycling with an enviable outdoor climate, world-class Anna Meares Velodrome and a comprehensive network of cycle pathways for residents and visitors to enjoy.”
In addition to the number of starters permitted across categories being increased, the Championships will also permit riders who become first-year Under 19 riders, from October 1, to compete as well as current second-year Under 19 riders to compete in the J19 category.
The program and entry information for the rescheduled Elite and U19 Track National Championships will be available soon at tracknationals.org.au.
CA is currently reviewing other scheduled national level events for 2020 and an announcement regarding the 2020 Junior and Masters Road National Championships is expected in early August.
2020 Track National Championships – Frequently Asked Questions
Will the Championships be conducted if one or more of the States/Territories is not able to travel to Championships?
Should a limited number of States or Territories not be able to travel due to COVID-19 restrictions, CA will work with our States or Territories to determine the suitability of conducting the Championships with fewer participants. In the case of too many States or Territories not being able to attend, the Championships would be cancelled.
Will the Championships be conducted if there is a COVID-19 outbreak in Queensland?
In the event of an outbreak in Queensland, CA will work with the local health authorities to determine the ability to host the event. If it is deemed to be unsafe at any time, the Championships will be cancelled.
When would such a decision be made?
CA will review the COVID-19 situation on an ongoing basis. The next formal review point will be October 1.
If I enter and the Championships are cancelled will I be refunded for my ticket or entry?
Yes, all tickets and entries will be fully refundable.