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Australian Road Cycling Championships - NE

Sunshine Coast, Australia, September 3-12, 2004

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Carrigan gives big tick to Aussie club nationals

Not 24 hours after Olympic gold medallist Sara Carrigan had landed back on home soil she was in the Sunshine Coast helping to launch the 2004 National Road Cycling Championships, Australia's national championships for club cyclists.

"I'm thrilled be here to help kick start this year's Nationals, it's where it all started for me," said Carrigan. "After travelling the world, south east Queensland really is the most ideal training ground. We have everything right here especially our wonderful climate."

Carrigan praised the effort of the entire cycling team at the Olympics following a somewhat disrupted preparation. "It's just the Australian way, when the chips are down we get tough and fight back and that's exactly what the team did."

Cycling Australia CEO, Graham Fredericks was also at the press conference and was pleased with the great turn out of participants from across Australia. "There are a number of people that we need to thank for this outstanding turnout," said Fredericks. "USM Events have done a great job in putting this together along with the support of the Queensland Government through their event arm Queensland Events Corporation who have signed a deal for the next three years. I'd also like to thank the media who are often overlooked, without their support and coverage the event would not be afforded the high profile that it has and we look forward to working with all stakeholders to leverage the event to an even higher level and status."

The Australian Road Championships has been staged on the Sunshine Coast over the past three years with a range of disciplines staged across an array of picturesque Sunshine Coast locations including Caloundra, Beerwah, Maleny, Coolum and Mooloolaba.

Just over 1000 participants will take part in the National Road Cycling Championships and today (Friday September 3) it's the juniors who will kick off the program and get their chance to shine in the sun.

For more information see the Australian Road Nationals website.


  • Day 1 - September 3: Time trials: Women U15 & U17, Men U15 & U17, 7/10/15km
  • Day 2 - September 4: Road races: Women U15 & U17, Men U15 & U18, 20/30/50km
  • Day 3 - September 5: Criteriums: Women U15 & U17, Men U15 & U19, 20min/30min
  • Day 4 - September 6: Pair TTs: Women U15 & U17, Men U15 & U20
  • Day 7 - September 9: Time trials: Women U19 & Elite, Men U19, U23 & Elite, 15-40km
  • Day 8 - September 10: Time trials: Sport Men & Women 19+; Pair TTs: Women U19 & Elite, Men U19, U23 & Elite, 15-50km
  • Day 9 - September 11: Road races: Women Sport 19+, U19 & Elite, Men Sport 19+, U19, U23 & Elite, 39-169km
  • Day 10 - September 12: Criteriums: Women U19 & Elite, Men U19, U23 & Elite, 30-60 min