The Cycling Australia National Championships week kicks off Australia's Summer of Cycling and will be the decider of who wears the coveted green and gold bands for the 2019 season. This year sees the introduction of a new format and title to be won. The Cycling Australia eRacing Criterium Championship will be held on Zwift and will comprise both senior men’s and senior women’s races.
After the in-real-life outdoor elite criterium race, Zwift will invite six riders to compete live on stage, in Ballarat at Mitchell Harris Wines, for the Cycling Australia eRacing Criterium Champion title.
These riders won’t be racing alone. All Zwifters are welcome to compete in the championships and throw down watts in the battle. To be eligible to win the title, riders must hold Australian citizenship and a Cycling Australia race license. One male and one female winner will be presented with the Official Cycling Australia Green and Gold Jersey and a gold medal, presented during a ceremony at the National Road Race Championships on January 6.
Have what it takes to be the Cycling Australia eRacing Criterium champion? Sign up and show us what you got. There’s a jersey for the taking.
Zwift will bring the Winners to Buninyong for Medal and presentation of the Cycling Australia National Champion Jersey presentation on January 6, 2019.
2 races will take place on Jan 4th, 2019. Both men and women ride the same course – the Volcano Circuit route in Watopia. The circuit loop will test who has the best Criterium strength.
- Date: January 4, 2019
- Time: 8.15pm AEST
- Course: Watopia Volcano Circuit
- Elevation Gain (per lap) :
- Distance (circuit only): 4km (2.6 miles)
- Elevation Gain (circuit only): 17m (56′)
- Men & Women:
- Estimated time: 25 mins
- Laps: 4 laps
- Total Distance exc lead-in: 16km // 10 miles
- Total Elevation exc lead-in: 68m // 223ft
WHERE TO WATCH LIVE:
If racing with the best athletes in your country doesn’t get your blood pumping, watching the race live is a great alternative. Even better, if you have a teammate or friend racing, why not have a race viewing party and cheer them on?
- Live stream starts at Friday, Jan 4, 8:05 pm AEST
- Watch the race here - coming soon
There are only two categories, split by gender. This event is open to all riders of all abilities and ages. Pros, semi-pros, amateurs - everyone is welcome! With so much participation, you never know who you might bump into on race day.
- Open Men (A Group)
- Open Women (B Group)
All Zwifters are welcome to join the 2019 Cycling Australia eRacing Criterium Championship.
In order to be eligible to be crowned the Zwift National Champion, you must abide by the following rules and have:
A VALID NATIONAL CYCLING FEDERATION RACE LICENSE
- Just like in real life, to be a National Criterium Champion, you must be associated with the National Cycling Federation.
- We require this race license for the potential winner of the 2019 Cycling Australia eRacing Criterium Championship to prove that your country and gender align with the physical federation in which you represent.
- A Race License is not needed to enter the race and you will still be displayed in the final results to see where you stack up. But if you win without a valid race license, you will not be crowned the National Champion.
- By having membership to your National Cycling Federation, you are bound by the terms and conditions and the regulations of the Federation including the Code of Conduct, responsible riding policy, Member Protection Policy and Anti Doping Policy.
A PUBLIC STRAVA PROFILE
- Strava data for the Zwift National Championship races must be open (not private or hidden).
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A ZWIFT POWER CONNECTION
- Make sure you’ve signed up and connected to ZwiftPower.
- All riders are subject to Zwift Power's standard for automatic disqualification based on Critical Power. These riders may be reinstated subsequent to verification by Zwift Anti Doping Agency (ZADA). Please see ZwiftPower.com for more information on Critical Power limits of varying durations for male and female riders.
THE CORRECT EQUIPMENT
- Riders are required to wear a functioning heart rate monitor which must provide reliable heart rate data for the majority of the race.
- Must use either a power meter or smart trainer. zPower riders are not eligible.
- If the power numbers provided by these devices during the race are above Zwift Powers critical power rule, you will be investigated by ZADA to prove they match real world performances.
- No TT Bikes may be ridden during the race.
- Power Ups are allowed at all times.
*zPower Disclaimer: While we're confident in its accuracy if your setup matches our standards, zPower is a calculated estimate for progress benchmarks, not absolute power values. Due to the number of variables - including manufacturer design inconsistencies in equipment - it's likely that the power numbers you see will differ from what we calculated zPower with, and your wattage will be capped at 1200w. zPower is not recognized as a reliable source for racing because of these variables. If you want exact, accurate numbers, consider a power meter or smart trainer instead.
NATIONAL CYCLING FEDERATIONS - NATIONAL LEVEL RACE REQUIREMENTS
Just like in real life, to be a National Champion, you must be associated with the National Cycling Federation of your home country or country of residence in which you are able to represent. Either way, you can only represent 1 country.
We require this race license for the potential winner of the 2019 Cycling Australia eRacing Criterium Championship to prove that their country and gender align with the physical federation in which they represent.
- Australia: Cycling Australia - ‘Race Membership’ is required by the potential winner
A Race License is not needed to enter the race and you will still be displayed in the final results to see where you stack up in your race. But if you win without a race license, you will not be crowned the National Champion.
Results displayed in-game and on ZwiftPower.com are preliminary unofficial results until racers are verified where necessary.
Final results will be decided by ZwiftPower and ZADA once eligible racers have been verified.
We hope to announce the final results and all the winner's names by Jan 5.