Cycling New Zealand supports the combined Oceania Championships across all disciplines, set for the inaugural competition across two weeks in Queensland from 27 March to 11 April 2022.
The Oceania Cycling Confederation announced the new concept that will see eight disciplines contested in Brisbane.
This is a prelude to the UCI plans to stage 13 world championships in and around Glasgow in August 2023. Additionally, Queensland is already planning for the 2032 Olympic Games which is set for Brisbane and the wider region.
Oceania Championship titles will be contested across BMX Racing, BMX Freestyle, Mountain Bike Cross-Country, Para-cycling (road and track), Road (time trial and road race) and Track. The Oceania Gran Fondo Challenge will also be contested as a non-championship event.
“We are supportive of this innovative approach for the Oceania Championships, and I am sure all riders will be excited and looking for it,” said Cycling New Zealand high performance director, Martin Barras.
“Quite often our professional riders have already headed overseas and been forced to bypass the Oceania Championships, but this will be a lure to remain. It will be an exciting and busy time which is sure to provide a real focus for cycling fans.”
Oceania Cycling Confederation President Tony Mitchell said” “the UCI and Oceania Cycling Confederation are delighted the combined Oceania Cycling Championships will be held in Brisbane in 2022. The Oceania Championships are the pinnacle events for our Confederation, which sees the best athletes in the region competing for these prestigious titles.”
The Oceania Championship schedule for 2022 is:
Mountain Bike (XCO) – March 27
Track (incl. Para-cycling) – April 2-5
BMX Racing – April 9
BMX Freestyle – April 10
Road (incl. Para-cycling) – April 10, Time Trial (incl. Para-cycling) – April 11
Gran Fondo Challenge– April 10