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Less than a month until the 2017 season begins

Josh Cunningham
13 Dec 2016

There's less than a month until the 2017 season kicks off with the Aussie national champs and Tour Down Under

It may still be mid-December, and the cycling-unfriendly periods of Christmas and New Year are yet to be tackled, but there's now less than a month until the 2017 season kicks off Down Under.

The Australian national road championships are held very early in January, at odds with the rest of the cycling world, which usually use the traditional slot of the pre-Tour weekend. Next year the Aussies are holding the criterium, road and TT championships between the 4th and 8th January, at the perennial favourite location of Ballarat in Victoria, kicking off the season for the Australian pros and filling the void of racing for cycling fans worldwide. 

Up until a few years ago it wasn't uncommon for foreign riders to line up at the Aussie nationals too, to make up the numbers and get a training ride in while not contesting the overall honours, but in 2017 the international field will have to wait until the first World Tour event of the year, the Tour Down Under, which starts on the 17th January. 

The Santos Women's Tour will kick the women's season off between the 14th and 17th, before Peter Sagan makes his first competitive appearance in his new Bora-Hansgrohe colours and home favourites Simon Gerrans of Orica-BikeExchange and Richie Porte of BMC also descend on the race to begin their seasons. 

The new-look World Tour then continues with the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on the 29th January, and peppered between these big events we see the European season kick off with the Challenge Majorca series from the 26th, as well as the single day GP Marseille on the 29th. 

From there the season progresses into the Middle East, and before long the Classics will be looming. Just relax, we'll be there soon...

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