The 2016 Subaru National Road Series returns for a 25th season and while it may not be bigger than last years series in terms of the number of race days it’s shaping up to be just as competitive as previous years and covers events around Australia. The series calendar was released by Cycling Australia last month and while still in ‘proposed’ status there has already been one event cancellation (now two) and concerns about one or two other events on this years calendar.

With the Jayco Adelaide Tour and the Tour of the Goldfields already withdrawn before the Tour of Toowoomba announcement the NRS review that was announced last June should be expedited. In the meantime here’s a quick run down of the proposed calendar, we’ll update as changes or additions are made.

Men’s 2016 Subaru National Road Series

With the cancellation of the Tour of Toowoomba that was scheduled to start on the 28 April the men’s NRS now commences with the Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic on May 7, the following weekend sees the first of the tours the Battle on the Border. June sees the Tour de Perth run over three days as well and then a break until August 10 for the Tour of the Great South Coast and then a week later the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley then a week later the Tour of Gippsland. These three races starting in August account for nearly 45% of the days racing for the men’s NRS.

September sees the riders heading to Canberra for the National Capital Tour then to the Tour of Tasmania in early October and the season finishes with the Melbourne to Warrnambool on October 15.

The men’s NRS has a total of 24 34 days racing between May and October.

Last years winner Patrick Bevin has moved on to Cannondale Pro Cycling and the UCI World Tour and last years runner up Michael Schweizer won’t be competing this year. Joesph Cooper won the NRS in 2014 with Avanti Racing Team and finished third last year, Cooper returns again this year with Avanti-Isowhey Sports.

2015 teams winners Avanti Racing return as Avanti-Isowhey Sports, runners up Charter Mason Giant Racing return as State of Matter-MAAP Racing while third placed African Wildlife Safaris ceased at the end of last season.

Recent winners of the National Road Series

2015 Patrick Bevin (NZL) (Avanti Racing Team)
2014 Joseph Cooper (NZL) (Avanti Racing Team)
2013 Jack Haig (Huan-Genesys)
2012 Luke Davison (Team Budget Forklifts)
2011 Nathan Haas (Genesys Wealth Advisers-Praties)
2010 Patrick Shaw (Virgin Blue-RBS Morgans)
2009 Will Clarke (Praties)

Since initially publishing this post the Men’s Battle on the Border has been cancelled for 2016 and may return next year.

Since the previous update the Tour de Perth has also been cancelled, this reduces the series race days down to 24.

Women’s 2016 Subaru National Road Series

The women’s series got underway with the Santos Women’s Tour in mid January run over four stages prior to the Tour Down Under with Katrin Garfoot (Orica-AIS) the winner from American rider Shelley Olds (Cylance Pro Cycling) and Lauren Kitchen (HiTec Products) rounding out the podium for third. Orica-AIS won the teams classification from Wiggle High5 and Cyclance Pro Cycling.

The second round of the women’s national road series was the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race run around the picturesque Bellarine Peninsula and Great Ocean Road, recently crowned Australian Road Champion Amanda Spratt (Orica-AIS) won from last years winner and Orica-AIS team mate Rachel Neylan with English rider Danielle King (Wiggle High5) in third.

The women’s series has a further five multi day races with the next round being the Mersey Valley Tour in Tasmania starting on April 29, then the Battle of the Border in June, the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley in August then to the Amy’s Otway Tour in September and the final round in September is the National Capital Tour in Canberra.

The women’s series has a total of 21 race days over 9 months.

2016 Subaru National Road Series Calendar

DateEventMen / WomenLocation
16 to 20 JanuarySantos Women’s TourWomenSA
30 JanuaryCadel Evans Great Ocean RRWomenVIC
28 April to 1 MayTour of ToowoombaMenQLD
29 April to 1 MayMersey Valley TourWomen / U19TAS
7 MayGrafton to Inverell Cycle ClassicMenNSW
13 to 15 MayBattle on the BorderMenNSW
3 to 5 JuneBattle on the BorderWomenNSW
10 to 12 JuneTour de PerthMenWA
10 to 14 AugustTour of the Great South CoastMenVIC
19 to 21 AugustSam Miranda Tour of the King ValleyMen/WomenVIC
31 August to 4 SeptemberTour of GippslandMenVIC
10 to 11 SeptemberAmy’s Otway TourWomenVIC
16 to 18 SeptemberNational Capital TourMen/WomenACT
1 to 6 OctoberTour of TasmaniaMenTAS
15 OctoberMelbourne to WarrnamboolMenVIC

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