Cycling Australia has announced a working party that will conduct the Subaru National Road Series (NRS) review first announced in June, 2015.
The review will take into consideration and engage all stakeholders with initial discussions having highlighted the positive contribution the NRS has made to road cycling in Australia, and identified the need to develop a clear purpose, expectations around the standards for events and a model that is commercially viable for all stakeholders.
“We want to ensure we have a relevant, engaging, and sound model that will maximise the potential of the National Road Series and increase its value, not just to Cycling Australia, but all stakeholders and the sport of cycling,” said Cycling Australia CEO Nicholas Green OAM.
“We understand and appreciate the level and variety of stakeholders which require harmony to ensure a successful NRS. This review will develop clarity of expectations of, and ultimately the roles that each stakeholder will play in ensuring a unified NRS.
“We have established a highly skilled and an exceptionally passionate working party and we are confident it will provide a tremendous platform on which to reshape the NRS.
“I thank all the members for their commitment to the review and the NRS as a whole.”
The review working party is comprised of Nicholas Green OAM (CEO Cycling Australia), Darren Harris (CA Sport Manager), Matthew Roberts (CA Commercial Manager), Kipp Kaufmann (CEO Cycling Victoria), Sean Muir (CEO Cycling Queensland), John Trevorrow (Race Director), Andrew Christie-Johnson (Team Owner / Manager), Donna Rae Szalinski (Coach), Sian Mullholland, Bridie O’Donnell (Rider), Jon Leighton, Peter Tomlinson, Scott Sunderland (Rider) and Gavin MacDonald.
The NRS series review was first announced last year at the same time the Tour of the Murray River was cancelled and the Tour of Gippsland was postponed until this season. The NRS review was to address concerns around event standards, event management and operations, media operations as well as scheduling and timing. Since then the 2016 Subaru National Road Series calendar was announced and subsequently another two events have been removed from the calendar.
The 2016 national road series season commenced in January with two women’s events and the next event is the Mersey Valley Tour on 29 April. The men’s series gets underway on May 7 with the Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic. One of the items among many surely will be the disjointed nature of the NRS calendar and having both the men and women race at the same rounds.
The working party’s next meeting will take place in May, and will be a day long facilitated discussion to begin establishing a series of recommendations for the future of the NRS. CA aims to have the review completed by mid 2016, with the recommendations to be implemented from the 2017 season onwards.