Scorching temperatures of more than 40ºC lead to shortening of races at Australian National Championships

Under-19 and under-23 races affected by heat, but elite races likely to continue as planned

The peloton on stage one of the 2017 Tour Down Under

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

While those of us in the UK suffer through months of rain and single-figure temperatures, organisers of the Australian National Road Championships are having to deal with condition at the other end of the scale.

With races taking place in Ballarat, Victoria all week, organisers of the event have taken the decision to shorten some of the races which are due to take place on Saturday, with temperatures of up to 41ºC scheduled for mid-afternoon.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.