The championships were to be held from November 9-11, but due to the Victoria Police motorbike unit not being available to assist with rolling road closures, the titles have been postponed.
Originally, a 24.6km Women's time trial and 30km Men's time trial were both to be held on Friday, November 9 around Emu Creek, while on Saturday the Women would ride five laps, and the Men nine laps, of a 15.8km Spring Gully road race circuit.
The championships were planned to come to their conclusion with CBD criteriums for both the Men and Women on Sunday, November 11.
According to a statement released today, the proposed new date is January 18-20, 2013, pending police approval.
Race director John Craven said the postponement was regrettable, but stressed that safety was paramount.
“With the full co-operation of the City of Greater Bendigo and Cycling Victoria, we went down several avenues and tried vigorously to retain the event on the original weekend but it did not fit in with the police schedule,” he said.
“The titles need to be conducted in total safety and without the help of the police solos for the road race, we would not have been able to fulfill that crucial goal.
“We look forward to working with the Victoria Police on the proposed new date.”
The titles were to double as the inaugural Bendigo Grand Prix, and cyclists from across Victoria were expected to flock to the event.
In a statement released today, Craven said that mid-January may be the best time to hold the championships, as it will come off the back of the Australian road race championships to be held in Ballarat from January 9-13.
“There is a strong chance that a number of the country’s top riders will remain in Victoria and try to add a Victorian title to their cycling resumes,” he said.
“It could be a huge fortnight for cycling in regional Victoria.”