Early figures indicate the five-day 2019 Federation University Cycling Road Nationals in Ballarat and Buninyong, was the most successful year yet.
Audience numbers are believed to have exceeded 20,000, which includes a 10 per cent increase in the Criterium audience in the Ballarat CBD.
Ballarat Mayor Samantha McIntosh says it was fantastic to see so many locals in Ballarat experience the event.
“Our beautiful city of Ballarat and the village of Buninyong were put on a national and international stage,” Cr McIntosh said.
“Our renowned Federation University, which is the event sponsor, should be commended on not only how well it promoted itself to potential students but also on how it creatively provided hands-on development opportunities during the event for current students."
Cr McIntosh said the change to a Friday night Criterium event in the Ballarat CBD had a very positive effect, with valuable flow-ons from the visitor economy for local hospitality and accommodation providers.