First, the elite men's and women's teams will have the opportunity to test themselves in a new criterium (closed-circuit course) on the world famous Australian Formula™ Grand Prix track. Towards Zero RACE MELBOURNE sponsored by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) will take place in Albert Park on Australia Day, Thursday 26 January 2017. The Elite Women's race starts at 9.30am (expected to finish 11am) with 11.20am presentations and does 12 laps of the 5.3km circuit (total 63.6km). The Elite Men's race does 22 laps of the 5.3km circuit (total 116.6km) with a 12.30pm start (expected to finish 3pm) and 3.15pm presentations.
Not only will it be a brilliant spectacle, it will also shine a light on the importance of road safety. What a way to Celebrate Australia Day, with perhaps a picnic at Albert Park giving you and yours ideal vantage points to see International cycling live in action in Melbourne.
Click here to enter for Friday January 27 at 4pm, a free event, the GMHBA Family Ride along the Geelong waterfront. One of the crowd favourites, kids, mums and dads, get the opportunity to ride a closed 1.25km looped hotdog section of the Cadel Evans Gt Ocean Rd course.
Across the 2 hour period, you can ride for as little or as long as you like. Recommended age for kids is 4 - 12 years old, with toddler seats and bike carriages welcome, and no racing cyclists. Take a family photo on the GMHBA podium and there'll be lots of street entertainment for the kids, including a roving disco.
Bicycles must be in good condition and an Australian Standard approved helmet must be worn by all riders. The registration tent opens at 3pm, the family ride at 4pm and official teams presentations at 6pm - Steampacket Gardens.
In the Swisse People's Ride, thousands will join Australian Icon Cadel Evans, Australia's only Tour de France winner on Saturday 28 January at 7am on some of his favourite training roads in the world. With 2 courses to choose from, this ride features beautiful and iconic areas of Cadel's home in Victoria's Bellarine and Surf Coast region. Enter now. Registrations close on Friday 6 January 2017. Click here for the Riders Guide PDF.
Also, preluding the Elite Men's Race will be the 113km Deakin University Elite Women's Race on the same day, Saturday January 28 at 11.45am, when more than 70 of the world's best female riders will compete, starting and finishing at the Geelong Waterfront.
Sunday 29 January, 11.10am heralds the last day of Australia's ultimate weekend of cycling, the 174km Elite Men's Race which joins the coveted UCI WorldTour calendar, kicking off world cycling's classics season for the year with big name riders going head to head in an intense battle for line honours, starting and finishing at the Geelong Waterfront.
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