In 2015 the first Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race was held in Geelong. This year the race will be bigger and better. The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is a professional event that is being staged in Geelong and the Surf Coast.
There will be hundreds of elite cyclists at the second Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. There is the 174km Elite Men's Race. This race has now been awarded 1.HC Classification which is one level below UCI World Tour. There is also the 113km Elite Women's Race - which is also endorsed with an official UCI classification. The riders will ride from the Geelong Waterfront to Barwon Heads, then Torquay and return to Geelong Waterfront.
There is also the Momentum Energy People's Ride, which is an open participation event. This race will enable approximately 4,000 cyclists to ride the course. In 2016 you will get a chance to ride next to Cadel Evans as he is participating in this ride.
Do you want to get involved and help out?
As part of this exciting weekend, the audience is asked to help out. There will be a live broadcast of this year's Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on Sunday 31st January. You can get involved by grabbing a FREE souvenir event crown from the Montpellier Park Live Site, and wear it roadside as the riders contest the Subaru King of the Mountain.
Helicopters will be filming from the air and there will be photographers on the course. Last year over 107 countries tuned in to watch the race on television. The race organisers want to make the area as vibrant and colourful as possible and you can help out by wearing your souvenir event crown.
The riders will race around the Montpellier Park Live Site three times. This gives the audience a chance to move from the park to the road area to watch the riders going past. And the Great Ocean Road Race organisers want you to wear your FREE crown with pride.
Montpellier Park is in Montpellier Drive, Highton (Melways Reference 451-B8). The race runs from 11.00 am on Sunday 31st January. Montpellier Park Live Site has the full race broadcast on a big screen. There is food and beverages, water and amenities, Bike Exchange Giveaways, special appearances and live commentary from Montpellier Park.
Some other places to view the action live and to cheer on the cyclists are the start / finish line on the Geelong Waterfront, in Barwon Heads, in Torquay and at the Montpellier Live Site in Highton.
The Men's Race
Mark Cavendish is a British cyclist and sprint powerhouse. Mark will be riding in the Men's Race this year with his new squad Team Dimension Data. Team Dimension Data have just been awarded a UCI World Tour LIcence. The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is the only event Mark Cavenish will participate in this summer in Australia.
The Men's Race has nine UCI World Tour teams participating, and the Australian National Team will also be racing. Some other cycling teams participating in the event include BMC and Orica GreenEdge.
The running of the Women's Race is similar to the Men's Race for most of the course. At the closing stages of the race the women's course differs from the men's race.
The approach into Geelong means that the final 15km is coming up for the Women. For the men, they will arrive at the finishing circuit with another 60km still to travel to complete their race.
As the racers, men and women, in their separate races, descend down Scenic Road they will reach speeds of 85mph heading into Queens Park.
The course heads up Queens Park road, up Melville Avenue, left into Aberdeen Street for a long fast descent down Deviation Hill.
The final climb of both circuits heads up Hyland Road, then through residential Geelong, along Church Street, over the Highway and onto the Geelong Waterfront.
The women's race winds itself up for the finish of their race. The men will pass the finish line, with three more laps to go before they complete their race.
The Momentum Energy People's Ride
The Momentum Energy People's Ride has two courses - 111km and 65km. The courses both follow the roads of the Elite Women's and Elite Men's races.It is being held on Saturday 30th January.
Once the race has finished the entrants from the People's Ride can sit back and watch the Elite Women's Race. The Momentum Energy People's Ride 2016 "jersey" will commemorate the 5 year anniversary of Cadel Evans' Tour de France victory.
The Momentum Energy People's Ride starts from Geelong's foreshore, heads south east via Barwon Heads Road, through Barwon Heads, along the coast to Thirteenth Beach.
The 65km course riders will split off at Horshoe Bend Road, while the 111km longer course riders will return to the coast into Torquay and along the Torquay foreshore. The route then diverts off the Great Ocean Road towards Bells Beach.
The route rejoings the Great Ocean Road, then travels along Forest Road. The shady trees at Forest provide some relief from the sun. Forest Road takes the riders most of the way to Moriac, and over the Barrabool Hills.
The route then descends into Ceres and heads towards Geelong. There is a climb up The Ridge and then a long descent down Scenic Road into Queens Park. There are a couple of short steep climbs once you cross the Barwon River at Queens Park.
Finally the route heads onto Minerva Road and then Church Street. Then the route takes the riders through to Geelong's Waterfront to the Finish Line.
A short ride in the park!
Entries for the Momentum Energy People's Ride are closed. If people are interested in participating in 2017, they can sign up for the eNewsletter.
Retired cyclist Scott Sunderland designed the course in conjunction with Cadel Evans. The course travels through Barwon Heads (Cadel Evans home town), Thirteenth Beach, Torquay, Bells Beach and Moriac - and ends on the Geelong Waterfront.
About the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
In 2015 the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race was first run. It is the first event of its kind in Australia.
This event was inspired by the "Spring Classics" of Europe, and provides a weekend of the world's best cycling, high excitement and intense competition.
The inaugural event - the first Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race was held in 2015. It was Cadel Evans' final professional race. This year Cadel - former world champion - returns to join thousands of fans and cyclists in the Momentum Energy People's Ride.
Cadel Evans is Australia's only Tour de France winner. The 2010 UCI Road World Champinships were held in the same region of Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula as the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race will be run. The Great Ocean Road Race is being held over the weekend of Saturday January 30th and Sunday 31st January 2016. The race promised to continue to grow into the future.
The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race makes for a weekend of cycling entertainment.
Friday 29th January 2016
Kids Cycling Classic from 4.00pm to 5.00pm
GMHBA Family Ride from 5.00pm to 6.00pm
Teams presentation from 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Saturday 30th January 2016
Momentum Energy People's Ride from 7.00am
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race - Elite Women's Race
From 11.40am to 2.50pm
Sunday 31st January 2016
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race - Elite Men's Race
From 11.10am to 3.30pm
The finish times for the Elite Men's Race and Elite Women's Race are approximate times only. Finish times will vary depending on the conditions of the racing and the speed of the participants.
A Geelong Event for Geelong People
In it's second year, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race promises to be an exciting event for Geelong residents and visitors from all over Australia and abroad. If you cannot get to Montpellier Park to watch the race, there are locations all along the roads where you can watch the race. I hope you get to Geelong to watch this race, to see some very fit riders competing, and to watch Cadel Evans in the Momentum Energy Peoples Ride.
This event is proudly supported by the City of Greater Geelong.